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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Summer Reading Recommendations

RBroughton, J. Richardichard Broughton
Assistant Professor of Law

Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner. 

Because it’s a major part of what we do.  Whether you agree or disagree with the analyses and methodologies that Scalia and Garner employ, their insights will prove invaluable in learning how to grapple with the language of the law.


Karen HenHenning, Karen McDonaldning
Assistant Professor of Law

The Nine by Toobin -- a fascinating glimpse of 10 years at the Supreme Court when the Justices remained the same. The book gives the "inside scoop" on many of the major constitutional cases from 1995 until 2005 and is a page turner.

Arc of Justice by Boyle -- a gripping story set in Detroit in the 1920s involving an african-american family who bought a house and subjected to mob violence. The book provides an insiders' look at the Detroit social, political and legal scheme.

An Innocent Man by Grisham -- a true story about the conviction of an innocent
man in Oklahoma. Even though you know that the individual is innocent, Grisham
keeps you glued to the book.

The New Yorker and Atlantic magazines. Both cover many current legal issues.


maveal
Professor of Law
 
Karl Llewellyn's The Bramble Bush: On our Law and its Study, the classic introduction to your lilfe in law.   
 
The Bramble Bush is a sublime primer on the study of law and the vital role of lawyers in our courts and society.  I recommend this book for its insights on the lawyer's craft and how the rigor of law school empowers a person to be the change they want to see in the world.  While much has changed in law schools since this book was first published in 1930, its lessons are still true today.

mminer

Markeisha Miner
Assistant Dean
Career Services and Outreach

Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle.  

Boyle provides a fascinating account of a murder trial involving some of the most famous names in Detroit’s and the legal profession’s history: Judge Frank Murphy, former University of Detroit law professor who went on to become a United States Supreme Court Justice; renowned defense attorney Clarence Darrow; and Ossian Sweet, a doctor whose family fought to live in the neighborhood of their choice.  Lawyers and non-lawyers alike will have a hard time putting this book down.


bryceC. Michael Bryce
Associate Professor

Whether you are taking classes or working this summer, a good chance exists for you to build upon your "context" of knowledge for becoming a good lawyer.  You can do so through reading certain books and actually playing certain games. 
 
Many students believe that learning to be a lawyer is only done through reading numerous law books, law review articles, legal outlines and treatises in law school; but that is hardly the gamut that fully develops your judgment to be an effective attorney! 
 
The following list is offered as one view of what is essential reading for developing to be a lawyer, outside of law books and the classroom.  I recognize that many of you may have read a number of these books, but I still offer them as important in developing to be a Renaissance person! 

My reading list would include:

  1. "Rumpole of the Bailey" by John Mortimer.
  2. "Babette's Feast" by Isak Dinesen.
  3. "1984" by George Orwell.
  4. "How Life Imitates Chess" by Gary Kasparov
  5. "The Prince" by Machiavelli.

paruchDeborah Paruch
Associate Professor of Law

The Innocent Man by John Grisham

Supplementary Reading Materials:

Questions to Consider

Opinion in the Federal District Habeas Corpus Case William v. Reynolds

Opinion in the libel action filed by the prosecutor in the case against Grisham and Dennis Fritz (the other man accused of the murder)


nancyNancy M. Omichinski
Director of Academic Support

Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About the American Legal System by Jay M. Feinman.

This book provides a nice overview of many of the basic subjects studied in law school. It is written for non-lawyers and is very easy to read and comprehend. Law school applicants should find this book interesting and helpful, because it will give them a start in thinking about the subjects in which they will immerse themselves beginning in the first semester. Law school applicants also might recommend this book to their non- lawyer family members and friends who wish to learn something about the subjects that law students typically study.

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)