• 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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University of Detroit Mercy announces that Professor Troy L. Harris, JD, PhD, will serve as Interim Dean for the School of Law effective August 1, 2013.




I am pleased to announce that Professor Troy L. Harris, JD, PhD, has agreed to serve as Interim Dean for the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law effective August 1, 2013.

A UDM Law faculty member since 2010, Professor Harris joined the School of Law as a visiting assistant professor and became assistant professor in May 2011. At the School of Law, he teaches International Commercial Arbitration, Sales, Contracts, and Construction Law. Prior to joining UDM, he practiced international arbitration and construction law with the Atlanta office of King & Spalding for more than a decade. Professor Harris previously taught at Cornell Law School, Emory Law School, and the College of Management of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an elected member of the Executive Committee of its North American Branch, he serves on the Commercial Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, the Approved Faculty List for the Chartered Institute, and the roster of the United States Department of State's Fulbright Specialist Program in the area of international arbitration.

I look forward to working with the School of Law faculty, administrators and staff and Professor Harris as Interim Dean as they move forward on various initiatives. The School of Law Search Committee, chaired by Professor Steve Vogel, will continue seeking candidates for the position of Dean at the School.

We are grateful to Lloyd Semple for his leadership and service, who stepped down as Dean effective June 30, 2013, but agreed to serve as Acting Dean until Professor Harris begins serving in his role of Interim Dean.

Please join me in welcoming Professor Harris in his new role at the UDM School of Law.


Pamela Zarkowski, JD, MPH
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Detroit Mercy

Release date:  July 24, 2013



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.