Commencement 2017

Commencement 2017

Friday, May 12. For more information please read the FAQ.

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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Final Exam Rules and Procedures

General Guidelines 

1. Students should review the final examination schedule when registering each term to avoid final examination conflicts. To preserve anonymous grading, students should not discuss exam conflicts or emergencies with their professors. Final examination conflicts, illnesses, and emergencies are handled by Associate Dean Megan Jennings. Students requesting special or make-up exams also are asked to contact Dean Jennings ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 313-596-0209; Room 131) by April 25, 2016. Under Detroit Mercy Law's Student Handbook, students may request to have an exam re-scheduled if they have three exams in two consecutive days. Students are encouraged to discuss any exam concerns or questions with Dean Jennings as soon as they arise.

2. Students using Exam 4 must register for it by April 25, 2016 (11:59 p.m.) and complete a practice exam. Students who DO NOT complete these two steps before April 25, 2016 (11:59 p.m.) take their exams using blue books; there are no exceptions to this procedure. Detroit Mercy Law provides all blue books, Scantron sheets, pencils, scratch paper, and ear plugs for students. Students experiencing problems with Exam 4 before the examination period may contact Technical Support (313-596-9831; 313-596-9835; Room 253, 255).

3. First year JD and Dual JD students continue to park in Christ Church during the review and final exam periods.

4. The Library posts extended hours on Friday and weekends during the review and final exam periods.

5. The Student Service Center (SSC) posts the final examination room assignments a few days before exams begin. Most exams are not administered in the same classrooms in which the classes took place.

6. Final exams take place on the second and third floors of the law school. During the review and final exam periods, please be as quiet as possible in the classroom, library, and study areas.

On the Day or Evening of a Final Examination

1. Students report to the exam room 30 minutes before the start of the exam to check in with the proctors. Please double check the Final Examination Room Assignment Schedule the morning of an examination; infrequently, an exam may be assigned to another room due to building problems, etc. There is no talking in an exam room before, during, or after the exam.

2. Students must have their Detroit Mercy Law ID card and four-digit final examination number with them at all times during the final examination period.

3. Students may bring the following into an exam in a clear plastic zipper bag (maximum size: one gallon): wallet, keys, writing utensils, Kleenex, etc. Students also may bring a beverage with a cap or lid and a snack (nothing that causes noise upon opening, like a bag of chips). Students using Exam 4 may bring a notebook/laptop in its carrying case.

4. Students also may bring one backpack or one purse or one briefcase into the room—one per person. Student place these items at the front of the room during the exam.

5. Students may not bring the following items into the exam room at any time before, during, or after the exam:

Cell phones/Smart phones

Books unless allowed by the professor

Notes unless allowed by the professor

Scratch paper unless allowed by the professor

Beepers

Beeping watches (Analog watches allowed.)

Digital watches (Analog watches allowed.)

Timers

Headsets

Headphones or ear plugs (The School provides ear plugs at student request.)

Electronic, photographic, and recording devices

Listening devices

Calculators unless allowed by the professor

Hats or hoods other than religious attire

6. Students are advised to use the restroom before checking in for an exam. Restrooms and halls are monitored during final exams. Once exams start, proctors will allow only one student at a time to leave the room to use the restroom. A student must leave his/her exam with the proctor, sign out, and sign in upon his/her return.

7. The proctor determines the start and stop times for all exams using the clock in the classroom.

8. Students who arrive 15 minutes late or less for an exam may take the exam but are limited to the original "stop time" for the exam. Students arriving more than 15 minutes late for an exam will be referred to Dean Jennings. Dean Jennings determines if a student will be allowed to take an exam for which the student arrived more than 15 minutes late.

9. Students who are ill before an exam are asked to see Dean Jennings before the start of the exam. Students who become ill during an exam should take their exam to the proctor, advise the proctor that they are sick, and immediately see Dean Jennings.

10. On rare occasions, students may notice typographical errors on an examination. The great majority of these errors do not create any ambiguity; students should simply answer the question asked (as if there had been no typographical error). Should a potential error create an ambiguity in an essay question, students should note the ambiguity, state their assumptions about the meaning of the question being asked or the fact provided, then proceed to answer the question. Only in the instance of an obvious substantive error or a grievous ambiguity should students consult the proctor.

11. Students who finish an exam may leave the exam room after submitting their exams. Please leave quietly and refrain from loud talking in the halls, study areas, and library. No one may leave the exam room after the 15-minute warning.

12. Students are not allowed to discuss the contents of exams with faculty until grades are submitted. Students are advised not to discuss exams with one another unless certain that all of the students have taken the exam.

Taking a Final Examination

1. Under the Student Handbook, students are required to follow the proctor's directions during an examination. Failure to do so is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

2. PROCTORS REQUIRE STUDENTS TO PLACE ALL BACKPACKS, PURSES, NOTEBOOK/TABLET CASES, ETC. AT THE FRONT OF THE ROOM DURING AN EXAM.

3. Students check in with the proctor during the 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the exam. To check in, students present their Detroit Mercy Law ID to the proctor at the podium. The proctor will check off the names of students who check in. Students return to their seats and place their Detroit Mercy Law ID in front of them on the table.

4. The proctors distribute exams and exam materials after they have checked in all students. In E4 exam rooms, the proctor will ask students to complete the Release of Liability form before distributing the exam materials. Proctors then distribute blue books, Scantrons, etc., as needed for the exam. Lastly, proctors distribute the exam itself, placing it face down on the table in front of the student. Students may not turn over the exam until directed to do so by the proctor. Students may not make notes on the exam or scratch paper until the exam begins. Students may not use pens, pencils, or a notepad/tablet until the exam begins. Students must place their Detroit Mercy Law ID card on the table

5. At the start of the exam, the proctor will direct students to write their exam numbers on their blue books, exams, and Scantron sheets where applicable. Individual exam instructions may dictate that students place exam numbers on every page of the test, etc. Please follow the professors' instructions carefully.

6. Professors include instructions for an exam on the first page. Please make certain to count the pages of the exam to confirm that the exam is not missing any pages and to see how the exam is arranged: true/false, essay, short answer, multiple choice. Professors often have specific requirements such as: writing on every other line, writing on one side of a page, a required reading period, word limitation, etc.

7. The proctor determines the start and stop time for an exam using the clock in the classroom. The proctor will announce 15-minute, 5-minute and 1-minute warnings before the end of an exam. Once the proctor calls time, students must stop writing or typing immediately. There are no exceptions.

8. At the end of the exam, the proctor will check in students and exams. No more than on student may check in at the podium at a time. There is no talking in the exam room during check in. This is strictly enforced. Students checking in must return exam answers, the exam itself, all scratch paper, and all unused blue books. Exam 4 users will upload their exams following the proctor's directions before turning in their test materials.

9. Please remember to leave the exam room quietly and to remain quiet in the halls, study areas, and library throughout the review and exam periods.




EVENTS


Book Awards Ceremony & Reception - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its annual Book Awards ceremony on February 28, 2017 at 5:00pm at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, followed by a celebratory reception in the atrium. Business attire is required.

The Book Awards celebrate outstanding academic and service achievement. Detroit Mercy Law presents the Book Awards to students who have ranked first in a law school course in the preceding year or who have provided exceptional service to the school. Students on the Dean’s Honor List are also acknowledged.  


McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law and religion. This year's lecturer is Intisar A. Rabb, a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. Dr. Rabb also holds an appointment as a Professor of History at Harvard University and as the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The title of Dr. Rabb's Lecture is, "Qāḍī Justice: Islamic Law as Procedure."

The lecture will be held on March 2, 2017, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in room 226, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

Register Online for McElroy Lecture>>

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Law Review Symposium - Room 226

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8:30 am

The Law Review will host its annual symposium on March 3, 2017. The symposium will feature legal professionals and scholars from across the country to discuss the American Bar Association's implementation of Standards 314 and 315, which deal with formative assessments in law school classrooms.

For more information click HERE.


Detroit Mercy Law Aspiring Attorneys Workshop (By Invitation Only) - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:00 am

Detroit Mercy Law will host its 1st  Annual Aspiring Attorneys Workshop on Friday, March 10th, 9:00 am - 12:30pm. This program is aimed at introducing high school junior and seniors from select schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District to the law school and hopefully spark an interest in pursuing a legal career.

 

Students will participate in a mock law school class taught by one of our professors, engage in activities aimed at exploring different areas of the law and career options, tour the law school, and participate in a college readiness workshop. Lunch will be provided.

 

For more information, please contact Eric McCloud, mcclouer@udmercy.edu, (313)-596-0264.

 

This event is sponsored by the Law School Admission Council as part of DiscoverLaw.org Months.


Prof. Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament - Atrium

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 4:00 pm

The Professor Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Detroit Mercy Law upperclass students will be held on campus in March. Professor Keenan served on the Detroit Mercy Law faculty from 1976 until he passed away in 2006. He taught numerous courses, including constitutional law, evidence, criminal law, trial practice, torts, and professional responsibility. From humble beginnings as a storefront lawyer, he was always passionate about the law and taught his students the importance of fair representation for people from all walks of life.

The preliminary rounds will be held on March 10 and March 11 and the final round will be on March 15. Alumni are needed to judge the preliminary rounds and may RSVP to the Moot Court Board of Advocates. Questions may be directed to Professor Gary Maveal.


March 11, 2017: Prospective Student Open House - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 9:00 am

Find out why men and women have been choosing Detroit Mercy Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how Detroit Mercy 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.  

To register, email cemccarthy@udmercy.edu with your name L number and number of guests.


Erin Go Law Networking Reception - Atrium

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 5:00 pm

The Board of Directors of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association invites judges, attorneys, and Detroit Mercy law students to attend its career networking reception, "Erin Go Law," on Thursday, March 16, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the atrium of the School of Law. 

Register Online>>         More Information>>


A Day in the Life of a Detroit Mercy Law Student - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

We invite you to experience "A Day in the Life of a Detroit Mercy Law Student" on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

You will meet members of the Detroit Mercy Law faculty, administration and current student and will sit in on a real class. Lunch or dinner will be provided and optional Law School Tours are also available. 

Email Caitlin McCarthy at cemccarthy@udmercy.edu to RSVP. Please include your full name, which section you'll be attending and rank the class preference (of the ones listed within the time slot you chose). 

RSVP by March 15th and you will be notified of your assigned class by March 17th.

Day Section A: 10:00 AM - 1:50 PM

Class options:

  • Estates and Trusts
  • Criminal Law
  • Canadian & US Business Organizations (students interested in Dual JD Program)

 

Day Section B: 12:30 PM - 3:25 PM

Class options:

  • Contracts
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • US Constitutional Law (students interested in Dual JD Program)

 

Evening Section: 4:30 AM - 7:20 PM

Class options: 

  • Contracts
  • Professional Responsibility

BLSA Vegas Night - Pi Banquet Hall

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 7:00 pm

The Detroit Mercy Law Black Law Students Association is hosting its 12th annual Vegas Night on Saturday, March 25, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at Pi Banquet Hall in Southfield. Questions regarding the event may be directed to BLSA's President, Alex Green IV.

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NEWS

  • Adjunct Professor Dennis Clark Displays Passion for Giving Back

    Legal News featured Adjunct Professor Dennis Clark and the volunteer work he does in the Detroit community. Clark is a lifelong volunteer at a variety of organizations including City Connect Detroit, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing solutions to problems facing local youth and their families, where he serves as board chair.

    Read the full article here

  • State Bar of Michigan A Lawyer Helps Features Article on Judge Michelle Rick

    The State Bar of Michigan A Lawyer Helps featured an article on Judge Michelle Rick (professor of our Access to Justice course) and her activities as District 7 Director for the National Association of Women Judges.

    The Face of Justice program is a pilot program NAWJ created with the State Bar and Lansing Schools.  The intention of the program is to encourage young women and minorities to see themselves as a face of justice. 

    Read the full article here

  • Professor Alex Vernon Featured on the Cover of Detroit Legal News

    Alex Vernon WED 5942Professor Alex Vernon, Director of our Immigration Law Clinic, was featured on the cover of Thursday’s Detroit Legal News about his work to aid immigrants affected by the recent executive order.


    Read the full article here

  • Dual JD 2L Featured in the Legal News

    Dual JD Program 2L Nashara Peart was featured in the Legal News. “Given the recent change in American government and the extensive media coverage on the results of the change in power, I find it exciting to be studying law at this moment in history”.  Read the full feature here

  • Professor Beydoun and Alum Abed Ayoub were Panelists for a "Teach-In"

    Professor Khaled Beydoun and alumnus Abed Ayoub ('05) of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee were panelists for a "teach-in" hosted by the Harvard Arab Students Association Wednesday. They shared legal advice with Harvard's international students potentially impacted by President Trump's recent travel ban. 

    Read the article here

  • Lunch with a Lawyer Program

    Alumnae Florence Schoenherr-Warnez ('57) and Dana M. Warnez ('96) met with law students yesterday as part of our Lunch with a Lawyer Program. The mother/daughter duo had a strong impact on all of us who attended. They practice together at Schoenherr Cahill & Warnez PC in Center Line.

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