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


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.


Resume Bootcamp: Dual JD Edition - Room 235

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Gain the skills required to prepare an effective resume and cover letter for U.S. legal employers, which are different from application materials you may have prepared for other job opportunities or for Canadian employers.  Please register for the Dual JD session session in advance to facilitate ordering adequate lunch refreshments.


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 is strongly recommended as space is limited.


How to Write a Personal Statement Webinar - Online Webinar

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Learn what the UDM Law Admissions Committee is looking for in your personal statement. Registration is required. Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email


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 


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., followed by a complimentary reception.

 

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.

    Read News Article

  • 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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