University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

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Introduction

At University of Detroit Mercy School of Law we have been preparing students to become excellent, ethical, engaged lawyers since 1912. Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, students have easy access to the courts, government offices, and law firms. We offer a comprehensive education designed to provide students with the skills they need to excel in the practice of law. Students are supported by an accessible and committed faculty; a close-knit, diverse, and active student body; and an engaged alumni network.

Inspired by our Jesuit-Mercy tradition, Detroit Mercy Law is a community of scholars, lawyers, law students, and individuals committed to intellectual rigor and public service. With social justice at the core of our mission, Detroit Mercy Law is dedicated to making a positive difference in the legal community, in legal education, in Detroit, and in the world. From volunteer work at the neighboring Pope Francis Warming Center to legal aid work in the Detroit Mercy Law George J. Asher Law Clinic Center, students have the opportunity to connect with those in need on a personal level.

Strategic Location

Detroit is the epicenter of the region’s legal and business community and the nation’s busiest port for international commerce. Our location provides the distinctive setting for the study of contemporary legal issues such as immigration, global transactions, health, and complex corporate transactions. From campus, students can easily walk to federal, state, and municipal courts to fulfill assignments, participate in externships, work at law firms, or attend government meetings. Detroit Mercy Law alumni and local practitioners visit the Law School often to mentor students and to seek prospective employees.

The Detroit Mercy Law Curriculum

Detroit Mercy Law teaches students the law—and how to be lawyers. From day one, Detroit Mercy Law gives students hands-on experience in the following ways:

  • A comprehensive legal writing program ensures that students have the legal writing skills needed for the successful practice of law. Students are required to complete eight credits of legal research and writing and are exposed to the type of writing that lawyers encounter.
  • Students at Detroit Mercy Law are required to take three credit hours of Law Firm Program courses. In these courses, students learn through working on a simulated case or transaction. Under the guidance of an experienced attorney, students learn by doing the kinds of assignments routinely assigned to attorneys. These courses cover a wide variety of practice areas from business law to litigation to family law. Students may select a Law Firm Program course in an area of law that interests them.
  • All students represent a client in our nationally recognized Clinical Program before they graduate. Detroit Mercy Law has both trial and appellate clinics in areas such as immigration, criminal law, veteran’s benefits, housing, family law, and juvenile justice. Our International Patent Law Clinic, in collaboration with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, is certified by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), which permits students to appear before both agencies. In 2018, we added a Trademark and Entrepreneur and Pro Se Clinic.
  • Our extensive Externship program provides students with practical experience in a variety of legal settings, including nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies.

Detroit Mercy Law requires that all students take a comparative or international law course. Students interested in a comprehensive approach to international law may elect to pursue the Canadian and American Dual JD Program, which equips graduates to practice law in the United States and Canada (see below). All Detroit Mercy Law students may take an extensive array of courses that deal with issues that affect the world.

Finally, Detroit Mercy Law recognizes that the study of law is more than the study of legal rules. Our classes consider issues of ethics and social justice to prepare students to be leaders of their communities.

Joint-Degree Programs and Certificates of Specialization

  • Canadian & American Dual JD: Detroit Mercy Law and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law offer a unique Dual-JD program through which students earn both an American Bar Association (ABA)-approved JD from Detroit Mercy Law and the Canadian JD from Windsor Law in three years. Students learn the legal doctrines and cultures of both countries and fully participate in the opportunities provided at both schools.
  • Joint JD/MBA: The School of Law and University of Detroit Mercy College of Business Administration collaborate to offer an integrated degree program leading to the JD and MBA degrees. Students enrolled in the joint-degree program can earn both degrees in significantly less time than required when the degrees are independently pursued. For students interested in the JD/MBA program, we recommend that students complete the first year of law study before seeking admission to the MBA program.
  • Immigration Law or Family Law Certificate: Students interested in practicing immigration law or family law may distinguish themselves by earning a certificate. To earn the distinction, students take a combination of doctrinal and experiential courses related to immigration law or family law.

Special Programs

  • Solo and Small Firm Practice and Incubator Program: Detroit Mercy Law launched an Incubator Attorney Program in October 2014 to provide a supportive environment for select new law graduates who are committed to beginning a solo or small firm practice serving low and moderate income clients. In addition, our Center for Solo & Small Firm Practice provides business and legal practice management workshops to support Detroit Mercy Law alumni in becoming successful solo or small firm practitioners.
  • Intellectual Property Law Institute: Through a consortium with other law schools, Detroit Mercy Law offers a wide variety of courses in intellectual property such as Copyright Law, Patent Law, Computer Law, Entertainment Law, and others. In our International Intellectual Property Law Clinic, students work on drafting and filing patent applications, answering Office actions, and communicating with patent examiners at the USPTO and the CIPO.
  • French Scholar Program: The School of Law participates in a professional exchange program with the Universite d’Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand. French scholars visiting the law school each spring teach a comparative law course in English while Detroit Mercy Law alumni teach at Clermont-Ferrand.

Career Services

The School’s Career Services Office provides students with a wide range of programming and networking opportunities through which they may explore various career paths in law. The office sponsors a Preparing to Practice series for upper-class students designed to introduce the students to a variety of practice areas and issues. The office administers the school’s annual on-campus interview programs, maintains multiple job information resources, sponsors a mock interview program for first-year students, and hosts numerous networking events to acquaint students with practitioners. The Career Services Office staff also provides career counseling services, including résumé and cover-letter review.

Admission

Detroit Mercy Law’s Admissions Committee thoughtfully evaluates each applicant’s file when making admission decisions and looks at a variety of factors including LSAT score(s), undergraduate GPA, writing skills, leadership and maturity, work and service experience, and graduate work. The committee recognizes that a diverse student body enhances the law school community and values individuals who offer unique backgrounds and experiences. Detroit Mercy Law also operates a conditional admission program known as the Special Summer Program for applicants whose academic history and/or LSAT score(s) do not meet the minimum standards of the entering class, but who show potential for the study of law. Satisfactory completion of this program permits admission to the incoming fall JD class.

Renewable Scholarships

Detroit Mercy Law offers a competitive and comprehensive scholarship program. All admitted students are reviewed for scholarship eligibility based upon academic achievement and public service. These scholarships generally range from $5,000 up to $30,000 and are renewable based upon a student’s academic standing. Candidates with outstanding credentials may be invited to interview for the Detroit Mercy Law Fellows Program. Fellows receive a renewable scholarship up to 100 percent of tuition and participate in special events throughout the academic year.

Scholarships are also provided to upper-class students who demonstrate academic excellence at the end of their first and second years with awards that are commensurate with their success.

University of Detroit Mercy and Detroit Mercy Law adhere to nondiscrimination policies.

Admitted Applicant Profile

25-75% UGPA Range at Detroit Mercy:

2.99 to 3.43

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Detroit Mercy:

150 to 156

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Detroit Mercy:

2.99 to 3.43

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Detroit Mercy:

150 to 156

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Detroit Mercy:

2.99 to 3.43

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Detroit Mercy:

150 to 156

120
135
150
165
180

Contact Information

Admissions Office, 651 East Jefferson Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48226,
United States