Community Outreach - School of Law

Providing Legal Outreach

The School of Law provides more than 12,000 hours of free legal assistance every year to residents of Detroit and surrounding communities, including indigent youth and adults, veterans, immigrants and local citizens needing legal representation facing mortgage foreclosure and consumer claims through its 7 law clinics:

  • Immigration Law Clinic
  • SADO Criminal Appellate Clinic
  • Criminal Trial Clinic
  • Veterans Law Clinic
  • Veterans Appellate Clinic
  • Juvenile Law Appellate Clinic
  • Intellectual Property Law Clinic

Fellowship Supports Legal Services

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law's Public Interest Fellowship Program provides law students with an opportunity to work for agencies serving the poor, disadvantages, marginalized or underrepresented of society while earning a stipend and gaining valuable legal experience. Each year approximately 8-12 law students are awarded this prestigious Fellowship to work in agencies such as the Archdiocese of Detroit-Immigration Legal Services, Freedom House, State Appellate Defender's Organization, American Civil Liberties Union, and Legal Aid Defenders Association.

Community Service Committee Reaches Out

During the past year, the School's Community Service Committee organized several outreach initiatives:

  • The School of Law, on a monthly basis, makes and serves the hot meal of the day to homeless women and men at the Ss. Peter and Paul Warming Center.
  • The School of Law built a raised bed garden in its parking lot and donated vegetables to employees and to Ss. Peter and Paul Warming Center.
  • The School of Law held a clothing and toiletries drive for the Ss. Peter and Paul Warming Center.
  • The School of Law held a Service Day at the Detroit facility of the Michigan Humane Society.