• 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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Employment Statistics 2011

The following information reflects the Class of 2011's employment status as of February 15, 2012 as reported to the American Bar Association (ABA) and National Association for Law Placement (NALP).

Employment Status

Full Time
Long Term

Full Time
Short Term

Part Time
Long Term

Part Time
Short Term

Employed-Bar Passage Required 77  29  2  2 110
Employed-JD Advantage  22  3  2  2  29
Employed-Professional Position  16  2  2  2  22
Employed-Non-Professional Position  2  1  3  3  9
Employed-Undeterminable*  0  0  0  0  0
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time  1
Unemployed-Start Date Deferred  0
Unemployed-Not Seeking  12
Unemployed-Seeking  26
Employment Status Unknown  0
Total Graduates  209

* A graduate in undeterminable category may or may not have a term defined.


 Law School/University Funded Position

 Full Time
Long Term

 Full Time
Short Term

 Part Time
Long Term

 Part Time
Short Term

 Of Employed-Law School/University Funded Short Term  0  0  0  0  0
 Employment Type

 Full Time
Long Term

 Full Time
Short Term

 Part Time
Long Term

 Part Time
Short Term

Law Firms
Solo  5  1  0  0  6
2-10   29  12  2  3  46
11-25   9  5  0  0  14
26-50   5  3  0  0  8
51-100   6  2  0  0  8
101-250   6  0  0  0  6
251-500   4  0  0  0  4
501+   2  1  0  3
Unknown  0  1  0  0  1
 Business & industry  30  3  6  5  44
Government   9  3  0  0  12
Public Interest (including Public Defenders)   3  3  1  1  8
 Clerkships-Federal  1  0  0  0  1
 Clerkships-State & local  2  0  0  0  2
 Clerkships-Other  3  0  0  0  3
 Academia  3  1  0  0  4
 Employer type unknown  0  0  0  0  0
Total  117  35  9  9  170


Employment Location                                                                                               State Number
State#--largest employment Michigan  106
State#-second largest employment District of Columbia 5
State#-third largest employment New York 5
# employed in foreign countries 39


Patent Drafting Competition Reception - Atrium

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Detroit Mercy Law is hosting its Second Annual Patent Drafting Competition, beginning with a reception on Friday, February 10, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm in the atrium. Competitors from 12 law schools across the U.S. and Canada will join leaders of intellectual property law, including representatives of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and attorneys, alumni, faculty, and administrators, to kick-off the competition. The competition will be held on Saturday, February 11, at the USPTO satellite office in Detroit, a few minutes from the Detroit Mercy Law campus. For additional information regarding the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Assistant Dean Denise Hickey.



Walk in Wednesday - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 5:00 pm

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

McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Our annual McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law and religion. This year's lecturer is Intisar A. Rabb, a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. Dr. Rabb also holds an appointment as a Professor of History at Harvard University and as the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

The lecture will be held on March 2, 2017, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm in room 226, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

Register Online for McElroy Lecture>>

Law Review Symposium - Room 226

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8:30 am

The Law Review will host its annual symposium on March 3, 2017. The symposium will feature legal professionals and scholars from across the country to discuss the American Bar Association's implementation of Standards 314 and 315, which deal with formative assessments in law school classrooms. For more information click HERE.

Erin Go Law Networking Reception - Atrium

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 5:00 pm

The Board of Directors of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association invites judges, attorneys, and Detroit Mercy law students to attend its career networking reception, "Erin Go Law," on Thursday, March 16, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the atrium of the School of Law. 

Register Online>>         More Information>>


  • 2L Dual Student, Maha Mansour, Featured in Legal News

    Mansour MahaCurrent 2L student of the American and Canadian Dual JD Program, Maha Mansour, was featured in the Legal News.

    “It’s extremely challenging which always keeps me motivated to work twice as hard, and gives me an immense feeling of accomplishment,” Mansour said. 

     Read the full article here.

  • Legal News Features 2L Nate Mark

    Mark NathanielLegal News wrote a feature article on 2L student Nate Mark who recently had an article he wrote published in the State Bar's Real Property E-Newsletter. 

    His article, "Builder & Developer Beware: Narrow MCPA License Exemption, & Conditional Right to Amend Declaration", ran in the June 2016 edition.

    Read the full Legal News feature here

  • Professor Aoun Writes Article for The Globe and Mail

    Professor Wissam Aoun, Assistant Professor and Director of the International Intellectual Property Law Clinic, recently wrote an article for The Globe and Mail regarding Canada's regulation of the patent-agent profession. 

    Read the full article here.

  • An Open Letter to the Electors

    An open letter to the electors, written by Detroit Mercy Law Professor, Khaled Beydoun, appeared in a variety of newspapers across the country last week. 

    Read the letter here. 

  • Legal News Interview With Alum Paul C. Young

    Legal News recently interviewed Paul C. Youngs ('98). A practicing defense attorney since '98, Youngs has tried many cases and attended the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College five different years: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

    Read teh full interview here

  • Legal News Features 3L Kristina Tiessen

    Tiessen Kristina Resized

    Detroit Legal news published a feature article on 3L Kristina Tiessen.

    After her 1L year, Tiessen took advantage of her study abroad opportunities and studied International Law in The Hague and Nuremberg, Germany.

    She also interned at Michigan Attorney General's Office in the Civil Rights and Liberties Division and at the United Nations in New York. 

    "The people I met inspired me to become a lawyer dedicated to social justice and change, and inspired me to become a better person."