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Applicants are encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible in the academic year preceding entry into law school. First-year students matriculate once a year in August.

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Priority Deadline ▼

Fall 2017 Application for Admission: May 1

Detroit Mercy Law continues to accept applications after May 1; however, complete applications submitted prior to the application deadline will be given priority consideration.

Application Requirements ▼

A complete application to Detroit Mercy Law includes:

1. E-signed and dated application.

2. Personal Statement. Applicants are to present themselves and their qualifications in a Personal Statement. This statement should not exceed two typewritten or electronically attached pages and should include your name and LSAC account number on each page.

3. Two letters of recommendation. References may forward current (no more than 18 months) letters of recommendation directly to Detroit Mercy Law or utilize the Letter of Recommendation service offered by LSAC. At least one recommendation letter must come from a college instructor, unless the applicant has been out of college for a number of years.


4. Resume. Applicants must submit a complete resume since high school graduation. Please include all past and current employment, community activities and service, military experience, extracurricular activities, continuing education and enrichment, awards, prizes and scholarships. Applicants should be certain to provide information about time periods not reflected in their academic transcripts.

5. Law School Credential Assembly Service Report submitted to the School of Law by LSAC, which includes LSAT score(s), transcript(s), and TOEFL scores (if applicable).

Applicants who completed more than one year of post-secondary work outside of the United States, its territories, or Canada, with the exception of study abroad, consortium or exchange programs sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution and stated as such on the home institution transcript are required to use CAS for the authentication and evaluation of these international transcripts. For less than one year of study, an applicant submits transcripts of this work directly to Detroit Mercy Law.

6. Windsor Personal Profile for applicants to the Canadian and American Dual J.D. Program.

7. Check your application status online.

Character and Fitness ▼

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.  You may review the State Bar of Michigan's rules and guidelines at http://www.michbar.org/.

Transfer Applicants ▼

Detroit Mercy Law accepts applications to transfer for the fall and spring academic semesters from applicants who have completed the first full year of law school (24-30 credits) and are in good standing at a fully accredited ABA law school. Transfer applicants follow the J.D. program application procedures. A transfer application also must include an official law school transcript, a letter of good standing from the dean of the last law school attended, and an original or a copy of the applicant's current CAS report.

For transfer admission, Detroit Mercy Law normally requires the applicant to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, having completed the first 24-30 credits at the prior law school.

At least one half of the credit hours required for graduation must be taken at Detroit Mercy Law. Credit hours earned at another law school will not be accepted for transfer unless a grade of 2.0 or better is attained. Only the course name and credit hours transferred are recorded. The number of credit hours awarded for any one transfer course shall not exceed the number of credit hours earned for a similar course offered at Detroit Mercy Law.

Guest Applicants ▼

Guest students plan to complete their JD at their home institution but plan to take classes at Detroit Mercy Law. To apply as a guest student, applicants submit the application for admission to the JD Program, using the Personal Statement to specify reasons for requesting guest student status at Detroit Mercy Law.  The application must also include a letter of good standing from the deal of the home law school, approving the course(s) the guest student may take, and a copy of the CAS report.

Courses Taken at other Institutions ▼

A student may take courses at other law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association.  At least 60 credits of the court hours required for graduation must be taken at Detroit Mercy Law.  Credits hours earned at other institutions will not be accepted for transfer unless a grade of 2.0 or better is attained; only the course name(s) and credit hour(s) shall be recorded.  The number of credit hours awarded for any particular course shall not exceed the number of credit hours for a similar course offered at Detroit Mercy Law.