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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Student Spotlight

MICHAEL SULAKA

Undergraduate Institution; Major: University of Michigan Ross School of Business; BBA, Finance and Corporate Strategy | Division: Day

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Why did you choose UDM Law?

I chose UDM Law because of the institution's genuine commitment to producing practice ready attorneys. From the administration to the faculty and staff, students readily sense the collegial community on the school's campus, which makes it easier for us to focus on our studies and careers knowing that we have the support of the entire UDM Law community behind us. Additionally, as a Catholic, I truly love learning the law at a Roman Catholic law school affiliated with the Society of Jesus. Shout out to Pope Francis, who is also a Jesuit. I digress...

What do you like best about attending law school in Detroit?

My favorite part of attending law school in Detroit is experiencing the general excitement and daily activity of downtown Detroit, along with its proximity to federal, state, and municipal courts, some of the region's largest law firms and multinational corporations. Also, exploring the architecturally and culturally rich buildings throughout downtown makes for a great history lesson in between classes, and catching a Tigers or Red Wings game after class is always a win, no matter what the final score reads.

What surprised you most about law school?

The light course load. Just kidding, I think the most surprising aspect of law school – and I think most students would agree – is the amount of time and effort required in order to succeed. Between reading and briefing cases, researching the law, and writing memos and briefs, you constantly feel like you can always do something more to be better prepared. Law school makes undergrad feel like high school.

How would you describe the UDM Law community?

I would describe the UDM Law school community as one grounded in values. Values such as hard work, respect, integrity, leadership, diversity, tradition, and community service immediately come to mind.

What have you benefitted from the most at UDM Law?

I have benefitted the most at UDM Law by developing practical legal skills such as researching the law, drafting legal documents, advocating for my client, and developing the professional skills expected of a first-year lawyer through the school's Law Firm Program.

Where would you like to be ten years from now, and what role will your UDM education or the UDM community play in getting you there?

In ten years, I plan to be a prominent leader in the business, legal, and philanthropic communities in Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan. Concurrently pursuing my J.D. and MBA at UDM is preparing me to accomplish this goal by developing the legal skills and business acumen to analyze some of the most challenging issues facing our city, region, and state. Resolving those issues by drawing upon on a breadth of knowledge from two separate yet often intertwining professional fields is a unique skill which I plan to hone.

Why would you recommend UDM Law to a prospective student?

I would recommend UDM Law to a prospective student because it will give you the same opportunities it has afforded me (see above) and prepare you to become a practice ready attorney. The best piece of advice I received before enrolling at UDM Law came from my sister Angelina (UDM Law '13) and that is, "you get out what you put in." That is especially true here at UDM Law: you can create for yourself any experience you desire. In essence, "you reap what you sow." I have come to learn that this pearl of wisdom also applies to life in general. Go Titans.


 

 

EVENTS


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.


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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NEWS

  • Ryan VanOver ’17 Addresses Drone Surveillance in the Detroit News

    The Detroit News recently published an op-ed piece by Ryan VanOver '17, on the issue of unlawful drone surveillance. VanOver recommends that the Michigan Legislature amend the statute to regulate recreational drone users.

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  • Vanessa Guerra ’17, Balances Law Studies with State Legislative Duties

    Legal News profiled Vanessa Guerra '17, who is currently serving her first term as State Representative in Michigan's 95th District. She is the youngest member of the House and serves as a trustee for Bridgeport Township, treasurer of Michigan Legislature's Progressive Women's Caucus and on the Governor's Criminal Justice Policy Commission.

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  • Detroit Mercy Law Community Mourns Those Killed in Orlando

    We were deeply saddened to learn that Christopher Andrew Leinonen, one of the people murdered on Sunday at the nightclub in Orlando, was the son of one of our graduates, Christine Leinonen ('98). Christopher's partner, Juan Guerrero, was also killed in the nightclub massacre. The two families are now planning a joint funeral instead of the wedding they had been anticipating. The death of every person at the club is tragic. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Christine and her family, to the Guerreros, and the families and friends of every person killed Sunday morning.

    Phyllis L Crocker

    Dean and Professor of Law
    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

  • Reception in the Windy City

    Chicago Law Alumni Reception 6-7-16

    We hit the road recently to visit our graduates in the Windy City. Alumni Association Board member Greg Thiess ('79) hosted a reception for Dean Phyllis L. Crocker and 20 Detroit Mercy Law alumni at 312 Chicago in the Loop.

  • 2016 Detroit Mercy Law Commencement

    The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law held its 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 13.

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  • COMMENCEMENT PHOTO GALLERY

    Detroit Mercy Law held its 103rd Commencement on May 13th for 143 graduates of the Class of 2016.

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