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Mandatory Orientation for all incoming students is August 20 - 22, 2018. Dual JD students will participate in additional mandatory activities on Thursday, August 23.  Attendance will be taken every session.


JD + Dual JD


Dress for the week is business casual.


On August 20, incoming students may park in the Larned parking lot.  Students will transition to their permanent parking location, Christ Church parking lot (link) on August 27 (first day of classes).

Students may secure a parking permit in the Student Service Center (SSC). To do so, please register at then visit the SSC to pick up the parking permit.  When picking up your permit, you will need your student ID number (T-Number), your driver license, and vehicle registration information.

If you are carpooling, ALL MEMBERS of the carpool must come in together as a group and each member must present their student ID and their vehicle registration if they will be using their vehicle as part of the car pool.


All Detroit Mercy Law students are required to possess and conspicuously wear a Detroit Mercy ID Card while at Detroit Mercy Law.  The identification card also serves as an access card that allows entry into the classroom spaces and Southeast door on Jefferson Ave. Students who have yet to take their photo taken for the ID card must visit the SSC to do so during Orientation week.


Read “How to Read a Legal Opinion

Read “How to Brief a Case

Read Gideon v. Wainwright 372 U.S. 335 (1963)



Attempt a case brief of Gideon based on what you have read (a case brief form can be found here). We will discuss this brief during the How to Read and Brief a Case session on Monday, August 20, 2018. You will not have to submit this assignment.


Re-Read Gideon v. Wainwright 372 U.S. 335 (1963).

Revise Brief for Gideon v. Wainwright 372 U.S. 335 (1963).

Review Thornton Fact Pattern.


Read and Brief Scott v. Illinois.

Consider Problem in light of Gideon v. Wainwright and Scott v. Illinois.


Detroit Mercy Law invites new students and their family members to our Family Welcome Event on Wednesday, August 22 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. Students may bring up to two family members / friends to this event.  Please register online.

A light reception will start the event. Faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Students and guests are welcome to explore the law school at this time.  The bookstore will also be open. 

Next, students will attend a panel presentation from experienced legal professionals in diverse careers, and will learn what makes for a successful legal education. Family members and friends will attend a panel of current law students, who will share their perspective on how families can be most supportive and helpful to law students. If you are curious as to what your law student will go through in their first year of legal education, this is a great panel to attend!


All incoming students are invited to an evening at Comerica Park on Tuesday, August 21.  Your ticket includes a ballpark dinner on the rooftop deck and a bleacher seat.  Come cheer on the Detroit Tigers as they take on the Chicago Cubs and get to know your classmates in a relaxed setting.  Ticket cost is $10, which will be collected at Orientation.  Tickets are limited. Sign up here.


Detroit Mercy Law photographs all first-year students for a First-year Directory.  All incoming students must get their photograph taken on Tuesday, September 4 between 12:00pm and 4:30pm in the faculty lounge.  Business attire is required for these photos.


Law students are able to purchase health insurance through the University’s student health insurance plan. To view plan documents and enroll, go to and select University of Detroit Mercy as your school. There will be an option to view plan documents. To enroll, click on the Enroll/Waive button, and then identify yourself as a School of Law student.  To enroll, you will need your name and TNumber.  You may purchase insurance for yourself, and for a spouse and dependent children.  If you take no action, you will not be enrolled in the student health insurance plan. The enrollment deadline is Sept. 28, 2018.


Students continue their orientation to the legal profession with an afternoon of thoughtful discussion on legal ethics and professional conduct with seasoned lawyers and judges at Professionalism in Action. This event takes place at the start of the second semester, but is part of the mandatory Orientation program. Mark your calendars for Friday, January 25, 2019 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.


Foundations of Law


Torts - First Two Assignments - Wilkins (section1)

Torts - Richards (section 2)

Civ Pro - Henning (section 1)

Civ Pro - Bell (section 2) (first assignment is near the end of the syllabi under "Reading Assignments")

Contracts - Archerd (section 2)

Contracts - Harris (section 1) (first assignment: read pp. 6-7, 12, 25-31, 41-47, and 51-69)

Intro to Legal Research and Communication Class - Dyer, Heath, Henning (section 2)

Intro to Legal Research and Communication Class - Core Grammar Memo - Heath (section 1)

Intro to Legal Research and Communication Class - Core Grammar Memo - Heath (section 2)

Property - Hand (section 1) (first assignment: read and brief pages 13-27 in your casebook, The Concise Dukeminier; please bring a pen and notebook to class, as you are not allowed to use a laptop in this class)

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