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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Red Mass

UDM's first Red Mass was celebrated on September 7, 1877, the very first year the University was in operation.  It reflects the University's commitment to its Roman Catholic heritage from the very beginning.  While many things have changed, this founding vision remains the same.  The School of Law began hosting the Mass when it began operation in 1912.

It's a part of the celebration that emphasizes the religious roots of the University and the School of Law.   However, it is not only a Mass for the School of Law, but for all of the judges, lawyers, law students and those who work in our justice system in the City of Detroit.  It is a service to the Archdiocese which we have offered as part of our presence in this City.

 The name Red Mass comes from the color of the vestments that the priest wears.  The priest wears red because the Mass is held specially to invoke the Holy Spirit in guiding judges and lawyers during the coming year.   The color red symbolizes the Holy Spirit since scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit appeared as tongues of fire and descended on the twelve disciples.

When the Mass initially started in Europe, the judges wore red robes as well.  The Mass coincided with the beginning of the judicial term for the courts.  We try to keep that tradition alive by hosting it on the last Tuesday in September each year.

Since the Mass calls on divine guidance for members of the legal profession, it is appropriate for all those licensed by the State Bar to recall the fundamental values and obligations that come with the privilege of belonging to the profession.  Every year, the Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment is lead by a high ranking member of the judiciary. Renewing the Oath of Commitment connects the request for spiritual guidance with the fundamental purpose of providing a system of justice for our community. 

  

Baccalaureate Liturgy

At the end of each academic year, the law school community gathers in thanksgiving to recognize the graduating class.  The Liturgy is an integral part of the graduation ceremonies and begins the celebration by providing an opportunity for the graduates and their families to pray together.  It is an opportunty to recognise the blessings they have received and ask for guidance and support in the coming transition to future opportunities and challenges.

The Liturgy is held next door to the law school at Sts. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church with a priest from the Jesuit community at UDM presiding.  Members of the graduating class are invited to serve as readers, gift bearers and in other roles to help make the Liturgy an act of service as well as a expression of thanks to God.  

EVENTS


January 17, 2015 - Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 9:15 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 21, 2015 - Walk-in Wednesday - UDM Law Campus

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Join us for Walk-in Wednesdays. The Admissions Office extends its office hours for students who are interested in learning more about the UDM Law advantage, the application process, and law school in general. No appointment is necessary.


March 4, 2015 - McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - UDM Law Campus

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law, religion, and society.  It seeks to educate students, legal professionals, and the public on a variety of questions related to moral philosophy, freedom of conscience, the interaction of legal and religious institutions, and the role of religion in public life.  Its goal is to encourage discussion of these issues in our community and deepen our understanding of them.  This year's lecturer is Professor Nelson Tebbe of Brooklyn Law School.  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Room 226 of the School of Law, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

 

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