• Dual JD program with the University of Windsor
  • Extensive international law and comparative law courses
  • Established relationship with Universite d’Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France



  • A legal writing program that starts in the first year and continues through the upper level courses.
  • A clinical program that ensures every student the opportunity to represent a client.
  • A unique law firm program that allows students to engage in simulated cases and transactions in specific practice areas.



  • Downtown Detroit location provides proximity to courts and employers
  • Strong Alumni Network dedicated to supporting Detroit Mercy Law graduates
  • Ability to pursue a concentration in Immigration Law or Family Law



  • Committed to developing lawyers who serve the public good
  • Committed to serving the Detroit community
  • Founded on Jesuit and Mercy principles of service and the success of each individual

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Grading Norms Policy post Fall 2012

Grading Norms Policy Effective 2012-13

 The faculty shall assign grades in a manner that reflects as closely as possible the actual distribution of raw scores in each course. Grades are to be assigned throughout the range from 0.0 to 4.0 in increments of 0.1. Faculty shall ensure that the mean of final grades shall fall within the following ranges:

1. First-Year Required Courses:                    2.6 to 2.8

This group includes all courses required in the full-time first-year curriculum, even if (as in the case of evening students) they are taken in the second year, i.e. ALTA, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Contracts, Torts, and Property.

2. Upper-Level Required Courses:                2.7 to 2.9

This group includes specifically required courses taken by full-time students in the second and third years, i.e., Constitutional Law, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and Basic Federal Tax.

3. All Elective Courses:                                 3.0 to 3.4

This group includes all courses not included in the groups 1 and 2 above, including any courses satisfying a distribution requirement (such as Law Firm Program, transnational, or clinical courses) that can be fulfilled from a range of options.

Furthermore, in first-year required courses, at least 15% of the assigned grades shall be below 2.0.

Any upward deviation from these norms is very strongly discouraged. Any deviation must be justified by a written memorandum from the instructor, and the Dean shall not approve any upward deviation in the absence of the most exceptional circumstances.


Promote Peace - Atrium

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 4:30 pm

To promote peace and tolerance in the law school community and beyond, Detroit Mercy Law will host a dedication and blessing ceremony of a peace pole in the courtyard, followed by a presentation in the atrium where law students will share stories of discrimination based on race, religion, gender, and ethnic background.

The peace pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of our hopes and dreams for peace in this world. This upcoming Promote Peace event is an effort to promote a culture of peace beginning with law students and expanding outward. Detroit Mercy Law joins many other organizations with a peace pole in Detroit, including the McNichols Campus of Detroit Mercy, Freedom House, Hope House, and the Fort Street Presbyterian Church.

For additional information, please contact Prof. Anne Yantus.

November 10, 2016: Prospective Student Open House - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 5:30 pm

Find out why men and women have been choosing Detroit Mercy Law for over 100 years for their legal education.  Learn how Detroit Mercy Law not only teaches you the law, but teaches you how to be a lawyer.  Through your education here, you will become a lawyer who makes a difference in your workplace and your community.  

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the campus and speak with admissions representatives, faculty, and current students.  

Walk in Wednesday - University of Detroit Mercy

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Walk-in and visit with an Admissions representative without an appointment during exteneded evening hours.