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.