From its inception, the School of Law has been committed to educating students without regard to race, creed, gender or ethnic background. Detroit Mercy Law’s first charter proclaimed that the institution be open to people of all faiths and backgrounds at a time when many prominent American universities refused to admit women, racial and ethnic minorities and members of certain faiths.
Founded in 2007, the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ goal is for the Detroit Mercy Law student body, and consequently the practicing bar, to reflect the community which Detroit Mercy serves and supports. To this end, the Office works to recruit and retain ethnically and racially diverse students through a variety of initiatives, including programming that encourages minorities to discover legal career opportunities, scholarships, and counseling for students who are having difficulty adjusting to the rigors and culture of legal education, to name a few.
Diversity Day: An annual event intended to increase the pipeline of ethnically and racially underrepresented populations by offering information that may encourage and inspire them to consider a career in legal education. Diversity Day includes the opportunity for attendees to network with many of the area’s esteemed and notable practitioners.
Special Summer Program: Operated since 1974, this conditional admission program provides ethnically diverse and educationally disadvantaged candidates the opportunity to demonstrate that they can successfully complete the course of study of law at Detroit Mercy despite their numerical indicators.
The Honorable Denise Langford Morris Scholarship: In honor of Oakland County’s first African-American circuit court judge and Detroit Mercy Law alumna, Judge Langford Morris, Detroit Mercy matches dollar-for-dollar funds that the Detroit Mercy chapter of the National Black Law Student Association earmarks for incoming student scholarships.
For more information regarding the Office of Multicultural Affairs and its initiatives, please contact:
Director of Admissions and Multicultural Affairs
Room 131 Student Service Center