Our Mission is to Educate Practice-Ready and Career-Ready Grads
At UDM Law, we don’t just say our graduates are practice-ready and career-ready. We know it.
Before becoming Dean of UDM Law, I practiced law for 40 years with the Dykema firm in Detroit, the last stretch as Chairman and CEO, and nine years as Professional Personnel Partner overseeing the hiring and performance evaluation of associate attorneys. So I know what practice-ready and career-ready means. It means, among other things, that our graduates have:
- Completed a broad range of legal transactions, side-by-side with seasoned attorneys, through Law Firm Program courses;
- Helped real people to resolve actual problems through working at law clinics and participating in externships;
- Learned how to defend a line of argument and communicate solutions using concise and well-reasoned analysis and writing; and
Grown passionate about the legal system--enthused and eager to contribute to their new place of work and find success.
Now that’s practice-ready and career-ready.
At UDM Law, we are constantly fine-tuning our curriculum to produce prepared graduates. We involve fellow lawyers, judges, and Corporate Counsel in directing the curriculum, identifying employer needs, and even designing and teaching courses. Our curriculum remains one of the most progressive in the country and has been recognized in The Wall Street Journal, The National Law Journal, USA Today, and other publications.
I ask that you take a few minutes to learn more about why graduates of UDM School of Law are practice-ready and career-ready. Then give us a try. Join us as a student, lend your expertise, mentor a student, or interview and hire a graduate. You won’t be disappointed.
Lloyd A. Semple
Dean and Professor of Law