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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Costs of Attendance 2012 - 2013

Cost of Attendance budgets are based on a two-semester academic year.  With the exception of the first-year dual JD program, summer classes are optional.  A separate summer application for summer school aid is available in February each year for the immediately subsequent summer.

Costs of Attendance are listed here by program and are broken down between first year and upper class as appropriate.  Students in the US/Canadian dual-degree program are reminded that Costs of Attendance listed here reflect only the UDM costs.  Costs of Attendance for study abroad programs are based on the costs determined by the host school.  All Cost of Attendance budgets should be viewed as a guide to assist students to prepare their own budgets based upon personal needs.

Cost of Attendance budgets are based upon a moderate standard of living in the Detroit metropolitan area, and include all regular costs associated with the student’s attendance at the law school without parental or other outside assistance.  Books and supplies estimates are based upon the cost of purchasing all books.  There are more opportunities to rent books than in the past, which can save students significant amounts of money.  First-year student books for most classes are used for the full year, which means that those students may also be able to save on books and supplies even if they have to purchase books at full price.  All students may save money on supplies such as paper, pens and notebooks by purchasing these at back-to-school sales at local discount or drug stores.

Students who have savings, income from work or support from family, friends or outside agencies should consider those resources before borrowing the maximum loans available.  We encourage students to borrow only what they need.  Loans can be increased if a student borrows less than their budgeted amount at the beginning of an academic year and needs an increase later in the year.  Unused portions of loans may also be returned to the lender to avoid the accrual of interest and the possibility of overspending.

Click here for the 2013-14 costs of attendance.

First-YearFinancial Aid Budgets for J.D. students living in the U.S., 2012-13.


Full-Time Day (30 credits/year)
Budget Item Off Campus with Parents/Relatives*
Tuition $38,100 $38,100
Books & Supplies 2,010 2,010
SBA dues 80 80
Room, Board, Personal 16,122 8,202
Transportation 3,019 3,019
Parking 340 340
Computer Eqpt.** 2,200 2,200
Loan Fees 1,250 1,012
TOTAL $63,121 $54,963

Part-time Day/Evening (24 credits/year)

Budget Item Off Campus with Parents/Relatives*
Tuition $30,480 $30,480
Books & Supplies 1,608 1,608
SBA dues 80 80
Room, Board, Personal 16,122 8,202
Transportation 3,019 3,019
Parking 340 340
Computer Eqpt.** 2,200 2,200
Loan Fees 1,009 771
TOTAL $54,848 $46,700

Extended Day/Evening (17 credits/year)

Budget Item Off Campus with Parents/Relatives*
Tuition $21,590 $21,590
Books & Supplies 1,139 1,139
SBA dues 80 80
Room, Board, Personal 16,122 8,202
Transportation 3,019 3,019
Parking 340 340
Computer Eqpt.** 2,200 2,200
Loan Fees 728 491
TOTAL $45,218 $37,061

 

UpperclassFinancial Aid Budgets for J.D. students living in the U.S., 2012-13.


Full-Time Day ( avg. 28 credits/year)
Budget Item Off Campus With Parents/Relatives*
Tuition $38,100 $38,100
Books & Supplies 1,876 1,876
SBA dues 80 80
Room, Board, Personal 16,122 8,202
Transportation 3,019 3,019
Parking 340 340
Loan Fees 1,180 942
TOTAL $60,717 $52,559

 

 

 

Part-time Day/Evening (avg. 20 credits/year)

Budget Item Off Campus with Parents/Relatives*
Tuition $25,400 $25,400
Books & Supplies 1,340 1,340
SBA dues 80 80
Room, Board, Personal 16,122 8,202
Transportation 3,019 3,019
Parking 340 340
Loan Fees 782 545
TOTAL $47,083 $38,926

 

 

 

Extended Day/Evening (avg. 16 credits/year)

Budget Item Off Campus with Parents/Relatives*
Tuition $20,320 $20,320
Books & Supplies 1,072 1,072
SBA dues 80 80
Room, Board, Personal 16,122 8,202
Transportation 3,019 3,019
Parking 340 340
Computer Eqpt.** 2,130 2,130
Loan Fees 622 354
TOTAL $41,575 $33,417

 

Dual J.D.Financial Aid Budgets Full Time – 2012-2013 UDM Costs Only


First Year
Budget Item Fall/Winter-9 credits
Tuition $21,845
Books & Supplies 603
SBA dues 80
Room, Board, Personal in Windsor Budget
Transportation 1,204
Parking 340
Computer Eqpt.** 2,200
Loan Fees 444
TOTAL $26,716

Second Year

Budget Item Fall/Winter-app. 13 credits
Tuition 20,609
Books & Supplies 1,541
SBA dues 80
Room, Board, Personal In Windsor budget
Transportation 1,807
Parking 340
Loan Fees 368
TOTAL $24,745

 

 

Third Year

Budget Item Fall/Winter-app. 11 credits
Tuition $19,443
Books & Supplies 737
SBA dues 80
Room, Board, Personal In Windsor budget
Transportation 895
Parking 340
Loan Fees 253
TOTAL $21,748

 

All Other Joint Programs
for students living in the U.S. – 2012-13

Tuition and Books charged by the credit hour
Loan fees calculated by loan eligibility

Budget Item Off Campus With Parents/Relatives*
Tuition $1,270/credit hour 1,270/credit hour
Books & Supplies $67/credit hour $67/credit hour
SBA dues 80 80
Room, Board, Personal 16,122 8,202
Transportation 3,019 3,019
Parking 340 340
Loan Fees depends on costs depends on costs

*   Also includes students living in properties owned by relatives.
**  As students are required to use computers in their work, first year students are given a one-time allowance for a computer, printer and any auxiliary equipment , software and supplies.  The computer equipment is of the student’s choosing. 

Note:  Budgets may be adjusted for students with disabilities to accommodate reasonable needs to attend classes.  Budgets may also be adjusted for students with dependent care expenses directly related to their attendance at law school (not for job or other purposes).  Both adjustments require documentation.  Budgets may be reduced for students receiving scholarships or other assistance from outside sources.

 

EVENTS


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.


Lunch and Learn: Special Summer Program - Online Webinar

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Come learn more about UDM Law's conditional admission program, the Special Summer Program.

Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email.


Special Summer Program - Online Webinar

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Come learn more about UDM Law's conditional admission program, the Special Summer Program.

Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email.


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 Social Coherentism: A Progressive Theory of Religious Freedom."  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. Complimentary parking will be available in the Blue Cross lot nearby. Addditional details will be posted here shortly.

 

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 and 25, 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)

    Meet the Women Suing a Michigan Police Department and Standing Up Against Islamophobia, Jan. 25, 2015, Mic Network (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.