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Experiential Learning

Detroit Mercy Law has long been a recognized leader in preparing students for the actual practice of law. Our clinical program, which was formed in 1965, is among the oldest clinical programs in the United States, and consistently is recognized for its excellence. Our Law Firm Program, which offers students the opportunity for simulated practice experiences with expert practitioners, prepares students to hit the ground running when they enter the world of practice. Like the clinical program, the Law Firm Program has achieved national recognition. The Externship Program allows students to receive academic credit for service as a legal intern for a judge, a governmental agency, or a nonprofit.

All students are required to take at least one clinic and one Law Firm Program course. Many students also greatly benefit from their participation in the externship program.


Clinics The School is proud of its clinical program, which is one of only a few required clinical programs in the country. Founded initially as the Urban Law Clinic in 1965, it was among the earliest clinics in the nation. Since that time, the program has flourished receiving numerous awards including the ABA Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access with Meritorious Recognition in 2012 and the ABA Law Student Division’s Judy M. Weightman Memorial Public Interest Award in 2006.

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Law Firm Program

Law Firm Program The Law Firm Program is a series of course offerings that are structured to mimic the work assignments, feedback, and professional skills development that first-year lawyers would experience at law firms, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporate legal departments.

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Externships Students participating in the Externship Program will work with a government agency, non-profit organization, or judge from a pre-approved list of externship opportunities. The Externship Director may approve additional opportunities upon request. 

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