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Mandatory Orientation for all incoming students is August 21 - 24, 2017.


Day + Dual JD



Dress for the week is business casual.


Please note on the Orientation schedule when a meal will be provided and when students are able to purchase food from the cafeteria.  Specifically, please note that on Monday and Tuesday, the cafeteria will be open for lunch for students in the day section.  We are excited to be welcoming a new food service team to the law school this year.  The cafeteria will be cash only the week of Orientation; please bring cash with you so that you can purchase lunch on noted days.


On August 21, incoming students may park in the Larned parking lot.  Students will transition to their permanent parking location, Christ Church parking lot (link) from August 28 (first day of classes).

Students may secure a parking permit in the Student Service Center (SSC). To do so, please register at then visit the SSC to pick up the parking permit.  When picking up your permit, you will need your student ID number (T-Number), your driver license, and vehicle registration information.

If you are carpooling, ALL MEMBERS of the carpool must come in together as a group and each member must present their student ID and their vehicle registration if they will be using their vehicle as part of the car pool.


All Detroit Mercy Law students are required to possess and conspicuously wear a Detroit Mercy ID Card while at Detroit Mercy Law.  The identification card also serves as an access card that allows entry into the classroom spaces and Southeast door on Jefferson Ave. Students who have yet to take their photo taken for the ID card must visit the SSC to do so during Orientation week.


Read Winterbottom v. Wright, 20 Meeson & Welsby (Exchequer of Pleas [England] (1842). (Privity) 

Read “How to Read a Legal Opinion” handout

Read “How to Brief a Case” handout


Information forthcoming…


Detroit Mercy Law invites new students and their family members to our Family Welcome Event on Tuesday, August 22 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Students may bring up to two family members / friends to this event.  Please register online.

During the evening, students will attend a panel presentation from experienced legal professionals in diverse careers, and will learn what makes for a successful legal education. Family members and friends will attend a panel of current law students, who will share their perspective on how families can be most supportive and helpful to law students. If you are curious as to what your law student will go through in their first year of legal education, this is a great panel to attend!

A light reception will follow the panels. Faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Students and guests are welcome to explore the law school at this time.  The bookstore will also be open. 


Detroit Mercy Law photographs all first-year students for a First-year Directory.  All incoming students must get their photograph taken on Tuesday, September 5 between 12:30pm and 6:30pm in the faculty lounge.  Business attire is required for these photos.


Law students are able to purchase health insurance through the University’s student health insurance plan. To view plan documents and enroll, go to and select University of Detroit Mercy as your school. There will be an option to view plan documents. To enroll, click on the Enroll/Waive button, and then identify yourself as a School of Law student.  To enroll, you will need your name and TNumber.  You may purchase insurance for yourself, and for a spouse and dependent children.

If you take no action, you will not be enrolled in the student health insurance plan. The enrollment deadline is Sept. 29, 2017.


Students continue their orientation to the legal profession with an afternoon of thoughtful discussion on legal ethics and professional conduct with seasoned lawyers and judges at Professionalism in Action. This event takes place at the start of the second semester, but is part of the mandatory Orientation program. Mark your calendars for Friday, January 26, 2018 from 2:30pm to 5:00pm.

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