Great Things at UDM
Great Things at the School of Law
School Celebrates Centennial, 1912-2012
“Educating and Inspiring Since 1912” is the theme for the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law’s centennial anniversary. The School has graduated more than 10,000 lawyers who have held significant leadership positions, such as judges; appointed and elected government officials; partners in Michigan’s largest law firms; and officers in national, state and local bar associations. The law school has planned a yearlong series of events to commemorate the School’s numerous achievements. For details, visit http://www.law.udmercy.edu/index.php/law100.
Dean Lloyd Semple
UDM School of Law Dean Lloyd Semple brings more than 40 years experience in the practice of law at Dykema, one of the top 250 law firms as recognized by the National Law Journal, including several years as a hiring partner and its managing partner. He earned his J.D with distinction from University of Michigan and a B.A. from Yale University. He was appointed dean in April 2009.
Law Firm Program
The School of Law offers specialty courses in the School’s Law Firm Program including:
- Advising Entrepreneurs in New Business Start-ups
- Anatomy of a Business Transaction
- Children and the Law
- Environmental Law
- Family Law
- Intellectual Property
- Pre-trial Criminal Advocacy
- Small Firm Practice
Law Clinics Address Community Legal Needs
The UDM School of Law provides legal outreach services to approximately 2,100 clients through the following community clinics:
- Appellate Advocacy Clinic--State Appellate Defenders' Office
- Criminal Trial Clinic
- Immigration Law
- Juvenile Law Appellate Clinic
- Mediation Training and Clinic
- Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic
- Urban Law Clinic
- Veterans' Appellate Clinic
- Veterans' Law
- Youth Justice Clinic
In December 2012, the clinics will be housed in the former historic No. 2 firehouse adjacent to the Riverfront Campus; the facility is now known as the George J. Asher Law Clinic Center in the Walter Buhl Ford III Hall.
Joint Degrees provide a legal education with opportunities to earn multiple law degrees from law schools in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Focused on understanding the intersection of legal systems in today’s global marketplace, the program includes options to earn one of four joint or multiple degrees in a condensed time frame:
- Globally Enriched J.D. Degree
- Canadian & American Dual J.D.
Joint comparative law degree program in the United States and Canada
- J.D./L.E.D. Degree
Joint degree program in the United States and Mexico
- Dual J.D./L.E.D. Degree
Multiple degree program in the United States, Mexico and Canada
Professors of Practice
Senior attorneys bring their years of legal experience into the classroom at UDM School of Law, teaching courses such as Corporate Governance in an age of Bailouts, Health Law, Commercial Law: Lender Liability.
Applied Legal Theory & Analysis
Our nationally recognized legal writing program helps student do more than take tests and fill bluebooks; it trains UDM law students to resolve problems, and to communicate these solutions in outstanding and well reasoned analysis, presented clearly and concisely.
Dean’s Advisory Board
The Dean’s Advisory Board includes lawyers, judges and others actively involved in the legal profession from across the country who regularly advise the School about how best to prepare UDM law graduates, keeping UDM School of Law current with the changing demands of the profession.
UDM Law Alumni
A loyal and highly regarded community of UDM Law alumni live and work throughout the U.S. and beyond, many of whom make themselves available to visit with current students at a Lunch With a Lawyer, a Preparing to Practice session, and more.
Moot Court Program
Our award-winning Moot Court program takes UDM law students to competitions across the country as they argue legal issues in environmental, international, constitutional, asylum, criminal, IP and IT law each year.
Mobile Law Office
UDM School of Law is the only law school in the nation to have a mobile law office that travels Michigan and the nation assisting veterans through Project SALUTE, our Veteran’s Clinic.
Law Review Symposia
The Law Review at UDM School of Law has brought accomplished practitioners and legal academics to the School of Law to speak on a variety of timely legal topics. The 2013 Law Review Symposium, entitled Global Michigan: Immigration and Economic Growth, featured Governor Rick Synder as its keynote speaker and also included leading legal academics and policy makers from throughout the United States and Canada. Prior symposia have focused on intellectual property law, the jurisprudence of Justice Clarence Thomas, and Michigan's no-fault insurance scheme. This year's symposium will focus on urban agriculture.
The faculty members at the School of Law make presentations throughout the country, and their scholarship is published in a wide variety of journals throughout the United States. For example, in Fall 2013, Professor Peggy Costello will speak at the University of Iowa School of Law at a symposium that also features professors from the law schools at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and Washington University in St. Louis. In Summer 2013, Professor Cara Cunningham organized a highly successful conference (hosted by UDM School of Law) on Law and Education in the Americas: Comparative Perspectives. Recent faculty scholarship has appeared in or is forthcoming in a variety of journals, including the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy, the Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Right and Social Justice, the Clinical Law Review and others.