• 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



  • 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.



  • 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



  • 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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December 5, 2014

8:30 a.m.                                 Continental Breakfast

8:50 a.m.                                 Welcome

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Dean Camille Cameron, University of Windsor Faculty of Law

9:00-9:30 a.m.                        Foundations

Who Is the ”Evolving” Student? 

The Next Gen & Millennial Generations

Laurie Brit-Smith, University of Detroit Mercy,

College of Liberal Arts & Education, Writing Program Director 


9:35-10:50 a.m.                     Teaching the Evolving Student—Part One


The Potential of Blended Learning Environments for Legal Research and Writing Courses

Shelley Kierstead, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University


Encouraging Appropriate Collaboration

Craig Smith, UNC Chapel Hill School of Law


Innovative and Interactive Techniques for Teaching Critical LAWR Skills to Today’s Law Students

Laura Reilly, SUNY Buffalo Law School 

10:50-11:00 a.m.                   Morning Break

11:00-11:55 a.m.                   Empowering the Evolving Student

Teaching Our Students Emotional Intelligence and Intentional Change Theory – A New Practice-Ready Demand of Law Firms

Kathryn Mercer, Case Western Reserve University School of  Law

Law School Dissonance - How Was It For You?

Margaret Liddle, University of Windsor Faculty of Law

12:00-12:30 p.m.                   Luncheon (Sponsored by BarBri) & Special Recognition Award to Professor Pamela Lysaght



12:30-1:45 p.m.                     Judicial and Employer Perspectives of the Evolving Student


 A Professionalism Panel

Honourable Mary Jo Nolan, Ontario Superior Court of Justice

                                                     Honorable Cynthia Diane Stephens, Michigan Court of Appeals

                                                     Karen Kienbaum, The Kienbaum Law Group PC Saura Sahu, Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC


1:45-2:00 p.m.                       Afternoon Break    


2:00-2:55 p.m.                       Academic Challenges & the Evolving Student


Where the Rubber Meets the Road:  Teaching the Current Law Student by Simplifying Concepts and Integrating Legal Writing and Doctrine  

Maureen Milliron & Kirk Miller, Ave Maria School of Law


What LARW Professors Can Learn from Teaching the Academically Worst Students

John Murphy, Texas A & M School of Law


3:00-4:15 p.m.                       Teaching the Evolving Student—Part Two


Teaching Millennials Legal Skills:  A Digital Marketing Approach

Renee Allen, Florida A & M University College of Law


I Love You, Mom, but Stay Out of My Arguments

Brenda Tofte, Qatar University College of Law


Parsing the Visual Rhetoric of Dress Codes

Karen Thornton, George Washington University Law School


4:20-4:50 p.m.                       The Evolving Professor? :  A Roundtable Discussion

4:50 p.m.                                Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m.                                Detroit Institute of Arts -- “Friday Night Live”

                                                (informal groups)


Promote Peace - Atrium

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 4:30 pm

To promote peace and tolerance in the law school community and beyond, Detroit Mercy Law will host a dedication and blessing ceremony of a peace pole in the courtyard, followed by a presentation in the atrium where law students will share stories of discrimination based on race, religion, gender, and ethnic background.

The peace pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of our hopes and dreams for peace in this world. This upcoming Promote Peace event is an effort to promote a culture of peace beginning with law students and expanding outward. Detroit Mercy Law joins many other organizations with a peace pole in Detroit, including the McNichols Campus of Detroit Mercy, Freedom House, Hope House, and the Fort Street Presbyterian Church.

For additional information, please contact Prof. Anne Yantus.

November 10, 2016: Prospective Student Open House - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 5:30 pm

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.  

Walk in Wednesday - University of Detroit Mercy

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Walk-in and visit with an Admissions representative without an appointment during exteneded evening hours.