HANDS-ON LEARNING FROM DAY ONE

HANDS-ON LEARNING FROM DAY ONE

  • * A legal writing program that starts in the first year and continues through the upper level courses.
  • * A clinical program that entitles every student to the opportunity to represent a live client.
  • * A unique law firm program that allows students to engage in simulated cases and transactions in specific practice areas.

DEDICATED TO SOCIAL JUSTICE

DEDICATED TO SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • * Committed to developing lawyers who serve the public good
  • * Committed to serving the Detroit community
  • * Founded on Jesuit and Mercy principles of service and the success of each individual

Study Internationally

Study Internationally

  • * Dual degree program with the University of Windsor
  • * Extensive international law and comparative law courses
  • * Established relationship with Universite d"Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • * Downtown Detroit Location provides proximity to courts and employers
  • * Strong Alumni Network dedicated to supporting UDM graduates
  • * ability to pursue a concentration in Immigration Law

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Top Intern: Manpreet Gill ’15 Selected for Highly Competitive U.S. Immigration Court Position

Manpreet ("Moni") Gill '15 recently secured a position as a legal intern at the U.S. Immigration Court in Detroit. The position is a year-long commitment and the selection process is extremely competitive. As a legal intern, Ms. Gill will assist the Immigration Court with research and writing of opinions. It is a highly-prized placement, because it allows students to gain excellent writing skills and also to see the inner workings of a very busy court.

Ms. Gill is serving this summer as the research assistant for our Immigration Law Clinic, and this month represented a client seeking asylum in the U.S. before the Asylum Office in Chicago. She represented her client extremely well, and there was not a dry eye in the interview – even the Asylum Officer and the interpreter were in tears as the client narrated what happened to her and her family in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

These are the kinds of experiences that set UDM Law apart: students receive invaluable training and directly represent clients. Moni's is just one of hundreds of stories about UDM students who give back to their community and advance their education at the same time.

About UDM's Unique Immigration Law Program

UDM's Immigration Law Program is unique. UDM is the first law school in the U.S. to offer a Concentration in Immigration Law to students who excel in a rigorous and comprehensive series of doctrinal classes and practice-based experiential courses. UDM is a national leader in the education of immigration attorneys and offers more immigration law-related courses than any law school in the U.S.

UDM offers the standard Immigration Law survey course but ours is taught, in alternating terms, by Immigration Judge Marsha Nettles, an alumna and frequent mentor of UDM students, and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic, Professor David Koelsch.

UDM's Immigration Law Clinic provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the practice of immigration law through live-client representation of immigrants seeking a variety of relief and benefits, including family sponsorship, Violence against Women Act Petitions, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Students represent clients in trials before the U.S. Immigration Court for clients seeking protection from persecution in their home country (asylum). The Clinic also participates in hearings before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and students write briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The classroom component has substantive instruction in interviewing, litigation, and appellate advocacy skills, as well as attorney-client relations, ethics, and case strategy.

UDM also offers the Immigration Law Firm Program, which is taught by three partners at Fragomen, the world's largest and preeminent immigration law firm, in which students work under close supervision of the instructors on simulated cases drawn from actual practice. UDM is also the only law school to offer a course in U.S. and Canadian immigration law, which Professor Koelsch teaches in alternating terms.

EVENTS


10.22.14 - Hands-on Learning Webinar - Online Webinar

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Join Professors Karen Henning, David Koelsch, and Thomas Saybolt, on Wednesday, October 22, from 4:00 p.m.  to 5:00 p.m. to learn about UDM Law’s model for legal education: hands-on learning from day one, dedication to social justice, commitment to developing a global perspective, and expanding your career opportunities. Registration is required. Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email.


11.08.14 - Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:00 am

Find out why men and women have been choosing UDM Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how UDM Law not only teaches you the law, but teaches you how to be a lawyer.  Through your education here, you will become a lawyer who makes a difference in your workplace and your community.  

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the campus and speak with admissions representatives, faculty and current students.  


Mentor Jet: Taking Networking to New Heights - Atrium

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 5:00 pm

UDM Law in partnership with the National Association of Women Judges, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan-Wayne Region present Mentor Jet: Taking Networking to New Heights. Meet judges and lawyers, and possibly gain a mentor in a fun, "speed-networking" format.  A reception will follow the program.  Advance registration on Career Connect is required as space is limited.


11.13.14 - How to Write a Personal Statement Webinar - Online Webinar

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Learn what the UDM Law Admissions Committee is looking for in your personal statement. Registration is required. Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email


Reunion Gala for All Law Alumni - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 6:30 pm

The School of Law's annual Reunion Gala will be held on Saturday, November 15, from 6:30 - 11:00 p.m. at the School's Riverfront Campus.  As part of the festivities, we will celebrate the selection of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra ('87) as UDM's 2014 Alumni Award recipient.  The Reunion is for all School of Law alumni, with special recognition given this year to the classes of 1964, 1989, and 2004.


McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - UDM Law Campus

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law, religion, and society.  It seeks to educate students, legal professionals, and the public on a variety of questions related to moral philosophy, freedom of conscience, the interaction of legal and religious institutions, and the role of religion in public life.  Its goal is to encourage discussion of these issues in our community and deepen our understanding of them.  This year's lecturer is Professor Nelson Tebbe of Brooklyn Law School.  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., followed by a complimentary reception.

 

NEWS

  • Law School Recruiting for Faculty Members

    The Law School's Faculty Recruitment Committee is looking to fill three positions for full-time tenure-track (or tenured) faculty to begin in 2015-16 in the following areas:

    1. Commercial or business law professor for upper-class courses in the J.D. program and possibly the Dual JD Program with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. The Dual J.D. curriculum is particularly rich in cross-border commercial law offerings, and preference will be given to candidates with a background or interest in international commercial law.

    2. Clinical professor for our new intellectual property clinic which has been certified by U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. (The USPTO has opened its first satellite office in Detroit.)

    3. Professor to teach Comparative Legal Writing & Research in the Dual JD Program. The year-long course is an immersion in the U.S. and Canadian systems and features moot court exercises in both jurisdictions.

    The School of Law is committed to faculty diversity.

  • NATIONAL TRIAL ADVOCACY COMPETITION SUCCESS

    This past weekend, four of our students competed in the MSU College of Law's National Trial Advocacy Competition:  Charity Dean, Christina DiMichele, David Drwencke, and Veronica Ibrahim.  The team competed at the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, a short walk from the UDM Law campus.

    Christina DiMichele and David Drwencke represented the prosecution while Charity Dean and Veronica Ibrahim represented the defense in a murder trial that was similar to the recent Renisha McBride case, where a young woman was shot and killed on a front porch in Dearborn Heights by homeowner Theodore Wafer.

    Two of our students won top honors: Veronica Ibrahim won Best Opening Statement and Charity Dean won Best Closing Statement.  Each of their performances was the best out of a total of 96 openings and 96 closings in the tournament.  

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  • UDM LAW ALUMNUS DANIEL HURLBERT RECEIVES 20 UNDER 40 LEADERSHIP RECOGNITION AWARD

    Daniel Hurlbert (’10), Manager of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Veterans Program, is a recipient of the 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award which recognizes the top 20 young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southwest Michigan under the age of 40.  He began his work in the veterans' services area in UDM Law's Project SALUTE and Veterans Appellate Clinic.

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  • UDM LAW PROFESSORS LARRY DUBIN AND RICHARD KRISCIUNAS PROVIDE EXPERT COMMENTARY ON THE BASHARA MURDER TRIAL

    Bob Bashara to go on trial today in wife's killing, Oct. 7, 2014, Detroit Free Press (quoting Professor Richard Krisciunas)

    Bashara murder trial likely to draw media frenzy, Oct. 5, 2014, Detroit News (quoting Professor Larry Dubin)

  • SUPREME COURT APPOINTS UDM LAW ALUMNUS ALAN GERSHEL GRIEVANCE ADMINISTRATOR

    The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed alumnus Alan M. Gershel ('78) to be grievance administrator for the Attorney Grievance Commission.  Mr. Gershel served in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan for nearly 30 years, including 19 years as Chief of the Criminal Division.  He was an adjunct faculty member at UDM Law for approximately 20 years and has been honored as our Moot Court Alumni Member of the Year for his commitment to the program.

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  • PROFESSOR TROY HARRIS NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS GLOBAL ARBITRATOR LIST

    Professor Troy Harris has been listed in the 2015 global edition of Who's Who Legal:  Arbitration.  He was selected through a peer-nomination process that required independent nominations and a thorough international media review and peer interviews.  He was one of only 120 Americans - and one of only ten academics - to make the list.  He was also recently elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor that is limited to less than one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

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