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 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.

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

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

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • * 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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Alumni Spotlight

Anthony Agosta Photo

Name: Anthony A. Agosta

Employer: Clark Hill PLC

City / State / Province: Detroit, Michigan

Graduation Year: 1997

What is your current position and what do you do? 

I am a partner in a national law firm based out of Detroit, Michigan. I practice in our Litigation Practice Group with a focus on Commercial Litigation and Products Liability.

Have you had other jobs during your career?

I clerked for the Honorable Robert E. DeMascio in the United District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The year I spent with Judge Demascio made me realize I wanted to be a litigator.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy meeting clients, getting to know their business, and challenges. This provides the opportunity to understand the client and what it is trying to accomplish when I'm hired.

What impact did UDM Law have on you personally and professionally?

UDM opened doors for me here in the Detroit Metro area. UDM provided me the legal skills I use in my job today. It also taught me how to perform in a group environment and work effectively with a variety of personalities.

How have relationships you formed in law school furthered your professional career?

Some of my best friends today were my classmates at UDM. I continue to try to give back to the law school, which allows me to continue to meet colleagues and develop new relationships in the legal market.

What advice do you have for prospective law students today?

Study hard, but enjoy the experience, and get involved on campus. The next three years will be difficult, but if you prepare you will be fine. You will learn that the students and alumni are passionate about the school and provide an excellent network for you to succeed.

Why would you recommend UDM Law to a prospective student?

As an attorney who hires law students, UDM students are ready to practice day one. UDM's clinics and law firm curriculum provide a unique experience that hiring attorneys and law firms are looking for in attorneys. UDM has an excellent reputation in both the bench and bar, and is a reputation we hope will continue to grow and flourish.




EVENTS


Orientation Family Welcome Event & Dinner - UDM Law Campus

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 5:00 pm

UDM Law's Fall 2015 Mandatory JD Orientation.

All incoming students (Day & Evening), and their parents and spouses/significant others are invited to a Family Welcome Event on Thursday, August 13 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.  Followed by Dinner from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.  Children are welcome to attend the Family Dinner.  

Students must RSVP their guests for Dinner by Friday, August 7, 2015.


Red Mass - UDM Law Campus

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm

UDM's 103rd Annual Red Mass and Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church beginning at 12:00 p.m., followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium of the School of Law.  Red Mass is an occasion for judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and law students of all faiths to pray together at the beginning of the new judicial term, asking God to bless, strengthen, and enlighten us, so that in cooperation and mutual trust we may effectively achieve justice for all.

The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Ph.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, will celebrate the Mass.  Hon. Patrick J. Duggan ('58) 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 Details>>


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, and members of the judiciary at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Suburban Collection in Novi on Thursday, October 8, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.


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 selection of Hon. Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. as UDM's 2015 Alumni 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 will be posted soon.

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