• * 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.



  • * 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



  • * 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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St. Louis law school joins downtown trend

NEW YORK, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Call it the downtown advantage. Saint Louis University School of Law has become the latest law school to announce plans to move, or expand, downtown.

The new location will offer law school students easier access to real-world professional experience, law school administrators say. The move from the main campus to a donated 11-story building will take place in time for the 2012-13 academic year.

It joins Phoenix School of Law, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Fordham Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law, all of which have recently announced downtown relocations or expansions.

The move will strengthen the connections among up-and-coming lawyers and members of the practicing bar and business and civic leaders, said Annette Clark, dean of Saint Louis University School of Law.

"Our new home will be in the heart of where law is practiced," she said.

The new facility will also bring students closer to low-income communities they serve in clinical courses, Clark said.

Earlier this month, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law finalized the purchase of a former Detroit firehouse to house its clinical programs. The new facility is expected to open in December.

Two years ago, the university's board of trustees and administration had asked the law school to explore potential cost savings by relocating from downtown to join the rest of the campus in northwest Detroit. The law school determined that it belonged downtown, said Lloyd Semple, the dean of the law school.

"We see our downtown location as a tremendous asset," Semple said. While some students would prefer a bucolic campus with rolling green hills and places to lie in the sun, Mercy School of Law offers "real-life experience," he said.

Students take advantage of externships with judges and the prosecutors' office, interface directly with federal and state courts, and work in one of 10 legal clinics serving the local community, Semple said.

In January, for-profit Phoenix School of Law completed its move into larger facilities downtown from another part of the city. The school, which moved from Scottsdale to Phoenix in 2006, settled on the space after a two-year search. Access to light rail and other transportation, along with proximity to the courts and major law firms, were motivating factors, said Nina Segovia, director of marketing for Phoenix School of Law.

Locating law schools downtown is not a new phenomenon. Fordham, Georgetown, Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and Loyola University Chicago and Boston College have had downtown law school campuses for years.

Fordham Law School was originally located on Fordham University's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx. After relocating to other locations in downtown Manhattan, Fordham Law moved to its current location at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus in 1961. Fordham Law School is relocating to a new, larger building near Lincoln Center in 2014.

After occupying several other spaces in Washington, Georgetown Law's campus has been at the foot of Capitol Hill since 1971. It allows students to easily access to Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court, along with government agencies and administrative boards.

"We have always believed that a law school should be in the heart of the city and not far removed from the problems that courts resolve," said Georgetown Law Professor Wallace Mlyniec, who authored a book on the school's history and helped create its public interest and community service center. "We have never seriously considered moving to the campus."

(Reporting by Moira Herbst)


Meet the Judges Reception - Atrium

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Meet judges of the federal and state courts during a casual reception in the UDM Law atrium and café on Thursday, October 15.  The schedule for the evening  is:  registration from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.; welcome remarks 6:00 - 6:10 p.m.; group photo 6:10 - 6:15 p.m.; network and meet the judges 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. UDM Law is co-sponsoring this event with the Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit; Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers; and the Polish American Lawyers Society.
Meet the Judges Invitation>>
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Law Review Symposium on the Great Lakes - Room 226

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 9:30 am

The UDM Law Review will host a symposium entitled, "The Public Trust Doctrine:  An Ancient Tool for Protecting the Great Lakes from New Hazards," on Friday, October 16, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. in room 226.  Topics include, "A Proper Framework for the Public Trust Doctrine and the Great Lakes," and "Trails and Microplastics:  New Developments."  The symposium is complimentary but advance registration is required.

Law Review Symposium Invitation>>

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 the 50th anniversary of our clinical program; selection of Hon. Anthony J. Fiorella, Jr. as UDM's 2015 Alumni Award recipient and Richard T. Krisciunas as the 2015 Time and Talent 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 may be found on the Reunion website.


November 14, 2015: Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 9:00 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.  

January 7, 2016: Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 5:30 pm

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.  


  • Professor Richard Broughton discusses gun control on WDET radio

    UDM Law Professor Richard Broughton was interviewed by Detroit Free Press editor Stephen Henderson on October 6 on WDET 101.9-FM's "Detroit Today." The subject was "How We Balance Freedom and Safety in a Pro-Gun Society;"  LISTEN TO SHOW>>


    The legal community came together to celebrate UDM Law's 103rd annual Red Mass on September 29.  Judges, attorneys, civic leaders, faculty, and law students of all faiths filled Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church to pray together at the beginning of the new judicial term. View Red Mass Photos>>  Read More>>



    Professor Alex Vernon represented the Immigration Law Clinic in participating in "Become a Citizen Day" hosted by the Chaldean Community Foundation and the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit on Saturday, September 19, in Sterling Heights. Attorneys and volunteers from these organizations and other firms assisted permanent residents in applying for citizenship. This was part of a nation-wide effort coordinated by organizations including the American Immigration Lawyers Association.



    Four UDM Law students will compete in the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan's 16th Annual National Trial Advocacy Competition in Lansing on October 9-11, 2015. The prosecution team will be led by Scott Ruark and Nina Paolini-Lotarski, and the defense team members are Hannah Treppa and Patrina Bergamo.



    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. Eight different free workshops have been scheduled for September 23 to November 18 at the School of Law campus, exploring the practical implications of developing a solo or small firm practice, and some will also be available for online viewing. 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 these workshops through a new Center for Solo and Small Firm Practice.

    Register for Workshops>>

    Press Release>>


    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)