Detroit Mercy law students get unique new digs for clinic training

From the National Law Journal:

When students at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law return from winter break, those enrolled in clinics will enjoy new digs in a refurbished former city firehouse.

The law school in December opened the 6,000-square-foot space, which will now house its 10 legal clinics, just steps away from its main building.

“It’s a really beautiful facility,” said law dean Lloyd Semple. “It will convey an aura of professionalism, and the students will have a beautiful place to learn.”

Detroit Mercy is one of a handful of law schools that require students to complete at least one semester of clinic work. The law school’s clinics had been housed in a makeshift space in the back of an adjacent church for the past decade. Their offices were constructed with “bailing wire and fiberboard,” according to Semple, and their comparatively shabby condition was highlighted when the law school unveiled an $8 million renovation of its main building in August of 2011. Site inspectors with the American Bar Association were also unimpressed with the state of the school’s clinic offices.

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About Justin Zatkoff

Justin Zatkoff is a candidate for Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in Detroit, Michigan, having an expected graduation date of May 2014. In his spare time, Mr. Zatkoff enjoys a healthy way of life, which includes participating in triathlons and marathons. He recently completed Ironman Mont-Tremblant, finishing in just under 15 hours.
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