UDM Law announces tuition freeze for 2015-16

UDM Law announces tuition freeze for 2015-16

  • UDM Board of Trustees approves tuition freeze for all current and incoming Law students
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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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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 (wheelersm@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

Parking

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.

EVENTS


April 1, 2015: Walk-in Wednesday - UDM Law Campus

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Join us for Walk-in Wednesdays. The Admissions Office extends its office hours for students who are interested in learning more about the UDM Law advantage, the application process, and law school in general. No appointment is necessary.


Application and Personal Statement Webinar - Online Webinar

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Learn what the UDM Law Admissions Committee is looking for in an application for admission, including the personal statement.

Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email.


June 18, 2015: Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 5:00 pm

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.  

NEWS

  • UDM LAW PARTNERS WITH THE JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE/USA TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES FACED BY CHILD MIGRANTS AND THEIR FAMILIES ENTERING THE U.S.

    Detroit Mercy Law has joined with many other Jesuit law schools to forge a partnership with the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA to address the challenges faced by child migrants and their families when they enter the United States.  Law school deans and Immigration Clinic professors met for the first time in January to collaborate on this initiative rooted in the Catholic tradition of welcoming the stranger.  Through this partnership, law students will help advance the legal, social, and cultural protection of migrants and others seeking refuge in the U.S.

    Press Release, Legal, Social, and Cultural Protection of Child Migrants, March 14, 2015

  • UDM LAW ALUMNUS SUZANNE WILHELM NAMED NEW DEAN OF COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE HUETHER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS IN ALBANY

    UDM Law alumnus Suzanne Wilhelm has been named the new Dean of the College of Saint Rose Huether School of Business in Albany, New York, effective July 1, 2015.  Dr. Wilhelm comes to Saint Rose from Fort Lewis College in Colorado, where she has served as Associate Dean and Professor of Law in the School of Business Administration.  In her new capacity, Dr. Wilhelm will oversee the College's business programs leading to bachelor's degrees in business administration, accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, marketing, management and human resource management and master's degrees in business administration and accounting.

    College of Saint Rose Press Release

  • CHARITY DEAN (3L) AND JEFF MATIS ('94) SELECTED AS MICHIGAN POLITICAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FELLOWS

    UDM Law 3L evening student Charity Dean and alumnus Jeffery Matis ('94) have been selected as Michigan Political Leadership Program Fellows.  The prestigious MPLP was founded in 1992 to expand training opportunities for people of all political backgrounds at every level of public service.

    Ms. Dean is currently the Community Relations Manager for the Detroit Land Bank Authority, and, among her many activities, she is Vice President of the Black Law Students Association.  Mr. Matis is an attorney with Garan Lucow Miller, PC, based in the Troy office.  He was a Councilman for the City of Rochester (November 2007 - January 2011), and he has served as Vice Chairman of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners since January 2011.

    Press Release - Michigan Political Leadership Program Welcomes Class of 2015

  • PROFESSOR LACOMBE COMMENTS ON IMMIGRATION REFORMS FOR HIGHLY-SKILLED FOREIGN WORKERS AND THEIR SPOUSES

    The Department of Homeland Security announced recently that it would allow 180,000 spouses of highly-skilled foreign employees to also apply for employment authorizations. After this year, it is estimated that approximately 55,000 spouses annually can do the same.

    According to UDM Law Adjunct Professor Alexandra LaCombe, "The next non-political step in immigration reform to benefit our nation is to quickly reduce the wait time for highly-skilled foreign workers who are employed here, but can’t get permanent residence for sometimes more than 10 years. . . .  Processing permanent status applications faster will make the U.S. more attractive to the workers we want and need to retain, rather than force them to keep eyes on other countries that may offer better options." 

    Professor LaCombe is a managing partner and attorney at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy in Troy and teaches Immigration Law in UDM's innovative Law Firm Program.

    Reducing wait time for STEM workers’ Green Cards is next step in immigration reform, March 4, 2015, Daily Tribune  (by UDM Law Adjunct Professor Alexandra LaCombe)

  • MI STATE BAR FOUNDATION GRANT PROVIDES FOR EXPANSION OF UDM LAW SOLO & SMALL FIRM INCUBATOR PROGRAM TO ADD SERVICES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

    The Michigan State Bar Foundation has awarded University of Detroit Mercy School of Law a $10,000 grant to expand its Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program to include services to senior citizens in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.  The incubator program is designed to provide a supportive environment for select new law graduates who are committed to beginning a solo or small firm practice serving low and moderate-income individuals.  Through this expansion, the incubator attorneys will begin providing free services to seniors, including educating them on their legal rights, self-help assistance with legal matters, and appropriate referral sources.  The incubator program was established in October of 2014 with one of only seven catalyst grants awarded to law establishments across the country from the American Bar Association.

  • DUAL JD STUDENT CHRISTOPHER MACAULAY TAKES TOP HONORS IN NIAGARA INTERNATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION

    Dual JD student Christopher Macaulay competed in the 2015 Niagara International Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C., as a member of the University of Windsor team.  The team placed first overall in the competition, Christopher won Fourth Best Advocate, and the team won awards for Best Team Applicant Argument Runner-Up and Best Team Applicant Memorial (tied for first place).  The problem dealt with immigration, human rights, and Great Lakes environmental law issues.