• 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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Many distinguished UDM Law alumni have been sworn in to serve as members of the judiciary and Legislature recently. We are proud of their ongoing commitment to the School of Law's mission and the example they set for our students in their service to the public.

Macomb County's judiciary has a sister act. Suzanne Faunce ('98), a former county assistant prosecutor, and her sister, Circuit Judge Jennifer Faunce ('90), who won re-election, were sworn in on January 5 by retired District Judge and current Visiting Judge Sherman Faunce, their father. Both women stated that it was one of the "greatest moments in their lives" to be sworn in together and with their father beside them.  Related article:  Family affair: Faunce sisters sworn in as judges by father, Dec. 22, 2014, Macomb Daily

Many other alumni have also been sworn in as members of the judiciary, including:

Hon. Brian K. Zahra ('87) was re-elected to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Hon. Michael J. Talbot ('71) was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to be Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Hon. Christopher Murray ('90) was re-elected to the First District of the Michigan Court of Appeals. Judge Murray is currently a member of the University of Detroit Mercy Inns of Court and is president of the DMBA Inns of Court.




Hon. James Alexander ('73) – 6th Circuit Court in Pontiac, MI

Hon. Martha D. Anderson ('77) – 6th Circuit Court in Pontiac, MI

Hon. Frank L. Arnold ('94) – Monroe County Probate Court in Monroe, MI

Hon. Michael J. Beale ('90) – 42nd Circuit Court in Midland, MI

Hon. Stephen P. Carras ('94) –42nd Circuit Court in Midland, MI

Hon. John Gillis ('77) – 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit, MI

Hon. Terrance Keith ('84) – Wayne County Probate Court

Hon. Shalina Kumar ('96) – 6th Circuit Court in Pontiac, MI

Hon. Matthew Switalski ('94) – 16th Circuit Court in Mt. Clemens, MI

Hon. Donald A. Teeple ('74) – 24th Circuit Court in Sandusky, MI

Hon. Margaret Van Houten ('94) – 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit, MI

Hon. Arthur J. Cotter ('85) - 5th District Court

Hon. Terrance P. Dignan ('75) – 66th District Court

HOn. Thomas Evans ('82) – 55th Circuit Court

Hon. Joseph G. Fabrizio ('99) – 52nd District Court

Hon. David M. Gubow ('74) – 45B District Court

Hon. Richard L. Hammer, Jr. ('75) -21st District Court

Hon. Shannon A. Holmes ('98) – 36th District Court

Hon. William G. Kelly ('75) – 62B District Court

Hon. Kenneth J. King ('95) – 36th District Court

Hon. Mark A. McConnell ('93) – 18th District Court

Hon. Joseph Oster ('92) – 40th District Court

Hon. James A. Plakas ('93) – 35th District Court

Hon. Jonathan L. Poer ('77) - 2A District Court

Hon. Joseph D. Slaven ('00) was elected to the 23rd District Court in Taylor, MI. He is an adjunct professor at the School of Law teaching Selected Topics in Michigan Law.

Raymond P. Voet ('87) – 64A District Court


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.