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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:

    Tuition Scholarship Discount* 1L Tuition Balance
    25% $10,106 $30,316
    30% $12,127 $28,295
    50% $20,211 $20,211
    60% $24,253 $16,169
    75% $30,316 $10,106


    Detroit Mercy Law Fellows

    Those offered a 75% renewable scholarship may be invited to apply for a Detroit Mercy Law Fellows Award based on exceptional leadership, service, or other accomplishments. Fellows Awards may increase the renewable scholarship to an 80% or 100% scholarship.

    *Based upon 2015-2016 tuition. Renewable awards are based upon the percentage of the current tuition.

    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, Interim 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 2012 incoming class:

    Student Matriculating in (year)

    # Entering with Conditional Scholarships

    # Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced

    # Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Eliminated





    Fall 2014



    Fall 2013




    Fall 2012




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