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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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


Careers in Immigration Law: Alumni Perspectives - Room 252

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 5:00 pm

UDM alumni Egi Deromemaj, Mani Khavajian, and Joel Wisniewski will share insight on the diverse career paths available for law students interested in practicing immigration law, including family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, and removal defense work, with an emphasis on those in solo practice and small law firm settings.  Your advance registration is appreciated as dinner will be provided.


Resume Bootcamp: Dual JD Edition - Room 235

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Gain the skills required to prepare an effective resume and cover letter for U.S. legal employers, which are different from application materials you may have prepared for other job opportunities or for Canadian employers.  Please register for the Dual JD session session in advance to facilitate ordering adequate lunch refreshments.


Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:00 am

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.  


Mentor Jet: Taking Networking to New Heights - Atrium

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 5:00 pm

UDM Law in partnership with the National Association of Women Judges, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan-Wayne Region present Mentor Jet: Taking Networking to New Heights. Meet judges and lawyers, and possibly gain a mentor in a fun, "speed-networking" format.  A reception will follow the program.  Advance registration is strongly recommended as space is limited.


How to Write a Personal Statement Webinar - Online Webinar

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Learn what the UDM Law Admissions Committee is looking for in your personal statement. Registration is required. Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email


Reunion for All Law Alumni - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 6:30 pm

The School of Law's annual Reunion will be held on Saturday, November 15, from 6:30 - 11:00 p.m. at the School's Riverfront Campus.  As part of the festivities, we will celebrate the selection of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra ('87) as UDM's 2014 Alumni Award recipient.  The Reunion is for all School of Law alumni.  For details and to register online, please visit the Reunion Website at www.law.udmercy.edu/reunion 


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., followed by a complimentary reception.

 

NEWS

  • Law School Recruiting for Faculty Members

    The Law School's Faculty Recruitment Committee is looking to fill three positions for full-time tenure-track (or tenured) faculty to begin in 2015-16 in the following areas:

    1. Commercial or business law professor for upper-class courses in the J.D. program and possibly the Dual JD Program with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. The Dual J.D. curriculum is particularly rich in cross-border commercial law offerings, and preference will be given to candidates with a background or interest in international commercial law.

    2. Clinical professor for our new intellectual property clinic which has been certified by U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. (The USPTO has opened its first satellite office in Detroit.)

    3. Professor to teach Comparative Legal Writing & Research in the Dual JD Program. The year-long course is an immersion in the U.S. and Canadian systems and features moot court exercises in both jurisdictions.

    The School of Law is committed to faculty diversity.

  • NATIONAL TRIAL ADVOCACY COMPETITION SUCCESS

    This past weekend, four of our students competed in the MSU College of Law's National Trial Advocacy Competition:  Charity Dean, Christina DiMichele, David Drwencke, and Veronica Ibrahim.  The team competed at the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, a short walk from the UDM Law campus.

    Christina DiMichele and David Drwencke represented the prosecution while Charity Dean and Veronica Ibrahim represented the defense in a murder trial that was similar to the recent Renisha McBride case, where a young woman was shot and killed on a front porch in Dearborn Heights by homeowner Theodore Wafer.

    Two of our students won top honors: Veronica Ibrahim won Best Opening Statement and Charity Dean won Best Closing Statement.  Each of their performances was the best out of a total of 96 openings and 96 closings in the tournament.  

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  • UDM LAW ALUMNUS DANIEL HURLBERT RECEIVES 20 UNDER 40 LEADERSHIP RECOGNITION AWARD

    Daniel Hurlbert (’10), Manager of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Veterans Program, is a recipient of the 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award which recognizes the top 20 young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southwest Michigan under the age of 40.  He began his work in the veterans' services area in UDM Law's Project SALUTE and Veterans Appellate Clinic.

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  • UDM LAW PROFESSORS LARRY DUBIN AND RICHARD KRISCIUNAS PROVIDE EXPERT COMMENTARY ON THE BASHARA MURDER TRIAL

    Bob Bashara to go on trial today in wife's killing, Oct. 7, 2014, Detroit Free Press (quoting Professor Richard Krisciunas)

    Bashara murder trial likely to draw media frenzy, Oct. 5, 2014, Detroit News (quoting Professor Larry Dubin)

  • SUPREME COURT APPOINTS UDM LAW ALUMNUS ALAN GERSHEL GRIEVANCE ADMINISTRATOR

    The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed alumnus Alan M. Gershel ('78) to be grievance administrator for the Attorney Grievance Commission.  Mr. Gershel served in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan for nearly 30 years, including 19 years as Chief of the Criminal Division.  He was an adjunct faculty member at UDM Law for approximately 20 years and has been honored as our Moot Court Alumni Member of the Year for his commitment to the program.

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  • PROFESSOR TROY HARRIS NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS GLOBAL ARBITRATOR LIST

    Professor Troy Harris has been listed in the 2015 global edition of Who's Who Legal:  Arbitration.  He was selected through a peer-nomination process that required independent nominations and a thorough international media review and peer interviews.  He was one of only 120 Americans - and one of only ten academics - to make the list.  He was also recently elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor that is limited to less than one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

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