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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Clinics

The School is proud of its clinical program, which is one of only a few required clinical programs in the country.  Founded initially as the Urban Law Clinic in 1965, it was among the earliest clinics in the nation.  Since that time, the program has flourished receiving numerous awards including the ABA Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access with Meritorious Recognition in 2012 and the ABA Law Student Division’s Judy M. Weightman Memorial Public Interest Award in 2006.

The required clinical program is evidence of the School’s Mission to provide an educational experience that emphasizes “experiential learning” and “service to others.”  Students attend weekly classes that focus on the relevant skills and substantive law and all clinics provide for meaningful guided reflection.  Additionally, each clinical professor works with their students throughout the semester to discuss and evaluate performance and accomplishments and provides a final comprehensive exit interview.

For information about our newest legal services project featuring the Immigration Law Clinic at the Ford Resouce and Engagement Center (Mercado) in SW Detroit, please call (313) 596-0262. 

Immigration Law Clinic

LAW 5060:  Immigration Law Clinic
Credits 4
Prerequisite:  Law 2220 (but can be waived) and Law 2960 or 6230

Students in the clinic represent immigrants seeking a variety of relief and benefits, including family sponsorship, Violence against Women Act Petitions, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.  Students represent client in trials before the U.S. Immigration Court for clients seeking protection from persecution in their home country (asylum).  The clinic also participates in hearings before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the students write briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 
The classroom component has substantive instruction in interviewing, litigation, and appellate advocacy skills, as well as attorney-client relations, ethics, and case strategy.  The clinic is designed for students with an interest in practicing Immigration Law.  In addition to the two hour class each week the students do 12 office hours that can include work done outside of the clinic.
Additional Course Information:  Limited to 10 students.

Veterans Law Clinic

LAW 5200: Veterans Law Clinic
Credits: 3

Students participating in the Veterans Clinic have the opportunity to represent veterans and their families in disability cases.  Students practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs to obtain veterans benefits for service-connected disabilities.

In addition to learning and practicing substantive Veterans law, students have the opportunity to develop general lawyering skills such as client interviewing and counseling, advocacy, writing, and negotiating.  The three credit clinic includes a two-hour class and 9 clinic office hours each week.

Criminal Trial Clinic

LAW 5020: Criminal Trial Clinic
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  LAW 2220

In the Criminal Trial Clinic students represent misdemeanor defendants in district courts.  The course prepares students for all practical aspects of criminal defense, including bonds, arraignments, discovery, preliminary examinations, pre-trial motions, plea negotiations, sentencing guidelines and probation issues.  Students interview clients, review discovery, prepare motions, conduct plea negotiations and appear on the record every day they are in court.  The classroom component prepares students in learning both substantive criminal law and local criminal procedure.  The Clinic is limited to 16 students.

Juvenile Appellate Clinic

LAW 5100: Juvenile Appellate Clinic
Credits: 3

Students in this Clinic represent juveniles in the Michigan Court of Appeals. The appeals primarily involve child protective proceedings from Wayne County Juvenile Court (abuse and neglect); however, there may be some appeals of delinquency cases. Students write appellate briefs for the juvenile clients and argue the case to a panel of expert attorneys before the case goes before the Court, with some potential for the students to argue to the Court of Appeals.

Appellate Advocacy Clinic, State Appellate Defenders Office (SADO)

LAW 5030:  State Appellate Defenders Office (SADO) Criminal Advocacy Clinic
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: LAW 1140 and LAW 2220 
In the clinic students prepare a criminal appellate brief to be submitted to the Michigan Court of Appeals or the Michigan Supreme Court under the supervision of attorneys from the State Appellate Defender Office.  The students prepare motions and briefs and also deliver a mock appellate argument before a panel of attorneys who specialize in criminal appellate work.  These mock arguments are done for cases before the Michigan Supreme Court.  For cases before the Appellate Division, students are able to do the oral argument in line with recent revisions to MCR 8.120, the student practice rule.  The classroom component for the course consists of writing, modeling and simulated exercises aimed at developing persuasive oral and written appellate advocacy skills.  The course is limited to 10 students.

Intellectual Property Law Clinic

LAW 5300:  Intellectual Property Law Clinic
Credits: 3

Prerequisite:  LAW 3500 Patent Law and an undergraduate/post-secondary degree in the science field 

Under the supervision of patent attorneys registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), students will write patent applications for needy inventors. Students will interview an inventor, prepare drawings and a description for a patentability search, evaluate the patentability search results, prepare drawing layouts for a patent application for the inventor, and write all parts of the specifications including claims for the invention. Applications will be filed with the PTO. If an office action arrives at an appropriate time, the students will then prepare a response to the office action.

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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