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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

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:

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

The clinics are now 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 a Canadian and American Dual J.D.  Students in the Dual J.D. program earn law degrees from both the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and are, therefore, eligible to be licensed in American jurisdictions and in Canada.

Professors of Practice

Senior attorneys bring their years of legal experience into the classroom at the School of Law by teaching in the Law Firm Program.  The Law Firm Program is a series of course offerings structured to mimic the work assignments, feedback and professional skills development that first-year lawyers would experience at law firms, government agencies, non-profit organizations and corporate legal departments.

Applied Legal Theory and Analysis

Our nationally recognized legal writing program trains UDM law students to resolve problems and to communicate these solutions in outstanding and well reasoned analysis, presented clearly and concisely.

Applied Legal Theory and Analysis

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 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  “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.

Mobile Law Office

UDM School of Law is the only school in the nation to have a mobile law office, which travels throughout Michigan assisting veterans through Project Salute and our Veterans’ Clinic.

Law Review Symposia

The Law Review at UDM School of Law brings accomplished practitioners and legal academics to the School of Law to speak on a variety of timely legal topics. The 2014 Law Review Symposium was entitled Going to Seed:  Urban Agriculture in Distressed Cities.  It featured Canadian and American (both national and local) scholars and activists involved in the legal issues surrounding the urban farming movement. UDM’s own Dan Pitera, associate professor in the School of Architecture and director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, delivered the keynote address. Prior symposia have focused on immigration policy and economic growth, intellectual property law, and the jurisprudence of Justice Clarence Thomas.

Engaged Law Faculty

The faculty members at the School of Law make presentations throughout the country, and their scholarship is published in journals nationwide. Recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications, including the Syracuse Law Review, the Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice at the University of Iowa, and the Charleston Law Review. Faculty scholarship also includes books, most notably Professor Larry Dubin’s Trial Practice and Michigan Evidence Courtroom Manual (both co-authored). During academic year 2014-2015, faculty members will speak at conferences throughout Michigan, the United States and Europe, including conferences in East Lansing, Mich. (MSU); Las Vegas, Nev.; Chicago, Ill.; and Glasgow, Scotland.