Message from Interim Dean Debbie Bell
Welcome to the UM School of Law. Please explore the site and learn about our dynamic program of legal education. As law practice and the legal market have shifted, so have our offerings. Our traditional core strength outstanding classroom teaching and substantive law training has not changed. Our faculty are productive scholars who have not sacrificed classroom teaching for their scholarship. And, we have added an emphasis on student scholarship, encouraging our students to engage in academic writing and external publishing while still in law school.
Today, that core strength is accompanied by a skills training program that rivals some of the top schools in the country. Each student has access to a semester-long in-house clinical experience, with practice units ranging from litigation to mediation to appellate work. All students participate in an intensive two-week skills session in the spring and have the opportunity to gain experience outside the building in a semester-long externship. Our advocacy program boasts six national titles in the last few years, testimony to the strength of our moot court program.
I am honored to serve as the law school’s Interim Dean for the next two years. I have been associated with the law school as a student, then alumnus, and then professor for many years. I truly believe that the law school program is the strongest it has been for decades.