Welcome to the Incoming Class

Reserve Your Seat in the Incoming Class at Detroit Mercy Law

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    Respond to Your Offer of Admission

    Please respond to your offer of admission by April 5, unless your offer letter indicates a different date, which includes submitting your deposit. If you do not intend to accept your offer of admission, please notify us immediately so that we do not hold your seat in the class and can offer it to another applicant.


    Accept Your Offer Decline Your Offer

    If you have questions about how to reserve your seat, please reach out to lawadmissions@udmercy.edu.

    Admitted Dual JD students should be sure to review Windsor Law's admitted students page for steps to reserve your seat at Windsor Law.

    OLSAS Applicants
    Please login to your OLSAS account at ouac.on.ca/olsas/ and follow the online instructions under “Choices/Offers” to provisionally or firmly accept this offer by the expiry date indicated on the top of your Offer of Admission.

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    Submit Your Deposit

    The commitment deposit to reserve your seat at Detroit Mercy Law is $500 USD.  It is non-refundable and will be applied to your tuition and fees.

    The first deposit of $250 USD is due by or before April 5 and the second deposit of $250 USD is due by or before June 1, unless your offer letter indicates different dates. Your seat cannot be guaranteed if you do not submit your deposit by these dates. You may submit the full $500 USD deposit by or before your first deadline, if you prefer.

    Commitment deposits, payable to University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, are accepted online through Titan Pass (preferred) or via mail. Deposits submitted via mail must be received, not postmarked, by your deposit deadlines.

    Online Through My Portal & Titan Pass

    • Login to My Portal with your Titan Pass ID and PW.
    • Select: Self-Service – Student > Student Profile > Student Account > Pay Now * (CashNet) > Make a Payment > Law Deposit
    • Enter the necessary information
    • Forward a copy of the receipt confirmation to lawadmissions@udmercy.edu

    Mail
    Please mail checks to the address below.  Deposits submitted via mail must be received, not postmarked, by your deposit deadlines.

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

    Deposits submitted via mail must be received, not postmarked, by your deposit deadlines.

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    Submit Your Transcript

    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 July 1 your final official transcript directly from your undergraduate degree-granting institution that includes the date your degree was granted. Students in both the US JD program and Dual JD program must submit their transcript to LSAC and Detroit Mercy Law, regardless of if they applied through OLSAS or LSAC.

    If you graduated from your undergraduate studies before applying to law school, you still must submit a copy of your transcripts to Detroit Mercy Law.

    After Detroit Mercy Law receives your final official transcript, we will register you for your first-year courses. If you are provided an extension, you will be administratively withdrawn if your transcript is not provided to Detroit Mercy Law by October 1.

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

    Directions for submitting transcripts to LSAC are available here.

Experience Detroit Mercy Law

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    Schedule a Tour

    The Admissions team is offering tours by appointment. Tours must be scheduled in advance and drop-ins are not permitted.

    Schedule a Tour

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    Visit a Class

    To schedule a class visit, reach out to lawadmissions@udmercy.edu. Please include the times and days of the week that you are available to potentially visit a class and our admissions team will do our best to pair you with a class. Class visits will only be scheduled during business hours, Monday to Thursday, until mid-April 2024.

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    Admitted Student Parking

    Admitted students who are visiting Detroit Mercy Law for a scheduled tour or class observation should park in the Larned lot directly across the street from the law building.  Upon arrival, use the main entrance directly across the street from the parking lot at the top of the entrance ramp.  Check in with the admissions team in the Student Services Center, immediately inside the main entrance.

    View a map here.

    All guests and visitors must inform the admissions team of their visits to ensure they do not receive a parking ticket or have their vehicle towed.

Important Dates to Remember

The following dates require your attendance or action.

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    April 5: First Deposit Due

    The first deposit of $250 USD is due by or before April 5, unless your offer letter indicates different dates. Your seat cannot be guaranteed if you do not submit your deposit by these dates. You may submit the full $500 USD deposit by or before your first deadline, if you prefer.

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    June 1: Second Deposit Due

    The second deposit of $250 USD is due by or before June 1, unless your offer letter indicates different dates. Your seat cannot be guaranteed if you do not submit your deposit by these dates.

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    July 1: Final Official Transcripts Due

    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 July 1 your final official transcript from your undergraduate degree-granting institution that includes the date your degree was granted. Students in both the US JD program and Dual JD program must submit their transcript to LSAC and Detroit Mercy Law, regardless of if they applied through OLSAS or LSAC.

    If you applied to Detroit Mercy Law after you graduated with your undergraduate degree, you still must submit a final official transcript directly to Detroit Mercy Law.

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    July 15: I-20 Application with Supporting Documents Due (International Students)

    All international students, excluding Dual US/ Canadian citizen, are required to submit their I-20 Application with supporting documents by July 15. An information session about the visa process will be held in June-details to come.

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    August 8-9: Border Crossing Day (International Students)

    International students are required to participate in a border crossing day.

    If you are a Canadian citizen who requires an F-1 student visa, your attendance on our border crossing days (August 8 or 9) is mandatory.

    On border crossing days, we provide you with your immigration paperwork and we check over your documents. After this takes place, you will proceed to the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel to process your F-1 student visa. We notify the US-Canada border of our students' arrival on these dates, so they know to expect us. We also have our immigration counsel joining us on these dates to assist.

    Please ensure you will be in Windsor on August 8 or 9. Half of the incoming class will be processing their visas on August 9 and the other half will be processing on August 9. You will receive a detailed email containing information about the day you will be crossing, where you need to go, and the documents you need to bring with you.

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    August 19-23: Orientation (Required, US JD & Dual JD, All Day)

    Orientation at Detroit Mercy Law is required for students in both the US JD and Dual JD students. Plan for it to take place on a Monday through Friday all day in the month of August.

    Exact times will be released over the summer.

    Absences during orientation will count towards the total number of absences you’re allowed during the semester so plan accordingly.

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    August 26: First Day of Classes

    Check back for more information

Save The Dates

While these events are not required, it is highly recommended to attend the ones you are able to in order to learn more about our community and ease the transition to law school.

Events will continue to be added throughout the spring and summer. Check back often to see what’s coming up.

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    March 1: Admitted Students Day (US & Dual JD)(In-Person)

    Admitted students are invited to attend our Admitted Students Day on Friday, March 1 from 2 to 4 pm. The day will include the opportunity to hear from current students, meet with admissions and financial aid professionals, and tour the Detroit Mercy Law building.

    RSVP HERE

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    March 12: Making the Investment: Funding your Dual JD Education

    Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (ET) via Zoom.

    Join us to learn more about how you can fund your legal education. Danijel Brooks, Assistant Director of Law Financial Aid, will provide information and help you learn more about the financial aid process. Please note this session will not be recorded. 

    If the session does not work with your schedule or you have follow-up questions, you are welcome to schedule an individual appointment with Director Winbigler.

    RSVP HERE

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    March 26: Get First-hand Experience: Meet Our Dual JD Alumni

    Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (ET) via Zoom.

    Find out from Dual JD alumni how you can get a fully integrated transnational experience in North America's only comparative, three-year law program. Please note this session will not be recorded. 

    If the session does not work with your schedule or you have follow-up questions, you are welcome to schedule an individual appointment with Director Winbigler.

    RSVP HERE

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    April 5: Admitted Students Day (US & Dual JD)(In-Person)

    Admitted students are invited to attend our Admitted Students Day on Friday, April 5 from 2 to 4 pm. The day will include the opportunity to hear from current students, meet with admissions and financial aid professionals, and tour the Detroit Mercy Law building.

    RSVP HERE

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    April 18: Gain First-Hand Experience: Participate in a Dual JD Mock Class

    Tuesday, April 18, 2024, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (ET) via Zoom

    Join us at our Dual JD mock class taught by one of our faculty members. Following the class, there will be a Q&A where you can ask questions about the Dual JD program. Please note this session will not be recorded. 

    If the session does not work with your schedule or you have follow-up questions, you are welcome to schedule an individual appointment with Director Winbigler.

    RSVP HERE

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    May 16: US JD Admitted Students Reception

    Get to know the Detroit Mercy Law community at our US JD Admitted Students Reception. You will have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, current students, alumni, and your fellow classmates at this reception. Check-in will open at 5:00 pm and we will wrap up the evening at 7:00. You are welcome to come at any point during the reception and do not have to stay for the entire time. Light refreshments will be served.

    More details to come.

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    May 25: Dual JD Admitted Student Reception

    Thursday, May 23, 2023, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (ET) via Zoom

    Get to know the Canadian & American Dual JD community at our Dual JD Admitted Students Reception. You will have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, current students, alumni, and your fellow incoming students at this reception. Please note this reception will not be recorded. 

    RSVP HERE

Set Up Your Titan Access

If you have having issues with your Titan Access, please reach out to helpdesk@udmercy.edu. Please allow for five business days for your Titan Access to become available.

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    My Portal & Titan Pass

    You will be connected to Detroit Mercy through My Portal—the University’s online portal.  You will receive your Titan Pass credentials (a username and temporary password) and instructions for setting up your account via email.  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

    Set up your Titan Email

    • Go to https://portal.office.com
    • Email: your Titan username followed by @udmercy.edu
    • Initial password: will be communicated to you via email

    Instructions for connecting your Detroit Mercy email with your electronic devices are available here.

    Admitted students are required to regularly check and respond to emails and phone messages.  Prior to August 1, we will use the email you provided on your application.  Beginning August 1, all email communications to incoming students will be sent to their Detroit Mercy Law Titan email account.

    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.

Connect with Classmates

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    Incoming Class Facebook Group

    This social forum will help you connect with classmates prior to and during law school. Once you have submitted your deposit, you will be able to join the Facebook group.

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Prepare for Your Financial Investment in Your Legal Education

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    View Tuition Rate & Cost of Attendance

    Please review the tuition rate and cost of attendance budget to understand your financial investment in your legal education.  Please contact the Law School Financial Aid team with questions at 313-596-0213 or lawfinaid@udmercy.edu.

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

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    Plan Your Finances

    Most Detroit Mercy Law students finance their education through a combination of graduate student loans and lines of credit, scholarships, and income from employment or savings. Learn more about these options here.

    The Law School Financial Aid team is available to discuss funding options and to help connect you with resources to finance your investment in your legal education at 313-596-0213 or lawfinaid@udmercy.edu.

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

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    Apply for US Federal Financial Aid

    Students applying for US federal financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The priority deadline is July 1; however, the FAFSA is open now and we recommend completing it immediately to ensure timely processing of your financial aid package. The FAFSA is available at https://studentaid.gov/.  Our institution code is 002323. We process loans as one University, so the only school listed will be University of Detroit Mercy.  Learn more about applying for aid here.

    If you need help completing your FAFSA, please contact the Law School Financial Aid team at 313-596-0213 or lawfinaid@udmercy.edu.

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

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    Start Saving for Fall Books and Supplies

    Students will need to purchase textbooks prior to the start of the fall term so that they are prepared at orientation and on the first day of class.  Textbook costs often range from $1,000-1,600 for the fall term.  Do note, however, that some of the books that you purchase for fall classes will be the same books you use for winter classes.

    Many students rely on federal financial aid to cover the costs of these law school books and supplies.  However, per federal regulations, aid cannot be disbursed until shortly before classes begin. Therefore, waiting to purchase books until federal aid is received does not provide adequate time to prepare for orientation and the first week of class.

    Students are encouraged to start saving for these expenses early.  Some students use a credit card and pay off the amount as soon as their loan money becomes available.  Other students use the library prior to the start of the fall term, as the library typically keeps one copy of the first-year required texts available at the reference desk for in-library use.  However, with only one copy, this solution is often not ideal.

    Students with concerns are encouraged to reach out to the Law School Financial Aid team at 313-596-0213 or lawfinaid@udmercy.edu.

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

    Please complete the following to ensure quick receipt of your financial aid.

    1. Accept your award on My PortalSelf-Service - Student Profile > Financial Aid
    2. Complete all of the federal requirements at studentaid.gov  
      • Entrance Counseling
      • Master Promissory Note(s)
    3. Receive credit approval for any credit-based loans (Graduate PLUS, alternative loans)
    4. Set up direct deposit to receive your loan refund for indirect expenses
      • My Portal Personal ProfileDirect Deposit
        • Select Add New
        • Input bank information
    5. Notify the Financial Aid Office if you:
      • Change your division/enrollment level
      • Receive an external scholarship or aid (VA benefits, employer payments, vocational rehabilitation, etc.)
    6. Have finances other than student loans to purchase some materials prior to orientation, as aid cannot be disbursed until shortly before classes begin, per federal regulations.

FAQs

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    Housing

    There are many options when it comes to housing while attending Detroit Mercy Law. You can live in the heart of downtown Detroit, or live in a nearby community and commute a few short minutes to Detroit.

    Learn more about housing and finding a roommate here.

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    Employment & Other Commitments During Law School

    Law school requires a significant time investment for success. Students should be realistic about their ability to succeed in light of employment and other commitments. It is important to do as well as you can academically, especially during the first year.

    During the first year, full-time students should not commit to employment during the fall and winter terms.

    Learn more here.

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    Registration & Student Schedules

    We will register you for your fall term courses after we receive your final official transcript. No further action is required of you for registration. Your class schedule will be available to view in late July or early August in My Portal

    Click Self-Service > Student > Registration > Student Detail Schedule > Select Term: Fall 2024.

    View sample US JD schedules here.
    View sample Dual JD schedules here.

    View the Fall 2024 class schedule.

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    Your Academic Program

    You were admitted to either the US JD or Dual JD program.

    US JD

    Students admitted to the US JD program are admitted to a specific division—full-time day, part-time day, or extended day.  View sample schedules and learn more about the first-year experience and graduation requirements here.

    Requests regarding switching divisions should be directed to lawadmissions@udmercy.edu.


    Dual JD

    View sample schedules and learn more here about the three-year experience and degree requirements of the Dual JD program here.

    View the Fall 2024 class schedule.

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    International Students

    Student visas are required for international students. Detroit Mercy Law supports students through the F-1 student visa process. You should also have a valid passport.

    By July 14, 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.

    Instructions for the I-20 forms

    US JD I-20 Application – to be completed by non-US citizens enrolling in the US JD program

    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

    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, which 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.  Crossing days are typically scheduled the week prior to orientation. For more information visit Border Crossing Day.

    Questions
    Please contact Stephanie Winbigler, Director of Admissions with questions at winbigsn@udmercy.edu or 313-596-9841.

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    Health Insurance

    New insurance information is available now. Click here to enroll.

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    Accommodations

    Students who wish to register for accommodations should review the information on the University Student Accessibility Services webpage.

Important Notices

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    Update Your Contact Information

    Please notify the admissions office of any updates to your contact information (email, phone, and address) to ensure you receive important information prior to classes. Admitted students are required to regularly check and respond to emails and phone messages. Emails from Detroit Mercy Law will be sent to your Detroit Mercy email beginning August 1.

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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 your 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 US 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.

Action Required

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    Summer Reading

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    Order Your Books

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    Pay Your Tuition

    Tuition is due by the first day of classes.

    Pay online through My Portal
    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.

    Pay online through Flywire (International Payments)
    Detroit Mercy has partnered with Flywire to streamline the tuition payment process for international students. The service provides a safe, cost-effective, and convenient method of making payments to Detroit Mercy in foreign currencies. You can track the progress of your payment throughout the transfer process via a student dashboard and you will 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.

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    Pay by check or money order
    Students may pay by paper check or money order (preferably in US funds) made payable to 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 T-number. These payments may be brought into the Law School Student Service Center or mailed to the Law School Student Services Center.

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    Buy your Parking Pass

    If you plan on driving to Detroit Mercy Law, you will need to buy a parking pass. Check back soon with information to purchase your parking pass.

Schedule Your Scholarship Interview

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