• Dual JD program with the University of Windsor
  • Extensive international law and comparative law courses
  • Established relationship with Universite d’Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France



  • A legal writing program that starts in the first year and continues through the upper level courses.
  • A clinical program that ensures every student the opportunity to represent a client.
  • A unique law firm program that allows students to engage in simulated cases and transactions in specific practice areas.



  • Downtown Detroit location provides proximity to courts and employers
  • Strong Alumni Network dedicated to supporting Detroit Mercy Law graduates
  • Ability to pursue a concentration in Immigration Law or Family Law



  • Committed to developing lawyers who serve the public good
  • Committed to serving the Detroit community
  • Founded on Jesuit and Mercy principles of service and the success of each individual

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1L Scholarships

Detroit Mercy Law awards scholarships to incoming and returning students who have demonstrated success during their undergraduate studies or while enrolled at Detroit Mercy Law.

All incoming students who submit an application for admission by February 1 will be considered for a renewable scholarship. Scholarship offers are generally extended at the same time as the offer of admission.

J.D. Scholarships ▼

Detroit Mercy Law awards scholarships to first-year J.D. students based on demonstrated success, including their undergraduate grade point averages, LSAT scores, and other accomplishments. The Scholarship Committee reviews all admitted applicants for scholarship eligibility, and recipients are notified of their award when they are admitted to the Law School. First-year renewable and one-year scholarship awards recognize not only prior achievements but the potential for success at Detroit Mercy Law. Applicants who apply by February 1 are given priority for these scholarships. Awards after this deadline are limited by the availability of funds.

The Dean’s Scholarships for Excellence award renewable scholarships at the 25%, 30%, 50%, 60%, and 75% level for students with demonstrated success. Scholarship decisions are based on the following considerations:

  • Excellence in undergraduate studies
  • LSAT scores indicating a strong potential for success (generally 150 or higher)
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to our law school community

The scholarships translate into the following discounts and tuition balances:

Tuition Scholarship Discount* 1L Tuition Balance
25% $10,106 $30,316
30% $12,127 $28,295
50% $20,211 $20,211
60% $24,253 $16,169
75% $30,316 $10,106


Detroit Mercy Law Fellows ▼

Those offered a 75% renewable scholarship may be invited to apply for a Detroit Mercy Law Fellows Award based on exceptional leadership, service, or other accomplishments. Fellows Awards may increase the renewable scholarship to an 80% or 100% scholarship.

*Based upon 2015-2016 tuition. Renewable awards are based upon the percentage of the current tuition.

Detroit Mercy Law also awards one-year, non-renewable scholarships to first-year students. A one-year scholarship is applied in equal amounts to Terms I and II.

Students who do not receive a merit scholarship upon admissions to Detroit Mercy Law School may earn one through excellence in the first year program.

For additional information, please contact:
          Caitlin McCarthy, Assistant Director of Admissions
          (313) 596-0253

Dual J.D. Scholarships ▼

Detroit Mercy Law awards scholarships ranging from 30% to 100% to American citizens based on demonstrated success, including their undergraduate grade point averages, LSAT scores, and other accomplishments.

University of Windsor Faculty of Law awards generous scholarships to Canadian citizens.  Please see

For additional information, please contact:
          Brian Miller, Director, Canadian & American Dual J.D. Program
          (313) 596-9840

Scholarship Renewal ▼

scholarship renEwal Criteria

To retain a renewable scholarship after Terms I and II of the first year, a student must fulfill the following conditions:

  • The student has not had the School take formal academic or disciplinary action against him/her that resulted in sanctions against the student;
  • The student is not considered an at-risk student, cumulative grade point average less than 2.6, at the end of Term II of the first year;
  • The student earned the minimum passing grades in Terms I and II first-year courses, Constitutional Law, and Evidence.

One-year scholarship is applied in equal amounts to Terms I and II in the first year.


The School tracks renewable scholarship retention from year to year, beginning with the Fall 2012 incoming class:

Student Matriculating in (year)

# Entering with Conditional Scholarships

# Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced

# Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Eliminated





Fall 2014




Fall 2013




Fall 2012





Promote Peace - Atrium

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 4:30 pm

To promote peace and tolerance in the law school community and beyond, Detroit Mercy Law will host a dedication and blessing ceremony of a peace pole in the courtyard, followed by a presentation in the atrium where law students will share stories of discrimination based on race, religion, gender, and ethnic background.

The peace pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of our hopes and dreams for peace in this world. This upcoming Promote Peace event is an effort to promote a culture of peace beginning with law students and expanding outward. Detroit Mercy Law joins many other organizations with a peace pole in Detroit, including the McNichols Campus of Detroit Mercy, Freedom House, Hope House, and the Fort Street Presbyterian Church.

For additional information, please contact Prof. Anne Yantus.

November 10, 2016: Prospective Student Open House - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 5:30 pm

Find out why men and women have been choosing Detroit Mercy Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how Detroit Mercy Law not only teaches you the law, but teaches you how to be a lawyer.  Through your education here, you will become a lawyer who makes a difference in your workplace and your community.  

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the campus and speak with admissions representatives, faculty, and current students.  

Walk in Wednesday - University of Detroit Mercy

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Walk-in and visit with an Admissions representative without an appointment during exteneded evening hours.

McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law and religion. This year's lecturer is Intisar A. Rabb, a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. Dr. Rabb also holds an appointment as a Professor of History at Harvard University and as the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

The lecture will be held on March 2, 2017, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in room 226, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

Register Online for McElroy Lecture>>

Law Review Symposium - Room 226

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8:30 am

The Law Review will host its annual symposium on March 3, 2017. The symposium will feature legal professionals and scholars from across the country to discuss the American Bar Association's implementation of Standards 314 and 315, which deal with formative assessments in law school classrooms.