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 all 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.

Event Details>>


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.

Press Release and Event Details>>


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

  • From counsel to council: Local attorney serves as mayor of Madison Heights

    Attorney Brian Hartwell entered Western Michigan University as a theater major and came out with a pre-law degree.

    "The stage and courtroom are comparable in certain respects – actors and litigators tell someone else's story to an audience familiar with the process, searching for a core truth," he says.

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  • Helping hand: Detroit Mercy Law grad enjoys role as public servant

    Engrossed in the O.J. Simpson trials at the age of 10, Erin Jacobs Rich knew she had found her calling.

    "I found the rhetoric in a courtroom to be one of the most fascinating things I'd ever seen," she says. "My mind was set at 10 that I would be lawyer and I'm very stubborn."

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  • KAREN McDONALD HENNING RECEIVES DETROIT MERCY LAW’S BARNES FACULTY SCHOLAR AWARD

    Henning

    DETROIT, Mich. – July 12, 2016 – Professor Karen McDonald Henning is the recipient of the 2016 James T. Barnes, Sr. Memorial Faculty Scholar Award at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. This prestigious award, named in honor of alumnus James T. Barnes, Sr. of the class of 1940, recognizes a faculty member's outstanding scholarship, teaching excellence, and public service.

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  • Attorney is New Owner of a Jiu-Jitsu Academy

    Lawrence G. Almeda, an intellectual property attorney and shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brink Gilson & Lione, is the new owner of the Plymouth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, purchasing it from head instructor Elihu Ledesma. He earned his J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and LL.M from The John Marshall Law School.

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  • Lawyers could take voluntary online tests to assess skills

    While Michigan is ripe for some improvements in continuing legal education, a task force that recently studied the issue doesn’t believe that includes adopting the mandatory approach used by most other states..

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  • Professor Larry Dubin Quoted in The Detroit News

    Detroit Mercy Law Professor, Larry Dubin, was recently quoted in The Detroit News on the report that Wayne County prosecutors delayed sharing evidence with Davontae Sanford's attorneys that would have exonerated him. Sanford spent eight years in prison for murders he did not commit according to the report.

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