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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Summer Reading Recommendations

As an incoming first year law student, you might be wondering what you can do to help you prepare for law school this fall. While we hope you will take some time for rest, relaxation and spending quality time with your family and friends, our faculty members have provided the following reading recommendations to help you prepare for your exciting new endeavor as a 1L. Happy Reading!

The Classics

Getting Ready for Law School

"A classic account of a first year experience." (Archibald)

"A new release focusing on the 1L experience." (Henning)

"This book picks up after the Doyle series has concluded. Sherlock meets his match: An American/English girl who can reason as sharply as he and is equally obstreperous." (Belian)

Interested in the Supreme Court?

"This book follows the Justices for 10 years of decision-making, which is timely given Justice Scalia's unexpected passing and the controversy regarding how and when to fill the vacancy." (Warren)

"A compelling read about the Supreme Court in the 1970s." (Harris)

"An exploration of recent Supreme Court decisions." (Langvardt)

Interested in theories of legal interpretation?

"This book offers readers an important perspective on how to understand the language of the law, and the kinds of arguments that advocates can and should make when asking courts to engage in textual interpretation."

 "A timeless classic." (Harris)

"A great primer." (Archibald)

Interested in Historical Figures?

"This book follows Justice Marshall's career with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and his criminal defense work on behalf of young African American men accused of raping white women in the South in the 1940s and 1950s." (Henning)

"An excellent biography of the second President of the United States by one of the world's best historical writers, this book introduces readers to some of the main players in the founding of our country, many of them lawyers by training, like Adams." (Archerd)

"This book tells is the autobiographical account of the efforts of an attorney, Morris Dees, to support the cause of civil rights and to fight hate groups in our country." (Dubin)

"It is challenging but provides a good practical model of how a lawyer should relate to his clients and the world." (Hand)

Interested in Legal Cases?

"An excellent exploration of criminal prosecutions and the criminal justice system. An enthralling read." (Paruch)

"An exploration of race relations in Detroit in the 1920s. Remains relevant today. The book culminates in the murder trial of Dr. Ossian Sweet who was represented by Clarence Darrow." (Costello)

"Tells the story of a wrongly convicted death row inmate in Alabama. The author, Bryan Stevenson, is one of the finest lawyers of his generation and is also, in the view of some, the moral conscience of the legal profession." (Wilkins)

"The book follows the efforts of a plaintiff attorney to hold two large corporations liable for the consequences of their actions. The book exposes students to how civil litigation and discovery work in our country." (Goldman)

Other Words of Advice:

  • Professor Belian recommends reading quality fiction such as The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King for following two reasons: 1) You probably once enjoyed reading books, and it's helpful to remember that before you start law school; 2) reading fiction every day (half an hour is enough) serves as a perfect "tonic" to balance the effects of reading legal materials, and now is the time to reinvigorate your reading habits."

EVENTS


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.


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

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for Detroit Mercy Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, members of the judiciary, faculty, and students at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids on September 22 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.

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Golf Outing - The Inn at St. John's

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host a Golf Outing on September 30 at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, with a shotgun start at 12:00 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. All alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, students, and their guests are welcome to attend this exciting new event as part of Detroit Mercy's Homecoming festivities. More information will follow soon. Please contact
Denise Hickey or Amy Smith with any questions.

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NEWS

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  • Vanessa Guerra ’17, Balances Law Studies with State Legislative Duties

    Legal News profiled Vanessa Guerra '17, who is currently serving her first term as State Representative in Michigan's 95th District. She is the youngest member of the House and serves as a trustee for Bridgeport Township, treasurer of Michigan Legislature's Progressive Women's Caucus and on the Governor's Criminal Justice Policy Commission.

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  • Detroit Mercy Law Community Mourns Those Killed in Orlando

    We were deeply saddened to learn that Christopher Andrew Leinonen, one of the people murdered on Sunday at the nightclub in Orlando, was the son of one of our graduates, Christine Leinonen ('98). Christopher's partner, Juan Guerrero, was also killed in the nightclub massacre. The two families are now planning a joint funeral instead of the wedding they had been anticipating. The death of every person at the club is tragic. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Christine and her family, to the Guerreros, and the families and friends of every person killed Sunday morning.

    Phyllis L Crocker

    Dean and Professor of Law
    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law