• 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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Red Mass Tribute


On September 23, 2014, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law hosted its 102nd annual Red Mass and Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath at Detroit's historic Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church which is immediately adjacent to the School of Law Campus.

Red Mass is an occasion for judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, and law students of all faiths to pray together at the beginning of the new judicial term, asking the Holy Spirit to bless, strengthen, and enlighten us, so that in cooperation and mutual trust we may effectively achieve justice for all.

The custom of a special religious ceremony for all members of the bench and bar at the opening of each term of the court arose principally in England, France, and Italy in the early 13th century. A Mass was celebrated in honor of the Holy Spirit, for which red vestments were worn. Hence, the celebration became known as the Red Mass.

The Lawyer's Oath of Commitment is recited by all new lawyers in the State of Michigan as a mandatory part of swearing-in ceremonies. Renewal of the Oath is a voluntary means of reaffirming this pledge made at the onset of a lawyer's career. This year's Oath was especially moving, because it was led by Justice Michael F. Cavanagh of the Michigan Supreme Court, who graduated from the University of Detroit in 1962 and from the School of Law in 1966. Justice Cavanagh was recognized for his nearly 42 years of judicial service, as he approached retirement from the bench on January 1, 2015. Phyllis L. Crocker, Dean of the School of Law, introduced Justice Cavanagh, and his daughter, attorney Megan Cavanagh of Garan Lucow Miller, PC, gave special remarks preceding her father's thoughtful words of reflection before leading the Renewal of the Oath.

The celebrant of the Mass was The Most Reverend Donald F. Hanchon, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit. The Catholic Lawyers Society co-sponsored the Mass this year.

The School of Law has hosted the Red Mass on behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit at Saints Peter and Paul since the School opened in 1912.

Pictured above (left to right): UDM Law Dean Phyllis L. Crocker, UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Justice Michael F. Cavanagh, The Most Reverend Donald F. Hanchon, and attorney Joumana B. Kayrouz.

Megan Cavanagh's Intro

Justice Cavanagh's Remarks

Court of Appeals Newsletter

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January 7, 2016: Prospective Student Open House - Detroit Mercy Law Campus

Thursday, January 7, 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.