Commencement 2016

Commencement 2016

Friday, May 13. For more information please read the FAQ.

STUDY INTERNATIONALLY

STUDY INTERNATIONALLY

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

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 ensures every student the opportunity to represent a client.
  • A unique law firm program that allows students to engage in simulated cases and transactions in specific practice areas.

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Downtown Detroit location provides proximity to courts and employers
  • Strong Alumni Network dedicated to supporting Detroit Mercy Law graduates
  • Ability to pursue a concentration in Immigration Law or Family Law

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

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St. Louis law school joins downtown trend

NEW YORK, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Call it the downtown advantage. Saint Louis University School of Law has become the latest law school to announce plans to move, or expand, downtown.

The new location will offer law school students easier access to real-world professional experience, law school administrators say. The move from the main campus to a donated 11-story building will take place in time for the 2012-13 academic year.

It joins Phoenix School of Law, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Fordham Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law, all of which have recently announced downtown relocations or expansions.

The move will strengthen the connections among up-and-coming lawyers and members of the practicing bar and business and civic leaders, said Annette Clark, dean of Saint Louis University School of Law.

"Our new home will be in the heart of where law is practiced," she said.

The new facility will also bring students closer to low-income communities they serve in clinical courses, Clark said.

Earlier this month, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law finalized the purchase of a former Detroit firehouse to house its clinical programs. The new facility is expected to open in December.

Two years ago, the university's board of trustees and administration had asked the law school to explore potential cost savings by relocating from downtown to join the rest of the campus in northwest Detroit. The law school determined that it belonged downtown, said Lloyd Semple, the dean of the law school.

"We see our downtown location as a tremendous asset," Semple said. While some students would prefer a bucolic campus with rolling green hills and places to lie in the sun, Mercy School of Law offers "real-life experience," he said.

Students take advantage of externships with judges and the prosecutors' office, interface directly with federal and state courts, and work in one of 10 legal clinics serving the local community, Semple said.

In January, for-profit Phoenix School of Law completed its move into larger facilities downtown from another part of the city. The school, which moved from Scottsdale to Phoenix in 2006, settled on the space after a two-year search. Access to light rail and other transportation, along with proximity to the courts and major law firms, were motivating factors, said Nina Segovia, director of marketing for Phoenix School of Law.

Locating law schools downtown is not a new phenomenon. Fordham, Georgetown, Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and Loyola University Chicago and Boston College have had downtown law school campuses for years.

Fordham Law School was originally located on Fordham University's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx. After relocating to other locations in downtown Manhattan, Fordham Law moved to its current location at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus in 1961. Fordham Law School is relocating to a new, larger building near Lincoln Center in 2014.

After occupying several other spaces in Washington, Georgetown Law's campus has been at the foot of Capitol Hill since 1971. It allows students to easily access to Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court, along with government agencies and administrative boards.

"We have always believed that a law school should be in the heart of the city and not far removed from the problems that courts resolve," said Georgetown Law Professor Wallace Mlyniec, who authored a book on the school's history and helped create its public interest and community service center. "We have never seriously considered moving to the campus."

(Reporting by Moira Herbst)

EVENTS


American Inns of Court Dinner - Location Undisclosed

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 5:30 pm

The annual year-end celebration of the Detroit Mercy Law American Inns of Court chapter will be held on Tuesday, May 10. Detroit Mercy Law has the only Michigan charter membership in the American Inns of Court Foundation, which has the goal of instilling excellence in advocacy and professionalism. For additional details, please contact Professor Gary Maveal.


Baccalaureate Mass - Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 5:00 pm

The Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2016 will take place on Thursday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church immediately adjacent to the School of Law.  This Mass offers a moment of quiet reflection and thanksgiving for students' educational journey at UDM and an opportunity to ask for God's blessing as they begin their legal career.  Members of all faiths and traditions are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Rev. Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., will preside.

Graduates, faculty, and administrators should wear their academic regalia and gather by 4:30 p.m. in the first-floor hallway opposite the SBA office.  Graduates and guests may park in the Larned and Christ Church parking lots.

Baccalaureate Details>>


Commencement - University of Detroit Mercy

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Commencement proceedings for the School of Law's Class of 2016 will occur on Friday, May 13, at 5:00 p.m. in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus of the University of Detroit Mercy.  The jubilee class of 1966 will lead the procession. Anthony A. Asher ('65) is the Commencement speaker, and his late brother, George J. Asher, will receive a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) posthumously.

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Canadian and American Dual JD Program Reception in Toronto - Omni King Edward Hotel

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Alumni, current students, and fall 2016 admitted students are invited to attend events co-hosted by Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25, at the Omni King Edward Hotel. The afternoon begins at 4:00 p.m. with a Continuing Legal Education presentation by Professors Jeffrey Berryman and Troy Harris, "All the Goods about Good Faith Contracting," followed by a cocktail reception from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. For further details, visit www.dualjd.com

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Alumni Reception in Chicago - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 6:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a reception for Detroit Mercy Law alumni in the Chicago area on Tuesday, June 7. Details will follow soon.


Lunch at the Michigan Bar Exam - East Lansing

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 11:30 am

Detroit Mercy Law will provide complimentary boxed lunches for alumni taking the Michigan Bar Exam on July 26 and July 27. Look for us outside the Breslin Center near Gate C during your lunch break each day. You can sit and relax or grab and go - whichever you prefer. For additional details, please contact Denise Hickey, Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations.


Red Mass 2016 - Atrium

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its 104th annual Red Mass on Tuesday, September 20, at noon at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium. Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., will celebrate the Mass. Father Kammer is a Jesuit priest, an attorney, and a member of the Southern Province of the Jesuits. He has been director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute since March of 2009. Hon. Victoria Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will lead the Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment.

Red Mass is an opportunity for law students, judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and administrators of all faiths to come together and celebrate the beginning of the new judicial term and academic year. The School has hosted the Red Mass on behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit at Saints Peter and Paul since the School opened in 1912.

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