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Law School stays downtown

PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:07 pm
by Tacitus651
Just received notice that the trustees voted to keep UDM law downtown. Good decision!

Re: Law School stays downtown

PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:27 pm
by Rogobob77
Great news! It will be very convenient for the law students when Titan MBB goes big-time and starts to play all their Big East home games at the new Little Caesars Arena.

Re: Law School stays downtown

PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:50 pm
by Tacitus651
Rogobob77 wrote:Great news! It will be very convenient for the law students when Titan MBB goes big-time and starts to play all their Big East home games at the new Little Caesars Arena.


That will be convenient. And, by then, the QLine will run directly to main campus so the undergrads can get there. As they leave their posh dorm rooms in the most gentrified neighborhood in the city. Thousands of them, wearing red, taking the rail downtown to see us beat schools like Marquette and Villanova.

Only a matter of time.

Re: Law School stays downtown

PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:52 pm
by uofdmik2008
Tacitus651 wrote:
Rogobob77 wrote:Great news! It will be very convenient for the law students when Titan MBB goes big-time and starts to play all their Big East home games at the new Little Caesars Arena.


That will be convenient. And, by then, the QLine will run directly to main campus so the undergrads can get there. As they leave their posh dorm rooms in the most gentrified neighborhood in the city. Thousands of them, wearing red, taking the rail downtown to see us beat schools like Marquette and Villanova.

Only a matter of time.


There were several steps the law school took to balance their books in order to achieve this, it also looks like the enrollment numbers are starting to pick up again.

Re: Law School stays downtown

PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:11 pm
by Tacitus651
If there's one thing this country needs, it's more JDs.

Re: Law School stays downtown

PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:48 pm
by R.B.J1
Tacitus651 wrote:Just received notice that the trustees voted to keep UDM law downtown. Good decision!


Just curious, why is it a good decision?

Re: Law School stays downtown

PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:04 am
by Rogobob77
R.B.J1 wrote:
Tacitus651 wrote:Just received notice that the trustees voted to keep UDM law downtown. Good decision!


Just curious, why is it a good decision?

All the major law firms, government agencies, federal/state/local courts are in close proximity to the downtown law campus — facilitates internships, adjuncts, etc. Current campus is just across the river from Canada, and Detroit Mercy has lots of students participating in a joint international law program with the University of Windsor. University retains a physical presence in a historic building located in a rapidly emerging downtown Detroit. Alumni from the law school generally support the status quo, and a move might have jeopardized relationships with important donors. Could have hurt enrollment. IMO, these factors together outweighed short-term fiscal and other benefits of selling the downtown campus and moving to McNichols and Livernois.

Re: Law School stays downtown

PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:27 am
by uofdmik2008
Rogobob77 wrote:
R.B.J1 wrote:
Tacitus651 wrote:Just received notice that the trustees voted to keep UDM law downtown. Good decision!


Just curious, why is it a good decision?

All the major law firms, government agencies, federal/state/local courts are in close proximity to the downtown law campus — facilitates internships, adjuncts, etc. Current campus is just across the river from Canada, and Detroit Mercy has lots of students participating in a joint international law program with the University of Windsor. University retains a physical presence in a historic building located in a rapidly emerging downtown Detroit. Alumni from the law school generally support the status quo, and a move might have jeopardized relationships with important donors. Could have hurt enrollment. IMO, these factors together outweighed short-term fiscal and other benefits of selling the downtown campus and moving to McNichols and Livernois.


At the end of the day they have to balance the books for that location if they don't and its a drain on the university as a whole, all the factors you outlined are moot. The biggest loss of enrollment is at the law school, they were also a net drag on budget numbers as a school, until the work they have done recently. I like our presence downtown but not if it is coming at the cost of other schools and departments.

Re: Law School stays downtown

PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:32 pm
by Tacitus651
I don't want the law school to be a drag on the university. If they can't make it work they should just close shop instead of offering a poor law school experience on 6 Mile. Which was a bigger "net drag" last FY though, the law school or the contracts of BA and Vowels?

Re: Law School stays downtown

PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:59 pm
by uofdmik2008
Tacitus651 wrote:I don't want the law school to be a drag on the university. If they can't make it work they should just close shop instead of offering a poor law school experience on 6 Mile. Which was a bigger "net drag" last FY though, the law school or the contracts of BA and Vowels?


Touche! I am glad that they were able to figure a way to make it all work for the Law School, I think with the increasing prestige of Detroit that the downtown location will be a lot more appealing to professionals!