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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IMMIGRATION INFORMATION FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS

Application forms and related information for SEVIS Form I-20 for F1 Visa students are available through the University International Services Office at www.udmercy.edu/ISO. The Assistant Dean and Registrar, Loretta Lewins-Peck, is the School’s Primary Designated School Official (PDSO).  The PDSO can sign or re-issue SEVIS Form I-20s. The PDSO signature on every F-1 student’s Form I-20 is valid for one year from the last time it was signed by the PDSO.  Therefore, it is highly recommended that F-1 students pay close attention to the PDSO’s signature date on page 3 of their Form I-20.  If the signature date is close to expiring, please stop by the Student Service Center, room 126 for another signature.

F-1 Visa students no longer enrolled in the Dual JD Degree Program or the JD/LED Program and not engaged in Optional Practical Training (OPT) MUST surrender their I-94 card to the US Customs Official at the US border the last time they leave the US.  Please read the back of the I-94 card for detailed instructions.  Failure to do this will result in problems for those individuals trying to re-enter the US.

Optional practical training (OPT) is defined in the SEVP regulations as “temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student’s major area of study.”  There are two types of OPT categories for law students:  pre-completion and post-completion.  It takes roughly 3 months for USCIS to process OPT applications.  First year students are encouraged to file a Form 1-765 for pre-completion OPT up to 90 days before being enrolled for one full academic year, provided that the period of employment will not start prior to the completion of the full academic year.  

For post-completion OPT, the student must properly file his/her Form I-765 up to 90 days prior to his/her program end date and no later than 60 days after his/her program end date.  The student must also file the Form I-765 with USCIS within 30 days of the date the PDSO enters the recommendation to OPT into his/her SEVIS record.  

All completed applications for OPT must be processed through the School of Law Registrar’s Office.  Detailed OPT information, application forms and application instructions can be found here.

F1 students who wish to participate in an Externship need a CPT I-20. The CPT application form is located here or with Prof. Krisciunas when the students sign up for their Externship. There is no additional charge for a CPT I-20. Students will be notified via email as to when to pick up and sign (in blue ink) their CPT I-20 at The Student Service Center.

EVENTS


Lunch at the Michigan Bar Exam - East Lansing

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 11:30 am

Detroit Mercy Law will provide complimentary boxed lunches for alumni taking the Michigan Bar Exam on July 26 and July 27. 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. For additional details, please contact Denise Hickey, Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations.


Red Mass 2016 - Atrium

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host its 104th annual Red Mass on Tuesday, September 20, at noon at Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium. Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., will celebrate the Mass. Father Kammer is a Jesuit priest, an attorney, and a member of the Southern Province of the Jesuits. He has been director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute since March of 2009. Hon. Victoria Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will lead the Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment.

Red Mass is an opportunity for law students, judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, staff, and administrators of all faiths to come together and celebrate the beginning of the new judicial term and academic year. The School has hosted the Red Mass on behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit at Saints Peter and Paul since the School opened in 1912.


Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids - Amway Grand Hotel

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 4:30 pm

Dean Phyllis L. Crocker will host a cocktail reception for Detroit Mercy Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, members of the judiciary, faculty, and students at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids on September 22 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  She will make remarks at 5:15 p.m.

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Golf Outing - The Inn at St. John's

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Detroit Mercy Law will host a Golf Outing on September 30 at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, with a shotgun start at 12:00 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. All alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, students, and their guests are welcome to attend this exciting new event as part of Detroit Mercy's Homecoming festivities. More information will follow soon. Please contact
Denise Hickey or Amy Smith with any questions.

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NEWS

  • Ryan VanOver ’17 Addresses Drone Surveillance in the Detroit News

    The Detroit News recently published an op-ed piece by Ryan VanOver '17, on the issue of unlawful drone surveillance. VanOver recommends that the Michigan Legislature amend the statute to regulate recreational drone users.

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  • Vanessa Guerra ’17, Balances Law Studies with State Legislative Duties

    Legal News profiled Vanessa Guerra '17, who is currently serving her first term as State Representative in Michigan's 95th District. She is the youngest member of the House and serves as a trustee for Bridgeport Township, treasurer of Michigan Legislature's Progressive Women's Caucus and on the Governor's Criminal Justice Policy Commission.

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  • Detroit Mercy Law Community Mourns Those Killed in Orlando

    We were deeply saddened to learn that Christopher Andrew Leinonen, one of the people murdered on Sunday at the nightclub in Orlando, was the son of one of our graduates, Christine Leinonen ('98). Christopher's partner, Juan Guerrero, was also killed in the nightclub massacre. The two families are now planning a joint funeral instead of the wedding they had been anticipating. The death of every person at the club is tragic. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Christine and her family, to the Guerreros, and the families and friends of every person killed Sunday morning.

    Phyllis L Crocker

    Dean and Professor of Law
    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

  • Reception in the Windy City

    Chicago Law Alumni Reception 6-7-16

    We hit the road recently to visit our graduates in the Windy City. Alumni Association Board member Greg Thiess ('79) hosted a reception for Dean Phyllis L. Crocker and 20 Detroit Mercy Law alumni at 312 Chicago in the Loop.

  • 2016 Detroit Mercy Law Commencement

    The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law held its 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 13.

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  • COMMENCEMENT PHOTO GALLERY

    Detroit Mercy Law held its 103rd Commencement on May 13th for 143 graduates of the Class of 2016.

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