• 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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Globally Enriched J.D.

Global Distribution courses

Detroit Mercy law students add a global emphasis to their education by taking any one or more of our wide-ranging courses offering exposure to another legal system.  We consider a broader perspective to be important enough to require students take at least one course from the list below:


Advanced Topics in Copyright Law (International Copyright Relations) (3840) International Intellectual Property Law (3370)
Canon Law (2140) International Law (3200)
Comparative Constitutional Law (3910) International Trade and the North American Free Trade Agreement (3520)
Comparative Law (3080) Introduction to Canadian Law (2340)
European Community Law (2150) Introduction to French Law (2630)
Cross Border Sales and Financing Transactions (6360) Selected Topics in Comparative Law (4850)
Human Rights (3250) Selected Topics in International Law (4840)
International Business Transactions (3190) Talmudic Law (2170)
International Commercial Arbitration (6300) United Nations Law (3850)
International Environmental Law (3380)  U.S. and Canadian Immigration Law (6230)
International and Comparative Family Law (4382)  Australian Law and the Constitution (2040)


french scholar program

Our courses in Introduction to French Law and European Community Law are taught by our resident scholar from the Universite d'Auvergne in Clermont Ferrand, France.  For nearly 30 years Detroit Mercy has had an exchange program in which we send a graduate to teach topics in U.S. Law and we receive a graduate from Clermont Ferrand.  One graduating senior from Detroit Mercy is selected each year for this one year opportunity.  Fluency in French is preferred but not required.


courses in the dual j.d. program  

Another unique program at Detroit Mercy is our Canadian and American Dual J.D. program with the University of Windsor. Regular J.D. students are able to enroll in several of the courses with our Dual degree students that provides a comparative look at U.S. and Canadian law. 

They may enroll in Cross Border Sales and Financing Transactions, which also satisfies the global distribution requirement.

In addition, Business Organizations and Evidence are offered at Detroit Mercy as part of the Dual J.D. program.  They are hybrid in the sense that they are team taught by American and Canadian professors.  The U.S. content is offered in a "core course" taught by a Detroit Mercy professor, and the Canadian content is offered in a 'module" that is attached to the core course and taught by a faculty member from the University of Windsor. Single degree students may enroll in the core course, where the vast majority of the students will be from the Dual J.D. program.  Some content will compare U.S. and Canadian law and the single degree students can audit the Canadian law module.  


international opportunities program

In support of our commitment to better prepare students to practice in a global legal community, Detroit Mercy is proud to offer its International Opportunities Program (IOP).  Envisioned as a meaningful way to encourage and enable students to participate in a summer study-abroad program, the IOP awards eligible Detroit Mercy students with a $1,000 loan, which is then forgiven after the student successfully completes the study-abroad program and returns to Detroit Mercy for the following fall term.  Since financial aid is normally available for program tuition, this loan is intended to defray travel and accommodation expenses related to such study.

Students who seek the IOP loan must enroll in one of more than 20 approved study-abroad programs.  These rigorous programs span the globe (i.e., Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America) and will expose students to legal systems other than the United States. 


January 7, 2016: Prospective Student Open House - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, January 7, 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.