• 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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The J.D. curriculum at Detroit Mercy Law provides students a strong foundation in the substantive and procedural law that forms the core of the traditional American law school curriculum; a thorough grounding in the ethical principles and rules governing the legal profession; high quality instruction in legal research, analysis, and writing; and experiential learning courses that allow students to represent clients and to participate in sophisticated simulated practice experiences.  The curriculum integrates theory, doctrine, and practice.  We strive through our curriculum to inculcate in students the competencies necessary to the practice of law as well as the highest ideals of the profession.

Graduation requires accumulation of 90 credit hours and includes required courses and electives.

First Year Curriculum ▼

Required First Year Courses

  • Introduction to Legal Research and Communication (Term I)
  • Contracts I & II (Terms I & II)
  • Civil Procedure I & II (Terms I & II)
  • Real Property I & II (Terms I & II)
  • Torts (Term I)
  • Criminal Law (Term II)
  • Applied Legal Theory and Analysis I (Term II)

Upper-Level Curriculum ▼

Required Upper-Level Classes

  • Applied Legal Theory and Analysis II
  • US Constitutional Law
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Evidence
  • One clinic
  • One Law Firm Program course (3 credits)
  • One upper-level writing course
  • One global distribution course

Recommended Upper-Level Classes ▼

Beyond satisfying degree requirements, students may choose the courses that interest them and that will help them achieve their professional goals.  Detroit Mercy Law particularly recommends the following courses, all of which are tested on most states’ bar exams and which augment the grounding in American law provided by the required courses.

  • Business Organizations
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Sales

Other courses covering subjects commonly tested on American bar exams include the following:

  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • First Amendment
  • Fourteenth Amendment
  • Insurance Law
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Remedies
  • Secured Transactions
  • Workers’ Compensation

Concentrations ▼

Detroit Mercy Law offers concentrations in Immigration Law and in Family Law.  These concentrations allow students to specialize early in their legal careers and to market themselves to employers.  Successful completion of a concentration is noted on a student’s transcript.  For more information about the concentrations, please contact the Registrar’s office.

Intellectual Property Law Institute (IPLI) ▼

The Intellectual Property Law Institute (I.P.L.I.) was created in 1987 through the efforts of the State Bar of Michigan and the law faculties of the University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University, and the University of Windsor.

IPLI is dedicated to providing basic knowledge and advanced legal education and furthering knowledge, scholarship, and research in the law governing the richly diverse fields of intellectual property: patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and know-how, computers and related technology, communications and media, entertainment, technology transfer, trade regulation and the arts.

The primary purpose of IPLI is to facilitate the offering of an exceptional and rich curriculum for law students and lawyers in the field of intellectual property.

Full time students at each of the three law schools may register for any IPLI course and will pay the tuition required at their home institution. The course will be credited towards their law degree. In the case of lawyers in the field of intellectual property, tuition will be paid directly to IPLI.

2016-17 IPLI Registration Information

For more info, please contact the Registrar's Office at (313) 596-9828.

Global Focus ▼

The City of Detroit is located directly on the border to Canada, the United States’ largest trading partner, and Detroit Mercy Law itself is located less than a half mile from the tunnel separating the two countries.  In fact, we are proud of our Canadian and American Dual JD Program with the University of Windsor.  Given our location and our partnership with the University of Windsor, we are particularly conscious of the increasingly global nature of the practice of law.

We seek to inculcate in students an awareness of and appreciation for the global nature of the practice of law and for the contributions of other legal systems.  To that end, each student in the JD program must take at least one course exposing them to another legal system. 

Representative Courses:

A variety of courses satisfy the global distribution requirement.  Representative courses include:

  • International Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • European Union Law
  • International Law of Cyberspace
  • American Indian Law
  • Canon Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Advanced Copyright Seminar:  International Copyright Relations
  • Cross Border Sales and Financing Transactions
  • Canadian and United States Immigration Law

Other Global Opportunities:

Detroit Mercy Law provides a variety of other global opportunities for interested JD students, including the French Scholar Program, the International Opportunities Program, and the Voice for Justice Fellowship Program.


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.