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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Private Scholarships

 

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students

Scholarship Deadline - January 7, 2012

Details here

The Richard linn american inn of court 2012-2013 scholarship

Scholarship Deadline -  November 16, 2012

Details here


Federal Bar association scholarships

Scholarship Deadline - September 17, 2012

Details here


BigSun Scholarship

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.
Deadline - June 22, 2012     
Amount of Award - $500.00
 
The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community..
 
Please visit our website at http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply.

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 5th year.

We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.

Scholarship Deadline   -  June 15, 2012

Application Process
Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site: http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm

Through Charter One Bank, look for the Trufit Good Citizen Scholarship entry form on www.charterone.com/scholarship beginning April 1.  Students must write an essay or do a short videon on "What does being a good citizen mean to you?" Submissions are due by April 30, 2012.  Forty scholarship prizes ranging from $1000 to the grand prize $5000 maximum will be awarded.

The DRI 2012 Law Diversity Scholarship applications are due April 27.  These were announced earlier in the term but are worth mentioning again, as two scholarships of $10,000 are to be awarded.  Download the application and eligibility requirements at www.dri.org/contentdirectory/public/awards_scholarships/DRI_2102_Diversity_Scholarship_Application.pdf

Please note that the deadline for the Grand Rapids Community Foundation (GRCF) Scholarships is quickly approaching (April 1).  GRCF offers two different scholarships.  The first is the Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity scholarship, which is for a student "of color currently residing in Michigan pursuing a law degree at any accredited law school in the United States.  One $5,000 scholarship is awarded each year."
 
The second classification is the Warner Norcross & Judd LLP program.  These "are awarded to students of color pursuing a law degree ($5,000, paralegal studies $2,000 and legal secretarial studies $1,000).  One scholarship in each category is awarded each year.  The law school scholarship is not limited to schools in Michigan; however the applicant must be a current or former resident of Michigan if they are not current attending a school in Michigan."  Please apply online at http://grcf.egrant.org.  Online applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 1, and a paper copy of the submitted online application must be mailed to the Foundation by April 1.
 
In the past, these applications have required estimated financial need information for the upcoming year, so it would be wise to submit your 2012-13 online FAFSA asap in case we need to certify your need information for you.  You may complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov

HARRY KLEIN AND SHIRLEY KLEIN LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

4136 TELEGRAPH ROAD
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI  48302

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(248) 540-2343 Fax

The Harry Klein and Shirley Klein Legal Scholarship Fund was set up to honor Harry Klein and his wife, Shirley.  Mr. Klein spent his complete legal career, forty-five years, in public service, particularly in support of non-profit and not-for-profit, corporations.  The primary founders of the Fund are The 501 Alliance and The Human Services Association for Worker’s Compensation Fund, both which Mr. Klein helped to establish in 1972. This is the 18th consecutive year of awarding the scholarship.

After graduation from Wayne State University Law School, Mr. Klein became a trial attorney with the Legal Aid Society, which later became known as the Legal Aid and Defender Association of Detroit.  After twenty-four years of direct service to the community, he took on additional responsibilities as agency counsel for United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit and many of its member agencies and organizations.  While a trial lawyer at Legal Aid, Mr. Klein was instrumental in establishing legislation protecting children’s rights and the rights of battered women, long before public concern about these issues reached their current level.  As U.C.S. agency counsel, Harry Klein actively represented more than seventy agencies.  His department at United Community Services became known as “Legal Aid for Agencies.”  He was also integral in the formation and organization of a multitude of non-profit and not-for-profit organizations.  Over the years, Mr. Klein developed expertise in agency matters and lectured throughout the country on the subject and in support of a variety of social service agencies and issues.

A goal of the Harry Klein and Shirley Klein Legal Scholarship Fund is to honor and financially assist those who demonstrate a desire and ability to follow in the philosophy and humanity rendered by Harry Klein to social service agencies, non-profit and not-for-profit organizations, the disadvantaged and the underprivileged.

The Scholarship is open to anyone presently enrolled in a law school in the State of Michigan.  Applications must be received by April 2, 2012.  Applications may be submitted by mail, fax, hand delivery or email. One $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded.

 Application Form
Need a Lift - a scholarship publication geared to veterans and their families: 
Spouses, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

EVENTS


January 17, 2015 - Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 12:00 am

Time of event to be determined. 

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.  


January 21, 2015 - Walk-in Wednesday - UDM Law Campus

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Join us for Walk-in Wednesdays. The Admissions Office extends its office hours for students who are interested in learning more about the UDM Law advantage, the application process, and law school in general. No appointment is necessary.


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.  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.

 

NEWS

  • ALUMNI FROM CLASSES OF '49 THROUGH '14 RETURN TO CAMPUS FOR 2014 REUNION - CHECK OUT THE ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY

    UDM Law alumni from classes as far back as 1949 through 2014 returned to campus on November 15 for the annual Reunion.  They were accompanied by many current students who wanted to join the party.  The atrium was transformed into "Club D" Lounge aglow with specialty lights and unique features, and the menu featured many of Detroit's favorite foods and beverages.  

    Justice Brian K. Zahra ('87) of the Michigan Supreme Court was recognized as the 2014 Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award Honoree.  Dean Phyllis L. Crocker presented him with an exclusive UDM Law hockey team jersey and other School of Law gear to commemorate the night. 

    View the Reunion Photo Gallery

  • ASST. DEAN MARKEISHA MINER PROVIDES ADVICE FOR EMPLOYER BACKGROUND RESEARCH IN THE ABA’S STUDENT LAWYER MAGAZINE

    In the December issue of the American Bar Association Law Student Division's Student Lawyer magazine, UDM Law Assistant Dean of Career Services and Outreach Markeisha Miner provides advice to law students who are beginning their job search and are interested in a certain practice area but do not know how to go about finding prospective employers in their preferred locations.

    Her article, "Getting the Backstory: Tips for Employer Background Research," gives valuable information on how to gather facts; invest time wisely by conducting informational interviews of attorneys in that practice area and attending bar association functions; be informed through traditional and social media; and how to meet employers in your chosen field by working through your personal network.

    Read ABA Student Lawyer Article, Getting the Backstory: Tips for Employer Background Research

    Another article of interest:

    Getting to Know You – How Law Firms Handle the On-Campus Interview, Oct. 27, 2014, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (quoting Assistant Dean Markeisha Miner)

  • UDM Law Steps Up to the Challenge to Assist Immigrants

    President Obama recently announced sweeping changes to the immigration system in the U.S. affecting millions of immigrants and their families. The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is a national leader in the area of Immigration Law and is stepping up to help immigrants who may qualify for relief.

    UDM Law offers free immigration consultations at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center, located at 2826 Bagley, Detroit, MI 48216 on Thursdays from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. UDM Law also offers regular consultations at various sites in Oakland County through a grant from the Oakland County Bar Foundation.

    Related articles:

    Experts: Parts of Obama immigration plan good for business; may fall short for tech workers, Nov. 23, 2014, Crain's Detroit Business (quoting Professor David Koelsch and Adjunct Professor Alexandra LaCombe)

    Obama’s immigration reform will benefit U.S. corporations and economy, Nov. 21, 2014, Oakland Press (written by Adjunct Professor Alexandra LaCombe)

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  • PRO BONO PROJECT AT THE U.S. IMMIGRATION COURT– UDM is the only law school in the country to take the lead on such a project

    The U.S. Department of Justice recently approved a project sponsored by UDM's Immigration Law Clinic to provide rights presentations and relief screenings to Central American women and their minor children who entered the U.S. during the recent "surge" in such persons fleeing their home countries. UDM's partners in the project are the Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), and the American Bar Association (ABA). UDM is the only law school in the country to take the lead on such a project.

    In addition to helping women and children navigate the complexities of the Immigration Court process, the project will help participants in UDM's Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program and UDM's clinic students hone their interviewing and advising skills. Specifically, they will advise, counsel, refer, and, in certain cases, represent women and their children. UDM will also conduct a series of regular trainings for AILA members regarding forms of relief, best practices for representation, and issues unique to women and children respondents.

     

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  • UDM LAW SHINES AT NATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITIONS

    The School of Law congratulates the Moot Court Board of Advocates, whose three teams placed high in national competitions over the weekend. The teams' briefs finished at or near the top of competitions in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio.

    The National Veteran's Law Moot Court team of Jennifer Richards and Christopher Ferlito, coached by Professor Peggy Costello, won the award for Best Respondent Brief at the competition in Washington, D.C. They competed against twenty teams.

    Samantha Boyd and Alexander Brown, coached by alumnus Sean Cowley '09, participated in the New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition. The team argued very well in Columbus and achieved a top 10 brief score.

    The team of Emily Banks, Eva Janta, and Julia Abd-Elseed also competed in the New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition, receiving one of the highest brief scores in the tournament. Coached by alumni Javon Hindo '13 and Alanna P. O'Rourke '10, they advanced to the quarterfinals. The team was defeated by a margin of merely 1.5 points and narrowly missed the semifinal round.

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  • UDM LAW PROFESSOR LARRY DUBIN PROVIDES EXPERT COMMENTARY ON MICHIGAN'S GAY MARRIAGE BAN

    Professor Larry Dubin commented in the Detroit News recently that the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the DeBoer case, upholding MIchigan's gay marriage ban in a 2 -1 split decision by the panel, is an attractive case for the U.S. Supreme Court to review on appeal.  "It is the only circuit that held that voters in a state can deny the right to marriage to same-sex couples.  There also is a good record that was made at trial before Judge Friedman," Dubin said.  "It seems logical that the Court will take this case now that there is a division among the federal circuit courts."

    Michigan couple take gay marriage plea to high court, Nov. 17, 2014, Detroit News (quoting Professor Larry Dubin)