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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Access/Circulation

Access Policy ▼

The University of Detroit Mercy is a private institution. The Kresge Law Library is open to all faculty, staff, students and alumni of the university. In addition, the Law Library is a selective Federal Depository Library, and as such is open to members of the public so they may access legal materials obtained through this program.

Access Rules ▼

  • Members of the public may not access the Law Library unless working on a legal project. Lounging and loitering are prohibited.
     
  • Members of the public may not access the study rooms and may not use the student computers.
     
  • Study rooms may only be used by Detroit Mercy law students.
     
  • Only Detroit Mercy law students may use the student computer workstations. However, the library has an open wireless network for those who have devices with wireless capabilities.
     
  • Legal research terminals are available for members of the public. These terminals are located near the Reference Desk. They have no word processing or independent Web surfing capabilities.
     
  • Access to the Law Library may be restricted at critical times of the year, such as during midterms and final exams. Restricted hours will be posted onsite.
     
  • Under no circumstances will members of the public be allowed to conduct business transactions or client meetings in the library.
     
  • Members of the public may not disrupt or interfere with the activities of our students.
     
  • Patrons are not allowed to dispense legal advice.
     
  • The librarian in charge has the sole discretion in determining what activities are unacceptable.

Circulation Policy ▼

General Rules:

  • Any item may be recalled after the initial borrower has had it for two weeks. The Detroit Mercy Law Library reserves the right to recall an item before the two weeks has expired, if warranted by special circumstances. Recall requests are handled at the Circulation Desk.
     
  • All checked out items may be renewed once, either in person, by telephone, or via email. If a member of the staff does not respond to an email renewal, the item has not been renewed. All subsequent renewals must be in person, with the item being presented to library staff at the Circulation Desk. If a student is unwilling to present an item, it will be deemed a "Missing Book." The Missing Book designation also applies to any book reported as lost and any book that library staff cannot locate within a reasonable period of time.
     
  • Students and alumni will be charged for missing books. Failure to pay for a lost item in a timely fashion may result in suspended or terminated borrowing privileges. Charges for lost items cover the actual replacement cost of the item, plus a $25.00 processing fee. If an item's value cannot be ascertained, students and alumni will be required to pay a replacement fee of $75.00, plus the $25.00 processing fee, to the Library Development Fund.

Detroit Mercy Law Students:

  • Your name must be listed in our patron records; if not, you need to obtain confirmation from the Registrar that you are a registered student. A picture I.D. is required in order to check out materials.
     
  • All books that are checked out to law students are due on the last day of the semester.
     
  • Student borrowing privileges are suspended when an item is more than seven days overdue or when there is more than one overdue item. Any student who fails to return all library materials before graduating will not be eligible for alumni borrowing privileges.

Detroit Mercy Law Faculty:

  • Faculty members of Detroit Mercy Law School may check out materials for up to one year. All borrowings must be recorded by library staff at the Circulation Desk.
     
  • Library staff must be able to repair or update checked out items in a timely manner, and as such may require their temporary return.

Detroit Mercy Law Alumni:

  • Detroit Mercy Law alumni may check out library materials if they have a library patron record. If your name is not listed in our library records, you must obtain confirmation of your graduate status from the Alumni Relations office (313-596-0202). Once Alumni Relations notifies the library of your alumni status, you may check out materials by presenting a picture I.D. to library staff.
     
  • Alumni may check out up to two circulating items, for a period of four weeks. Materials may be renewed once for a period of two weeks.
     
  • Unless alternative arrangements are made with library staff prior to an item's due date, your borrowing privileges will be permanently terminated if you fail to return a book or pay for its replacement within 72 hours of a late notice or 48 hours of an item recall.

Members of the Public:

  • Members of the public have no checkout privileges.

EVENTS


Walk in Wednesday - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 5:00 pm

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


Patent Drafting Competition Reception - Atrium

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Detroit Mercy Law is hosting its Second Annual Patent Drafting Competition, beginning with a reception on Friday, February 10, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm in the atrium. Competitors from 12 law schools across the U.S. and Canada will join leaders of intellectual property law, including representatives of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and attorneys, alumni, faculty, and administrators, to kick-off the competition. The competition will be held on Saturday, February 11, at the USPTO satellite office in Detroit, a few minutes from the Detroit Mercy Law campus. For additional information regarding the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Assistant Dean Denise Hickey.

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


Walk in Wednesday - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 5:00 pm

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


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 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>>


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.


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>>

NEWS

  • Legal News Features 2L Nate Mark

    Mark NathanielLegal News wrote a feature article on 2L student Nate Mark who recently had an article he wrote published in the State Bar's Real Property E-Newsletter. 

    His article, "Builder & Developer Beware: Narrow MCPA License Exemption, & Conditional Right to Amend Declaration", ran in the June 2016 edition.

    Read the full Legal News feature here

  • Professor Aoun Writes Article for The Globe and Mail

    Professor Wissam Aoun, Assistant Professor and Director of the International Intellectual Property Law Clinic, recently wrote an article for The Globe and Mail regarding Canada's regulation of the patent-agent profession. 

    Read the full article here.

  • An Open Letter to the Electors

    An open letter to the electors, written by Detroit Mercy Law Professor, Khaled Beydoun, appeared in a variety of newspapers across the country last week. 

    Read the letter here. 

  • Legal News Interview With Alum Paul C. Young

    Legal News recently interviewed Paul C. Youngs ('98). A practicing defense attorney since '98, Youngs has tried many cases and attended the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College five different years: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

    Read teh full interview here

  • Legal News Features 3L Kristina Tiessen

    Tiessen Kristina Resized

    Detroit Legal news published a feature article on 3L Kristina Tiessen.

    After her 1L year, Tiessen took advantage of her study abroad opportunities and studied International Law in The Hague and Nuremberg, Germany.

    She also interned at Michigan Attorney General's Office in the Civil Rights and Liberties Division and at the United Nations in New York. 

    "The people I met inspired me to become a lawyer dedicated to social justice and change, and inspired me to become a better person."

  • Professor Archibald Publishes Ground-Breaking Article on Transgender Bathroom Rights

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    Detroit Mercy Law Professor Catherine J. Archibald has written a ground-breaking article on transgender Bathroom Rights.

    This is the only law journal article of direct relevance to the case of Gloucester County School Board v. G. G. The case concerns a transgender student, Gavin Grimm, who seeks to use the boys' bathroom in a Virginia high school. The Fourth Circuit ruled in favor of the student and granted Grimm the right to use the boys' bathroom. The U.S. Supreme Court then issued an emergency stay in the case and will hear oral arguments sometime this term. 


    Her article, Transgender Bathroom Rights, will be published this month in the Fall 2016 edition of the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy.

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