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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Curriculum

The J.D. curriculum at Detroit Mercy Law provides students a strong foundation in the substantive and procedural law that forms the core of the traditional American law school curriculum; a thorough grounding in the ethical principles and rules governing the legal profession; high quality instruction in legal research, analysis, and writing; and experiential learning courses that allow students to represent clients and to participate in sophisticated simulated practice experiences.  The curriculum integrates theory, doctrine, and practice.  We strive through our curriculum to inculcate in students the competencies necessary to the practice of law as well as the highest ideals of the profession.

Graduation requires accumulation of 90 credit hours and includes required courses and electives.

First Year Curriculum ▼

Required First Year Courses

  • Introduction to Legal Research and Communication (Term I)
  • Contracts I & II (Terms I & II)
  • Civil Procedure I & II (Terms I & II)
  • Real Property I & II (Terms I & II)
  • Torts (Term I)
  • Criminal Law (Term II)
  • Applied Legal Theory and Analysis I (Term II)

Upper-Level Curriculum ▼

Required Upper-Level Classes

  • Applied Legal Theory and Analysis II
  • US Constitutional Law
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Evidence
  • One clinic
  • One Law Firm Program course (3 credits)
  • One upper-level writing course
  • One global distribution course

Recommended Upper-Level Classes ▼

Beyond satisfying degree requirements, students may choose the courses that interest them and that will help them achieve their professional goals.  Detroit Mercy Law particularly recommends the following courses, all of which are tested on most states’ bar exams and which augment the grounding in American law provided by the required courses.

  • Business Organizations
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Sales

Other courses covering subjects commonly tested on American bar exams include the following:

  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • First Amendment
  • Fourteenth Amendment
  • Insurance Law
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Remedies
  • Secured Transactions
  • Workers’ Compensation

Concentrations ▼

Detroit Mercy Law offers concentrations in Immigration Law and in Family Law.  These concentrations allow students to specialize early in their legal careers and to market themselves to employers.  Successful completion of a concentration is noted on a student’s transcript.  For more information about the concentrations, please contact the Registrar’s office.

Global Focus ▼

The City of Detroit is located directly on the border to Canada, the United States’ largest trading partner, and Detroit Mercy Law itself is located less than a half mile from the tunnel separating the two countries.  In fact, we are proud of our Canadian and American Dual JD Program with the University of Windsor.  Given our location and our partnership with the University of Windsor, we are particularly conscious of the increasingly global nature of the practice of law.

We seek to inculcate in students an awareness of and appreciation for the global nature of the practice of law and for the contributions of other legal systems.  To that end, each student in the JD program must take at least one course exposing them to another legal system. 

Representative Courses:

A variety of courses satisfy the global distribution requirement.  Representative courses include:

  • International Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • European Union Law
  • International Law of Cyberspace
  • American Indian Law
  • Canon Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Advanced Copyright Seminar:  International Copyright Relations
  • Cross Border Sales and Financing Transactions
  • Canadian and United States Immigration Law

Other Global Opportunities:

Detroit Mercy Law provides a variety of other global opportunities for interested JD students, including the French Scholar Program, the International Opportunities Program, and the Voice for Justice Fellowship Program.

EVENTS


Orientation Family Welcome Dinner and Panel - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 5:00 pm
All incoming students (Day and Evening) and their family members (parents, spouses, significant others) are invited to Detroit Mercy Law on Tuesday, August 16th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for a Family Welcome event during Orientation.
 
 Dinner will be served from 5:00 – 5:45pm, followed by a session for family members on “Supporting Your Law Student” from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Please note, children are welcome to attend but childcare during the session will not be provided. Incoming students will be participating in a concurrent session on “Building skills for a successful legal career.” Both sessions will end at 7:00pm.
 
Students must RSVP with the number of guests that will be accompanying them by Monday, August 8th

This event is by invitation only. 

Red Mass 2016 - Atrium

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its 104th annual Red Mass on Tuesday, September 20, at noon at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium. Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., will celebrate the Mass. Father Kammer is a Jesuit priest, an attorney, and a member of the Southern Province of the Jesuits. He has been Director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute since March of 2009. Hon. Victoria Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will lead the Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment.

Red Mass is an opportunity for law students, judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and administrators of all faiths to come together and celebrate the beginning of the new judicial term and academic year. The School has hosted the Red Mass on behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit at Saints Peter and Paul since the School opened in 1912.

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Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids - Amway Grand Hotel

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for Detroit Mercy Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, members of the judiciary, faculty, and students at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids on September 22 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.

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Golf Outing - The Inn at St. John's

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host a Golf Outing on September 30 at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, with a shotgun start at 12:00 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. All alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, students, and their guests are welcome to attend this exciting new event as part of Detroit Mercy's Homecoming festivities. More information will follow soon. Please contact
Denise Hickey or Amy Smith with any questions.

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