• 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



  • 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.



  • 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



  • 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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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.


Lunch at the Michigan Bar Exam - Michigan State University

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 11:45 am

Complimentary boxed lunches will be served to Detroit Mercy Law graduates taking the Michigan Bar Exam on February 23 and February 24. We will be in the Kellogg Center during lunch breaks to distribute the free lunches.

For additional information, please contact Asst. Dean Denise Hickey at 313-596-0202, 

2016 International Drafting Competition - University of Detroit Mercy

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 am

Detroit Mercy Law's International Intellectual Property Law Clinic in conjunction with the Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office will host the inaugural International Patent Drafting Competition.

Book Awards Ceremony & Reception - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its annual Book Awards ceremony on March 1, 2016 at 5:00pm at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, followed by a celebratory reception in the atrium. Business attire is required.

The Book Awards celebrate outstanding academic and service achievement. Detroit Mercy Law presents the Book Awards to students who have ranked first in a law school course in the preceding year or who have provided exceptional service to the school. Students on the Dean’s Honor List are also acknowledged.  

Law Review Centennial Symposium - Room 226

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 8:30 am

The Law Review will host a symposium on March 4, 2016, in celebration of its centennial year. The symposium will feature legal professionals and scholars from the City of Detroit and across the country to discuss legal issues confronted throughout Detroit's history, today, and issues that may arise in the future. Confirmed speakers include Detroit's Deputy Mayor Ike McKinnon; Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of MI Gerald Rosen; and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts Gene Gargaro ('67).

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McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law and religion. This year's lecturer is Professor Kent Greenawalt of Columbia Law School addressing religious exemptions in same-sex marriages. Professor Greenawalt will be joined by commentators Andrew Koppelman of Northwestern University and Michael Moreland of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and University of Notre Dame Law School.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 16, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in room 226, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

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