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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.


    JD Scholarships

    Detroit Mercy Law awards scholarships to first-year JD 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:

    Scholarship Type


    Balance of Tuition

    3-Year Total


























    Detroit Mercy Law Fellowship and Scholarship

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

    Students selected as a recipient of the Fellows Award will recieve a 100% renewable scholarship and will become members of the Detroit Mercy Law Fellows Program. As part of the program, students will receive a student and professional mentor, the opportunity to participate in legal field trips, invitations to networking, legal and service opportunities and recognition at graduation.

    Students selected as a recipient of the a Scholarship Award have the opportunity to increase their renewable scholarship to up to an 80% or 100%. 

    Both Scholarships and Fellowships are subject to the same academic terms as previous scholarship offers. 

    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 JD 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:

    Stephanie Winbigler, Director, Canadian & American Dual J.D. Program
    (313) 596-9841 or 


    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.

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

    Scholarship Renewal Rates

    The school tracks renewable scholarship retention from year to year, beginning with the Fall 2013 incoming class:

    Students Matriculating in (year) Number of Students Entering With Conditional Scholarship: Number of Students Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Elimated :
    2015-2016 Academic Year 49 7
    2014-2015 Academic Year 51 15
    2013-2014 Academic Year 20 5
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