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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Previous Employment Statistics

The following information reflects graduates' employment status as of February 15th in the year noted as reported to the American Bar Association (ABA) and NALP—the Association for Legal Career Professionals.  Please reference the ABA's and NALP's instructions to assist in reviewing and interpreting this data.

Employment Status

  Class of 2010 Class of 2009 Class of 2008
  # Reported (Long/Short)* # Reported # Reported
Total Graduates (December, May and July Grads)** 198 211 211

Employment Status Known

193 211 207
Employed 145 (97/47) 159 154
Bar Admission Required FT 77 127 114
Bar Admission Required PT  4 7 1
Bar Admission Required (FT or PT Unknown)  3 0 0
JD Preferred FT  14 6 20
JD Preferred PT  2 0 1
JD Preferred (FT or PT Unknown)  2 0 0
Professional Other FT  14 13 11
Professional Other PT 
Professional Other (FT or PT Unknown) 
Non-Professional Other FT
Non-Professional Other PT
Non-Professional Other (FT or PT Unknown)
Employed-Job Type Unknown  17 
Pursuing Degree Full Time 
Unemployed and Seeking Employment  35 35 40
Unemployed and Not Seeking Employment 6 14 12
Employment Status Unknown 5 0 4

 

*The ABA began collecting long-term/short-term data for the Class of 2010.

Graduates choosing to practice in Canada must complete a 10-month articling term post-graduation as a condition of licensure. Accordingly, most graduates articling in Canada are in short-term positions (lasting less than 12 months) by definition.

**Data includes graduates from December of the preceding year as well as May and July graduates for the year noted.  For example, the Class of 2010 includes December 2009, May 2010 and July 2010 graduates in UDM Law's JDJD/MBA, and Canadian & American Dual JD programs. 

Employment Type by Sector

2010 2009 2008
# Reported (Long/Short) % Reported % Reported % Reported
Employed Graduates 145 75.1 75.4 74.4
Private Practice 69 47.6 65.4 57.1
Solo 2 (2/0) 2.9 11.5 3.4
2-10 23 (15/8) 33.3 40.4 43.2
11-25 15 (8/7) 21.7 10.6 13.6
26-50 2 (1/1) 2.9 13.5 3.4
51-100 5 (5/0) 7.2 2.9 10.2
101-250 5 (3/2) 7.2 6.7 10.2
251-500 2 (0/2) 2.9 6.7 3.4
501+ 9 (2/7) 13.0 4.8 4.5
Unknown 6 (2/4) 8.7 2.9 8.0
Business and Industry 37 (29/8) 25.5 19.5 22.1
Government 18 (17/1) 12.4 6.3 5.2
Public Interest 6 (2/4) 4.1 1.9 4.5
Judicial Clerkship 9 (9/0) 6.2 3.8 5.8
Academia 5 (2/3) 3.4 3.1 5.2
Law School Funded Position*** 3 (1/2) - - -
Employer Type Unknown 1 0.7

***The ABA and NALP began tracking positions funded by law schools in 2010.

Employment Location

2010 2009 2008
% Reported % Reported % Reported
In State (Michigan) 57.7 61.0 57.8
Out-of-State 15.5 23.9 25.3
Foreign 26.8 15.1 16.9
Employment by Region:
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.8 - -
Mid-Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA) 8.9 11.3 5.8
E. North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 60.2 68.6 66.9
W. North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE,ND, SD) - - 0.6
South Atlantic (DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 2.4 3.8 3.9
E. South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) - 0.6 -
W. South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) - - 2.6
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.8 - 2.6
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) - 0.6 0.6
Number of States Where Graduates are Employed 10 12 19
Most Popular Employment Locations 2010 2009 2008
% Reported % Reported % Reported
Michigan 57.7 61.0 57.8
New York 5.7 8.2 3.2
Pennsylvania 2.4 3.1 1.3
Illinois 0.8 3.8 5.2
Washington, D.C. 1.6 1.3 1.3

 

Full-Time Salaries of Employed Graduates****

2010 2009 2008
Total Employed Graduates 145 159 154
Number of Salaries Reported 35 38 60
25th Percentile 42,000 45,000 42,500
# Reported/
# with Salary
Salary # Reported/
# with Salary
Salary # Reported/
# with Salary
Salary
Private Practice 69
11
40,000 104
25
50,000 88
26
42,500
Solo 2
<5 reported
- 12
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
2-10 23
<5 reported
- 42
10
36,000 38
11
42,500
11-25 15
<5 reported
- 11
<5 reported
- 12
5
40,000
26-50 2/
<5 reported
- 14
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
51-100 5
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
101-250 5
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
251-500 2
<5 reported
- 7
5
105,000 3
<5 reported
-
501+ 9
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 4
<5 reported
-
Unknown 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Business and Industry 37
9
49,000 31
7
42,000 34
16
40,000
Government 18
7
42,000 10
<5 reported
- 8
6
42,500
Public Interest 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Judicial Clerkship 9
5
32,400 6
<5 reported
- 9
7
40,000
Academia 5
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 8
<5 reported
-
Median 50,000 65,000 50,000
# Reported/# with Salary Salary # Reported/
# with Salary
 
Salary   # Reported/
# with Salary
 Salary
Private Practice 69
11
60,000 104
25
65,000 88
26
51,500
Solo 2
<5 reported
- 12
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
2-10 23
<5 reported
- 42
10
43,060 38
11
47,500
11-25 15
<5 reported
- 11
<5 reported
- 12
5
50,000
26-50 2
<5 reported
- 14
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
51-100 5
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
101-250 5
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
251-500 2
<5 reported
- 7
5
105,000 3
<5 reported
-
501+ 9
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 4
<5 reported
-
Unknown 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Business and Industry 37
9
62,000 31
7
68,000 34
16
48,000
Government 18
7
50,000 10
<5 reported
- 8
6
47,500
Public Interest 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Judicial Clerkship 9
5
42,500 6
<5 reported
- 9
7
47,000
Academia 5
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 8
<5 reported
-
75th Percentile 62,000 90,000 70,000
# Reported/
# with Salary
Salary # Reported/
# with Salary
 
 Salary # Reported/
# with Salary
 
Salary 
Private Practice 69
11
60,000 104
25
105,000 88
26
82,500
Solo 2
<5 reported
- 12
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
2-10 23
<5 reported
- 42
10
65,000 38
11
51,000
11-25 15
<5 reported
- 11
<5 reported
- 12
5
55,000
26-50 2
<5 reported
- 14
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
51-100 5
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
101-250 5
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
251-500 2
<5 reported
- 7
5
120,000 3
<5 reported
-
501+ 9
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 4
<5 reported
-
Unknown 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Business and Industry 37
9
72,600 31
7
90,000 34
16
80,000
Government 18
7
54,000 10
<5 reported
- 8
6
51,000
Public Interest 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Judicial Clerkship 9
5
62,000 6
<5 reported
- 9
7
54,000
Academia 5
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 8
<5 reported
-
Mean 53,891 71,136 60,457
# Reported/
# with Salary
Salary # Reported/
# with Salary
Salary # Reported/
# with Salary
Salary
Private Practice 69
11
55,500 104
25
78,449 88
26
68,804
Solo 2
<5 reported
- 12
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
2-10 23
<5 reported
- 42
10
48,272 38
11
46,227
11-25 15
<5 reported
- 11
<5 reported
- 12
5
48,600
26-50 2
<5 reported
- 14
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
-
51-100 5
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
101-250 5
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
- 9
<5 reported
-
251-500 2
<5 reported
- 7
5
118,000 3
<5 reported
-
501+ 9
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 4
<5 reported
-
Unknown 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Business and Industry 37
9
62,511 31
7
67,093 34
16
59,000
Government 18
7
48,143 10
<5 reported
- 8
6
47,500
Public Interest 6
<5 reported
- 3
<5 reported
- 7
<5 reported
-
Judicial Clerkship 9
5
46,214 6
<5 reported
- 9
7
47,357
Academia 5
<5 reported
- 5
<5 reported
- 8
<5 reported
-

**** <5 reported indicates insufficient salaries reported to disclose while maintaining confidentiality. 

EVENTS


Mock Interview Program with the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers - Room 121

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Before you attend the Public Interest Career Fair or participate in Spring OCI, put your interviewing skills to the test with a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.  Interviews will take place in 30-minute increments from 12:30-2:00 p.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Advance registration is required.  Interview times will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Annual Public Interest Career Fair - Atrium

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:00 pm

The Career Services Office in partnership with the Externship Program and SBA Public Interest Committee are pleased to present the Annual Public Interest Fair.  Meet representatives of local, state, national, and international government, public service, and non-profit organizations in a table talk format.  Bring copies of your resume (that comply with the samples in the Career Planning Manual).  No advance student registration is required.  Lunch will be provided.

Employer Online Registration is now available.


Preparing for Fall On-Campus Interviews - Room 235

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Learn what you need to do before the semester ends and over the summer to prepare for the on-campus interview application process, particularly the Early Interview Session.  A duplicate session will be held at 5 p.m. for evening students and those who cannot attend this session due to scheduling conflicts.  A similar session will be held in June for Dual JD candidates.  Refreshments will be provided.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


Preparing for Fall On-Campus Interviews: Evening Edition - Room 249

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Learn what you need to do before the semester ends and over the summer to prepare for the on-campus interview application process, particularly the Early Interview Session.  This session is for upperclass evening students for whom summer 2016 will be their last summer in law school, and those who cannot attend the afternoon session due to scheduling conflicts.  A similar session will be held in June for Dual JD candidates.  Refreshments will be provided.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


Beyond OCI with Lexis: The Small Firm Job Search - Room 249

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Only a small percentage of students obtain their post-graduation employment through on-campus interviews. Find out how everybody else finds a job! Meet with us to discuss strategies for finding jobs with small mid-sized firms.  A duplicate session will be held at 5 p.m. for evening students.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


Beyond OCI with Lexis: The Small Firm Job Search-Evening Edition - Room 249

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Only a small percentage of students obtain their post-graduation employment through on-campus interviews. Find out how everybody else finds a job! Meet with us to discuss strategies for finding jobs with small mid-sized firms. This duplicate session is designed for evening students.  Advance registration on Career Connect is appreciated.


March 4, 2015 - 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.  His topic is "Religion and Reflective Equilibrium: A New Approach To Religious Freedom Law."  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Room 226 of the School of Law, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

 

NEWS

  • UDM Law Warming Center Clinic on Tenant Rights

    Thirteen UDM first-year law students assisted attorneys from Legal Aid and Defender Association, Neighborhood Legal Services, and Detroit Center for Family Advocacy at a Clinic UDM Law hosted at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Warming Center on January 15.  The students and attorneys provided information and individual consultations to 35 guests on housing related matters.  Additionally, Sydney Booth ('14), a participant in UDM's Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program, introduced her newly formed law firm, Rushing Law, and conducted a short presentation on Criminal Expungement.  

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  • PROFESSOR DUBIN COMMENTS ON HIGH PROFILE CASES IN THE NEWS

    Professor Larry Dubin recently commented in The Detroit News on two high profile federal cases.  First, he discussed the DeBoer case, which challenges Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on January 16 that it would accept the case.  Professor Dubin stated in part, "Public opinion has shifted greatly, making this an issue that needs to be resolved due to the conflicting federal law that now exists."

    On January 23, Professor Dubin discussed the Kazan case, in which a Muslim woman filed suit against the City of Dearborn Heights and its police department, alleging that her constitutional rights were violated when she was forced to remove her hijab when she was booked by a male officer for a traffic violation.  Professor Dubin noted that the case involves conflicting rights:  "Ms. Kazan is entitled under the First Amendment protection of her religious beliefs including the wearing of a hijab, which may cover part of her face.  However, the police have the right to process a person who is being arrested."

    Justices to rule on same-sex marriage, Jan. 16, 2015, The Detroit News (quoting Prof. Lawrence Dubin)

    Woman sues Dearborn Heights for forced hijab removal, Jan. 23, 2015, The Detroit News (quoting Prof. Lawrence Dubin)

  • NEW SOLO AND SMALL FIRM INCUBATOR PROGRAM EARNS PRAISE BY STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN

    UDM Law's New Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program is featured on the State Bar of Michigan's Stories of Service website. The Program is praised as an innovative model for teaching recent graduates how to grow and sustain a solo practice while also meeting the legal needs of low-income clients through pro bono service.

    UDM Law’s New Solo and Small Firm Incubator Program Aims to Grow Better Lawyers, Jan. 21, 2015, State Bar of Michigan Website – Stories of Service

  • MANY DISTINGUISHED UDM LAW ALUMNI ARE SWORN IN TO OFFICE

    Many distinguished UDM Law alumni have been sworn in to serve as members of the judiciary and Legislature recently. We are proud of their ongoing commitment to the School of Law's mission and the example they set for our students in their service to the public.

    Macomb County's judiciary has a sister act. Suzanne Faunce ('98), a former county assistant prosecutor, and her sister, Circuit Judge Jennifer Faunce ('90), who won re-election, were sworn in on January 5 by retired District Judge and current Visiting Judge Sherman Faunce, their father. Both women stated that it was one of the "greatest moments in their lives" to be sworn in together and with their father beside them.  Related article:  Family affair: Faunce sisters sworn in as judges by father, Dec. 22, 2014, Macomb Daily

    Many other alumni have also been sworn in as members of the judiciary, including:

    Hon. Brian K. Zahra ('87) was re-elected to the Michigan Supreme Court.

    Hon. Michael J. Talbot ('71) was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to be Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

    Hon. Christopher Murray ('90) was re-elected to the First District of the Michigan Court of Appeals. Judge Murray is currently a member of the University of Detroit Mercy Inns of Court and is president of the DMBA Inns of Court.

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  • PROFESSOR BROUGHTON COMMENTS IN LAW360 ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS

    On January 7, Professor J. Richard Broughton commented in Law360, a national legal news service, on President Barack Obama's renewed nominations of 17 judicial candidates for the federal bench and the likely response of the new Republican-controlled Senate.

    Obama Judicial Noms Face Uphill Battle in Republican Senate, Jan. 7, 2015, Law360

  • CRIMINAL TRIAL CLINIC HAS SUCCESSFUL YEAR

    Students in UDM's Criminal Trial Clinic represent indigent misdemeanor defendants in district courts. The Clinic is led by Adjunct Professor Michael Morgan and Professor Richard Krisciunas. The following students won cases on the merits while acting as defense counsel in the Clinic in 2014:

    Nargiz Nesimova gained an acquittal at trial for a client charged with Obstructing a Police Officer.

    Robert Warchuk won a motion to dismiss for a client charged with Operating with a Suspended Driver's License, Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia, and violating the local knife ordinance.

    Amanda Gingrich convinced the city attorney to dismiss the case against her client charged with violating the local knife ordinance.

    Amanda Gingrich convinced the city attorney that the police had arrested the wrong man for Operating with a Suspended Driver's License.

    Jared Henry convinced the city attorney that police had arrested the wrong man for Obstructing a Police Officer.

    The Criminal Trial Clinic arranges for UDM law students to act as public defenders in district courts in Eastpointe, Hamtramck, Plymouth, and Troy.

    To learn more about the Criminal Trial Clinic, visit the Clinics' website.