No Better Place to Learn Law and Make Connections

No Better Place to Learn Law and Make Connections

Students find a welcoming, supportive and diverse campus to learn, grow and connect with their fellow students, mentors and other legal professionals.

No Better Place to Learn Law and Sharpen Legal Skills

No Better Place to Learn Law and Sharpen Legal Skills

Writing is integral to the UDM Law curriculum beginning with the Applied Legal Theory and Analysis class in the first year.

No Better Place to Learn Law and Gain Experience

No Better Place to Learn Law and Gain Experience

The Law Firm Program bridges the gap between legal theory and legal practice. Students learn how a law firm works and gain valuable experience.

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Jump Start Your Legal Education

Jump start your legal education

Session One: June 11 & 12 (DAY)
Session two: July 9 & 10 (Evening)

Why wait until August to get a start on Orientation, law school, or your legal career? Learn about all the services, benefits, and support systems available to you as a UDM Law student now. Meet your classmates and professors.

Excited? Anxious? Ever wonder if you’ll hold up under the busy schedule of a law student? Stay for the entire day and give it a shot now with one or more Jump Start sessions. We tightly packed the schedule—both sessions reflect the rigors and demands of law school (we also managed to sprinkle in some fun too).

general information and tentative schedules

Registration

Register for one session or more.  There are no costs for incoming UDM Law students to attend these events.

Class Attire

Business Casual

Your legal career starts now. At any moment be prepared to meet a prospective employer or professional mentor. Chino pants, twill pants, slacks, or knee-length skirt in a neutral or dark color are acceptable for the chance meeting. Golf/polo shirts or other short sleeve shirts with a collar are appropriate for men; a blazer and/or a tie are optional. Sweaters and blouses are acceptable to women. Above all, be clean. Be neat. Be crisp.

Parking

Participants may park in the student parking lot on Larned, located on the School’s north side. There is no charge to park in this lot.

Cut Ahead to the Front of the Line

During Jump Start days, incoming students will jump start some Orientation business. At the appointed time get your photo taken for your student ID and register for a parking permit. If you are interested in registering for a parking permit, be sure to bring your vehicle’s registration. We’ll need to see it. The parking for the 2014-2015 is $347. You don’t need to pay it upfront. We’ll bill you.

Reading Assignments

Participants are expected to have read the assignments and be prepared to participate in class. Readings will be emailed to the registrants the week of the event. Please leave your laptops at home for this experience.

Jump Start Your Legal Education Summer Schedule
 

Session One: June 11 & 12
 

Wednesday, June 11
 
9:00am  Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:30am How to Prepare for Law School, Part 1 
11:00am Experience a First Year Class
12:30pm Lunch with Faculty
1:15pm Jump Start Your Legal Career
1:45pm Jump Start Orientation

Thursday, June 12

9:00am  Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:30am Explore Detroit
12:30pm Lunch with Faculty
1:45pm How to Prepare for Law School, Part 2
3:15pm Experience a First Year Class


Session Two: July 9 & 10
 

Wednesday, July 9

4:30pm  Registration
5:00pm Dinner & Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Panel
6:15pm How to Prepare for Law School, Part 1
7:30pm Experience a Typical First Year Class
 
Thursday, July 10

4:30pm Registration
5:00pm  Jump Start Orientation
6:15pm How to Prepare for Law School, Part 2 (Dinner provided during class)
7:30pm Experience a Typical First Year Class



EVENTS


2014 Fall On-Campus Interviews: Early Interview Session - Room 121

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

UDM Law welcomes participating employers to our 2014 Fall On-Campus Interview Program.


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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dean Phyllis 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 in the Ruby Room of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids on Thursday, September 18, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.


Red Mass - UDM Law Campus

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

UDM's 102nd 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, 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.

NEWS

  • Border refugees flock to Southwest Detroit

    Professor David Koelsch, Director Immigration Law Clinic, comments on "Border Refugees Flock to Southwest Detroit"

    Public opinion is currently divided over what the U.S. government should do with tens of thousands of young Central Americans who have come to the U.S. within the past year. The Immigration Law Clinic is stepping up to represent some of the children who faced tough circumstances in their home countries, went through difficult journeys to come to the U.S., and are adjusting to life in a new country.

    Part of being a lawyer is not taking on the easy or popular cases. Students in UDM's Immigration Law Clinic learn this lesson early on: our Jesuit and Mercy values teach us to care for people in need and to focus our energy and expertise on doing what we can to make sure that these children are able to present their claims as well as possible. We may not win all of the cases and some of our clients may face returning to a very dangerous future in their countries but that does not mean we do not give it our all, no matter the odds or whether what we are doing is popular.

    We don't do it for the money (there is none) and we don't do it for the fame (ditto). We do it because it's the right thing to do, because we can help ensure that the process these children face is fair, and because our students learn valuable legal skills and life lessons along the way.

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  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Grants Certification to UDM’s Intellectual Property Clinic

    DETROIT, Mich. – July 31, 2014 – On July 30, 2014, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) granted certification to the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law's Intellectual Property Clinic. UDM joins 46 other law schools to receive USPTO certification.

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  • Top Intern: Manpreet Gill ’15 Selected for Highly Competitive U.S. Immigration Court Position

    Manpreet ("Moni") Gill '15 recently secured a position as a legal intern at the U.S. Immigration Court in Detroit. The position is a year-long commitment and the selection process is extremely competitive. As a legal intern, Ms. Gill will assist the Immigration Court with research and writing of opinions. It is a highly-prized placement, because it allows students to gain excellent writing skills and also to see the inner workings of a very busy court.

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  • UDM Law School Receives $15,000 Project Grant

    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is one of seven law establishments around the country to receive a $15,000 project grant from The American Bar Association. Grants are given through the Legal Access Job Corps initiative established by ABA President James R. Silkenat and are available to bar associations, courts, law schools or other groups that propose to employ new lawyers in innovative ways to address the legal needs of poor or moderate-income individuals.

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