Commencement 2017

Commencement 2017

Friday, May 12. 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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1L JD Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) by our incoming J.D. students. Topics include orientation, financial aid, housing, and more. If there is a question that is not answered below, please do not hesitate to contact your admissions counselor for more information.

Orientation

When is Orientation?

Detroit Mercy Law's mandatory First-year Orientation has been scheduled for the week of August 15th. A schedule of events will be posted to the Orientation webpage when it becomes available.

Do I have to attend Orientation?

Yes, events are mandatory for every 1L student and attendance is taken.

Deposits

How can I pay my commitment deposit?

Via Mail

You may pay your commitment deposit by submitting a check or money order in U.S. funds payable to the University of Detroit Mercy. The payment should be mailed to the following address:

Detroit Mercy Law
Admissions Office
651 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

Via Online

You may pay online using your credit card (Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and Visa) by accessing your account information through TitanConnect. A convenience fee of 2.75% will be added to your credit payment. Instructions are as follows:

  • Log into TItanConnect with your username and password
  • Click on "TitanConnect Self Service"
  • Click on "Student" Tab
  • Click on "Make a Payment" Tab (you will be taken to the online payment site)
  • Click on "Law School Deposit" to enter an amount different than the current balance
  • Add to shopping cart
  • Check box to acknowledge and accept "Terms and Conditions" of the service charge amount
  • Continue Checkout
  • Select a method of payment
  • Enter account information and Continue Checkout
  • Submit Payment

Once the payment has been submitted, you must notify the Admissions Office of the transaction via email.

Is my deposit refundable?

All commitment deposits are non-refundable.

Financial Aid / Tuition Payments

Are there directions somewhere for accepting my award, setting up direct deposit, and other Financial Aid matters?
 
Absolutely!  The TitanConnect E-guide has directions on accepting your award, completing entrance counseling and master promissory notes, setting up direct deposit, obtaining proof of enrollment, making payments online, obtaining your federal PIN, viewing your account balance, and borrowing private loans.

I received an e-mail saying that my Financial Aid application is incomplete because I am missing "Terms and Conditions." What is this and how do I take care of it?

The "Terms and Conditions" request goes on every student's file automatically when we receive a FAFSA to ensure that no one forgets to request the Terms and Conditions statement when your award is processed. You will be able to accept the Terms and Conditions once you have a financial aid award. It will be the third tab on the award screen.

I went online and completed my Promissory Note(s) and/or Entrance Interview, but TitanConnect is still not showing that these documents have been received. Do I need to do these again?

Probably not. The Federal Direct Loan Program will start transmitting 2016-17 documents to us on or after July 1. We expect to receive and post the bulk of the documents by July 15. If your TitanConnect account shows that those items are still missing after July 15, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

When I went online to do my Promissory Note(s) and/or Exit Interview, I couldn't find the University of Detroit Mercy Law School on the schools list, just University of Detroit Mercy. Is that the one I should use?

Yes. We process loans as one school, so the University of Detroit Mercy option is good for students on all campuses.

When will I receive my financial aid refund?

First-year students whose files are complete and whose credit has been approved (if receiving a Graduate PLUS loan) will begin receiving refunds sometime during orientation week or the first week of classes. Thus, students should be prepared to purchase books and have living expenses for at least those first two weeks of their law school experience.

Students who change their enrollment or living status or who are receiving outside aid are reminded that they need to notify a Financial Aid staff member so that any necessary revisions may be made in a timely manner. Failure to notify the Financial Aid Office of changes may result in delays in refunds and/or changes in the refund amount.

When is tuition due?

Tuition is due by the first day of classes.

How do I make a tuition payment?

Students may make a payment on TitanConnect from a checking or savings account, as long as the bank is located in the U.S. Students may also make payment on TitanConnect using a Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express credit or debit card, but there is a 2.75% convenience fee to do so.

Students with accounts at foreign banks may pay by paper check or money order (preferably in U.S. funds) made payable to the University of Detroit Mercy. Checks and money orders not payable in U.S. funds will have amounts adjusted according to the exchange rate in effect at the time of receipt by the University's bank. Checks and money orders should include the student's ID number and may be mailed to the Student Accounting Office, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221 or brought into the Law School Student Service Center. The Law School Student Service Center does not accept cash; cash payments may be made in person only at the Student Accounting Office at the McNichols campus. The Student Accounting Office may also arrange to accept an electronic funds transfer from a student's or parent's bank account. Students may contact the Student Accounting Office at 313-993-1420 for more information about payments.

Does Detroit Mercy have a payment plan?

Yes. The University of Detroit Mercy uses Tuition Management Systems (TMS) to make monthly payment arrangements for students. There is a $60 fee (subject to change by TMS) for a full-year payment plan or a $44 per term fee for semester payment plans. The full-year payment plan usually begins in August and ends in May, allowing for ten monthly payments of the amount financed. There is no interest charged on the TMS plan.

Students may learn about the TMS plan by visiting their website or by calling 1- 800-722-4867. While TMS accepts credit cards, there is a convenience fee to do so. We therefore recommend making the payments by check or money order.

More information about the TMS plan will be forwarded to students over the summer.

Email & TitanConnect

Is there a TitanConnect tutorial that I can view?

Yes! The IT department has a comprehensive list of TitanConnect instructions on their website.

I'm locked out of my TitanConnect! How can I reset my password?

You will need to contact the IT Helpdesk at 313-993-1500 for assistance. Please note that you will need your student ID number.

Can I forward my Detroit Mercy student e-mail to my phone?

Instructions on how to forward your student e-mail to a mobile device can be found here.

Once I've been registered, how do I view my schedule in TitanConnect?

To view your schedule, log in to TitanConnect.  Then click TitanConnect Self-Service > Student > Registration > Student Detail Schedule > Select Term: "Fall 2016."

Registration / Student Schedules / Books

How do I register for my 1L classes? What courses will I be taking?

The Admissions Office registers all 1L students for their classes beginning in mid-July. Once you have been registered, your class schedule will be available in TitanConnect.

Once I've been registered, how do I view my schedule in TitanConnect?

To view your schedule, log in to TitanConnect.  Then click TitanConnect Self-Service > Student > Registration > Student Detail Schedule > Select Term: "Fall 2016."

When and how do I buy my books?

You may check the status of your book lists using Detroit Mercy Law's Barnes and Noble Bookstore's website. Please note that you will need your course schedule, which is available in TitanConnect. Many professors also post their book lists in TitanConnect.

Official Transcript

Where do I send my official undergraduate transcript?

The American Bar Association (ABA) requires that all accredited law schools receive an official transcript from a first-year student's undergraduate degree-granting institution before that student begins classes. The transcript included in your Credential Assembly Service Report from LSAC does not fulfill this ABA requirement. Please have your undergraduate degree-granting institution send an official transcript that includes the date your degree was granted to the following address:

Detroit Mercy Law
Admissions Office
651 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

The transcript must be mailed directly from the undergraduate university. Electronic and/or student issued copies cannot be accepted.

What if my transcript won't be ready by the deadline?

If your transcript will not be ready by the due date listed in your admission letter, please contact Elizabeth Hallack to arrange an alternate deadline.

I just graduated this spring, how do I know my degree has been posted to my transcript?

Many schools have an option to hold the transcript request until the degree has been posted. Please look for "Hold for Degree" or similar language on your transcript request form.

How will I know my transcript has been received?

The Admissions Office will e-mail you to confirm that your official transcript has been received.

Housing

What housing options are available?

Detroit Mercy Law does not have on-campus housing. However, a list of local apartments is available on our website. If you have housing questions, please contact Barbara Stockwell-Buslepp.

Can you provide assistance with finding a roommate?

On our admitted student website, we do have a roommate matching service. You may either search current listings or submit your own. Please note that you must be logged in (using your TitanConnect username and password) to the Detroit Mercy Law website to view the service.

Parking

Where do I park as a 1L?

First-year parking is at Christ Church. Entering students begin to utilize this lot during Orientation. Directions to Christ Church can be found here.

What is the cost to park?

The parking fee is $400 for the academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer) and will be billed to your student account.

How do I pre-register for parking?

You can pre-register for parking by e-mailing Elizabeth Hallack. The parking fee will be added to the student accounts of those who request parking. Permits can be picked up during Orientation.

JD International Students

How do I apply for my I-20 visa?

Stephanie Winbigler from the Admissions Office will contact our incoming 1L JD and Dual JD students in late-May to start the I-20 process. For specific questions, please contact Ms. Winbigler at 313-596-9841.

 

Miscellaneous

How do I obtain a locker?

The Student Bar Association (SBA) coordinates all locker assignments. During the first few weeks of school, they will send e-mail announcements on how to reserve your locker. The price for a locker rental is $TBD for the academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer) and students must provide their own locks. For your reference, the fee for the 2015-16 academic year was $15.

Are there any fitness facilities I may use?

Absolutely! As a University of Detroit Mercy student, you have access to the Student Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus. Fall and winter intramural sports are also available.

What health insurance options are available?

University of Detroit Mercy strongly recommends that each student have health insurance. For this reason, student health insurance plans are available through Collegiate Insurance Resources.

EVENTS


Book Awards Ceremony & Reception - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its annual Book Awards ceremony on February 28, 2017 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.  


McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 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 Intisar A. Rabb, a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. Dr. Rabb also holds an appointment as a Professor of History at Harvard University and as the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The title of Dr. Rabb's Lecture is, "Qāḍī Justice: Islamic Law as Procedure."

The lecture will be held on March 2, 2017, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in room 226, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

Register Online for McElroy Lecture>>

Event Details>>


Law Review Symposium - Room 226

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8:30 am

The Law Review will host its annual symposium on March 3, 2017. The symposium will feature legal professionals and scholars from across the country to discuss the American Bar Association's implementation of Standards 314 and 315, which deal with formative assessments in law school classrooms.

For more information click HERE.


Detroit Mercy Law Aspiring Attorneys Workshop (By Invitation Only) - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:00 am

Detroit Mercy Law will host its 1st  Annual Aspiring Attorneys Workshop on Friday, March 10th, 9:00 am - 12:30pm. This program is aimed at introducing high school junior and seniors from select schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District to the law school and hopefully spark an interest in pursuing a legal career.

 

Students will participate in a mock law school class taught by one of our professors, engage in activities aimed at exploring different areas of the law and career options, tour the law school, and participate in a college readiness workshop. Lunch will be provided.

 

For more information, please contact Eric McCloud, mcclouer@udmercy.edu, (313)-596-0264.

 

This event is sponsored by the Law School Admission Council as part of DiscoverLaw.org Months.


Prof. Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament - Atrium

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 4:00 pm

The Professor Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Detroit Mercy Law upperclass students will be held on campus in March. Professor Keenan served on the Detroit Mercy Law faculty from 1976 until he passed away in 2006. He taught numerous courses, including constitutional law, evidence, criminal law, trial practice, torts, and professional responsibility. From humble beginnings as a storefront lawyer, he was always passionate about the law and taught his students the importance of fair representation for people from all walks of life.

The preliminary rounds will be held on March 10 and March 11 and the final round will be on March 15. Alumni are needed to judge the preliminary rounds and may RSVP to the Moot Court Board of Advocates. Questions may be directed to Professor Gary Maveal.


March 11, 2017: Prospective Student Open House - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 9:00 am

Find out why men and women have been choosing Detroit Mercy Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how Detroit Mercy 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.  

To register, email cemccarthy@udmercy.edu with your name L number and number of guests.


Erin Go Law Networking Reception - Atrium

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 5:00 pm

The Board of Directors of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association invites judges, attorneys, and Detroit Mercy law students to attend its career networking reception, "Erin Go Law," on Thursday, March 16, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the atrium of the School of Law. 

Register Online>>         More Information>>


A Day in the Life of a Detroit Mercy Law Student - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

We invite you to experience "A Day in the Life of a Detroit Mercy Law Student" on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

You will meet members of the Detroit Mercy Law faculty, administration and current student and will sit in on a real class. Lunch or dinner will be provided and optional Law School Tours are also available. 

Email Caitlin McCarthy at cemccarthy@udmercy.edu to RSVP. Please include your full name, which section you'll be attending and rank the class preference (of the ones listed within the time slot you chose). 

RSVP by March 15th and you will be notified of your assigned class by March 17th.

Day Section A: 10:00 AM - 1:50 PM

Class options:

  • Estates and Trusts
  • Criminal Law
  • Canadian & US Business Organizations (students interested in Dual JD Program)

 

Day Section B: 12:30 PM - 3:25 PM

Class options:

  • Contracts
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • US Constitutional Law (students interested in Dual JD Program)

 

Evening Section: 4:30 AM - 7:20 PM

Class options: 

  • Contracts
  • Professional Responsibility

BLSA Vegas Night - Pi Banquet Hall

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 7:00 pm

The Detroit Mercy Law Black Law Students Association is hosting its 12th annual Vegas Night on Saturday, March 25, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at Pi Banquet Hall in Southfield. Questions regarding the event may be directed to BLSA's President, Alex Green IV.

Event Brochure>>     Event Invitation>>

Sponsorship Form>>     Purchase Tickets>>

NEWS

  • Article on the Detroit Mercy Law Immigration Clinic in The Varsity News

    The Varsity News wrote a great article on the Detroit Mercy Law Immigration Clinic. 

    "Due to President Trump’s executive order, many citizens have recently started paying attention to matters of immigration. But law students and professors at Detroit Mercy have been heavily involved in this area long before it became a lead story.

    The clinic handles cases involving asylums, family sponsorship, Violence Against Women Act petitions and other issues."


    Read the full article here

  • Adjunct Professor Dennis Clark Displays Passion for Giving Back

    Legal News featured Adjunct Professor Dennis Clark and the volunteer work he does in the Detroit community. Clark is a lifelong volunteer at a variety of organizations including City Connect Detroit, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing solutions to problems facing local youth and their families, where he serves as board chair.

    Read the full article here

  • State Bar of Michigan A Lawyer Helps Features Article on Judge Michelle Rick

    The State Bar of Michigan A Lawyer Helps featured an article on Judge Michelle Rick (professor of our Access to Justice course) and her activities as District 7 Director for the National Association of Women Judges.

    The Face of Justice program is a pilot program NAWJ created with the State Bar and Lansing Schools.  The intention of the program is to encourage young women and minorities to see themselves as a face of justice. 

    Read the full article here

  • Professor Alex Vernon Featured on the Cover of Detroit Legal News

    Alex Vernon WED 5942Professor Alex Vernon, Director of our Immigration Law Clinic, was featured on the cover of Thursday’s Detroit Legal News about his work to aid immigrants affected by the recent executive order.


    Read the full article here

  • Dual JD 2L Featured in the Legal News

    Dual JD Program 2L Nashara Peart was featured in the Legal News. “Given the recent change in American government and the extensive media coverage on the results of the change in power, I find it exciting to be studying law at this moment in history”.  Read the full feature here

  • Professor Beydoun and Alum Abed Ayoub were Panelists for a "Teach-In"

    Professor Khaled Beydoun and alumnus Abed Ayoub ('05) of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee were panelists for a "teach-in" hosted by the Harvard Arab Students Association Wednesday. They shared legal advice with Harvard's international students potentially impacted by President Trump's recent travel ban. 

    Read the article here