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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Don't Let This Race By!

Sunday March 29, 2015 at 10:00 am

Assumption Park (see map), Windsor River Walk, Windsor Ontario.

5k Run or Walk

Race Details

The 5k course will begin at Assumption Park at the base of the Ambassador Bridge and continue along the beautiful Windsor Riverwalk.  Both runners and walkers are welcome.  The registration fee includes a t-shirt and a post-race celebration at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.  The race is open to the law school community and the public.

Registration

Registration will be $30 in advance , and $40 on race day.  Register at www.active.com.  On race day, participants are asked to check in at the registation table.

About the race for justice

The Race is organized by the School's Voice for Justice Committee in conjunction with the Student Bar Association.  Proceeds benefit the UDM Law Public Interest Fellowship Program which provides stipends to UDM Law students to serve during the summer months in areas of public service.

Fellowship program

UDM Law strives to teach students to be both skilled practitioners and compassionate professions.  The fellowships funded the the Public Interest Fellowship Program expand the School's longstanding tradition of service to the community and provides students the opportunity to learn while making a difference. Fellowships allow students to work in the public interest sector, enabling them to fulfill their call to serve and work toward the public good.  Students selected to receive the fellowships spend approximately eight weeks as summer interns at nonprofit organizations, serving or advocating for the poor, disadvantaged, marginalized, or underrepresented of society.

Since 2003, the UDM Law Public Interest Fellowship Program has funded approximately 100 students to service primarily in Detroit but also in locations throughout the United States and across the globe. Recipients have done interships with various nonprofit entities including:

  • Salvation Army
  • American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
  • Innocence Project of Florida
  • Cook County Public Defender's Office
  • Michigan Department of Civil Rights
  • Association of Defence Counsel - International Criminal Tribunal, The Hague
  • Freedom House
  • Association Jeunes pour Jeunes Social Center, Khemisset, Morocco
  • Chaldean Federation of America
  • Multicultural Council of Windsor
  • Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services
  • African Women's Lawyers' Association, Accra, Ghana
  • State Appellate Defenders Office
  • Archdiocese of Detroit
  • United Community Housing Coalition
     

Sponsorship

If you are interested in being one of the 2015 Race for Justice sponsors, please contact Denise Hickey at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 313-596-0202.  Details may be found on the Race for Justice Sponsorship Form.

In-Kind Sponsorship

In order to provide a great experience for our participants, we welcome in-kind donations.  Sponsoring the race provides many benefits, including:

  • The chance to market your organization to attorneys, judges, firms, law students and those in the legal community.
     
  • The chance to make a meaningful contribution to support our Fellowship Program which gives students the opportunity to serve and advocate for the poor, disadvantaged and underrepresented of society.

Hear from Past Fellows

I carried out my fellowship in the legal office at Freedom House, a temporary home for survivors of persecution seeking asylum in the U.S. My experience was invaluable. Not only was I able to develop and hone my legal abilities but I learned how to interact with clients in a professional yet compassionate manner, a skill that will certainly benefit me throughout my career. Aside from the personal gains from my fellowship, I knew that every day I was making a difference in people's lives and giving them hope for the future. Nothing compares to the feeling you get when you are able to give someone back their dignity and give them hope for a life without fear.

Sara Lowry
 

As a Voice for Justice Fellow I had a rather unusual work experience. I spent my summer working for Lake Ontario Waterkeepers (LOW), a registered charity based out of Toronto, Ontario. My work involved researching various issues affecting the great lakes water system and the regulatory environment. The Fellowship gave me the opportunity to work on a number of projects for LOW. I learned much about the issues affecting charities and helped LOW pursue it's mandate of preserving and protecting a drinkable, swimmable, and fishable water system. Part of my work involved independent investigation of areas with polluted water and the creation of reports for LOW. This was work that a small charity like LOW would otherwise have difficulty funding. I am incredibly thankful that the Voice for Justice Fellowship gave me an opportunity to work in a atypical legal environment dedicated to working for the public good.

Scott Seabrooke
 

Thanks to the Voice for Justice fellowship, during the summer of 2013 I interned at the Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice in Detroit. The experience I gained at a not-for profit law office with a long history of social justice work was invaluable to my development as a law student and future lawyer. I was able to enhance my legal research and writing skills by working on cases and projects critical to Detroit's progress at the time, such as the lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of Michigan's emergency manager law. I gained insight into the history of labor law and the National Lawyers' Guild, conducted outreach with public interest organizations, and had my first exposure to client intake. I attended the Detroit City Council hearings concerning the pet-coke piles on the Detroit riverfront, and I witnessed Sugar Law's successful oral argument on behalf of unionized workers in Adrian, MI. The attorneys, staff and other interns at Sugar Law were inspiring in their dedication to the betterment of Detroit and access to justice, and I gained a strong connection to the city's legal community. I am grateful to the Voice for Justice fellowship for being instrumental in my realization of the capacity for change that my fellow law students and I are capable of.

Sabrina Rewald

 runner 

Thank you for your support!

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>>

Event Details>>


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.

Event Brochure>>     Event Invitation>>

Sponsorship Form>>     Purchase Tickets>>

NEWS

  • Article on the Detroit Mercy Law Immigration Clinic in The Varsity News

    The Varsity News wrote a great article on the Detroit Mercy Law Immigration Clinic. 

    "Due to President Trump’s executive order, many citizens have recently started paying attention to matters of immigration. But law students and professors at Detroit Mercy have been heavily involved in this area long before it became a lead story.

    The clinic handles cases involving asylums, family sponsorship, Violence Against Women Act petitions and other issues."


    Read the full article here

  • 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