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 entitles every student to the opportunity to represent a live client.
  • * A unique law firm program that allows students to engage in simulated cases and transactions in specific practice areas.

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

Study Internationally

Study Internationally

  • * Dual degree program with the University of Windsor
  • * Extensive international law and comparative law courses
  • * Established relationship with Universite d"Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • * Downtown Detroit Location provides proximity to courts and employers
  • * Strong Alumni Network dedicated to supporting UDM graduates
  • * ability to pursue a concentration in Immigration Law

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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. Under UDM 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 Wilkins as soon as they arise.

2. Students using Exam 4 must register for it by April 18, 2014 (11:59 p.m.) and complete a practice exam. Students who DO NOT complete these two steps before April 18, 2014 (11:59 p.m.) take their exams using blue books; there are no exceptions to this procedure. UDM 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 (313-596-0273; 313-596-9835; Room 253).

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 UDM 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 Wilkins. Dean Wilkins 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 Wilkins 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 Wilkins.

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 UDM 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 UDM 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 UDM 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


Mock Interview Program with the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers - Room 121

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Before you attend the Public Interest Career Fair or participate in Spring OCI, put your interviewing skills to the test with a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.  Interviews will take place in 30-minute increments from 12:30-2:00 p.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Advance registration is required.  Interview times will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Annual Public Interest Career Fair - Atrium

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:00 pm

The Career Services Office in partnership with the Externship Program and SBA Public Interest Committee are pleased to present the Annual Public Interest Fair.  Meet representatives of local, state, national, and international government, public service, and non-profit organizations in a table talk format.  Bring copies of your resume (that comply with the samples in the Career Planning Manual).  No advance student registration is required.  Lunch will be provided.

Employer Online Registration is now available.


Lunch and Learn: Special Summer Program - Online Webinar

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Come learn more about UDM Law's conditional admission program, the Special Summer Program.

Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email.


Special Summer Program - Online Webinar

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Come learn more about UDM Law's conditional admission program, the Special Summer Program.

Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email.


Preparing for Fall On-Campus Interviews - Room 235

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Learn what you need to do before the semester ends and over the summer to prepare for the on-campus interview application process, particularly the Early Interview Session.  A duplicate session will be held at 5 p.m. for evening students and those who cannot attend this session due to scheduling conflicts.  A similar session will be held in June for Dual JD candidates.  Refreshments will be provided.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


Preparing for Fall On-Campus Interviews: Evening Edition - Room 249

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Learn what you need to do before the semester ends and over the summer to prepare for the on-campus interview application process, particularly the Early Interview Session.  This session is for upperclass evening students for whom summer 2016 will be their last summer in law school, and those who cannot attend the afternoon session due to scheduling conflicts.  A similar session will be held in June for Dual JD candidates.  Refreshments will be provided.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


Beyond OCI with Lexis: The Small Firm Job Search - Room 249

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Only a small percentage of students obtain their post-graduation employment through on-campus interviews. Find out how everybody else finds a job! Meet with us to discuss strategies for finding jobs with small mid-sized firms.  A duplicate session will be held at 5 p.m. for evening students.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


Beyond OCI with Lexis: The Small Firm Job Search-Evening Edition - Room 249

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Only a small percentage of students obtain their post-graduation employment through on-campus interviews. Find out how everybody else finds a job! Meet with us to discuss strategies for finding jobs with small mid-sized firms. This duplicate session is designed for evening students.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


March 4, 2015 - McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - UDM Law Campus

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law, religion, and society.  It seeks to educate students, legal professionals, and the public on a variety of questions related to moral philosophy, freedom of conscience, the interaction of legal and religious institutions, and the role of religion in public life.  Its goal is to encourage discussion of these issues in our community and deepen our understanding of them.  This year's lecturer is Professor Nelson Tebbe of Brooklyn Law School.  His topic is "Religion and Social Coherentism: A Progressive Theory of Religious Freedom."  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Room 226 of the School of Law, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium. Complimentary parking will be available in the Blue Cross lot nearby. Addditional details will be posted here shortly.

 

NEWS

  • UDM Law Warming Center Clinic on Tenant Rights

    Thirteen UDM first-year law students assisted attorneys from Legal Aid and Defender Association, Neighborhood Legal Services, and Detroit Center for Family Advocacy at a Clinic UDM Law hosted at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Warming Center on January 15.  The students and attorneys provided information and individual consultations to 35 guests on housing related matters.  Additionally, Sydney Booth ('14), a participant in UDM's Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program, introduced her newly formed law firm, Rushing Law, and conducted a short presentation on Criminal Expungement.  

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  • PROFESSOR DUBIN COMMENTS ON HIGH PROFILE CASES IN THE NEWS

    Professor Larry Dubin recently commented in The Detroit News on two high profile federal cases.  First, he discussed the DeBoer case, which challenges Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on January 16 that it would accept the case.  Professor Dubin stated in part, "Public opinion has shifted greatly, making this an issue that needs to be resolved due to the conflicting federal law that now exists."

    On January 23, Professor Dubin discussed the Kazan case, in which a Muslim woman filed suit against the City of Dearborn Heights and its police department, alleging that her constitutional rights were violated when she was forced to remove her hijab when she was booked by a male officer for a traffic violation.  Professor Dubin noted that the case involves conflicting rights:  "Ms. Kazan is entitled under the First Amendment protection of her religious beliefs including the wearing of a hijab, which may cover part of her face.  However, the police have the right to process a person who is being arrested."

    Justices to rule on same-sex marriage, Jan. 16, 2015, The Detroit News (quoting Prof. Lawrence Dubin)

    Woman sues Dearborn Heights for forced hijab removal, Jan. 23, 2015, The Detroit News (quoting Prof. Lawrence Dubin)

  • NEW SOLO AND SMALL FIRM INCUBATOR PROGRAM EARNS PRAISE BY STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN

    UDM Law's New Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program is featured on the State Bar of Michigan's Stories of Service website. The Program is praised as an innovative model for teaching recent graduates how to grow and sustain a solo practice while also meeting the legal needs of low-income clients through pro bono service.

    UDM Law’s New Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program Aims to Grow Better Lawyers, Jan. 21, 2015, State Bar of Michigan Website – Stories of Service

  • MANY DISTINGUISHED UDM LAW ALUMNI ARE SWORN IN TO OFFICE

    Many distinguished UDM Law alumni have been sworn in to serve as members of the judiciary and Legislature recently. We are proud of their ongoing commitment to the School of Law's mission and the example they set for our students in their service to the public.

    Macomb County's judiciary has a sister act. Suzanne Faunce ('98), a former county assistant prosecutor, and her sister, Circuit Judge Jennifer Faunce ('90), who won re-election, were sworn in on January 5 by retired District Judge and current Visiting Judge Sherman Faunce, their father. Both women stated that it was one of the "greatest moments in their lives" to be sworn in together and with their father beside them.  Related article:  Family affair: Faunce sisters sworn in as judges by father, Dec. 22, 2014, Macomb Daily

    Many other alumni have also been sworn in as members of the judiciary, including:

    Hon. Brian K. Zahra ('87) was re-elected to the Michigan Supreme Court.

    Hon. Michael J. Talbot ('71) was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to be Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

    Hon. Christopher Murray ('90) was re-elected to the First District of the Michigan Court of Appeals. Judge Murray is currently a member of the University of Detroit Mercy Inns of Court and is president of the DMBA Inns of Court.

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  • PROFESSOR BROUGHTON COMMENTS IN LAW360 ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS

    On January 7, Professor J. Richard Broughton commented in Law360, a national legal news service, on President Barack Obama's renewed nominations of 17 judicial candidates for the federal bench and the likely response of the new Republican-controlled Senate.

    Obama Judicial Noms Face Uphill Battle in Republican Senate, Jan. 7, 2015, Law360

  • CRIMINAL TRIAL CLINIC HAS SUCCESSFUL YEAR

    Students in UDM's Criminal Trial Clinic represent indigent misdemeanor defendants in district courts. The Clinic is led by Adjunct Professor Michael Morgan and Professor Richard Krisciunas. The following students won cases on the merits while acting as defense counsel in the Clinic in 2014:

    Nargiz Nesimova gained an acquittal at trial for a client charged with Obstructing a Police Officer.

    Robert Warchuk won a motion to dismiss for a client charged with Operating with a Suspended Driver's License, Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia, and violating the local knife ordinance.

    Amanda Gingrich convinced the city attorney to dismiss the case against her client charged with violating the local knife ordinance.

    Amanda Gingrich convinced the city attorney that the police had arrested the wrong man for Operating with a Suspended Driver's License.

    Jared Henry convinced the city attorney that police had arrested the wrong man for Obstructing a Police Officer.

    The Criminal Trial Clinic arranges for UDM law students to act as public defenders in district courts in Eastpointe, Hamtramck, Plymouth, and Troy.

    To learn more about the Criminal Trial Clinic, visit the Clinics' website.