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No Better Place to Learn Law and Make Connections

Students find a welcoming, supportive and diverse campus to learn, grow and connect with their fellow students, mentors and other legal professionals.

No Better Place to Learn Law and Sharpen Legal Skills

No Better Place to Learn Law and Sharpen Legal Skills

Writing is integral to the UDM Law curriculum beginning with the Applied Legal Theory and Analysis class in the first year.

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No Better Place to Learn Law and Gain Experience

The Law Firm Program bridges the gap between legal theory and legal practice. Students learn how a law firm works and gain valuable experience.

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NEW DOWNTOWN FACILITY FOR RENOWNED LEGAL AID CLINICS

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will officially dedicate the George J. Asher Law Clinic Center on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. The event includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.

The School of Law purchased the historic Detroit Fire Department's Engine 2 last February and fully renovated the facility to serve as the new home for its law clinical programs. Although the building was used for many other purposes after it was sold by DFD, its historic character was preserved through spiral staircases, exterior red fire doors, and a lookout tower.

The facility's opening is in conjunction with two significant milestones this year, the 100th anniversary of the School's founding and the 47th anniversary of its first Urban Law Clinic.  The two-story facility will provide more than 6,000 square feet of space for the School's 10 legal aid clinics in downtown Detroit.  Last year, more than 1,450 clients for whom legal services were otherwise unavailable were represented in the 10 clinics: Urban Clinic, Immigration, Mortgage Foreclosure, Veterans/Project SALUTE, Veterans Appellate, Criminal Trial, Criminal Appellate, Youth Justice, and Mediation Clinic.

The new facility is conveniently located on 585 Larned Street, a half block from UDM's Riverfront Campus, which houses the School's principal facility, Dowling Hall.  Funding for the purchase of the property, as well as the extensive renovation of the building, came from a principal gift made by UDM alumnus Anthony A. Asher, '61, '65, managing partner of the law firm of Sullivan, Ward, Asher, & Patton, P.C., based in Southfield, Michigan.  Anthony Asher made the gift in memory of his brother, George J. Asher, who was a student at the School of Law when he passed away.

Additional support for the purchase and renovation of the building came from the heirs of Walter Buhl Ford III, who were the immediate past owners of the building, and the McGregor Fund. 

"Service is one of the pillars of University of Detroit Mercy's mission, and for 47 years UDM's School of Law clinics have made a significant impact on the lives of many individuals in this community and across the country," said UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D. "And, as a result of this new facility, more pro bono legal services will be able to be provided through the clinics due to the generosity of donors, many of whom are dedicated UDM alumni," he added.

"The entire School of Law community is thrilled that we finally have an excellent facility to house one of the oldest and best clinical programs in the country," said UDM Law Dean Lloyd A. Semple.  "We are grateful to Anthony Asher, the children of Walter Buhl Ford III, the McGregor Fund, and others for providing the resources to undertake this wonderful project."

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EVENTS


How to Apply to Law School - July 24, 2014 Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Learn from the professionals the Do’s and Don’ts of Applying to Law School. During this event, you will get an in-depth look at UDM Law’s application process and what our admissions committee is looking for in prospective students.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the campus and speak with admissions representatives, faculty and current students.  Come see and find out why men and women have been choosing UDM Law for over  a 100 years for their legal education. 


Lunch at the Michigan Bar Exam - Michigan State University

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Complimentary boxed lunches will be served to UDM Law graduates who are taking the Michigan Bar Exam on July 29 and July 30.  Look for the Alumni Relations staff and other supporters at tables outside Gate C of the Breslin Center during your lunch breaks.  Best wishes on your studies!  

For additional information, please contact Assistant Dean Denise Hickey at 313-596-0202, hickeydp@udmercy.edu. 

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