Educating the Complete Lawyer
Law Firm Program
Detroit Mercy Law's innovative Law Firm Program courses bridge the gap between legal theory and practice. Students handle simulated legal transactions as though they were in a law firm or corporate legal department. The experience benefits an organization because graduates are able to contribute immediately to a variety of legal tasks and transactions. These courses are taught by veteran practitioners.
Detroit Mercy Law's renowned clinical program trains students for legal work while providing a valuable service to the community. Our Immigration Law, Veterans Law, Criminal Trial, Juvenile Appellate, Appellate Advocacy, and International Intellectual Property clinics provide numerous opportunities for our students to help others while gaining hands-on legal experience. Every Detroit Mercy Law student is required to participate in at least one clinic prior to graduation.
Externships provide real-world experience in the legal field. Students carry their own case loads, conduct research, draft briefs and memoranda, interact with attorneys and prosecutors, and learn hands-on about the demands and rewards of the profession—all under the guidance of a seasoned attorney or judge.
Moot Court is designed to shape students into persuasive communicators and advocates. Every first year student participates in a mandatory internal moot court competition with critiques by practicing attorneys and judges. Upper-level students compete for spots on national moot court competition teams.
Legal Research & Writing Program
Emphasis on Writing and Ethics is a vital part of the Detroit Mercy Law's educational model. We are one of few law schools to require that students complete eight credits of legal research and writing. These include Introduction to Legal Research and Communication in the first semester of the first year and continues with Applied Legal Theory and Analysis in the second semester of the first year and the second year of law school. In addition, all students complete at least one Upper-level legal writing class.
With legal writing emphasized in every course, students continuously work on honing how to defend a line of argument and communicate solutions using concise and well-reasoned analysis and writing.
Ethics are at the core of a Detroit Mercy Law education and the Jesuit and Mercy traditions of knowledge-building and moral integrity. At Detroit Mercy Law, ethics are embedded in the curriculum and discussed within the context of day-to-day coursework. Doing so helps students recognize subtle ethical issues that they won't want to miss as a practicing attorney. Students not only learn the technical rules of professional conduct, but are challenged to think about how to apply them in a complex world.
Canadian & American Dual JD Program
Detroit Mercy Law and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law collaborated to create the Canadian & American Dual JD Program. This is the only comparative program of its kind in Canada or the United States in which students can earn two law degrees in only three years. Graduates of the Program are eligible to be licensed in both the United States and Canada.