Center for Solo & Small Firm Practice

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is a small closely-knit community with the majority of graduates remaining in Michigan and practicing law in the Detroit area. The Detroit Mercy Law School experience forms a natural connection for entrepreneurial-minded graduates interested in developing their own law practice serving low to moderate-income individuals. In fact, nearly 40% of our graduates will go into solo or small firm practice upon admission to the Michigan Bar. This is a significant part of who our students become as licensed attorneys and the reason for the creation of the Center for Solo & Small Firm Practice.

The Center for Solo & Small Firm Practice provides business and legal practice management workshops to support Detroit Mercy Law alumni in becoming successful solo or small firm practitioners.


We recognize that many of our graduates are entering solo or small firm practice and would benefit from the business and practice management training provided to Incubator Attorney Program participants. In response to this, we sought and received grant funding to offer a series of FREE workshops to extend this training to the broader Detroit Mercy Law community.

Each workshop provides valuable legal and small business tools to help alumni establish their own independent and sustainable practice. Workshops are free to Detroit Mercy Law students and alumni and focus on the key building blocks of successful solo or small firm practice. Workshops are conducted in-person at the Law School campus and led by a professional with subject matter expertise. 

In exchange for the free workshops, you are encouraged to provide pro bono legal services to a local legal aid organization of your choice.