Commencement 2017

Commencement 2017

Friday, May 12. For more information please read the FAQ.

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)
12 1PM-2PM Sodexo Meeting in Cafeteria
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


Book Awards Ceremony & Reception - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its annual Book Awards ceremony on February 28, 2017 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.  


McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 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 Intisar A. Rabb, a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. Dr. Rabb also holds an appointment as a Professor of History at Harvard University and as the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The title of Dr. Rabb's Lecture is, "Qāḍī Justice: Islamic Law as Procedure."

The lecture will be held on March 2, 2017, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in room 226, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

Register Online for McElroy Lecture>>

Event Details>>


Law Review Symposium - Room 226

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8:30 am

The Law Review will host its annual symposium on March 3, 2017. The symposium will feature legal professionals and scholars from across the country to discuss the American Bar Association's implementation of Standards 314 and 315, which deal with formative assessments in law school classrooms.

For more information click HERE.


Detroit Mercy Law Aspiring Attorneys Workshop (By Invitation Only) - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:00 am

Detroit Mercy Law will host its 1st  Annual Aspiring Attorneys Workshop on Friday, March 10th, 9:00 am - 12:30pm. This program is aimed at introducing high school junior and seniors from select schools in the Detroit Public Schools Community District to the law school and hopefully spark an interest in pursuing a legal career.

 

Students will participate in a mock law school class taught by one of our professors, engage in activities aimed at exploring different areas of the law and career options, tour the law school, and participate in a college readiness workshop. Lunch will be provided.

 

For more information, please contact Eric McCloud, mcclouer@udmercy.edu, (313)-596-0264.

 

This event is sponsored by the Law School Admission Council as part of DiscoverLaw.org Months.


Prof. Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament - Atrium

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 4:00 pm

The Professor Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Detroit Mercy Law upperclass students will be held on campus in March. Professor Keenan served on the Detroit Mercy Law faculty from 1976 until he passed away in 2006. He taught numerous courses, including constitutional law, evidence, criminal law, trial practice, torts, and professional responsibility. From humble beginnings as a storefront lawyer, he was always passionate about the law and taught his students the importance of fair representation for people from all walks of life.

The preliminary rounds will be held on March 10 and March 11 and the final round will be on March 15. Alumni are needed to judge the preliminary rounds and may RSVP to the Moot Court Board of Advocates. Questions may be directed to Professor Gary Maveal.


March 11, 2017: Prospective Student Open House - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 9:00 am

Find out why men and women have been choosing Detroit Mercy Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how Detroit Mercy Law not only teaches you the law, but teaches you how to be a lawyer.  Through your education here, you will become a lawyer who makes a difference in your workplace and your community.  

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the campus and speak with admissions representatives, faculty, and current students.  

To register, email cemccarthy@udmercy.edu with your name L number and number of guests.


Erin Go Law Networking Reception - Atrium

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 5:00 pm

The Board of Directors of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association invites judges, attorneys, and Detroit Mercy law students to attend its career networking reception, "Erin Go Law," on Thursday, March 16, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the atrium of the School of Law. 

Register Online>>         More Information>>


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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

We invite you to experience "A Day in the Life of a Detroit Mercy Law Student" on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

You will meet members of the Detroit Mercy Law faculty, administration and current student and will sit in on a real class. Lunch or dinner will be provided and optional Law School Tours are also available. 

Email Caitlin McCarthy at cemccarthy@udmercy.edu to RSVP. Please include your full name, which section you'll be attending and rank the class preference (of the ones listed within the time slot you chose). 

RSVP by March 15th and you will be notified of your assigned class by March 17th.

Day Section A: 10:00 AM - 1:50 PM

Class options:

  • Estates and Trusts
  • Criminal Law
  • Canadian & US Business Organizations (students interested in Dual JD Program)

 

Day Section B: 12:30 PM - 3:25 PM

Class options:

  • Contracts
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • US Constitutional Law (students interested in Dual JD Program)

 

Evening Section: 4:30 AM - 7:20 PM

Class options: 

  • Contracts
  • Professional Responsibility

BLSA Vegas Night - Pi Banquet Hall

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 7:00 pm

The Detroit Mercy Law Black Law Students Association is hosting its 12th annual Vegas Night on Saturday, March 25, from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at Pi Banquet Hall in Southfield. Questions regarding the event may be directed to BLSA's President, Alex Green IV.

Event Brochure>>     Event Invitation>>

Sponsorship Form>>     Purchase Tickets>>

NEWS

  • Adjunct Professor Dennis Clark Displays Passion for Giving Back

    Legal News featured Adjunct Professor Dennis Clark and the volunteer work he does in the Detroit community. Clark is a lifelong volunteer at a variety of organizations including City Connect Detroit, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing solutions to problems facing local youth and their families, where he serves as board chair.

    Read the full article here

  • State Bar of Michigan A Lawyer Helps Features Article on Judge Michelle Rick

    The State Bar of Michigan A Lawyer Helps featured an article on Judge Michelle Rick (professor of our Access to Justice course) and her activities as District 7 Director for the National Association of Women Judges.

    The Face of Justice program is a pilot program NAWJ created with the State Bar and Lansing Schools.  The intention of the program is to encourage young women and minorities to see themselves as a face of justice. 

    Read the full article here

  • Professor Alex Vernon Featured on the Cover of Detroit Legal News

    Alex Vernon WED 5942Professor Alex Vernon, Director of our Immigration Law Clinic, was featured on the cover of Thursday’s Detroit Legal News about his work to aid immigrants affected by the recent executive order.


    Read the full article here

  • Dual JD 2L Featured in the Legal News

    Dual JD Program 2L Nashara Peart was featured in the Legal News. “Given the recent change in American government and the extensive media coverage on the results of the change in power, I find it exciting to be studying law at this moment in history”.  Read the full feature here

  • Professor Beydoun and Alum Abed Ayoub were Panelists for a "Teach-In"

    Professor Khaled Beydoun and alumnus Abed Ayoub ('05) of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee were panelists for a "teach-in" hosted by the Harvard Arab Students Association Wednesday. They shared legal advice with Harvard's international students potentially impacted by President Trump's recent travel ban. 

    Read the article here

  • Lunch with a Lawyer Program

    Alumnae Florence Schoenherr-Warnez ('57) and Dana M. Warnez ('96) met with law students yesterday as part of our Lunch with a Lawyer Program. The mother/daughter duo had a strong impact on all of us who attended. They practice together at Schoenherr Cahill & Warnez PC in Center Line.

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