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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Student Spotlight

MICHAEL SULAKA

Undergraduate Institution; Major: University of Michigan Ross School of Business; BBA, Finance and Corporate Strategy | Division: Day

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Why did you choose UDM Law?

I chose UDM Law because of the institution's genuine commitment to producing practice ready attorneys. From the administration to the faculty and staff, students readily sense the collegial community on the school's campus, which makes it easier for us to focus on our studies and careers knowing that we have the support of the entire UDM Law community behind us. Additionally, as a Catholic, I truly love learning the law at a Roman Catholic law school affiliated with the Society of Jesus. Shout out to Pope Francis, who is also a Jesuit. I digress...

What do you like best about attending law school in Detroit?

My favorite part of attending law school in Detroit is experiencing the general excitement and daily activity of downtown Detroit, along with its proximity to federal, state, and municipal courts, some of the region's largest law firms and multinational corporations. Also, exploring the architecturally and culturally rich buildings throughout downtown makes for a great history lesson in between classes, and catching a Tigers or Red Wings game after class is always a win, no matter what the final score reads.

What surprised you most about law school?

The light course load. Just kidding, I think the most surprising aspect of law school – and I think most students would agree – is the amount of time and effort required in order to succeed. Between reading and briefing cases, researching the law, and writing memos and briefs, you constantly feel like you can always do something more to be better prepared. Law school makes undergrad feel like high school.

How would you describe the UDM Law community?

I would describe the UDM Law school community as one grounded in values. Values such as hard work, respect, integrity, leadership, diversity, tradition, and community service immediately come to mind.

What have you benefitted from the most at UDM Law?

I have benefitted the most at UDM Law by developing practical legal skills such as researching the law, drafting legal documents, advocating for my client, and developing the professional skills expected of a first-year lawyer through the school's Law Firm Program.

Where would you like to be ten years from now, and what role will your UDM education or the UDM community play in getting you there?

In ten years, I plan to be a prominent leader in the business, legal, and philanthropic communities in Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan. Concurrently pursuing my J.D. and MBA at UDM is preparing me to accomplish this goal by developing the legal skills and business acumen to analyze some of the most challenging issues facing our city, region, and state. Resolving those issues by drawing upon on a breadth of knowledge from two separate yet often intertwining professional fields is a unique skill which I plan to hone.

Why would you recommend UDM Law to a prospective student?

I would recommend UDM Law to a prospective student because it will give you the same opportunities it has afforded me (see above) and prepare you to become a practice ready attorney. The best piece of advice I received before enrolling at UDM Law came from my sister Angelina (UDM Law '13) and that is, "you get out what you put in." That is especially true here at UDM Law: you can create for yourself any experience you desire. In essence, "you reap what you sow." I have come to learn that this pearl of wisdom also applies to life in general. Go Titans.


 

 

EVENTS


Lunch at the Michigan Bar Exam - Michigan State University

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 11:45 am

Complimentary boxed lunches will be served to Detroit Mercy Law graduates taking the Michigan Bar Exam on February 23 and February 24. We will be in the Kellogg Center during lunch breaks to distribute the free lunches.

For additional information, please contact Asst. Dean Denise Hickey at 313-596-0202, hickeydp@udmercy.edu. 


2016 International Drafting Competition - University of Detroit Mercy

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 am

Detroit Mercy Law's International Intellectual Property Law Clinic in conjunction with the Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office will host the inaugural International Patent Drafting Competition.

http://law.udmercy.edu/index.php/academics1/patent-drafting-competition


Book Awards Ceremony & Reception - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its annual Book Awards ceremony on March 1, 2016 at 5:00pm at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, followed by a celebratory reception in the atrium. Business attire is required.

The Book Awards celebrate outstanding academic and service achievement. Detroit Mercy Law presents the Book Awards to students who have ranked first in a law school course in the preceding year or who have provided exceptional service to the school. Students on the Dean’s Honor List are also acknowledged.  


Law Review Centennial Symposium - Room 226

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 8:30 am

The Law Review will host a symposium on March 4, 2016, in celebration of its centennial year. The symposium will feature legal professionals and scholars from the City of Detroit and across the country to discuss legal issues confronted throughout Detroit's history, today, and issues that may arise in the future. Confirmed speakers include Detroit's Deputy Mayor Ike McKinnon; Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of MI Gerald Rosen; and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts Gene Gargaro ('67).

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McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law and religion. This year's lecturer is Professor Kent Greenawalt of Columbia Law School addressing religious exemptions in same-sex marriages. Professor Greenawalt will be joined by commentators Andrew Koppelman of Northwestern University and Michael Moreland of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and University of Notre Dame Law School.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 16, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in room 226, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

Event Details>>

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  • Professionalism in Action 2016

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