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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Law School Scholarships

Scholarships are funds that are awarded to a student and are generally based on merit, talent or service rather than on financial need. Scholarships may be available both from University and outside sources.

Scholarships must be considered part of a student's total financial aid package as they are resources to be used for the student's educational costs. Students are responsible to notify the Financial Aid Office of any outside scholarships or other resources they receive so that their awards can be adjusted to accommodate the outside funding.

Law School Scholarships

The Law School awards a variety of scholarships to students each year. Some of these are based on academic excellence, others on service in leadership roles in certain student organizations. In addition, there may be competitions for scholarship funds from endowed scholarship programs which have specific qualifications for an award.

First-year (Law Dean's) scholarships are generally based upon a student's application data, including grade point average from the student's transcripts, LSAT scores and more. These may be for a specific amount or a percentage of tuition up to a cumulative maximum, and may or may not be renewable. Renewable scholarships generally require a student to earn a competitive grade point average for renewal.

Upper-class scholarships are non-renewable and are based either upon academic excellence, leadership or service. A student may earn a Law Dean's academic scholarship for the second year based upon first-year grades, or for the third year based upon second-year grades. Receipt of a second-year academic scholarship is not a guarantee of a third-year scholarship. Each year is considered separately.

Students in the extended programs may not be eligible for consideration for a second-year scholarship until after they have completed their first-year coursework.

Awards based upon leadership or service (Presidential Grant) are made to students serving in leadership roles in certain organizations, such as the Student Bar Association, BLSA, the Moot Court board, In Brief, and others as are designated from time to time. These scholarships current have values ranging from $1000 to full tuition (SBA President). Law Review scholarships are awarded to certain editors of the Law Review. These may range from a three-credit hour scholarship for a Title Editor to full tuition for the Editor-In-Chief.

From time to time, the Law School may have competitions for funds from Law School Endowments. These are announced by the Assistant Dean/Registrar via e-mail and require that students apply by a given deadline.

Private Scholarships

Private scholarships are external to the University and require a student to apply directly to the scholarship organization. When a scholarship announcement is received via e-mail, it is forwarded to the UDM e-mail address to the law student body. It is also added to the list below. Many of the scholarship competitions are annual events, so if a student misses the current year's deadline, s/he should make a copy of the scholarship listing to remember to apply on time during the subsequent year. Closed scholarship competition information is periodically removed from the website for clarity.

Students seeking scholarship funds should also contact employers or unions, religious groups, ethnic-based cultural and educational organizations; fraternities, sororities and community organizations; professional associations in the student's area of interest, etc. There are also several excellent scholarship search services available online, such as www.fastweb.com. Many students find scholarship awards for which they may qualify, but relatively few actually apply. Taking the extra time to complete a scholarship application or tweak a paper to fit a writing competition may well be worth it!

EVENTS


Resume Bootcamp with LexisNexis - Room 235

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Gain the skills required to prepare an effective resume and cover letter for legal employers, which are different from application materials you may have prepared for other job opportunities. Duplicate sessions will be offered for Evening students and Dual JD students.  You are welcome to attend the session that best fits your course schedule.  Please register for the afternoon session in advance to facilitate ordering adequate lunch refreshments.


Resume Bootcamp with LexisNexis: Evening Edition - Room 235

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Please see the description above and register for the evening session in advance to facilitate ordering adequate dinner refreshments.


Resume Bootcamp: Dual JD Edition - Room 235

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Please see the October 28 event description above and register for the Dual JD session in advance to facilitate ordering adequate lunch refreshments.


Careers in Immigration Law: Alumni Perspectives - Room 252

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 5:00 pm

UDM alumni Egi Deromemaj, Mani Khavajian, and Joel Wisniewski will share insight on the diverse career paths available for law students interested in practicing immigration law, including family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, and removal defense work, with an emphasis on those in solo practice and small law firm settings.  Your advance registration is appreciated as dinner will be provided.


Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:00 am

Find out why men and women have been choosing UDM Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how UDM 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.  


Mentor Jet: Taking Networking to New Heights - Atrium

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 5:00 pm

UDM Law in partnership with the National Association of Women Judges, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan-Wayne Region present Mentor Jet: Taking Networking to New Heights. Meet judges and lawyers, and possibly gain a mentor in a fun, "speed-networking" format.  A reception will follow the program.  Advance registration on Career Connect is required as space is limited.


Reunion for All Law Alumni - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 6:30 pm

The School of Law's annual Reunion will be held on Saturday, November 15, from 6:30 - 11:00 p.m. at the School's Riverfront Campus.  As part of the festivities, we will celebrate the selection of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra ('87) as UDM's 2014 Alumni Award recipient.  The Reunion is for all School of Law alumni.  For details and to register online, please visit the Reunion Website at www.law.udmercy.edu/reunion 

NEWS

  • Law School Recruiting for Faculty Members

    The Law School's Faculty Recruitment Committee is looking to fill three positions for full-time tenure-track (or tenured) faculty to begin in 2015-16 in the following areas:

    1. Commercial or business law professor for upper-class courses in the J.D. program and possibly the Dual JD Program with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. The Dual J.D. curriculum is particularly rich in cross-border commercial law offerings, and preference will be given to candidates with a background or interest in international commercial law.

    2. Clinical professor for our new intellectual property clinic which has been certified by U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. (The USPTO has opened its first satellite office in Detroit.)

    3. Professor to teach Comparative Legal Writing & Research in the Dual JD Program. The year-long course is an immersion in the U.S. and Canadian systems and features moot court exercises in both jurisdictions.

    The School of Law is committed to faculty diversity.

  • NATIONAL TRIAL ADVOCACY COMPETITION SUCCESS

    This past weekend, four of our students competed in the MSU College of Law's National Trial Advocacy Competition:  Charity Dean, Christina DiMichele, David Drwencke, and Veronica Ibrahim.  The team competed at the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, a short walk from the UDM Law campus.

    Christina DiMichele and David Drwencke represented the prosecution while Charity Dean and Veronica Ibrahim represented the defense in a murder trial that was similar to the recent Renisha McBride case, where a young woman was shot and killed on a front porch in Dearborn Heights by homeowner Theodore Wafer.

    Two of our students won top honors: Veronica Ibrahim won Best Opening Statement and Charity Dean won Best Closing Statement.  Each of their performances was the best out of a total of 96 openings and 96 closings in the tournament.  

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  • UDM LAW ALUMNUS DANIEL HURLBERT RECEIVES 20 UNDER 40 LEADERSHIP RECOGNITION AWARD

    Daniel Hurlbert (’10), Manager of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Veterans Program, is a recipient of the 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award which recognizes the top 20 young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southwest Michigan under the age of 40.  He began his work in the veterans' services area in UDM Law's Project SALUTE and Veterans Appellate Clinic.

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  • UDM LAW PROFESSORS LARRY DUBIN AND RICHARD KRISCIUNAS PROVIDE EXPERT COMMENTARY ON THE BASHARA MURDER TRIAL

    Bob Bashara to go on trial today in wife's killing, Oct. 7, 2014, Detroit Free Press (quoting Professor Richard Krisciunas)

    Bashara murder trial likely to draw media frenzy, Oct. 5, 2014, Detroit News (quoting Professor Larry Dubin)

  • SUPREME COURT APPOINTS UDM LAW ALUMNUS ALAN GERSHEL GRIEVANCE ADMINISTRATOR

    The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed alumnus Alan M. Gershel ('78) to be grievance administrator for the Attorney Grievance Commission.  Mr. Gershel served in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan for nearly 30 years, including 19 years as Chief of the Criminal Division.  He was an adjunct faculty member at UDM Law for approximately 20 years and has been honored as our Moot Court Alumni Member of the Year for his commitment to the program.

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  • PROFESSOR TROY HARRIS NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS GLOBAL ARBITRATOR LIST

    Professor Troy Harris has been listed in the 2015 global edition of Who's Who Legal:  Arbitration.  He was selected through a peer-nomination process that required independent nominations and a thorough international media review and peer interviews.  He was one of only 120 Americans - and one of only ten academics - to make the list.  He was also recently elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor that is limited to less than one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

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