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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Red Mass

UDM's first Red Mass was celebrated on September 7, 1877, the very first year the University was in operation.  It reflects the University's commitment to its Roman Catholic heritage from the very beginning.  While many things have changed, this founding vision remains the same.  The School of Law began hosting the Mass when it began operation in 1912.

It's a part of the celebration that emphasizes the religious roots of the University and the School of Law.   However, it is not only a Mass for the School of Law, but for all of the judges, lawyers, law students and those who work in our justice system in the City of Detroit.  It is a service to the Archdiocese which we have offered as part of our presence in this City.

 The name Red Mass comes from the color of the vestments that the priest wears.  The priest wears red because the Mass is held specially to invoke the Holy Spirit in guiding judges and lawyers during the coming year.   The color red symbolizes the Holy Spirit since scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit appeared as tongues of fire and descended on the twelve disciples.

When the Mass initially started in Europe, the judges wore red robes as well.  The Mass coincided with the beginning of the judicial term for the courts.  We try to keep that tradition alive by hosting it on the last Tuesday in September each year.

Since the Mass calls on divine guidance for members of the legal profession, it is appropriate for all those licensed by the State Bar to recall the fundamental values and obligations that come with the privilege of belonging to the profession.  Every year, the Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment is lead by a high ranking member of the judiciary. Renewing the Oath of Commitment connects the request for spiritual guidance with the fundamental purpose of providing a system of justice for our community. 

  

Baccalaureate Liturgy

At the end of each academic year, the law school community gathers in thanksgiving to recognize the graduating class.  The Liturgy is an integral part of the graduation ceremonies and begins the celebration by providing an opportunity for the graduates and their families to pray together.  It is an opportunity to recognize the blessings they have received and ask for guidance and support in the coming transition to future opportunities and challenges.

The Liturgy is held next door to the law school at Sts. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church with a priest from the Jesuit community at UDM presiding.  Members of the graduating class are invited to serve as readers, gift bearers and in other roles to help make the Liturgy an act of service as well as a expression of thanks to God.  

EVENTS


July 28 & 29, 2015: Lunch at the Michigan Bar Exam - East Lansing

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 11:30 am

The UDM Law Alumni Relations Office and members of the Rock the Bar  faculty and administration mentorship team will provide complimentary boxed lunches for alumni taking the Michigan Bar Exam on July 28 and July 29.  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.

Best wishes on the exam. We're all rooting for you!  
For additional information, please contact Assistant Dean Denise Hickey at 313-596-0202, hickeydp@udmercy.edu.


Red Mass - UDM Law Campus

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm

UDM's 103rd Annual Red Mass and Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church beginning at 12:00 p.m., followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium of the School of Law.  Red Mass is an occasion for judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and law students of all faiths to pray together at the beginning of the new judicial term, asking God to bless, strengthen, and enlighten us, so that in cooperation and mutual trust we may effectively achieve justice for all.

The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Ph.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, will celebrate the Mass.  Hon. Patrick J. Duggan ('58) of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will lead the Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment.

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