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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Access/Circulation

Access Policy
  • The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) is a private institution, and the Kresge Law Library is open to all faculty, staff, students and alumni of the university. In addition, the law library is a selective Federal Depository Library, and as such the Government Documents section in the basement is open to members of the public. The Law Library also extends the privilege of accessing other areas in the library (except for study rooms and student computer workstations) to members of the public provided that library rules are followed.
  • Access to the law library may be restricted at critical times of the semester, such as during midterms and final exams. Restricted hours will be posted onsite.
  • Library study rooms may only be used by UDM law students. Members of the public may not enter the study rooms.
  • Under no circumstances will members of the public be allowed to conduct business transactions or client meetings in the library.
  • Members of the public may not disrupt or interfere with the activities of our students. Patrons are not allowed to dispense, or ask for, legal advice.
  • The computers located in back of the book stacks on the main floor are to be used only by UDM Law students. Members of the public cannot use these computers.
  • The supervising librarian who is on duty has the sole discretion in determining what activities are unacceptable.
Circulation Policy

General:

  • Any item may be recalled after the initial borrower has had it for two weeks. The UDM Law Library also reserves the right to recall an item before two weeks if warranted by special circumstances. Recall requests are handled at the Circulation Desk.
  • All borrowings may be renewed once in person by telephone or via email. If a member of the library staff does not respond to an email renewal, the item has not been renewed. Students must present an item to Circulation in order to renew it a second time and for any subsequent renewals. If student is unwilling to present an item to Circulation for renewal as required, it will be deemed a "Missing Book." The Missing Book designation also applies to any book reported as lost and any book that library staff cannot locate within a reasonable period of time.
  • Students and patrons will be charged for missing books. Failure to pay for a lost item in a timely fashion may result in suspended or terminated borrowing privileges. Charges for lost items cover the actual replacement cost of the item, plus a $25.00 processing fee. If an item's value cannot be ascertained, students and alumni will be required to pay to the Library Development Fund a replacement fee of $75.00, plus the $25.00 processing fee.

UDM Law Students:

  • Your name must be listed in our patron records; if it is not listed, you will need to obtain confirmation that you are a registered student from the Registrar. A picture identification is required in order to check out materials.
  • All books that circulate are due on the last date of the semester.
  • Student borrowing privileges are suspended when: (a) a student has an item that is more than seven days overdue or (b) a student has more than one overdue item. Any student who fails to return all library materials checked out to them upon graduation will not be eligible for alumni borrowing privileges.

UDM Law Faculty:

  • Faculty members of the UDM Law School community may check out materials for up to one year. All borrowings must be recorded by library staff at Circulation.
  • If a book is recalled, the faculty member may request that the library place the book on hold.
  • Library staff must be able to repair or update checked out items in a timely manner, and as such may require their temporary return.

UDM Law Alumni:

  • UDM Law alumni may check out library materials if they have a library patron record. If your name is not in our library records, you must obtain confirmation of your graduate status from the Alumni Relations office (313-596-0202). Once Alumni Relations notifies the library of your alumni status, you may check out materials by presenting a picture I.D. to library staff.
  • Alumni may check out up to two circulating items for a period of four weeks. Materials may be renewed once for a period of two weeks.
  • Unless alternative arrangements are made with library staff prior to an item's due date, your borrowing privileges will be permanently terminated if you fail to return a book or pay for its replacement within 72 hours of a late notice or 48 hours of an item recall.

Members of the Public:

  • Members of the public have no checkout privileges.

EVENTS


Red Mass - UDM Law Campus

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm

UDM's 103rd Annual Red Mass and Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church beginning at 12:00 p.m., followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium of the School of Law.  Red Mass is an occasion for judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and law students of all faiths to pray together at the beginning of the new judicial term, asking God to bless, strengthen, and enlighten us, so that in cooperation and mutual trust we may effectively achieve justice for all.

The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Ph.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, will celebrate the Mass.  Hon. Patrick J. Duggan ('58) 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 Details>>


Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Novi - State Bar of Michigan

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for UDM Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, and members of the judiciary at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Suburban Collection in Novi on Thursday, October 8, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.


Reunion for All Law Alumni - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm

The School of Law's annual Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 24, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the School's Riverfront Campus.  As part of the festivities, we will celebrate the selection of Hon. Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. as UDM's 2015 Alumni Award recipient and the special anniversaries of the classes of 1965, 1990, and 2005.  The Reunion is for all School of Law alumni.  Additional details will be posted soon.

NEWS

  • ALUMNUS ALLEN ELZERMAN '03 PERSONIFIES OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

    In the Fall 2015 issue of Conversations, a semi-annual magazine published by the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, alumnus Allen Elzerman '03 praises UDM Law's commitment to social and criminal justice.  In his article, "On Loan to the Poor," Elzerman discusses how he personifies that commitment through his work as a public defender and how his sense of fulfillment is more important than financial gain.

    On Loan to the Poor, Conversations magazine, Issue 48 - Fall 2015 (written by Allen Elzerman '03)

  • UDM LAW'S FIRST MILLION-DOLLAR SCHOLARSHIP GIFT HONORS UDM ALUMNUS HON. LAWRENCE P. ZATKOFF

    UDM Law is pleased to announce the founding of the Hon. Lawrence Paul Zatkoff Endowed Scholarship, made possible by the Zatkoff family, in memory of the late judge.  This gift is the first million-dollar scholarship the law school has ever received.  The scholarship provides support for a student to extern or intern with a federal court or state supreme court judge.

    Press Release>>

  • NEW CENTER FOR SOLO AND SMALL FIRM PRACTICE WILL PROVIDE TOOLS FOR SUCCESS TO LEGAL ENTREPRENEURS

    UDM Law will offer new programming this fall to meet the needs of its entrepreneurial-minded students and graduates interested in developing their own law practices.  The School was awarded a $30,000 grant from the DeWitt C. Holbrook Memorial Fund to fund and expand its Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program to add workshops through a new Center for Solo and Small Firm Practice.

    Press Release>>

  • FORMER CONGRESSMAN BRINGS NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTISE TO UDM LAW

    Former U.S. Congressman Hansen Clarke, who served on the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, will teach National Security Law this term.  The course will address cybersecurity, surveillance and privacy, export controls and economic sanctions, and other contemporary security issues.  National security law has been one of the fastest growing fields of law since the 9/11 attacks, and there is a strong demand for lawyers trained in this area.

  • PROFESSORS BELIAN AND HAND SPEAK OVERSEAS THIS SUMMER

    Professors Julia Belian and Jacqueline Hand are presenting at international conferences this summer. Professor Belian will speak at the Oxford Symposium on History, Human Rights & Law August 10 - 12 at Pembroke College, Oxford University.  Her presentation is titled, "Fundamental Rights or Activist Judges?  A Rhetorical Comparison of Obergefell v. Hodges with Brown v. Board of Education."

    Professor Hand spoke at conferences in Poland and Finland in June.  She participated in a workshop June 15 - 19 on "Phoenix Cities: Urban Recovery and Resilience in the Wake of Conflict, Crisis and Disaster," at the Georgia State Law School Study Space in Warsaw, Poland.  She also presented on "The U.S. Government-to-Government Relation with Indian Tribes and the Possible Insights it Provides for Relations with the Sami People," at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, in Rovaniemi, Finland.

  • PROFESSOR KRISCIUNAS DISCUSSES PROSECUTORS' INVESTIGATION OF POLICE SHOOTING

    Professor Richard Krisciunas discussed the ongoing independent investigation by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office of the shooting death of Terrance Kellom by a federal agent in Detroit.

    Family of Kellom Awaits Probe of Fatal Police Shooting, Detroit Free Press, July 29, 2015 (quoting Professor Richard Krisciunas)