Commencement 2016

Commencement 2016

Friday, May 13. For more information please read the FAQ.

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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Globally Enriched J.D.

Global Distribution courses

Detroit Mercy law students add a global emphasis to their education by taking any one or more of our wide-ranging courses offering exposure to another legal system.  We consider a broader perspective to be important enough to require students take at least one course from the list below:

 

Advanced Topics in Copyright Law (International Copyright Relations) (3840) International Intellectual Property Law (3370)
Canon Law (2140) International Law (3200)
Comparative Constitutional Law (3910) International Trade and the North American Free Trade Agreement (3520)
Comparative Law (3080) Introduction to Canadian Law (2340)
European Community Law (2150) Introduction to French Law (2630)
Cross Border Sales and Financing Transactions (6360) Selected Topics in Comparative Law (4850)
Human Rights (3250) Selected Topics in International Law (4840)
International Business Transactions (3190) Talmudic Law (2170)
International Commercial Arbitration (6300) United Nations Law (3850)
International Environmental Law (3380)  U.S. and Canadian Immigration Law (6230)
International and Comparative Family Law (4382)  Australian Law and the Constitution (2040)

 

french scholar program

Our courses in Introduction to French Law and European Community Law are taught by our resident scholar from the Universite d'Auvergne in Clermont Ferrand, France.  For nearly 30 years Detroit Mercy has had an exchange program in which we send a graduate to teach topics in U.S. Law and we receive a graduate from Clermont Ferrand.  One graduating senior from Detroit Mercy is selected each year for this one year opportunity.  Fluency in French is preferred but not required.

 

courses in the dual j.d. program  

Another unique program at Detroit Mercy is our Canadian and American Dual J.D. program with the University of Windsor. Regular J.D. students are able to enroll in several of the courses with our Dual degree students that provides a comparative look at U.S. and Canadian law. 

They may enroll in Cross Border Sales and Financing Transactions, which also satisfies the global distribution requirement.

In addition, Business Organizations and Evidence are offered at Detroit Mercy as part of the Dual J.D. program.  They are hybrid in the sense that they are team taught by American and Canadian professors.  The U.S. content is offered in a "core course" taught by a Detroit Mercy professor, and the Canadian content is offered in a 'module" that is attached to the core course and taught by a faculty member from the University of Windsor. Single degree students may enroll in the core course, where the vast majority of the students will be from the Dual J.D. program.  Some content will compare U.S. and Canadian law and the single degree students can audit the Canadian law module.  

 

international opportunities program

In support of our commitment to better prepare students to practice in a global legal community, Detroit Mercy is proud to offer its International Opportunities Program (IOP).  Envisioned as a meaningful way to encourage and enable students to participate in a summer study-abroad program, the IOP awards eligible Detroit Mercy students with a $1,000 loan, which is then forgiven after the student successfully completes the study-abroad program and returns to Detroit Mercy for the following fall term.  Since financial aid is normally available for program tuition, this loan is intended to defray travel and accommodation expenses related to such study.

Students who seek the IOP loan must enroll in one of more than 20 approved study-abroad programs.  These rigorous programs span the globe (i.e., Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America) and will expose students to legal systems other than the United States. 

EVENTS


Jesuit Day of Service - Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 9:00 am

Jesuit Day of Service will be on Saturday, April 30, at Detroit Mercy Law. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, administrators, family, and friends are invited to participate in service projects supporting the Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church and Pope Francis Center for the homeless.

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Murphy Honor Society Dinner - Location Undisclosed

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 6:00 pm

The annual Murphy Honor Society dinner, honoring the top ten percent of the graduating class, will be held on Saturday, April 30. This is an opportunity for the students and their families to celebrate their accomplishments with the faculty and administration of Detroit Mercy Law. For additional details, please contact Pamela Wilkins, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.


American Inns of Court Dinner - Location Undisclosed

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 5:30 pm

The annual year-end celebration of the Detroit Mercy Law American Inns of Court chapter will be held on Tuesday, May 10. Detroit Mercy Law has the only Michigan charter membership in the American Inns of Court Foundation, which has the goal of instilling excellence in advocacy and professionalism. For additional details, please contact Professor Gary Maveal.


Baccalaureate Mass - Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 5:00 pm

The Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2016 will take place on Thursday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church immediately adjacent to the School of Law.  This Mass offers a moment of quiet reflection and thanksgiving for students' educational journey at UDM and an opportunity to ask for God's blessing as they begin their legal career.  Members of all faiths and traditions are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Rev. Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., will preside.

Graduates, faculty, and administrators should wear their academic regalia and gather by 4:30 p.m. in the first-floor hallway opposite the SBA office.  Graduates and guests may park in the Larned and Christ Church parking lots.

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Commencement - University of Detroit Mercy

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Commencement proceedings for the School of Law's Class of 2016 will occur on Friday, May 13, at 5:00 p.m. in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus of the University of Detroit Mercy.  The jubilee class of 1966 will lead the procession. Anthony A. Asher ('65) is the Commencement speaker, and his late brother, George J. Asher, will receive a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) posthumously.

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Canadian and American Dual JD Program Reception in Toronto - Omni King Edward Hotel

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Alumni, current students, and fall 2016 admitted students are invited to attend events co-hosted by Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25, at the Omni King Edward Hotel. The afternoon begins at 4:00 p.m. with a Continuing Legal Education presentation by Professors Jeffrey Berryman and Troy Harris, "All the Goods about Good Faith Contracting," followed by a cocktail reception from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. For further details, visit www.dualjd.com

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Alumni Reception in Chicago - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 6:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a reception for Detroit Mercy Law alumni in the Chicago area on Tuesday, June 7. Details will follow soon.


Lunch at the Michigan Bar Exam - East Lansing

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 11:30 am

Detroit Mercy Law will provide complimentary boxed lunches for alumni taking the Michigan Bar Exam on July 26 and July 27. Look for us outside the Breslin Center near Gate C during your lunch break each day. You can sit and relax or grab and go - whichever you prefer. For additional details, please contact Denise Hickey, Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations.


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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