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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HANDS-ON LEARNING FROM DAY ONE


LAWYERS WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Detroit Mercy Law provides students with hands-on learning from day one. We not only teach the law, we teach how to be lawyers. As a result, our graduates leave the School with the skills necessary to make a difference in their workplace, their communities, and the world.

A COMPREHENSIVE LEGAL WRITING PROGRAM

Writing well is an essential skill for lawyers. Detroit Mercy Law recognizes this, and we have developed a comprehensive legal writing program to prepare our graduates for the demands of the marketplace. Our first year legal writing course goes beyond the traditional memo and brief-writing and introduces our students to the drafting of pleadings and contracts. Students build on the fundamental skills taught in the first year with writing assignments in the upper level required courses. These writing assignments prepare our graduates to draft the wide variety of documents lawyers write in practice.

LAW FIRM PROGRAM COURSES

All Detroit Mercy Law students get hands-on experience in specific areas of law by taking one of our Law Firm Program courses. In these courses, students act as attorneys in simulated cases and transactions and develop both substantive knowledge and practical skills in a particular area of law, including business law, family law, immigration, litigation, and real estate. Students engage in the type of work attorneys are expected to do, such as interview witnesses and clients, negotiate with opposing counsel, develop factual records, and conduct hearings and oral arguments.

LAW SCHOOL CLINICS

Every J.D. student is guaranteed a position in Detroit Mercy Law’s nationally recognized clinical program before graduating. In the clinics, students represent real clients under the supervision of experienced attorneys and further develop their advocacy, client relations, and writing skills. These clinics are also designed to meet the interests of students by allowing them to choose to represent different types of clients, including veterans seeking benefits; immigrants seeking asylum; criminal defendants facing misdemeanor charges; and emerging artists in Detroit seeking to protect their work with patents.

EXTERNSHIPS

Detroit Mercy Law has a well-developed externship program that allows students to get academic credit for working at public and nonprofit organizations. Students work at organizations such as the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy, Freedom House, the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, Prosecutors’ Offices and Public Defender Organizations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Wayne County Corporation Counsel’s Office. The state and federal courthouses are within walking distance of Detroit Mercy Law, and students intern throughout the year with judges in both court systems.

EVENTS


Orientation Family Welcome Dinner and Panel - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 5:00 pm
All incoming students (Day and Evening) and their family members (parents, spouses, significant others) are invited to Detroit Mercy Law on Tuesday, August 16th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for a Family Welcome event during Orientation.
 
 Dinner will be served from 5:00 – 5:45pm, followed by a session for family members on “Supporting Your Law Student” from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Please note, children are welcome to attend but childcare during the session will not be provided. Incoming students will be participating in a concurrent session on “Building skills for a successful legal career.” Both sessions will end at 7:00pm.
 
Students must RSVP with the number of guests that will be accompanying them by Monday, August 8th

This event is by invitation only. 

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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Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids - Amway Grand Hotel

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for Detroit Mercy Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, members of the judiciary, faculty, and students at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids on September 22 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.

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Golf Outing - The Inn at St. John's

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host a Golf Outing on September 30 at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, with a shotgun start at 12:00 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. All alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, students, and their guests are welcome to attend this exciting new event as part of Detroit Mercy's Homecoming festivities. More information will follow soon. Please contact
Denise Hickey or Amy Smith with any questions.

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