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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Previous Employment Statistics

The following information reflects graduates' employment status as of February 15th in the year noted as reported to the American Bar Association (ABA) and NALP—the Association for Legal Career Professionals.  Please reference the ABA's and NALP's instructions to assist in reviewing and interpreting this data.

Employment Status

  Class of 2010 Class of 2009 Class of 2008
  # Reported (Long/Short)* # Reported # Reported
Total Graduates (December, May and July Grads)** 198 211 211

Employment Status Known

193 211 207
Employed 145 (97/47) 159 154
Bar Admission Required FT 77 127 114
Bar Admission Required PT  4 7 1
Bar Admission Required (FT or PT Unknown)  3 0 0
JD Preferred FT  14 6 20
JD Preferred PT  2 0 1
JD Preferred (FT or PT Unknown)  2 0 0
Professional Other FT  14 13 11
Professional Other PT 
Professional Other (FT or PT Unknown) 
Non-Professional Other FT
Non-Professional Other PT
Non-Professional Other (FT or PT Unknown)
Employed-Job Type Unknown  17 
Pursuing Degree Full Time 
Unemployed and Seeking Employment  35 35 40
Unemployed and Not Seeking Employment 6 14 12
Employment Status Unknown 5 0 4

 

*The ABA began collecting long-term/short-term data for the Class of 2010.

Graduates choosing to practice in Canada must complete a 10-month articling term post-graduation as a condition of licensure. Accordingly, most graduates articling in Canada are in short-term positions (lasting less than 12 months) by definition.

**Data includes graduates from December of the preceding year as well as May and July graduates for the year noted.  For example, the Class of 2010 includes December 2009, May 2010 and July 2010 graduates in UDM Law's JDJD/MBA, and Canadian & American Dual JD programs. 

Employment Type by Sector

2010 2009 2008
# Reported (Long/Short) % Reported % Reported % Reported
Employed Graduates 145 75.1 75.4 74.4
Private Practice 69 47.6 65.4 57.1
Solo 2 (2/0) 2.9 11.5 3.4
2-10 23 (15/8) 33.3 40.4 43.2
11-25 15 (8/7) 21.7 10.6 13.6
26-50 2 (1/1) 2.9 13.5 3.4
51-100 5 (5/0) 7.2 2.9 10.2
101-250 5 (3/2) 7.2 6.7 10.2
251-500 2 (0/2) 2.9 6.7 3.4
501+ 9 (2/7) 13.0 4.8 4.5
Unknown 6 (2/4) 8.7 2.9 8.0
Business and Industry 37 (29/8) 25.5 19.5 22.1
Government 18 (17/1) 12.4 6.3 5.2
Public Interest 6 (2/4) 4.1 1.9 4.5
Judicial Clerkship 9 (9/0) 6.2 3.8 5.8
Academia 5 (2/3) 3.4 3.1 5.2
Law School Funded Position*** 3 (1/2) - - -
Employer Type Unknown 1 0.7

***The ABA and NALP began tracking positions funded by law schools in 2010.

Employment Location

2010 2009 2008
% Reported % Reported % Reported
In State (Michigan) 57.7 61.0 57.8
Out-of-State 15.5 23.9 25.3
Foreign 26.8 15.1 16.9
Employment by Region:
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.8 - -
Mid-Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA) 8.9 11.3 5.8
E. North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 60.2 68.6 66.9
W. North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE,ND, SD) - - 0.6
South Atlantic (DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 2.4 3.8 3.9
E. South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) - 0.6 -
W. South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) - - 2.6
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.8 - 2.6
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) - 0.6 0.6
Number of States Where Graduates are Employed 10 12 19
Most Popular Employment Locations 2010 2009 2008
% Reported % Reported % Reported
Michigan 57.7 61.0 57.8
New York 5.7 8.2 3.2
Pennsylvania 2.4 3.1 1.3
Illinois 0.8 3.8 5.2
Washington, D.C. 1.6 1.3 1.3

 

Full-Time Salaries of Employed Graduates****

2010 2009 2008
Total Employed Graduates 145 159 154
Number of Salaries Reported 35 38 60
25th Percentile 42,000 45,000 42,500
# Reported/
# with Salary
Salary # Reported/
# with Salary
Salary # Reported/
# with Salary
Salary
Private Practice 69
11
40,000 104
25
50,000 88
26
42,500
Solo 2
<5 reported
- 12
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
2-10 23
<5 reported
- 42
10
36,000 38
11
42,500
11-25 15
<5 reported
- 11
<5 reported
- 12
5
40,000
26-50 2/
<5 reported
- 14
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
51-100 5
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
101-250 5
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
251-500 2
<5 reported
- 7
5
105,000 3
<5 reported
-
501+ 9
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 4
<5 reported
-
Unknown 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Business and Industry 37
9
49,000 31
7
42,000 34
16
40,000
Government 18
7
42,000 10
<5 reported
- 8
6
42,500
Public Interest 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Judicial Clerkship 9
5
32,400 6
<5 reported
- 9
7
40,000
Academia 5
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 8
<5 reported
-
Median 50,000 65,000 50,000
# Reported/# with Salary Salary # Reported/
# with Salary
 
Salary   # Reported/
# with Salary
 Salary
Private Practice 69
11
60,000 104
25
65,000 88
26
51,500
Solo 2
<5 reported
- 12
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
2-10 23
<5 reported
- 42
10
43,060 38
11
47,500
11-25 15
<5 reported
- 11
<5 reported
- 12
5
50,000
26-50 2
<5 reported
- 14
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
51-100 5
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
101-250 5
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
251-500 2
<5 reported
- 7
5
105,000 3
<5 reported
-
501+ 9
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 4
<5 reported
-
Unknown 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Business and Industry 37
9
62,000 31
7
68,000 34
16
48,000
Government 18
7
50,000 10
<5 reported
- 8
6
47,500
Public Interest 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Judicial Clerkship 9
5
42,500 6
<5 reported
- 9
7
47,000
Academia 5
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 8
<5 reported
-
75th Percentile 62,000 90,000 70,000
# Reported/
# with Salary
Salary # Reported/
# with Salary
 
 Salary # Reported/
# with Salary
 
Salary 
Private Practice 69
11
60,000 104
25
105,000 88
26
82,500
Solo 2
<5 reported
- 12
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
2-10 23
<5 reported
- 42
10
65,000 38
11
51,000
11-25 15
<5 reported
- 11
<5 reported
- 12
5
55,000
26-50 2
<5 reported
- 14
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
51-100 5
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
101-250 5
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
251-500 2
<5 reported
- 7
5
120,000 3
<5 reported
-
501+ 9
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 4
<5 reported
-
Unknown 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Business and Industry 37
9
72,600 31
7
90,000 34
16
80,000
Government 18
7
54,000 10
<5 reported
- 8
6
51,000
Public Interest 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Judicial Clerkship 9
5
62,000 6
<5 reported
- 9
7
54,000
Academia 5
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 8
<5 reported
-
Mean 53,891 71,136 60,457
# Reported/
# with Salary
Salary # Reported/
# with Salary
Salary # Reported/
# with Salary
Salary
Private Practice 69
11
55,500 104
25
78,449 88
26
68,804
Solo 2
<5 reported
- 12
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
2-10 23
<5 reported
- 42
10
48,272 38
11
46,227
11-25 15
<5 reported
- 11
<5 reported
- 12
5
48,600
26-50 2
<5 reported
- 14
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
51-100 5
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
101-250 5
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
251-500 2
<5 reported
- 7
5
118,000 3
<5 reported
-
501+ 9
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 4
<5 reported
-
Unknown 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Business and Industry 37
9
62,511 31
7
67,093 34
16
59,000
Government 18
7
48,143 10
<5 reported
- 8
6
47,500
Public Interest 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Judicial Clerkship 9
5
46,214 6
<5 reported
- 9
7
47,357
Academia 5
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 8
<5 reported
-

**** <5 reported indicates insufficient salaries reported to disclose while maintaining confidentiality. 

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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