• 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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Student Spotlight


JD Candidate '14  | Undergraduate Institution/Major: University of Michigan/Political Science | Division: Day

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Why did you choose UDM Law?

I knew I wanted to attend law school in the Detroit area, and decided after lunch with the dean that I wanted to go to UDM. All of the people that I met at the lunch were enthusiastic, and it felt like the kind of school where you could receive a lot of one-on-one time with professors and staff.

What do you like best about attending law school in Detroit?

There is always something going on in Detroit—it's never boring. UDM Law has a lot of events at local places, and sometimes sets up outings to see the different sports teams based in Detroit. It's great to get be in Detroit as it's up and coming.

How would you describe the UDM Law community?

The community at UDM Law is very tight-knit. It really becomes like a kind of second family here because you're doing this thing together. It's important to feel that from a law school because it can be daunting at times.

What have you benefitted from the most at UDM Law?

The Moot Court program has been the most beneficial to me in terms of my writing and speaking abilities and my confidence in my knowledge of the law. The program is full of talented students and faculty who actively and passionately help us prepare to be the best advocates.

Where would you like to be ten years from now, and what role will your UDM education or the UDM community play in getting you there?

In ten years, I hope to be a partner at a large law firm in Detroit. My UDM education has already helped me on my first step towards that goal, as I received an associate position at Dickinson Wright as a result of the On Campus Interview process at UDM.

Why would you recommend UDM Law to a prospective student?

I would recommend UDM Law to a prospective student because it is a community-based law school where students can thrive. Going to school in Detroit offers an additional incentive because it offers many opportunities to get involved in different facets of the law.



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.