Detroit Mercy Law accepts applications to transfer for the fall and spring semesters and applications to attend as a guest student for all semesters. There is no application fee for Transfer and Guest Student Applications.
Detroit Mercy Law accepts applications to transfer for the fall and spring academic semesters from applicants who have completed the first full year of law school (24-30 credits) and are in good standing at a fully accredited ABA law school. Transfer applicants follow the J.D. program application procedures. A transfer application also must include an official law school transcript, a letter of good standing from the dean of the last law school attended, and an original or a copy of the applicant’s current CAS report.
For transfer admission, Detroit Mercy Law normally requires the applicant to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, having completed the first 24-30 credits at the prior law school.
At least one half of the credit hours required for graduation must be taken at Detroit Mercy Law. Credit hours earned at another law school will not be accepted for transfer unless a grade of 2.0 or better is attained. Only the course name and credit hours transferred are recorded. The number of credit hours awarded for any one transfer course shall not exceed the number of credit hours earned for a similar course offered at Detroit Mercy Law.
Guest Student Applications
To apply as a guest student, applicants submit the application for admission to the J.D. program, using the Personal Statement to specify the reasons for requesting guest student status at Detroit Mercy Law. The application also must include a letter of good standing from the dean of the home law school, approving the course(s) the guest student may take, and a copy of the CAS report.
Courses Taken At Other Institutions
A student may take courses at other fully accredited law schools. At least one-half of the course hours required for graduation must be taken at the University of Detroit Mercy. Credit hours earned at such other law school will not be accepted for transfer unless a grade of 2.0 or better is attained; only the course name(s) and credit hour(s) shall be recorded. The number of credit hours awarded for any particular course shall not exceed the number of credit hours for a similar course offered at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Approval shall not be given to a student to take required courses at another school or to take courses at another school that are offered at the University of Detroit Mercy in the same academic year. Credit hours taken at another institution are included in the calculation of maximum and minimum loads.
Students wishing to take courses elsewhere must submit a written request to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs requesting permission to take courses at another institution. The request should provide the name of the law school, and the name, credit hours, and course description for each course requested to be taken at that institution.
A student who takes courses at other institutions pays tuition for 90 credits at the University of Detroit Mercy.