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Applicants are encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible in the academic year preceding entry into law school. First-year students matriculate once a year in August.

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Priority Deadlines

Fall 2016 Application for Admission: April 15

Detroit Mercy Law continues to accept applications after the April 15 deadline; however, complete applications submitted prior to the application deadline will be given priority consideration.

Character and Fitness

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar ExaminersYou may review the State Bar of Michigan's rules and guidelines at

Application Requirements

A complete application to Detroit Mercy Law includes:

1. E-signed and dated application.

2. Personal Statement. Applicants are to present themselves and their qualifications in a Personal Statement. This statement should not exceed two typewritten or electronically attached pages and should include your name and LSAC account number on each page.

3. Two letters of recommendation. References may forward current (no more than 18 months) letters of recommendation directly to Detroit Mercy Law or utilize the Letter of Recommendation service offered by LSAC. At least one recommendation letter must come from a college instructor, unless the applicant has been out of college for a number of years.

4. Resume. Applicants must submit a complete resume since high school graduation. Please include all past and current employment, community activities and service, military experience, extracurricular activities, continuing education and enrichment, awards, prizes and scholarships. Applicants should be certain to provide information about time periods not reflected in their academic transcripts.

5. Law School Credential Assembly Service Report submitted to the School of Law by LSAC, which includes LSAT score(s), transcript(s), and TOEFL scores (if applicable).

Applicants who completed more than one year of post-secondary work outside of the United States, its territories, or Canada must have those transcripts evaluated by a professional educational credential evaluation service. Detroit Mercy Law recommends that applicants utilize LSAC's JD Credential Assembly Service (CAS) transcript evaluation service.

6. Windsor Personal Profile for applicants to the Canadian and American Dual JD Program.

7. Check your application status online.