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.

Intellectual Property Law Institute (IPLI) ▼

The Intellectual Property Law Institute (I.P.L.I.) was created in 1987 through the efforts of the State Bar of Michigan and the law faculties of the University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University, and the University of Windsor.

IPLI is dedicated to providing basic knowledge and advanced legal education and furthering knowledge, scholarship, and research in the law governing the richly diverse fields of intellectual property: patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and know-how, computers and related technology, communications and media, entertainment, technology transfer, trade regulation and the arts.

The primary purpose of IPLI is to facilitate the offering of an exceptional and rich curriculum for law students and lawyers in the field of intellectual property.

Full time students at each of the three law schools may register for any IPLI course and will pay the tuition required at their home institution. The course will be credited towards their law degree. In the case of lawyers in the field of intellectual property, tuition will be paid directly to IPLI.

2016-17 IPLI Registration Information

For more info, please contact the Registrar's Office at (313) 596-9828.

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


January 5, 2017: Prospective Student Open House - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 5:00 pm

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


International IP Law Clinic Launch - Atrium

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 12:00 pm

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and University of Windsor Faculty of Law will launch their joint International Intellectual Property Law Clinic on Wednesday, January 11, from 12:00 - 2:00 pm in the atrium of Detroit Mercy Law. Leaders of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office will join IP attorneys from both countries, faculty, students, alumni, and media to celebrate this one-of-a-kind clinic and discuss collaborations between the schools and the countries' IP offices. For additional information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Assistant Dean Denise Hickey.

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


Walk in Wednesday - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Walk-in and visit with an Admissions representative without an appointment during exteneded evening hours.


Patent Drafting Competition Reception - Atrium

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Detroit Mercy Law is hosting its Second Annual Patent Drafting Competition, beginning with a reception on Friday, February 10, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm in the atrium. Competitors from 15 law schools across the U.S. and Canada will join leaders of intellectual property law, including representatives of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and attorneys, alumni, faculty, and administrators, to kick-off the competition. The competition will be held on Saturday, February 11, at the USPTO satellite office in Detroit, a few minutes from the Detroit Mercy Law campus. For additional information regarding the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Assistant Dean Denise Hickey.

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


Walk in Wednesday - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Walk-in and visit with an Admissions representative without an appointment during exteneded evening hours.


McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law and religion. This year's lecturer is Intisar A. Rabb, a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. Dr. Rabb also holds an appointment as a Professor of History at Harvard University and as the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

The lecture will be held on March 2, 2017, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in room 226, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

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Law Review Symposium - Room 226

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8:30 am

The Law Review will host its annual symposium on March 3, 2017. The symposium will feature legal professionals and scholars from across the country to discuss the American Bar Association's implementation of Standards 314 and 315, which deal with formative assessments in law school classrooms. For more information click HERE.

NEWS

  • Professor Nevill-Ewell awarded Micro Grant

    Florise Neville-Ewell 2

    Congratulations to Professor Florise Neville-Ewell for her Micro Grant award to be used for the Veteran Town Hall Meeting Project. The Mission Micro Grant Program awards annual grants to Detroit Mercy faculty or staff members in support of activities that promote Detroit Mercy's mission of being a Catholic, Mercy, Jesuit, urban and student-centered university. 

  • Legal News Features Bill Ladd ('79)

    Legal News recently featured a profile on Bill Ladd ('79) who has spent his entire career in the protection of the rights of Children and is one of a handful of attorneys certified as an expert in child abuse/neglect in Michigan by the National Association of Counsel for Children. 

    Read the full article here. 

  • 3L Saeb Haidar placed second in the Michigan Education Law Writing Competition

    Haidar Saeb

    Third-year student Saeb Haidar won second place in the Michigan Education Law Writing Competition, conducted by Michigan State University College of Law.

    Students from any Michigan law school could participate by writing a client letter on a provided hypothetical, with practicing education law attorneys serving as judges. The winners were honored at a reception on November 16.

    After learning of the results, Haidar said that he takes pride in showing that Detroit Mercy Law students can successfully compete with students from any other Michigan law school
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  • Professor Gary Maveal Publishes Editorial on Michigan's Public Water Issues

    Professor Gary Maveal published a front-page editorial in the Detroit Legal News on Michigan's management of public water resources. Prof. Maveal questions the priorities of the state government and ponders reforms.

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  • Dual JD Student Michael Valenti Follows in his Grandfather's Footsteps

    Michael Valenti is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Toronto lawyer Paul Valenti – who at 89 continues to practice law full time. Valenti is a third-year student in the Canadian & American Dual J.D. Program. He serves as the Executive President of Detroit Mercy Law's Student Bar Association. His goal for the SBA is to create an environment of inclusivity and foster student involvement.

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  • Oakland County Bar Foundation Grant Supports Immigration Law Clinic

    The Oakland County Bar Foundation has awarded Detroit Mercy Law's Immigration Law Clinic a grant to expand the Clinic's work with Oakland County residents in need of immigration services.

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