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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UDM Law Supports Students during July Bar Exam

UDM Law administrators and professors supported students and alumni throughout their July Bar Exam preparations, from mentoring, to hosting Q & A sessions, right on down to serving them lunch on test days.

Academic Support Director Nancy Omichinski and Assistant Director Charisse Heath worked with Professors Cara Cunningham and Karen Henning to create a program called "Rock the Bar." This collaborative effort involved twenty of the School's thirty-one full-time faculty members, two Professors of Practice, one visiting professor, and even one retired professor serving as mentors assigned to individual students, consultants available for Q & A, and faculty available for hands-on help during "Walk-In Wednesday" sessions. The School's Kresge Law Library joined in by putting up study carrels for reservation and setting aside a study room specifically for Bar Exam takers.

The program, which ran from late May through July, supported students and recent alumni as they prepared to take the grueling two-day Bar Exam. The UDM Law Academic Support department created a web page to host information, keeping the students up-to-date on upcoming "Rock the Bar" events, and enhancing the sense of community brought about by the program. Faculty mentors reached out to their mentees to offer regular encouragement. Students also received contact information for the professors involved, organized by area of expertise. Those faculty experts were available to consult on specific questions about any number of Bar Exam topics. With a focus on helping the students to regulate their own learning, professors who participated in "Walk-In Wednesdays" mentored students on such topics as creating a study plan, evaluating progress, and essay-writing strategies.

The hard work put into developing this program was not in vain. "Students told me repeatedly that they felt more confident just knowing that help was available via the Walk-In Wednesdays and the list of experts that they could ask questions of," said Assistant Professor Karen Henning. "They appreciated the contact from faculty mentors. They said the contacts provided them with both moral support and helpful study tips."

The support did not end on test day. The Bar Exam was held in Lansing, Michigan on July 30 and 31. UDM Law students who left the Breslin Center during the lunch break were greeted outside by faculty and administrators from the School of Law, there to cheer them on and provide healthy boxed lunches to keep up their energy for the second half of each day.

EVENTS


Careers in Intellectual Property Law with the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association - Room 235

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 1:00 pm

If you have an undergraduate degree in the hard sciences or a technical field, or are interested in trademark or copyright law, this program will help you get an early start on learning about the many career paths available to intellectual property lawyers.  The Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association is generously sponsoring dinner.  Your advance registration is greatly appreciated.


Hands-on Learning Webinar - Online Webinar

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Join Professors Karen Henning, David Koelsch, and Thomas Saybolt, on Wednesday, October 22, from 4:00 p.m.  to 5:00 p.m. to learn about UDM Law’s model for legal education: hands-on learning from day one, dedication to social justice, commitment to developing a global perspective, and expanding your career opportunities. Registration is required. Participants will receive a link to the webinar in their confirmation email.


Resume Bootcamp with LexisNexis - Room 235

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Gain the skills required to prepare an effective resume and cover letter for legal employers, which are different from application materials you may have prepared for other job opportunities. Duplicate sessions will be offered for Evening students and Dual JD students.  You are welcome to attend the session that best fits your course schedule.  Please register for the afternoon session in advance to facilitate ordering adequate lunch refreshments.


Resume Bootcamp with LexisNexis: Evening Edition - Room 235

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Gain the skills required to prepare an effective resume and cover letter for legal employers, which are different from application materials you may have prepared for other job opportunities, particularly for second career students. Duplicate sessions will be offered for Day students and Dual JD students.  You are welcome to attend the session that best fits your course schedule.  Please register for the evening session in advance to facilitate ordering adequate dinner refreshments.


Resume Bootcamp: Dual JD Edition - Room 235

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Gain the skills required to prepare an effective resume and cover letter for American legal employers, which are different from application materials you may have prepared for other job opportunities in Canada.  Duplicate sessions will be offered for Evening students and single JD students.  You are welcome to attend the session that best fits your course schedule.  Please register for the Dual JD session in advance to facilitate ordering adequate lunch refreshments.


Careers in Immigration Law: Alumni Perspectives - Room 252

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 5:00 pm

UDM alumni Egi Deromemaj, Mani Khavajian, and Joel Wisniewski will share insight on the diverse career paths available for law students interested in practicing immigration law, including family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, and removal defense work, with an emphasis on those in solo practice and small law firm settings.  Your advance registration is appreciated as dinner will be provided.


Prospective Student Open House - UDM Law Campus

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:00 am

Find out why men and women have been choosing UDM Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how UDM 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.  

NEWS

  • Law School Recruiting for Faculty Members

    The Law School's Faculty Recruitment Committee is looking to fill three positions for full-time tenure-track (or tenured) faculty to begin in 2015-16 in the following areas:

    1. Commercial or business law professor for upper-class courses in the J.D. program and possibly the Dual JD Program with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. The Dual J.D. curriculum is particularly rich in cross-border commercial law offerings, and preference will be given to candidates with a background or interest in international commercial law.

    2. Clinical professor for our new intellectual property clinic which has been certified by U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. (The USPTO has opened its first satellite office in Detroit.)

    3. Professor to teach Comparative Legal Writing & Research in the Dual JD Program. The year-long course is an immersion in the U.S. and Canadian systems and features moot court exercises in both jurisdictions.

    The School of Law is committed to faculty diversity.

  • NATIONAL TRIAL ADVOCACY COMPETITION SUCCESS

    This past weekend, four of our students competed in the MSU College of Law's National Trial Advocacy Competition:  Charity Dean, Christina DiMichele, David Drwencke, and Veronica Ibrahim.  The team competed at the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, a short walk from the UDM Law campus.

    Christina DiMichele and David Drwencke represented the prosecution while Charity Dean and Veronica Ibrahim represented the defense in a murder trial that was similar to the recent Renisha McBride case, where a young woman was shot and killed on a front porch in Dearborn Heights by homeowner Theodore Wafer.

    Two of our students won top honors: Veronica Ibrahim won Best Opening Statement and Charity Dean won Best Closing Statement.  Each of their performances was the best out of a total of 96 openings and 96 closings in the tournament.  

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  • UDM LAW ALUMNUS DANIEL HURLBERT RECEIVES 20 UNDER 40 LEADERSHIP RECOGNITION AWARD

    Daniel Hurlbert (’10), Manager of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Veterans Program, is a recipient of the 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award which recognizes the top 20 young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southwest Michigan under the age of 40.  He began his work in the veterans' services area in UDM Law's Project SALUTE and Veterans Appellate Clinic.

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  • UDM LAW PROFESSORS LARRY DUBIN AND RICHARD KRISCIUNAS PROVIDE EXPERT COMMENTARY ON THE BASHARA MURDER TRIAL

    Bob Bashara to go on trial today in wife's killing, Oct. 7, 2014, Detroit Free Press (quoting Professor Richard Krisciunas)

    Bashara murder trial likely to draw media frenzy, Oct. 5, 2014, Detroit News (quoting Professor Larry Dubin)

  • SUPREME COURT APPOINTS UDM LAW ALUMNUS ALAN GERSHEL GRIEVANCE ADMINISTRATOR

    The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed alumnus Alan M. Gershel ('78) to be grievance administrator for the Attorney Grievance Commission.  Mr. Gershel served in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan for nearly 30 years, including 19 years as Chief of the Criminal Division.  He was an adjunct faculty member at UDM Law for approximately 20 years and has been honored as our Moot Court Alumni Member of the Year for his commitment to the program.

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  • PROFESSOR TROY HARRIS NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS GLOBAL ARBITRATOR LIST

    Professor Troy Harris has been listed in the 2015 global edition of Who's Who Legal:  Arbitration.  He was selected through a peer-nomination process that required independent nominations and a thorough international media review and peer interviews.  He was one of only 120 Americans - and one of only ten academics - to make the list.  He was also recently elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor that is limited to less than one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

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