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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Master Calendar

 Master Calendar 2015/2016

May
Time
Event
22 Detroit Mercy INTERSESSION ENDS
25 BUILDING CLOSED - Memorial Day
26 Detroit Mercy TERM III BEGINS
9 - 1 pm BARBRI begins 
12:00 PM Faculty hosting BBQ for bar takers 
6:00 PM Mandatory SSP Orientation (Admissions)
12 - 1 pm Lunch with Lawyer for admitted students (Alumni Relations and Admissions)
27 2-3:30 pm Walk-in Wednesday Bar Takers (Academic Support)
6:00 PM SSP Program Begins (Jones)
June
Time
Event
2 12:30 PM BBQ hosted by the Leadership Team
3 10-3 pm Cross Border Open House (Admissions)
2-3:30 pm Walk-in Wednesday Bar Takers (Academic Support)
6-8 pm Wolverine Bar Prep
4 9-12 pm Jump Start (Admissions)
5 9:00 AM Department Meeting (Smith)
8 11:30 AM LSAT (Registrar)
10 2-3:30 pm Walk-in Wednesday Bar Takers (Academic Support)
16 4-6 pm Preparing for fall OCI (for Duals with U-Windsor)
17 10 - 1 pm SERVICE DAY - Michigan Humane Society (Detroit Location)
2-3:30 pm Walk-in Wednesday Bar Takers (Academic Support)
6-8:30 pm Wolverine Bar Prep
18 5-7 pm Prospective Student Open House (Admissions)
19 U-Windsor Convocation
20 10-5 pm Wolverine Bar Prep
22 Evening Detroit Fireworks
24 2-3:30 Walk-in Wednesday Bar Takers (Academic Support)
6-8:30 pm Wolverine Bar Prep
26 7:30 AM SERVICE DAY Warming Center - Detroit Mercy in the Kitchen (Smith)
12-6 pm MAPLA Executive Board Meeting at law school (McCarthy)
9-12 pm MAPLA Executive Board Meeting (McCarthy)
July
Time
Event
1 2-3:30 pm Walk-in Wednesday Bar Takers (Academic Support)
6-8:30 pm Wolverine Bar Prep
3 Detroit Mercy BUILDING CLOSED - 4th of July holiday
6 7/6 - 8/13 Grow Detroit's Young Talent Interns 
8 6-8:30 pm Wolverine Bar Prep
10 9:00 AM Department Meeting (Smith)
Detroit Mercy TERM III CLASSES END
15 Detroit Mercy TERM III EXAMS BEGIN
15 3-7:30 pm Jump Start (Admissions)
16 3-7:30 pm Jump Start (Admissions)
17 7:30 AM SERVICE DAY - Warming Center - Detroit Mercy Law in the Kitchen (Smith)
20 Detroit Mercy SSP Program Ends
21 Detroit Mercy TERM III EXAMS END
28/29 TBD Michigan Bar Exam - Lunch Served in Lansing (Hickey)
31 Fall OCI application deadline (CSO)
Aug
Time
Event
7 9:00 AM Department Meeting (Smith)
12 TBD Border Crossing/Single JD Students (Winbigler)
13/20 All day Orientation begins (Jennings)
14 Lawyering Fundamentals Begins (BARBRI)
15 7:30 AM MPRE (Registrar)
17 9:00 AM Convocation (McNichols Campus) 
18 TBD Border Crossing/ Dual JD A-L (Wingbigler)
18/21 OCI Session I (CSO)
19 TBD Border Crossing/ Dual JD M-Z (Wingbigler)
21 Last day of Orientation and Lawyering Fundamentals Exam
24 Detroit Mercy TERM I CLASSES BEGIN
TBD Dual JD Immersion starts (Dual JD ALTA)
25 5:00 PM Workshop (Academic Support)
28 TBD SBA Welcome Party (STUDENTS Only)
28 2-5 pm Student Leadership Retreat (Student Affairs)
Sept.
Time
Event
1 1-5:30 PM Student Organization Fair
1 5:00 PM Workshop (Academic Support)
7 Detroit Mercy BUILDING CLOSED - Labor Day
8 U-Windsor Orientation Dual JD Students
Mandatory Westlaw/Lexis Training through 10/2 (Library)
U-Windsor classes begin/UPPER class students
9 4:00 PM Faculty meeting 
10 Celebrate Spirit / McNichols
1:00 PM Judicial Clerkshop Workshop (CSO)
11 9:00 AM Department Meeting (Smith)
12 6-10 PM Welcome Back Dinner at Park Shelton (Crocker)
13 Sundown Rosh Hashanah (ends evening of Sept. 15)
14 U-Windsor Classes begin/First year students
OCI Interviews Session II (CSO) Runs through Sept. 30
15 5-6 PM Workshop (Academic Support)
16 1-3 PM First Year Experience (Student Affairs)
16 4:00 PM Professional Development Committee
22 Sundown Yom Kippur (ends evening of Sept 23)
24 1-2 PM Nuts and Bolts Judicial Clerkship Panel (CSO)
24 1 and 5 PM Dean's Meeting with Students (Student Affairs)
29 12:00 PM Red Mass (Alumni Relations)
5:00 PM Workshop (Academic Support)
30 4:00 PM Professional Development Committee Meeting 
30 5:00 PM Mentor Jet (CSO)
Oct.
Time
Event
1 6-8 PM Open House (Admissions)
2 9:00 AM Department Meeting (Smith)
3 7:30 AM LSAT (Registrar)
7 4:00 PM Professional Development Committee Meeting 
7/9 State Bar Annual Meeting - Suburban Collection Novi (Detroit Mercy Reception 8th)
8 TBD Reception at State Bar Annual Meeting (Alumni Relations)
12 Thanksgiving in Canada
13 1-6 PM CSO Open House (CSO)
5:00 PM Workshop (Academic Support)
14 1-3 PM First Year Experience (Student Affairs)
4:00 PM Faculty Meeting
15 Dual JD Students - Toronto OCI's (Dual JD)
TBD Meet the Judges (Hickey)
1L Advising can begin (CSO)
16 TBD Law Review Symposium
19 Advising Week (Wilkins)
20 1 and 5 PM 1L CSO Orientation (CSO)
21 1:00 PM

Professor Cara Cunningham Warren's Job Talk

21 4:00 PM Professional Development Committee Meeting 
22 TBD Class Composite (Johnson)
23 TBD SBA Halloween Party
23 Dual JD Callbacks
1:00 PM Dual JD CSO IL Orientation
24 TBD D.A.B. Meeting 
TBD Detroit Mercy Law Reunion (Hickey)
27 5:00 PM Workshop (Academic Support)
4-6 PM IP Summit (CSO)
28 4:00 PM Professional Development Committee Meeting 
30 Safety Street @McNichols (Jennings)
Nov.
Time
Event
2/6 U-Windsor Upper Class Reading Week
2 Dual JD Toronto Callbacks
3 Dual JD Interviews
4 Dual JD Offer Day
5 5-6 PM Resume Bootcamp (CSO)
6 9:00 AM Department Meeting (Smith)
11:00 AM Resume Bookcamp (CSO)
1:00 PM Resume Bookcamp Dual JD (CSO)
TBD Faculty Excellence Award
7 7:30 AM MPRE (Registrar)
9 10:00 AM Detroit Mercy TERM II PRIORITY REGISTRATION
11 Veterans Day
11 1:00 PM Alicia Dyer's Presentation. Hosted by the Professional Development Committee
11 4:00 PM Faculty Meeting
12 1 pm / 5 PM Cross Border Thanksgiving (Jennings)
14 9 - 12 PM Open House (Admissions)
16 1:00 PM Brown Bag Lumch on the Rank and Tenure Policy in Faculty Lounge
17 1 pm/ 5 PM Dean's Meeting (Student Affairs)
18 1:00 PM 1L Experience (Student Affairs)
18 4:00 PM Professional Development Committee Meeting 
All Day State Bar of Michigan Bootcamp /Incubator Pgm (Kudialis)
19 TBD SBA prsents Laughs for Justice
20 12Noon Brown Bag Lunch on the Rank and Tenure Policy in Faculty Lounge
26/27 Detroit Mercy BUILDING CLOSED / Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec.
Time
Event
1 Detroit Mercy / Thursday Class Schedule
2 Detroit Mercy / Friday Class Schedule
2 Detroit Mercy TERM I ENDS
4 9:00 AM Department Meeting (Smith)
6-10 PM President Cabinet Christmas Party (McNichols)
5 7:30 AM LSAT (Registrar)
6 Sundown Hanukkah
7 Detroit Mercy EXAMS BEGIN
Last day of classes at U-Windsor
8/11 IL Reading Week U-Windsor
9 10AM-12PM Faculty Meeting 
10 U-Windsor Upper Class Exams begin
18 1:00 PM Detroit Mercy Holiday Party
18 EXAMS END (Detroit Mercy and U-Windsor)
24 Detroit Mercy BUILDING CLOSED / reopens 1/4/16
Jan.
Time
Event
4 UW Term II Begins
6 AALS (through 10th)
7 6-8 PM Open House (Admissions)
8 9:00 AM Department Meeting (Smith)
11 Detroit Mercy TERM II BEGINS
13 1:00 PM  Professional Development Committee Meeting
13 4:00 PM Faculty Meeting
15 1:30-5:30 PM Professionalism in Action
18 Detroit Mercy BUILDING CLOSED / MLK Holiday
19 2:00-3:00 PM ALTA  Meeting
20 Admissions Walk-in Wednesday
25 Mandatory Lexis/Westlaw Training through 2/5 (Library)
26 1 & 5 PM CSO Interview Skills (CSO)
27 1:00 PM Professional Development Committee Meeting
30 Admissions Fellows Interviews
Feb.
Time
Event
2 12-3 PM Public Interest Fair (CSO)
4 1 & 5 PM OCI Workshop (CSO)
5 9:00 AM Department Meeting (Smith)
6 7:30 AM LSAT (Registrar)
9 1 & 4 PM Mock Interviews (CSO)
9 2:30-3:30 PM ALTA Meeting
10 Admissions Walk-in Wednesday & SSP Workshop
10 1:00 PM Professional Development Committee Meeting
10 4:00 PM Faculty Meeting
15/19 Detroit Mercy WINTER BREAK
UW Reading Week
15 & 19 UW offices closed (Mon and Friday only)
23 Philanthrophy Day (Tentative)
23 12:00-3:00PM Bar Association Fair in Atrium
23/24 February Bar Exam
23 2:00-3:00 PM ALTA Meeting 
24 1:00 PM Professional Development Committee Meeting
25 1:00 PM OCI Careers in Health Law (CSO)
26 Admissions Event with the USPTO
March
Time
Event
1 5:00 PM Book Awards (Student Affairs)
3 Admissions "A Day in the Life of a Detroity Mercy Law Student"
4 9:00 AM Department Meeting (Smith)
5 Admissions Fellows Interviews
5 9:00AM-5:00PM Young Lawyers Section Diversity Mock Trial Rm 326  (Tentative)
5 TBD Barristers Ball
8 5:15-5:55PM CSO: Careers in IP Law with Brooks Kushman, LLP in the Faculty Lounge
9 1:00 PM Professional Development Committee Meeting
9 4:00 PM Faculty Meeting
10 Admissions "Getting Career Ready" Event
10 11AM-7PM Grad Fair
12 9:00AM-5:00PM Young Lawyers Section Diversity Mock Trial Rm 326 (Tentative)
12 TBD BLSA Annual Vegas Night
14 TBD Academic Advising (Academic Affairs)
16 5:00 PM McElroy Lecture (Landvardt)
18-19  TBD Keenan Moot Court Competition Preliminary Rounds
19 Admissions Open House with Kennan Competition
21 10:00 AM Detroit Mercy TERM III AND I PRIORITY REGISTRATION
22 6-10 PM Detroit Mercy Alumni Spirit of Achievement Awards (McNichols)
23 TBD Kennan Moot Court Competition Final Rounds
23 Passover
23 1:00 PM Professional Development Committee Meeting
25 Detroit Mercy BUILDING CLOSED / Good Friday and Easter 
29 2:30-3:30 PM ALTA Meeting
April
TIme
Event
1 9:00 AM Department Meeting (Smith)
1-2 TBD G. Mennen Williams Moot Court Competition 
6 Admissions Walk-in Wednesday & Application and Personal Statement Workshop
6 1:00 PM Professional Development Committee Meeting
8 UW Term II ends
Detroit Mercy Fellows Interviews (Admissions)
Admissions Fellows Interviews
8 TBD Dean's Advisory Board Reception
9 TBD Dean's Advisory Board Meeting
11/26 UW Exams 
12 NALP Conference (CSO Office)
13 4:00 PM Faculty Meeting
15  TBD National Bar Association Region 6 Conference
16 TBD National Bar Association Region 6 Conference
16 7:30PM Wolverine Bar Association Barrister's Ball TBA
20 1:00 PM Professional Development Committee Meeting
26 Detroit Mercy - Friday Class Schedule
27 Detroit Mercy - Monday Class Schedule
Detroit Mercy TERM II ENDS
27 11:00 AM-3:00 PM ALTA Meeting
29 9:00 AM Department Meeting (Smith)
May
Time
Event
2/12 Detroit Mercy EXAMS BEGIN
11 1:00 PM Professional Development Committee Brainstorming Brown Bag 
12 Baccalaureate (Jennings)
13 5:00 PM Detroit Mercy Graduation (Jennings)
16 Detroit Mercy INTERSESSION (May 16 - 27)
23 Victoria Day, Canada
30 Detroit Mercy BUILDING CLOSED / Memorial Day 
31 Detroit Mercy TERM III BEGINS
SSP Program Begins (Jones)

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.  


Experience “A Day in the Life of a Detroit Mercy Law Student” - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 10:30 am

A well-rounded legal education should include rewarding experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.  Detroit Mercy Law takes great pride in providing real-world experiences outside of the classroom as one of the first law schools in the country to have a law clinic, and is one of few to require at least one clinical experience for all of our students.  Our location in Downtown Detroit, just steps away from courthouses, law firms and national corporations, provides numerous opportunities for externships and mentoring.  Of course, we are also proud of our exceptional academic program.  We offer a rigorous and robust curriculum taught by and experienced and dedicated faculty.  We are committed to educating the complete lawyer! 

We invite you to experience “A Day in the Life of a Detroit Mercy Law Student” on Thursday, March 3, 2016.  You are welcome to meet our Dean, members of the Detroit Mercy Law faculty, administration, and current students and visit a real class.  Optional Law School Tours are also available.

Please rank your preferences for a class visit.  As space is limited in each class, you may select up to three options.  We will do our best to accommodate your preference and you should be prepared to stay for the entire class period.  Please RSVP by February 26th and we will notify you of your assigned class by February 29th


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).

Press Release>>

View Details and Register Online for the Symposium>> 


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>>

Register Online for McElroy Lecture>>

NEWS

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  • Professionalism in Action 2016

    Alumni group leaders with Dean Phyllis L. Crocker and Lori Buiteweg, President of the Michigan State Bar at the 2016 Professionalism in Action program. The program introduces first year law students to the importance of civility, professionalism, and ethics to the legal profession by pairing them with alumni judges and lawyers to engage in small group discussions on hypotheticals designed to increase awareness of and appreciation for these important values.

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  • NEW ISSUE OF THE DOCKET ALUMNI MAGAZINE

    View the Winter 2016 issue of the alumni magazine, the Docket, to learn how Detroit Mercy Law is Educating the Complete Lawyer, information about special anniversary celebrations for the clinical program and Law Review, the accomplishments of our alumni, faculty, and students, and much more.

    Docket Alumni Magazine>>

  • Corey Haines, 2L, appointed Chief of Police of Madison Heights

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    Corey Haines, a 2L evening student at Detroit Mercy Law, was sworn in as Chief of Police of the Madison Heights in January 11, 2016. Mr. Haines has served the city of Madison Heights Police Department since 1992, most recently as deputy police chief.

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