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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Welcome to UDM Law Academics

Our curriculum is designed to integrate theory, doctrine and practice to produce graduates who are practice ready. We achieve this through a layered approach to professional education, which starts with the theoretical and doctrinal foundations of the law in the first year. Moving into the subsequent years of training, more advanced doctrinal courses expose students to a wider body of law and to other legal systems through our array of international courses. Students are expected to take at least one course exposing them to another legal system. Students also have the opportunity to explore particular topics in depth with a variety of seminars. These seminars, as well as the writing assignments in the upper level required courses, will hone writing skills and allow students to develop a work product portfolio. Moving toward completion of their degrees, all students will complete one clinic and three credit hours of law firm program courses that take their theoretical and doctrinal training and put it to the service of a client in a real or simulated case.

A student at our law school will:

  • engage in live-client representation or related practice
  • participate in sophisticated simulations
  • develop a portfolio of written work product
  • develop a fidelity to ethical standards
  • understand the importance of the global community in the practice of law
  • learn to serve others and
  • be exposed to the School's Roman Catholic identity in ways that promote discussions about the intersection of faith and law

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Wilkins, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at (313) 596-0250.

EVENTS


Orientation Welcome Event & Dinner - UDM Law Campus

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 5:00 pm

UDM Law's Fall 2015 Mandatory JD Orientation.

All incoming students (Day & Evening), and their parents and spouses/significant others are invited to a Welcome Event & Dinner on Thursday, August 13 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  Students may RSVP for their guests here.


Red Mass - UDM Law Campus

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm

UDM's 103rd Annual Red Mass and Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church beginning at 12:00 p.m., followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium of the School of Law.  Red Mass is an occasion for judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and law students of all faiths to pray together at the beginning of the new judicial term, asking God to bless, strengthen, and enlighten us, so that in cooperation and mutual trust we may effectively achieve justice for all.

The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Ph.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, will celebrate the Mass.  Hon. Patrick J. Duggan ('58) of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will lead the Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment.

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Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Novi - State Bar of Michigan

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for UDM Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, and members of the judiciary at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Suburban Collection in Novi on Thursday, October 8, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.


Reunion for All Law Alumni - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm

The School of Law's annual Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 24, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the School's Riverfront Campus.  As part of the festivities, we will celebrate the selection of Hon. Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. as UDM's 2015 Alumni Award recipient and the special anniversaries of the classes of 1965, 1990, and 2005.  The Reunion is for all School of Law alumni.  Additional details will be posted soon.

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