• * 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.



  • * 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



  • * 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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University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Commencement 2015

Baccalaureate Mass: Thursday, May 7 at 5pm at Sts. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit, Michigan

The Class of 2015 and their families are invited to join their fellow graduates and the UDM Law faculty and administration for the Law School Baccalaureate Mass. Held at Sts. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church, adjacent to the law school, this mass offers a moment of quiet reflection and thanksgiving for your educational journey at UDM, and an opportunity to ask for God's blessing as you begin your legal career. Members of all faiths and traditions are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Fr. Joseph Daoust, S. J., will preside.

Graduates attending Baccalaureate wear their graduation academic regalia, including their hoods, and gather by 4:30 p.m. at the law school in the first-floor hall opposite the SBA office. Graduates and guests may park in the Larned and Christ Church parking lots.

Commencement: Friday, May 8 at 6pm in Calihan Hall in Detroit, Michigan

The UDM School of Law will celebrate the graduating class of 2015 at the Commencement Ceremony on Friday May 8 at 6pm in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus of the University of Detroit Mercy. Graduates, dignitaries and faculty are expected to arrive at Calihan no later than 5pm. Guests may begin to be seated in Calihan Hall by 5pm, and should be seated by 5:50 as the ushers stop seating guests at that time to make way for the academic procession. The Graduation ceremony lasts approximately two and one-half hours.

The School of Law holds a reception for graduates and their guests immediately following the ceremony at the Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus.

Additional Information

Preparation for Commencement

Ordering Academic Regalia

Academic attire is restricted to University-approved tams, hoods, tassels, and gowns for professional schools. Graduates may order their academic regalia from Herff Jones. The last day to order cap and gown online is Sunday, April 5, 2015. Academic attire is mailed to the address graduates list on their Herff Jones web order. International students have their academic attire sent in care of the Student Service Center, UDM Law, 651 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.

Accommodations for guests with disabilities

Graduates who will have guests requiring accommodated seating should contact Stephanie Wheeler (wheelesm@udmercy or 313-596-0212) to request accommodations. One family member is permitted to sit with those who require disabled seating. Please ask an usher for assistance upon arriving at Calihan Hall.

Handicapped parking, in front of Calihan Hall, is limited and restricted to those guests with valid handicapped stickers or license plates.

Requests for alumni hooders

Graduates may request to be hooded by a family member who is an School of Law alumnus or alumna. Please submit your request to Megan Jennings by March 27th.

Metropolitan Detroit Motels and Hotels

Visit the UDM Law website for information about hotels in downtown Detroit.

Commencement Day


There is free parking for graduates and their guests in the lots accessible from the McNichols entrance to the University. Vehicles may not drop off graduates and guests at the front door of Calihan Hall.

Parking will be crowded. Please plan to carpool and allow for extra time to park. Handicapped parking, in front of Calihan Hall, is limited to those with valid handicapped license plates or stickers.

Guest seating

Calihan will open for guests at 5pm. No tickets are required for the ceremony, and seating is on a first come, first served basis. All guests are asked to be seated by 5:50 to allow for the academic procession to begin.

Graduate Check-in

All graduates must check in at the Calihan Hall northwest entrance by 5:00 p.m. Please wear your academic regalia.

Graduation Attire

Commencement is a formal academic ceremony. Academic attire is restricted to University-approved tams, hoods, tassels, and gowns for professional schools. Since you will be standing in line and processing, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Academic attire is mailed to the address graduates list on their Herff Jones web order. International students have their academic attire sent in care of the Student Service Center, UDM Law, 651 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.

Reciting the Prayer Inspired by St. Thomas More

All graduates stand and recite the prayer with the Graduate Prayer Reader selected during the Graduation Fair.

Baccalaureate and Graduation Ceremony Protocol

Graduates are asked not to not chew gum or use any electronic devices during the Baccalaureate and Graduation ceremonies. Given the solemnity of the occasion, please ask your guests to observe the following courtesies during Baccalaureate and Graduation:

* Turn off all electronic devices, cell phones, and pagers.

* Please do not bring food into Church or Calihan Hall.

* No horns or balloons are allowed in Church or Calihan Hall.

* Guests who wish to check a stroller during Graduation may do so by stopping at the Alumni and VIP check-in in the northeast lobby of Calihan Hall.

Graduation Photography

UDM Law's Graduation photography company is GradImages. During the ceremony, GradImages takes three photographs of each graduate: a photo with the President and two additional photos as the graduate crosses the stage. GradImages contacts each graduate after the ceremony with information about ordering Graduation photos.

During Graduation, guests on the main floor may take pictures from their places, but they may not move into the aisles, around the Hall, or into the upper sections. Guests seated in the upper sections may use cameras and recorders; they may not go down to the main floor to take photos. Graduates may return to the Hall after the Recessional for photographs as well. The University photographer takes a number of photos at the Reception following Graduation.

Recommended Directions to Calihan Hall

4001 West McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221

From Metro Airport

Take I-94 East to the Lodge Freeway (M-10). Take the Lodge North to the Livernois exit. At the top of the ramp, turn right onto Livernois and proceed three-quarters of a mile North to W. McNichols (third traffic light). Turn right onto W. McNichols. The entrance is one quarter of a mile on the right.

From Downtown Detroit

Take the Lodge Freeway North out of downtown and follow the above directions from Metro Airport

From Northwest on M-10

Driving South on the Lodge Freeway, take the Livernois exit. At the traffic light, turn left onto Livernois and proceed three-quarters of a mile North to W. McNichols (third traffic light). Turn right on W. McNichols and the entrance is one quarter of a mile on the right.

From the North on I-75

Driving South on I-75, exit Eight Mile Road and turn right off the ramp. Take Eight Mile Road West and proceed 2.5 miles to Livernois. Turn left (South) onto Livernois and proceed 2.0 miles to W. McNichols. Head East (left) onto W. McNichols and entrance is one-quarter of a mile on the right.


Red Mass - UDM Law Campus

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm

UDM's 103rd Annual Red Mass and Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church beginning at 12:00 p.m., followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium of the School of Law.  Red Mass is an occasion for judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and law students of all faiths to pray together at the beginning of the new judicial term, asking God to bless, strengthen, and enlighten us, so that in cooperation and mutual trust we may effectively achieve justice for all.

The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Ph.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, will celebrate the Mass.  Hon. Patrick J. Duggan ('58) 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 Details>>

Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Novi - State Bar of Michigan

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for UDM Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, and members of the judiciary at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Suburban Collection in Novi on Thursday, October 8, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.

Reunion for All Law Alumni - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm

The School of Law's annual Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 24, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the School's Riverfront Campus.  As part of the festivities, we will celebrate the selection of Hon. Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. as UDM's 2015 Alumni Award recipient and the special anniversaries of the classes of 1965, 1990, and 2005.  The Reunion is for all School of Law alumni.  Additional details will be posted soon.



    In the Fall 2015 issue of Conversations, a semi-annual magazine published by the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, alumnus Allen Elzerman '03 praises UDM Law's commitment to social and criminal justice.  In his article, "On Loan to the Poor," Elzerman discusses how he personifies that commitment through his work as a public defender and how his sense of fulfillment is more important than financial gain.

    On Loan to the Poor, Conversations magazine, Issue 48 - Fall 2015 (written by Allen Elzerman '03)


    UDM Law is pleased to announce the founding of the Hon. Lawrence Paul Zatkoff Endowed Scholarship, made possible by the Zatkoff family, in memory of the late judge.  This gift is the first million-dollar scholarship the law school has ever received.  The scholarship provides support for a student to extern or intern with a federal court or state supreme court judge.

    Press Release>>


    UDM Law will offer new programming this fall to meet the needs of its entrepreneurial-minded students and graduates interested in developing their own law practices.  The School was awarded a $30,000 grant from the DeWitt C. Holbrook Memorial Fund to fund and expand its Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program to add workshops through a new Center for Solo and Small Firm Practice.

    Press Release>>


    Former U.S. Congressman Hansen Clarke, who served on the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, will teach National Security Law this term.  The course will address cybersecurity, surveillance and privacy, export controls and economic sanctions, and other contemporary security issues.  National security law has been one of the fastest growing fields of law since the 9/11 attacks, and there is a strong demand for lawyers trained in this area.


    Professors Julia Belian and Jacqueline Hand are presenting at international conferences this summer. Professor Belian will speak at the Oxford Symposium on History, Human Rights & Law August 10 - 12 at Pembroke College, Oxford University.  Her presentation is titled, "Fundamental Rights or Activist Judges?  A Rhetorical Comparison of Obergefell v. Hodges with Brown v. Board of Education."

    Professor Hand spoke at conferences in Poland and Finland in June.  She participated in a workshop June 15 - 19 on "Phoenix Cities: Urban Recovery and Resilience in the Wake of Conflict, Crisis and Disaster," at the Georgia State Law School Study Space in Warsaw, Poland.  She also presented on "The U.S. Government-to-Government Relation with Indian Tribes and the Possible Insights it Provides for Relations with the Sami People," at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, in Rovaniemi, Finland.


    Professor Richard Krisciunas discussed the ongoing independent investigation by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office of the shooting death of Terrance Kellom by a federal agent in Detroit.

    Family of Kellom Awaits Probe of Fatal Police Shooting, Detroit Free Press, July 29, 2015 (quoting Professor Richard Krisciunas)