At orientation, you will make connections with future colleagues and friends, engage with current issues of race and social justice, build your knowledge of core legal concepts, and establish a solid academic foundation for your first year.

Orientation will include asynchronous learning requirements that should be completed as your schedule permits prior to the start of the live orientation that will be held online on August 17, 18, & 19 between 10am and 4pm.  Full participation in orientation is required of all incoming students, including students in the US JD program, 3+3 programs, and the Canadian & American Dual JD program.

Questions about orientation scheduling conflicts should be directed to the admissions team at lawadmissions@udmercy.edu.  Questions about orientation content should be directed to Megan Jennings, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at jenninmf@udmercy.edu or 313-596-0209.

Required Orientation Components

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    This asynchronous learning requirement should be completed as your schedule permits by or before August 17.  You will receive an email to your udmercy email address about how to access Zero-L to watch the videos and complete the online readings and comprehension checks.

    Required Zero-L Modules

    • Introduction to Law and the Court Systems
    • How to Read a Case and Understand Precedent
    • An Historical Overview of the Constitution
    We partnered with Harvard Law School to provide incoming Detroit Mercy Law students access to their Zero-L online course.  Zero-L is designed to ensure all incoming students, whatever their backgrounds and previous areas of study, start with foundational legal knowledge that enables them to thrive in law school. This online, self-paced offering is comprised of approximately a dozen hours of lively video lectures, vocabulary, and periodic comprehension checks.


    Although only three modules are required, you may complete Zero-L in full.  You will have access to the complete suite of programming throughout your first year of law school.

    Blackboard Orientation Modules

    Blackboard Orientation Modules

    This asynchronous learning requirement should be completed as your schedule permits by or before August 17.

    As a Detroit Mercy Law student, you have access to Blackboard, an online learning management platform.  Incoming students now have access to the Law School Orientation Blackboard site.  On this site, you will complete several learning modules, all designed to give you the information you need for a successful start to your first year of law school.  All modules are required.  Each modules contains a combination of materials, including brief videos, assessments, and reading assignments.  You may complete the modules in any order.

    Logging in to Blackboard

    Use your Titan Pass username and password to log in to Blackboard. You also use this information to log in to https://my.udmercy.edu.

    Once you are logged in, the Orientation course should be visible in the My Courses box on the left hand side of the page.

    If your Titan Pass password isn't working…

    Go to https://my.udmercy.edu and use the Forgot Password link to reset your password. The Titan Pass system will send a password reset link to your udmercy email account.


    Live, Online Orientation

    Live, Online Orientation: August 17-19, 10am-4pm

    All incoming students are required to attend all orientation sessions.  Students will be able to access the programming remotely. The detailed schedule is available on the Blackboard Orientation site.


    Required Pre-Reading

    You will be required to purchase and read The Color of Law before the start of the live orientation. A link to purchase the book from a local Black Owned Bookstore, Detroit Book City, can be found here. The price is $14. Our incoming Canadian students are encouraged to purchase the book from your local bookstore or to find it on Amazon.

    Title IX Training Module

    Title IX Training Module

    Title IX refers to the federal regulation written to prevent and ameliorate the effects of sex and gender-based discrimination. The University requires incoming professional students to complete an online training module titled Voices for Change-GRAD which is provided and sent to you by our vendor, Get Inclusive.

    By August 10, you will receive an email to your udmercy email with a link to the training.  Please complete the training within two weeks of receipt of the link.  The training takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and focuses primarily on sexual misconduct prevention.


    Dual JD Immersion

    Dual JD Immersion

    Dual JD students are required to complete readings for their mandatory, real-time, online Immersion classes, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 20 from 11am - 12:50pm EST.  The readings for each section will be posted on the professor’s Blackboard course page approximately one week in advance of orientation.

    • Professor Catherine Archibald (Section 1)
    • Professor Cara Cunningham-Warren (Section 2)
    • Professor Julie St. John (Section 3)
    Please direct questions about Dual JD Immersion to Christina Loebach, Director of the Dual JD Program at loebacch@udmercy.edu or 313-596-9840.