• * 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.



  • * 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



  • * 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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Student Spotlight


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


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.




Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Novi - State Bar of Michigan

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for UDM Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, members of the judiciary, faculty, and students at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Hyatt Place Hotel - Hyatt Cafe in Novi on Thursday, October 8, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.
State Bar Annual Meeting Reception Invitation>>

Meet the Judges Reception - Atrium

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Meet judges of the federal and state courts during a casual reception in the UDM Law atrium and café on Thursday, October 15.  The schedule for the evening  is:  registration from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.; welcome remarks 6:00 - 6:10 p.m.; group photo 6:10 - 6:15 p.m.; network and meet the judges 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. UDM Law is co-sponsoring this event with the Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit; Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers; and the Polish American Lawyers Society.
Meet the Judges Invitation>>
RSVP for Reception>>

Law Review Symposium on the Great Lakes - Room 226

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 9:30 am

The UDM Law Review will host a symposium entitled, "The Public Trust Doctrine:  An Ancient Tool for Protecting the Great Lakes from New Hazards," on Friday, October 16, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. in room 226.  Topics include, "A Proper Framework for the Public Trust Doctrine and the Great Lakes," and "Trails and Microplastics:  New Developments."  The symposium is complimentary but advance registration is required.

Law Review Symposium Invitation>>

Reunion for All Law Alumni - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm

The School of Law's annual Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 24, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the School's Riverfront Campus.  As part of the festivities, we will celebrate the the 50th anniversary of our clinical program; selection of Hon. Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. as UDM's 2015 Alumni Award recipient and Richard T. Krisciunas as the 2015 Time and Talent Award recipient; and the special anniversaries of the classes of 1965, 1990, and 2005.  The Reunion is for all School of Law alumni.  Additional details may be found on the Reunion website.


November 14, 2015: Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 9:00 am

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.  

January 7, 2016: Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 5:30 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.  


  • Professor Richard Broughton discusses gun control on WDET radio today

    Catch UDM Law Professor Richard Broughton with Detroit Free Press editor Stephen Henderson this morning on WDET's "Detroit Today." The subject is "Gun Control in America" from 9:00 - 9:40 a.m., and they will take phone calls. It will re-run again from 7:00 -7:40 p.m. this evening on WDET 101.3-FM. LISTEN NOW


    The legal community came together to celebrate UDM Law's 103rd annual Red Mass on September 29.  Judges, attorneys, civic leaders, faculty, and law students of all faiths filled Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church to pray together at the beginning of the new judicial term. View Red Mass Photos>>  Read More>>



    Professor Alex Vernon represented the Immigration Law Clinic in participating in "Become a Citizen Day" hosted by the Chaldean Community Foundation and the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit on Saturday, September 19, in Sterling Heights. Attorneys and volunteers from these organizations and other firms assisted permanent residents in applying for citizenship. This was part of a nation-wide effort coordinated by organizations including the American Immigration Lawyers Association.



    Four UDM Law students will compete in the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan's 16th Annual National Trial Advocacy Competition in Lansing on October 9-11, 2015. The prosecution team will be led by Scott Ruark and Nina Paolini-Lotarski, and the defense team members are Hannah Treppa and Patrina Bergamo.



    UDM Law will offer new programming this fall to meet the needs of its entrepreneurial-minded students and graduates interested in developing their own law practices. Eight different free workshops have been scheduled for September 23 to November 18 at the School of Law campus, exploring the practical implications of developing a solo or small firm practice, and some will also be available for online viewing. The School was awarded a $30,000 grant from the DeWitt C. Holbrook Memorial Fund to fund and expand its Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program to add these workshops through a new Center for Solo and Small Firm Practice.

    Register for Workshops>>

    Press Release>>


    In the Fall 2015 issue of Conversations, a semi-annual magazine published by the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, alumnus Allen Elzerman '03 praises UDM Law's commitment to social and criminal justice.  In his article, "On Loan to the Poor," Elzerman discusses how he personifies that commitment through his work as a public defender and how his sense of fulfillment is more important than financial gain.

    On Loan to the Poor, Conversations magazine, Issue 48 - Fall 2015 (written by Allen Elzerman '03)