Welcome to the Incoming Class of 2021

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    Respond to your Offer of Admission

    Please respond to your offer of admission by April 1, 2021, unless your offer letter indicates a different date.

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    Submit Your Deposit

    Please submit your $500 USD commitment deposit by April 1, 2021, unless your offer letter indicates a different date.  Your commitment deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to your tuition and fees.

    Commitment deposits made payable to University of Detroit Mercy School of Law are accepted via mail, and online through Titan Pass.

    Mail

    Please mail checks to the address below.  

    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
    ATTN: Admissions
    651 East Jefferson Ave.
    Detroit, MI 48226

    Online

    Deposits are also accepted via Titan Pass.

    1. Log in to Titan Pass
    2. Select Student Profile underneath Self-Service – Student
    3. Select Student Account > Pay Now * (CashNet) > Make a Payment > Law Deposit
    4. Enter the necessary information
    5. Forward a copy of the receipt confirmation to lawadmissions@udmercy.edu

     

    There is no fee for payments made by check (paper or electronic).  A convenience fee of 2.75% will be added to all credit/debit payments. MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Visa are accepted through Titan Pass.

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    Submit Your Transcripts

    Your offer of admission is contingent on the receipt of your final official undergraduate degree transcript.  Both the Detroit Mercy Law Admissions Office and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) need to receive by August 1 your final official transcript from your undergraduate degree-granting institution that includes the date your degree was granted.  After Detroit Mercy Law receives your final official transcript, we will register you for your first-year courses.

    Detroit Mercy Law accepts transcripts at lawadmissions@udmercy.edu or Detroit Mercy Law, Admissions, 651 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.

    Directions for submitting transcripts to LSAC are available at https://www.lsac.org/applying-law-school/jd-application-process/cas/requesting

Action Required

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    US JD: Complete the fall course preferences survey

    Please complete this survey by Friday, July 9, 2021 or within 24 hours of accepting your offer of admission, whichever is later, to let us know whether you prefer in-person or online classes this fall.  After we receive your survey response and final official undergraduate transcript, we will enroll you in your courses.  You do not need to register yourself.

    The draft schedule is available below under > FAQs > Registration, Student Schedules, & Books

    • If you prefer all in-person, we will place you in as many in-person classes as possible.  You may have every class in person or you may have some in-person classes and some online.  It will depend on the available space in each section and the preferences of the incoming class.  For in-person classes, students will be expected to attend each session of that class in-person.  Please note that the University has a vaccination requirement and exemption policy.
    • If you prefer fully online, it may impact your ability to gain legal work experience in the US if you are a non-US citizen.  If you are a non-US citizen and have questions about this, please contact us to schedule an appointment to further discuss.

    Please note that decisions about course delivery for the winter term have not yet been made and the schedule may not be as flexible.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

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    Dual JD: Complete the fall course preferences survey

    By Monday, July 12, 2021, or within 24 hours of accepting your offer of admission, whichever is later, please (1) complete this survey about your fall course delivery preference at Detroit Mercy Law and (2) submit a student visa application with supporting documents, if required.  All students, except dual citizens of the US and Canada, are required to submit an application with supporting documents for in-person instruction outside of their country of citizenship. 

    At Detroit Mercy Law during the fall term, you will take Comparative Legal Writing & Research.  The current draft schedule lists the course as meeting on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11am to 12:50pm ET.  In-person instruction will be available, as will a fully online option.

    • If you attend the Detroit Mercy course in-person, please note that the University has a vaccination requirement and exemption policy (details available here).  The in-person course may meet in person every class session throughout the term or may hold some class sessions in-person and some online.  Please input your preferences on the survey.  Non-US citizens who elect in-person must submit the attached application and supporting documentation to receive F-1 student status.  This is required to cross the border as a student and to work, volunteer, or complete an internship/externship in the US.  US citizens and dual US citizens do not need F-1 student status to study or work in the US.
    • If you attend the Detroit Mercy course fully online, it may impact your ability to gain legal work experience in the US.  Non-US citizens who elect fully online should not submit the application with supporting documents at this time.  During the fall term, they will be ineligible for F-1 student status and may not cross the border as a student.  During the first and second-year of the program, they will be ineligible to work, volunteer, or complete an internship/externship in the US. US citizens and dual US citizens do not need F-1 student status to study or work in the US.

    At Windsor Law during the fall term you will have the option to have some in-person instruction but will not be required to attend in-person.  We will provide you with more details as they become available.  US citizens interested in attending in-person at Windsor Law should submit the attached application with supporting documentation.

    Please note that decisions about course delivery for the winter term have not yet been made and the schedule may not be as flexible.

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    Orientation Schedule & Pre-Work

    ACTION REQUIRED: Attendance at Orientation is required.

    Orientation will take place on Monday, August 16, Tuesday, August 17, and Wednesday, August 18.  Please see this schedule for details.

    Students who are taking classes fully online this fall are required to attend the online orientation section.  Students who are taking any in-person classes this fall are required to attend the in-person orientation; a section (A or B) will be assigned to you prior to orientation.

    ACTION REQUIRED: Purchase and read The Color of Law before Monday, August 16. Review this message from Director Hall, who is leading the orientation book discussion, for more details.

    ACTION REQUIRED: Purchase and read Reading Like a Lawyer and chapters 1-6 of Expert Learning for Law Students before Monday, August 16. Review this message from Dean Manning for more details.

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    Covid-19

    University of Detroit Mercy implemented a vaccine requirement and exemption policy. All students are required to upload proof of vaccination or submit an exemption for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons.  Please go to the University’s COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for details. Please visit the FAQ's for the Fall 2021 semester.

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    Coming Soon: View Your Schedule and Order Your Books

    Registration
    Once we register you for your courses, your class schedule will be available to view in August in Titan Pass under My Portal. 

    DRAFT- Fall 2021 Schedule

    DRAFT Fall 2021 Schedule

    View Your Schedule
    To view your schedule, log in to Titan Pass.  Click My Portal Self-Service > Student > Registration > Student Detail Schedule > Select Term: Fall 2021.

    Books
    You need to check the status of your book lists using the Detroit Mercy Law Barnes and Noble Bookstore website. Please note that you will need your course schedule, which is available in My Portal. Many professors also post their book lists in My Portal. You will need to have your books before classes begin.

    To navigate the Detroit Mercy Law Barnes and Noble Bookstore website:
    Select Term: Fall 2021 > Select Department: LAW > Select Course Number > Select Section

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    August 4: Dual JD Jumpstart

    Dual JD Jumpstart

    Wednesday, August 4, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. via Zoom 

    Connect with the admissions and financial aid team from Detroit Mercy Law to ask any questions you may still have about orientation, fall term schedules, financial aid, immigration, and immersion.  

    Registration Here >>

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    August 5: US JD Jumpstart

    US JD Jumpstart

    Thursday, August 5, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. via Zoom

    Connect with the admissions and financial aid team to ask any questions you may still have about orientation, fall term schedules, and financial aid.

    Registration Here >>

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    Week of August 16: Orientation

    ACTION REQUIRED: Attendance at Orientation is required.

    Orientation will take place on Monday, August 16, Tuesday, August 17, and Wednesday, August 18.  Please see this schedule for details.

    Students who are taking classes fully online this fall are required to attend the online orientation section.  Students who are taking any in-person classes this fall are required to attend the in-person orientation; a section (A or B) will be assigned to you prior to orientation.

    ACTION REQUIRED: Purchase and read The Color of Law before Monday, August 16. Review this message from Director Hall, who is leading the orientation book discussion, for more details.

    ACTION REQUIRED: Purchase and read Reading Like a Lawyer and chapters 1-6 of Expert Learning for Law Students before Monday, August 16. Review this message from Dean Manning for more details.

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    August 19: Immersion (Dual JD students only)

    Thursday, August 19 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Incoming Dual JD students are required to attend immersion on August 19

    • Coming soon: introductory video & reading materials

    Archibald: immersion will be held online
    Cunningham-Warren: immersion will be held in-person at Detroit Mercy Law
    St. John: immersion will be held in-person at Detroit Mercy Law for in-person students and online for online students

    There will be a lunch break at noon and pizza will be provided to in-person students.

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    August 23: Classes Begin

    After Detroit Mercy Law receives your final official transcript from your undergraduate degree-granting institution that includes the date your degree was granted, we will register you for your first-year courses.

FAQs

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    Housing

    Housing information is available here.

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    Fall 2021

    Detroit Mercy Law is committed to ensuring you receive an exceptional legal education and law school experience. The faculty approved some guiding principles that will govern this fall’s schedule, and we wanted to share them with you.

    DRAFT- Fall 2021 Schedule

    DRAFT- Fall 2021 Schedule

    We will offer opportunities for some in-person classes.  This assumes that in-person instruction will be permissible under public health guidelines.  Classes held in-person will follow public health guidelines in place in the fall.

    We are working to ensure online offerings for students who chose that option.  Some of those classes may be taught exclusively online, and some may be taught in a hybrid format where a group of students attend in person and other students simultaneously attend online. Due to the pandemic, the American Bar Association (ABA), which is the accrediting body for law schools, is allowing law schools to exceed the limitations for online instruction.  As the pandemic recedes, we will transition back to a regular course of in-person instruction, with limits on online instruction that comply with ABA standards.

    We will keep you posted as details become available.  As always, health and safety remain top priorities. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have followed state, local, and national guidelines to safeguard the health and safety of our community.  We recognize the need to remain flexible during this historic time.  We will continue to be vigilant as we monitor health and safety guidelines and work to ensure a safe return to campus. Please visit the FAQ's for the Fall 2021 semester.

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    Employment & Other Commitments During Law School

    Review best practices regarding employment and other commitments during law school here.
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    Registration, Student Schedules, & Books

    Registration
    After Detroit Mercy Law receives your final official transcript, we will register you for your first-year courses. Once we register you for your courses, your class schedule will be available to view in August in Titan Pass under My Portal. 

    DRAFT- Fall 2021 Schedule

    DRAFT Fall 2021 Schedule

    View Your Schedule
    To view your schedule, log in to Titan Pass.  Click My Portal Self-Service > Student > Registration > Student Detail Schedule > Select Term: Fall 2021.

    Books
    You may check the status of your book lists using the Detroit Mercy Law Barnes and Noble Bookstore website. Please note that you will need your course schedule, which is available in My Portal. Many professors also post their book lists in My Portal. 

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    Financial Aid

    The tuition rate and cost of attendance budget for 2021-22 will be made available on the School of Law’s website under Admissions > Scholarships & Tuition > Cost of Attendance.

    Students applying for US federal financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA 2021-22) by July 1. The FAFSA is available at studentaid.gov. We encourage you to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1. The institution code for the FAFSA is 002323. We process loans as one University, so the only school listed will be University of Detroit Mercy.  If you need assistance while completing your FAFSA, please contact Jessica Rouser, Assistant Director of Law Financial Aid, at 313.596.9417 or lawfinaid@udmercy.edu.

    Additional financial aid information is available on the Financial Aid webpages.

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    Max by AccessLex

    We take seriously our responsibility to educate you as a complete lawyer and that includes preparing you in personal finance. One way we support you is by partnering with the AccessLex Institute Center for Education and Financial Capability and making available the MAX by AccessLex, a personal finance program just for law students. 

    For more details about why Detroit Mercy partnered with Max by AccessLex please see the Financial Wellness section of our website.

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    Tuition Payments

    Tuition is due by the first day of classes.

    Students may make payments on My Portal from checking or savings accounts, as long as the bank is located in the US. Students may also make payments through Titan Pass using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit or debit card, but there is a 2.75% convenience fee.

    International Payment: Detroit Mercy has partnered with Flywire to streamline the tuition payment process for our international students. The service provides students a safe, cost-effective, and convenient method of making payments to Detroit Mercy in foreign currencies. You will be able to track the progress of your payment throughout the transfer process via a student dashboard and you will also be notified via email when your payment is received by Detroit Mercy.

    To begin the payment process click the button below or visit: https://flywire.com/pay/udmercy

    pay online with flywire

    Students with accounts at foreign banks may also pay by paper check or money order (preferably in US funds) made payable to the University of Detroit Mercy. Checks and money orders not payable in US funds will have amounts adjusted according to the exchange rate in effect at the time of receipt by the University's bank. Checks and money orders must include the student's ID number. These may be brought into the Law School Student Service Center or mailed to the Law School Student Services Center.

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    Parking

    How do I pre-register for parking?

    Please complete the parking request form (coming soon).  Permits can be picked up during Orientation.  Please bring the actual registration of the car you register for parking to pick up your permit.

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    Health Insurance

    The University of Detroit Mercy recommends that each student have health insurance. Student health insurance plans are available through AETNA.

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    International Students

    Student visas are required for international students.  Detroit Mercy Law supports students through the F1 student visa process.  You should also have a valid passport.

    By July 12, 2021, please submit (1) a completed I-20 application and (2) supporting financial documentation.  Failure to submit this information could result in forfeiture of your seat in the incoming class.

    US JD I-20 Application – to be completed by international students enrolling in the US JD program (coming soon)

    Dual JD I-20 Application – to be completed by all students enrolling in the Dual JD program who are not dual citizens of the US and Canada (coming soon)

    Students who are not citizens of the US or Canada may need consular approval for student visas. If you are not a citizen of either country, please allow additional time for visa processing.  Visa eligibility is at the discretion of the US Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian Border Service Administration.  Please note that although you may qualify at the onset for a student visa, US and Canadian laws are subject to change and may impact your ability to continue your studies.

    Crossing Days
    Students who require a visa for enrollment are required to participate in crossing days with their immigration documentation.  

    Questions
    Please contact Stephanie Winbigler, Director of Admissions, with questions at winbigsn@udmercy.edu or 313.596.9841.

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    Connect with Classmates

    Welcome to the Detroit Mercy Law Incoming Class of 2021! These are forums for you to connect with classmates prior and during law school. If you need anything from admissions, please email us at lawadmissions@udmercy.edu.


    LinkedIn
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Your Titan Access

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    Titan Number

    You will receive your student ID number (T-number) via email.  You may need to reference your number when communicating with Detroit Mercy departments and offices.

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    Titan Pass

    You will be connected to Detroit Mercy through Titan Pass—the University’s online portal.  You will receive via email a username, temporary password, and instructions for setting up your account.  IT support is available here and through the University help desk at 313.993.1500 or helpdesk@udmercy.edu.

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    Titan Email

    Please update your contact information—email, phone, and address—with the Admissions Office at lawadmissions@udmercy.edu to ensure you receive important information prior to classes.  Admitted students are required to regularly check and respond to email and phone messages.  Beginning August 1, all email communications to incoming students will be sent to the Detroit Mercy Law Titan email account.  You can set up your email at https://portal.office.com.  Your email will be your Titan username followed by @udmercy.edu.  Your initial password will be communicated to you in an email.  Instructions for connecting your Detroit Mercy email with your electronic devices are available here.

Important Notices

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    Disclosure Requirements & Amendments to Your Application

    At the time of your application, you certified that all the information contained in your application was true and complete.  You also certified that, if any answer or portion of any answer was not true or complete or ceased to be true or complete, you had a continuing obligation to inform the Law School.  If you failed to disclose information on your application, especially regarding any academic, criminal, or disciplinary information, you are required to inform the Admissions Office in writing at lawadmissions@udmercy.edu as soon as reasonably possible.  If necessary, please update your application as soon as possible to preclude any complications with your law school admission and application for admission to state bar associations.  Discrepancies between the bar application and your law school application for admission could result in the rejection of your application to a state bar.  Failure to disclose, provide forthright answers, or make required updates to the application may result in revocation of admission, reporting of the offense to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), or other disciplinary action.

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    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 Examiners. You may review the State Bar of Michigan’s rules and guidelines online at www.michbar.org.

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    Accommodations

    Disability & Accessibility Support Services (DAS) are available to all students who have documented disabilities that substantially limit them in one or more major life activities. Individuals eligible for services may have, but are not limited to, the following types of disabilities: mobility, orthopedic, hearing, visual, learning, psychological and attentional. Students who wish to register for these services should review the information on the Office of Disability & Accessibility Support webpage for information on the registration process and accommodations.