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Law School: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law 
Address: 651 E. Jefferson Avenue 
City: Detroit 
State, Zip: MI, 48226 
Country: United States  
Phone: (313) 596-0200 

Administrator Name: Markeisha J. Miner 
Administrator Title: Assistant Dean, Career Services & Outreach 
Phone: (313) 596-0260 
Fax: (313) 596-9832 

Registrar's Name: Loretta Lewins-Peck 
Phone No: (313) 596-0212 
Names & titles of key CSO staff: Greta M. Tackebury, Director, Career Services and Outreach
Dorothy Cooper, Program Coordinator, Career Services and Outreach 

No. of hours required to graduate: 90 

No. of Full-time students 572 
No. of Evening students: 119 
No. of Part-time students: 35 
Total: 727 

'13-'14 Year 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year Total
Men: 148  114  103  16  381 
Woman: 125  105  98  18  346 
Totals: 273  219  201  34  727 
Black (Men): 22  39 
Black (Women): 22  12  12  50 
Hispanics (Men):
Hispanics (Women): 18 
American Indian/Alaskan (Men):
American Indian/Alaskan (Women):
Asian/Pacific Islander (Men): 12 
Asian/Pacific Islander (Women):
Disabled (Men):
Disabled (Woman):
Openly GLBT (Men):
Openly GLBT (Woman):
Comments: Not collected. 

Do you offer LL.M. degrees? No 
Is LL.M. grading system equivalent to JD system? No 
Do you offer joint degree programs? Yes 
NO. of LL.M. degrees awarded in previous year:

Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
Canadian & American Dual JD (fka JD/LLB)

Applications received: 1769 
Size of entering class: 257 
No. of undergraduate colleges represented: 103 
No. of states represented: 23 
In-state enrollment: 133 
Out-state enrollment: 124 
Foreign countries represented:

25% 50% 75%
Grade Point Average Full-time 2.96 3.2 3.44
Part-time 2.8 3.04 3.2
Overall 2.93 3.17 3.4
Law School Admission Test


Full-time 147 151 155
Part-time 144 146 150
Overall 146 150 154
In determining GPA and LSAT averages, are all students included? Yes 
  If "No", what percentage is not included?

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Clinical Courses/Program Enrollment Based on
Urban Law Clinic Course 30 credits and Evidence required. 8 students max.
Externships 30 credits and 2.8 min. GPA. Other prereqs vary.
Immigration Law Clinic 30 credits and Evidence required. 8 students max.
Indian Law Center Indian Law preferred.
Mediation Clinic Mediation training required.
Appellate Advocacy Clinic 30 credits and Evidence required. 8 students max.
Veterans Clinic
Criminal Trial Clinic 30 credits and Evidence required. 8 students max.
Consumer Defense Clinic 30 credits and Evidence required. 8 students max.
Mediation Clinic
In partnership with the Neighborhood Reconciliation Center's mediation services in Detroit, UDM School of Law created a curriculum that allows students to earn certification as a court-approved mediator. Acting under the supervision of a faculty member, students mediate actual disputes in the courts dealing with property damage, neighbor issues, consumer/merchant disputes, business and contract disputes, and more.

Is Moot Court a required activity? Yes 
Please describe program, including when students participate, how board members are selected, etc.
1Ls are required to compete in a moot court competition.  Upperclass students may try out for the Moot Court Board of Advocates and National Teams.  The Moot Court Executive Board selects Board and National Team members based on writing and oral advocacy skills.  Upperclass students may also participate in two annual in-house competitions sponsored by the Board.  All upperclass student participants must possess a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.

Journals No. of Students Grades Write-on Intv. Other
UDM School of Law Law Review appx 40 top 10 all others n/a 2.8
American Inns of Court
Law Students for Diversity and Equality
Women's Law Caucus
Black Law Students Association
Arab & Chaldean Law Students Association
Asian and Pacific Law Students
Jewish Law Society
Moot Court Board of Advocates
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
Federalist Society
Student Bar Association
In Brief (Student Newspaper)
Business Law Association
St. Thomas More Society
International Law Society
Republican Law Caucus
UDM Law Democrats
National Lawyers Guild
Federal Bar Association
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Entertainment & Sports Law Society
Environmental Law Society
American Constitution Society
Hockey Club
Softball Team

Letter Grades Other Grade System? Numerical Equivalents
       A+ None
       A 4.0
       A- 3.9-3.8
       B+ 3.7-3.5
       B 3.4-3.0
       B- 2.9-2.8
       C+ 2.7-2.5
       C 2.4-2.0
       C- 1.9-1.8
       D 1.7-1.0
       F 0.5-0.0

MINIMUM GRADE REQUIRED TO ATTAIN (Based on May 2013 graduation class)
Top 10%: 3.48 
Top 25%: 3.27 
Top 33%: 3.23 
Top 50%: 2.99 
Top 75%: 2.71 

Median GPA: 2.99 
Minimum grade required for graduation: 2.00 
Do you have a pass/fail option? Yes
If "Yes", please describe: Students who opt to take an elective course Pass/No Pass earn a Pass (P) if they earned a grade of 2.0 or better.  These students earn a no pass if they earned below a grade of 2.0. 
Are students ranked in their class? Yes
If so, how often? Once a year. 
Will the school verify student grades? Yes
Please describe policy: Verification is provided with the student's written, signed authorization in compliance with FERPA. 

Name of Award No. Awarded Selection Process
ABA/BNA Excellence Award 4 max Selected by Dean & committee; labor/emp. law
Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society varies Selected by committee
Assoc. of Corp. Counsel of America one Selected by committee
Edward M. Babcock Memorial varies Selected by the Dean
Aline Felton Berkley Scholarship one Selected by committee and Mr. Felton
Jerome P. Cavanagh Scholarship varies Academic merit; based on admission profile
Ferd J. & Lottie Chmielnicki two Selected by committee
CALI varies To student w/ highest grade in each class
Dean's Scholarship varies Academic merit; selected by the dean
William O. Douglas scholarship one Selected by Director, Urban Law Clinic
Ralph M. Freeman Foundation Award one Selected by the Dean
Amelia & Emil G. Graff Scholarship varies Selected by the Dean
Hispanic Scholarship Fund one Selected by Fund members
Hon. Beverly Ann Jasper Scholarship 1 or 2 Minority law student; selected by committee
Mich. Bar Neg. Law Section 4 Selected by the Dean
Hon. Frank Murphy Honor Society varies Top 10% graduating class
Herbert & Elsa Ponting Scholarship varies Selected by the Dean
Edward Rakow Foundation Award one Selected by Dean & awarded by FBA
Sharon C. Ranucci Memorial one Selected by committee
Wayne County Probate Judges Mem. one Writing competition
Wolverine Bar Association varies Selected by the Wolverine Bar Association
Outstanding Woman Law Student Award four Selected by committee/WLAM Foundation
Kemp Klein Law Firm Program Award one Selected by the Law Firm Program Committee
Denise Langford Morris Scholarship two Selected by BLSA
Fragomen Award one Selected by Law Firm Program Committee
Irving Palman Scholarship two Selected by a committee
Ramsel-Morgan Foundation Award one Selected by the Dean
Margaret V. Rose Endowed Schlrshp one Selected by the Dean
Virginia Leo Sirotnak Scholarship one Selected by the Dean
Samuel L. Westerman Scholarship two Selected by the Dean
Natl Assn Woman Lawyers Award one Selected by the Dean
Dean's Honor Society varies Top 15%; selected by the Dean
Macomb County Bar Association one Selected by MCBA Committee
  % of Class Receiving GPA Required # of Students
Order of the Coif: 0 0 0
Summa cum laude: 1% 3.75 & above 2
Magna cum laude: 7% 3.50-3.74 10
Cum laude: 22% 3.25-3.49 30

Areas of practice (Include both legal and non-legal positions) % of employed students with jobs in area Employment locations % of students with known location who are in region
Private practice: 46.9  New England: 0.8 
Business and industry: 24.8  Middle Atlantic: 8.3 
Government: 11.7  East North Central: 58.7 
Judicial clerkship: 6.2  West North Central:
Military: South Atlantic: 2.5 
Public interest organization: 4.8  East South Central:
Academic: 3.4  West South Central:
Job category not identified: 2.1  Mountain: 0.8 
Non-US: 28.9 

  Jurisdictions: (states and/or metropolitan areas)
                      with the highest % of graduates from the most recent graduating class

  Week invitations are sent to employers:
April 4, 2011
  OCI requests accepted by:  
  Mail Beginning Date: 04/15/2011
  Phone beginning date: 04/15/2011
  Email beginning date: 04/15/2011 To Email:
  Online beginning date: 04/15/2011 URL:
Please specify any changes in OCI procedures or policies that will be in effect for the first time during Fall 2014 :
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host an Early Interview Week in addition to standard Fall On-Campus Interviews.
OCI date assignment procedure:
 First come first served   Random
 Early/Late Rotation   Out of state employer by geographic location
  OCI Fee?
  OCI date confirmation will be sent to employers:
Upon receipt of OCI request.
  if requested our school will coordinate with:
Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University
  Describe required employer forms:
UDM Law OCI Registration Form or NALP Career Services Request Form
NALP Questionnaire or firm resume
OCI dates for August: 08/15/2011 - 08/19/2011
OCI dates for Fall: 09/12/2011 - 10/14/2011
OCI dates for Spring: 02/01/2012 - 03/30/2012
  Flyback dates:

  Is video conferencing available?  Yes 
UDM Law provides video conferencing services as a Law School Connect member.  Spring OCI will be held in two sessions: Session I-February 1-17, 2012, and March 1-30, 2012.

  Are employers permitted to prescreen?  Yes 
  If "No", explain:

OCI drop date: 07/22/2011
Date student materials sent to employer: 07/25/2011
Date interview schedule sent to employer: 08/08/2011
Postage/express mail fee? Employer account # requested.
Students' application materials are sent to employers by email as soon as possible after the student application deadline (OCI Drop Date).  Interview schedules are created and forwarded to employers as soon as the employers' selections are received.
Do you provide resume collection or direct mail option for employers not participating in OCI?  Yes 
  Are all OCI conducted in campus buildings?  Yes 
  If "No", describe alternatives and reservation procedure:

  Diversity Interview Programs:
We notify our minority student organizations of all minority networking and recruitment events.  UDM Law traditionally participates in the following programs:

Wolverine Bar Association (Detroit) Minority Clerkship Program
Wolverine Bar Association (Detroit) Minority Judicial Clerkship Program
Grand Rapids (Michigan)/Floyd Skinner Bar Association Clerkship Program
Cook County (Illinois) Minority Job Fair
BLSA Midwest Recruitment Conference


  Will you send, upon request, one package containing resumes/transcripts?  Yes 
  Will you post a notice directing students to apply directly to employer?  Yes 

If you provide job listings for graduates, describe how to send notice, when employers can expect responses, length of time notice is posted (whether in print or online), etc.;
We accept postings by regular mail, fax, email, telephone and through Symplicity, which is accessible from our website (  Jobs are posted online for 60 days.  Alumni will respond to employers directly unless an employer requests an alternate arrangement.

Describe any special regulations pertaining to the recruitment of first year students that are in addition to the NALP guidelines. For example, are first year students eligible for spring OCI? When are job notices posted during second semester?
There are no special 1L recruitment regulations in addition to the NALP guidelines.

UDM Law traditionally participates in the diversity programs described in section II.B.2.   The CSO works with student groups, such as the Black Law Students' Association and the ABA Law Student Section liaisons to offer professional development programs specifically related to diversity issues.

UDM Law also partners with the State Bar of Michigan to present Professionalism in Action, a program designed for 1Ls to discuss hypothetical ethical and professionalism problems in small groups with experienced members of the bench and bar serving as facilitators.  Other professional development programs (available to all students) include Preparing to Practice, Lunches with Lawyers, Mock Interviews, and other networking receptions, special events and workshops scheduled throughout the year.

In addition to the Mediation Clinic described in the special training and certification programs section, students provide pro bono services through UDM Law's clinics as a requirement for graduation.  Clinical offerings include, but are not limited to the following:

Urban Law Clinic: Since 1965 the Urban Law Clinic has provided "hands-on" experience for students, who work under faculty supervision and appear in various Michigan courts representing indigent seniors.

Mobile Law Office: UDM Law is a pioneer in extending the clinical/classroom setting into the field with two mobile law offices, which take UDM Law students, clinical professors and practicing attorneys into the community to provide free, immediate legal assistance, counseling, and referrals to needy clients. Students work side-by-side with pro bono lawyers to conduct interviews, solve problems and provide guidance to veterans and elderly clients.

Project SALUTE: Project SALUTE, the Veterans Law Clinic and the Veterans Appellate Clinic address the compelling legal needs of veterans, focusing on veterans' federal disability and pension benefits matters through veterans' education, law student representation through outreach clinics, and volunteer attorney referral.  In exchange for a FREE training webinar, attorneys are asked to provide pro bono legal representation to at least one pre-screened income eligible veteran.  

Appellate Advocacy Clinic:  Faculty and attorneys at the State Appellate Defender's Office assist students in writing briefs on behalf of indigent clients for Michigan's Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.


Throughout its policies and procedures, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is committed to the principles of equal educational opportunity for all regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, height, weight, marital status, familial status, disability, religion, creed, military service or political belief.

Employers who utilize the resources of the Career Services Office agree to abide by this policy.

The University of Detroit was founded in 1877 by the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits).   The establishment of the School of Law in 1912 expanded the University's mission to Detroit's practicing bar.  The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas founded Mercy College of Detroit in 1941.  In 1990, the University of Detroit merged with Mercy College of Detroit to form the University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan's largest and most comprehensive Catholic University.

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law remains faithful to the traditions of academic excellence and service to others while redefining legal education to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century.   UDM's approach to legal education is distinctive in several respects.  

First, UDM's curriculum focuses on integrating the realities of practice into the classroom.  This is accomplished in part by an emphasis on writing that begins in the first-year Applied Legal Theory and Analysis course and continues throughout the curriculum.  The faculty, including Distinguished Visiting Professors who become full-fledged faculty members after serving as partners at major area law firms, introduce students to the realities of practice in their classes, including the  Law Firm Program.  The Law Firm Program, which all students are required to take in their final year, was designed to enhance students' ability to make the transition from the classroom to the competent and effective practice of law.  The Program engages students in all or a portion of a simulated transaction and combines the strengths of traditional legal education with the applied knowledge and skills of experienced lawyers teaching in the Program.  Second, the UDM curriculum emphasizes ethics, and every course must include at least one discussion of ethical issues.  Ethical issues are also addressed through Dean's Debates and an innovative Moot Management Committee competition.   Third, UDM provides students with an international perspective through both a unique joint-degree program with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and a range of other courses.  Fourth, UDM focuses on the importance of service.  Through its clinics, the school offers a wide range of representation to indigent clients.

The School of Law's riverfront location opposite the Renaissance Center, home of the General Motors World Headquarters, is within walking distance of federal and state courts, law firms, numerous multinational corporations, and government offices.  The School of Law offers both day and evening programs, including a three-year full-time day program, four-year day and evening programs, and a five-year evening program.  The School of Law offers a joint JD/MBA in collaboration with the UDM College of Business Administration and a joint JD/LLB in collaboration with the University of Windsor.

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