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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Student SPOTLIGHT

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Name: Mariah Mumford, Symposium Director 
Employer: Clark Hill PLC
Graduation Year: May, 2015

1. Why did you apply to be a member of Law Review?

I thought Law Review would be a great opportunity to network as well as a great way to hone my research and writing skills. I also liked the idea that Law Review gave me the opportunity to work closely with a professor while writing a journal article.

2. How has being a member of Law Review enhanced your law school experience?

Law Review has improved my law school experience by helping me form close relationships with classmates. Every Law Review member will agree that we spend countless hours in the library pulling sources and checking footnotes. Although source checking is a tedious task, it actually can be enjoyable when your fellow members are with you.

3. What are the advantages of being a member of Law Review? 

There are many advantages. As I said before, Law Review is a very beneficial way to work with a professor who is extremely knowledgeable in their field. Additionally, it also looks great on your resume.

4. What has been your favorite law school course? 

This is a tough question. One class I really enjoyed was Advanced Advocacy with Professor Richards. I think Professor Richards does a great job interacting with students. I also really enjoyed Copyright with Professor Abrams. This class actually inspired me to pursue copyright in the future. Finally, I also really liked Secured Transactions with Professor Becker. I found Secured Transactions very useful to both everyday consumers and large businesses.

5. What are your goals for the future? 

This fall, I will begin working at Clark Hill PLC as litigation associate in the Birmingham office. I found that Clark Hill was a great fit for me both professionally and personally. In addition, I would enjoy coming back to UDM as an adjunct professor in about ten years or so.

 

alumni SPOTLIGHT

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Name: Ellen Faba
Employer: The Findling Law Firm, PLC
Graduation Year: 2012

1. What did you like best about being a member of Law Review?

Law Review was a good opportunity to use my legal writing skills in a practical way. ALTA (Applied Legal Theory and Analysis) was a good start, but Law Review helped me see the application. Aside from the academic and professional benefits, being a member of Law Review provided social opportunities with like-minded students.

2. How did being a member of Law Review help prepare you for your career?

Being on Law Review is a practical application of the writing skills they teach you in law school. Obviously, we are not writing motions or briefs in Law Review, but you learn how to properly cite many different types of sources and about the gray areas of the law. Additionally, as a junior member you write an article on a topic of your choosing. At the end of the school year several of the student articles are published. Being published in law school is an awesome opportunity!

3. What is your favorite Law Review memory?

I really enjoyed the end of the year banquet on Belle Isle. It was fun to relax with all the members of Law Review. We had a nice dinner and awards were given out. The highlight is when they announce what student articles will be published in the next edition.

4. What are the advantages of being on Law Review?

To be blunt, employers like it. I've been asked about my article in interviews. It's a red flag that they are dealing with a good writer who gets involved. Additionally, it really allows you to hone your research and writing skills, which is an integral part of being a good lawyer.

5. What advice would you give to current/prospective law students?

GET LEGAL EXPERIENCE WHILE YOU ARE IN LAW SCHOOL. It's the key. It really is. Get all kinds of experience. Law Review, Moot Court, internships, and externships. Meet people and learn about the practice of law after graduation!

EVENTS


Lunch at the Michigan Bar Exam - East Lansing

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 11:30 am

Detroit Mercy Law will provide complimentary boxed lunches for alumni taking the Michigan Bar Exam on July 26 and July 27. Look for us outside the Breslin Center near Gate C during your lunch break each day. You can sit and relax or grab and go - whichever you prefer. For additional details, please contact Denise Hickey, Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations.


Red Mass 2016 - Atrium

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its 104th annual Red Mass on Tuesday, September 20, at noon at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium. Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., will celebrate the Mass. Father Kammer is a Jesuit priest, an attorney, and a member of the Southern Province of the Jesuits. He has been director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute since March of 2009. Hon. Victoria Roberts 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 is an opportunity for law students, judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and administrators of all faiths to come together and celebrate the beginning of the new judicial term and academic year. The School has hosted the Red Mass on behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit at Saints Peter and Paul since the School opened in 1912.


Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids - Amway Grand Hotel

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for Detroit Mercy Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, members of the judiciary, faculty, and students at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids on September 22 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.

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Golf Outing - The Inn at St. John's

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host a Golf Outing on September 30 at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, with a shotgun start at 12:00 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. All alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, students, and their guests are welcome to attend this exciting new event as part of Detroit Mercy's Homecoming festivities. More information will follow soon. Please contact
Denise Hickey or Amy Smith with any questions.

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NEWS

  • Ryan VanOver ’17 Addresses Drone Surveillance in the Detroit News

    The Detroit News recently published an op-ed piece by Ryan VanOver '17, on the issue of unlawful drone surveillance. VanOver recommends that the Michigan Legislature amend the statute to regulate recreational drone users.

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  • Vanessa Guerra ’17, Balances Law Studies with State Legislative Duties

    Legal News profiled Vanessa Guerra '17, who is currently serving her first term as State Representative in Michigan's 95th District. She is the youngest member of the House and serves as a trustee for Bridgeport Township, treasurer of Michigan Legislature's Progressive Women's Caucus and on the Governor's Criminal Justice Policy Commission.

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  • Detroit Mercy Law Community Mourns Those Killed in Orlando

    We were deeply saddened to learn that Christopher Andrew Leinonen, one of the people murdered on Sunday at the nightclub in Orlando, was the son of one of our graduates, Christine Leinonen ('98). Christopher's partner, Juan Guerrero, was also killed in the nightclub massacre. The two families are now planning a joint funeral instead of the wedding they had been anticipating. The death of every person at the club is tragic. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Christine and her family, to the Guerreros, and the families and friends of every person killed Sunday morning.

    Phyllis L Crocker

    Dean and Professor of Law
    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

  • Reception in the Windy City

    Chicago Law Alumni Reception 6-7-16

    We hit the road recently to visit our graduates in the Windy City. Alumni Association Board member Greg Thiess ('79) hosted a reception for Dean Phyllis L. Crocker and 20 Detroit Mercy Law alumni at 312 Chicago in the Loop.

  • 2016 Detroit Mercy Law Commencement

    The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law held its 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 13.

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  • COMMENCEMENT PHOTO GALLERY

    Detroit Mercy Law held its 103rd Commencement on May 13th for 143 graduates of the Class of 2016.

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