• 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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Jump Start Your Legal Education

Jump start your legal education

July 15 & 16 

Why wait until August to get a start on Orientation, law school, or your legal career? Learn about all the services, benefits, and support systems available to you as a Detroit Mercy Law student now. Meet your classmates and professors.

general information and tentative schedules


Register for any or all sessions.  There are no costs for incoming Detroit Mercy Law students to attend these events. Please check-in at the Student Service Center 15 minutes prior to your first session.

Class Attire

Business Casual

Your legal career starts now. At any moment be prepared to meet a prospective employer or professional mentor. Chino pants, twill pants, slacks, or knee-length skirt in a neutral or dark color are acceptable for the chance meeting. Golf/polo shirts or other short sleeve shirts with a collar are appropriate for men; a blazer and/or a tie are optional. Sweaters and blouses are acceptable to women. Above all, be clean. Be neat. Be crisp.


Participants may park in the student parking lot on Larned, located on the School’s north side. There is no charge to park in this lot.

Cut Ahead to the Front of the Line

During Jump Start days, incoming students will jump start some Orientation business. At the appointed time get your photo taken for your student ID and register for a parking permit. If you are interested in registering for a parking permit, be sure to bring your vehicle’s registration. We’ll need to see it. The parking for the 2015-2016 is $400. You don’t need to pay it upfront. We’ll bill you.

Reading Assignments

Participants are expected to have read the assignments and be prepared to participate in class. Please leave your laptops at home for this experience.

How to Prepare for Law School:

Peeler v. Hughes & Luce et. al. 

Experience a First Year Class

REQUIRED (cases to be read in this order):

Brewer v. Bowman

Richards v. Wasylyshyn

Daly v. Lanucha


How to Brief a Case

Case Brief Template

Jump Start Your Legal Education Schedule


Wednesday, July 15
3:00pm How to Prepare for Law School
4:30pm Jump Start Your Legal Career
5:00pm Dinner
6:00pm  Grads of the Last Decade (GOLD) Panel
6:30pm How to Prepare for Law School (repeat)

Thursday, July 16

3:00pm Experience a First Year Class                 
4:30pm Bingo - Detroit Mercy Law Edition
5:00pm Dinner 
6:00pm  Jump Start Orientation
6:30pm Experience a First Year Class (repeat)




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.

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.