• 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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Detroit Mercy Law Students Learn through Experiential Education

Our education extends well beyond the classroom. Detroit Mercy Law students learn about the legal process and serve clients directly in our Law Clinics and at externships with nonprofit agencies and public offices. Students handle transactions from initiation through negotiation to closing as “associates” in our Law Firm Program; argue complex cases in moot court; and complete rigorous coursework that emphasizes analysis and writing. In short, Detroit Mercy Law grads are prepared to work, and add instant value to a future employer’s organization.

Practice-Ready and Career-Ready Curriculum

ExperientialEducationLaw 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. This experience translates instantly to employers as graduates are able to contribute immediately to a variety of legal tasks and transactions.

Clinic Experiences train students for legal work while providing valuable services to the community. Our Clinics give students hands-on legal experience and the opportunity to help those with the greatest need and least resources.

Externships provide students with 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 both 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.

Emphasis on Writing and Ethics is a vital part of the Detroit Mercy Law education and the Jesuit tradition of knowledge building and moral integrity. Rigorous writing and attention to legal ethics are stressed in every course. Our acclaimed Legal Writing Program has garnered a number of national awards.


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.