UDM Law is located in the heart of downtown Detroit within walking distance of courts and employers. This proximity makes it easy for students to participate in our extensive externship program and to work part time as upper class students. The proximity also allows practicing attorneys to participate in our lunch with a lawyer program and help with mock interviews as well as teach many of our law firm program classes, classes in which students work on a simulated case or transaction and do the type of assignments expected of junior associates.
UDM Law students and graduates are supported by a strong network of alumni who practice throughout the United States and around the world. Our alumni have a history of success with recent graduates serving as judicial clerks, prosecutors and defense counsel, and as attorneys in law firms and in solo practice. Over 200 graduates are active or retired members of the judiciary, and many of the managing partners at law firms in the Metro Detroit area are grads of UDM Law.
We have two new programs designed to enhance the career opportunities of our students. First, students may earn a Certificate in Immigration Law if they excel in a rigorous course of doctrinal and practical Immigration Law classes. This Certificate signifies that the students have the substantive knowledge and skills needed to practice Immigration Law successfully. Second, this fall UDM Law will launch the Sole and Small Firm Practice Incubator Program. This Program, supported by an ABA grant, will provide these graduates with guidance and support as they work to build their practices with a focus on providing access to the legal system to poor and moderate income individuals.