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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
  • Litigation
  • Pre-trial Criminal Advocacy
  • Small Firm Practice
  • Immigration

Law Clinics Address Community Legal Needs

The UDM School of Law provides more than 12,000 hours of free legal services to residents of Detroit and surrounding communities every year through the following community clinics:

  • Criminal Trial Clinic
  • Criminal Appellate Clinic with the State Appellate Defenders’ Office
  • Immigration Clinic
  • Intellectual Property Clinic
  • Juvenile Law Appellate Clinic
  • Veterans’ Clinic
  • Veterans’ Appellate Clinic

The clinics are housed in the George J. Asher Law Clinic Center in the Water Buhl Ford III Hall, a beautifully renovated historic firehouse adjacent to Dowling Hall on UDM's Riverfront Campus.

Joint Degrees

Focused on understanding the intersection of legal systems in today’s global marketplace, the School of Law provides the opportunity to earn Canadian and American law degrees in its Canadian American Dual J.D. Program. Students in the Dual J.D. program earn both law degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law in the same time as earning one degree—3 years. Graduates are eligible to be licensed in American jurisdictions and in Canada.

Students may earn a joint JD/MBA from the law school and the College of Business Administration. This program integrates law and business, which gives graduates a sophisticated skill set valued by legal and corporate employers.

Applied Legal Theory and Analysis

Our nationally recognized legal writing program teaches UDM law students to resolve problems and to communicate these solutions in well reasoned, concise analysis.

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 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 School of Law Alumni

A loyal and highly regarded community of UDM School of Law alumni live and work throughout the U.S. and beyond, many of whom make themselves available to visit with current students at  “Lunch With a Lawyer—Preparing to Practice” sessions 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, and IP and IT law each year.

Law Review Symposia

In 2015-16, the Law Review at UDM School of Law celebrates its 100th anniversary. It is one of the oldest student-edited and managed law reviews in the country. The Law Review publishes on a regular basis and hold symposia every year that bring practitioners and legal academics to the School of Law to speak on a variety of timely topics. This year the Law Review will hold two symposia:  one focusing on legal issues about the Great Lakes, and the other, our Centennial Symposium, exploring how the law has been an integral part of Detroit’s history, including the recent bankruptcy proceedings. Prior symposia have focused on urban agriculture, immigration policy and economic growth, intellectual property law, and the jurisprudence of Justice Clarence Thomas. 

Engaged Law Faculty

Professors at the School of Law make presentations across the world and their scholarship is published in journals throughout the United States. In 2015-16 faculty have made scholarly presentations in Warsaw, Poland; Helsinki, Finland; Oxford, England (two professors at two different conferences), and London, England. Recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in leading law journals, including the San Diego Law Review, the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Law Review, Chicago Loyola Law Review, John Marshall Law Review, Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy, Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and Political Science Quarterly.