Welcome to the Incoming Class of 2020

Reserve Your Seat in the Incoming Class

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    Respond to your Offer of Admission

    Please respond to your offer of admission by April 1, 2020, unless your offer letter indicates a different date.

    Accept Your Offer
    Decline Your Offer

    Submit Your Deposit

    Please submit your $500 USD commitment deposit by April 1, 2020, unless your offer letter indicates a different date.  Your commitment deposit is nonrefundable 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, delivery, and online through Titan Pass.

    Mail and Delivery

    Please mail checks to the address below.  Checks are also accepted via delivery in the Student Services Center, M-F between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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


    Deposits are also accepted via Titan Pass.

    1. Login to Titan Pass
    2. Select: Titan Pass Self Service > Students > Make a Payment > Pay Your Law Deposit
    3. Enter the necessary information
    4. 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.


    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 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

Save the Dates

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    Dean's Reception for Admitted Students

    Tuesday, May 19 from 5:00 - 6:15 pm via Zoom

    This event is exclusively for admitted students. 

    RSVP by emailing lawadmissions@udmercy.edu by Friday, May 15.  The Zoom link will be emailed to those who RSVP the morning of the event.


    Tentative Schedule

    5:00-5:15 – Dean’s Remarks & Introductions

    5:15-5:30 – Breakout Session 1 (concurrent sessions)

    5:30-5:45 – Breakout Session 2 (concurrent sessions)

    5:45-6:00 – Breakout Session 3 (concurrent sessions)

    6:00-6:15 – Closing Remarks


    Connect with your classmates and future colleagues!  During each breakout session, you will join a small group of your future classmates.  Each breakout session will be led by alumni, faculty, administrators, and current students.  Incoming students will be shuffled during each time slot to a new breakout room.


    Jump Start

    Save the dates and get a jump start on your legal education.  Details will be posted here as they become available.  Incoming students are encouraged to attend one or both; however, these are optional.

    Wed., July 15, noon-2PM

    Thurs., Aug. 6, 2-4PM


    Orientation (attendance is required)

    Mon., Aug. 17, Tues., Aug 18, & Wed., Aug. 19

    Orientation will include academic and social opportunities delivered online through real-time and asynchronous modules and events.

    Please check the orientation page often for updates.  As more information becomes available, we will share it with you there.


    Classes Begin

    Mon., Aug. 24

    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.

    A sample schedule is available here: Fall 2020 1L Schedule

    Changes Due to COVID-19

    In light of COVID-19, Fall 2020 courses will be online.  This decision is based on guidance from government and public health officials and prioritizes the health and safety of our community and ensuring you receive an exceptional legal education.  We look forward to returning to in-person classes in future term.  We will continue to monitor the possibility of optional face-to-face opportunities.  We are committed to making the law building accessible to students, provided that such access is consistent with state and local guidance.

    Most courses for the fall term will be hosted on Blackboard and will use Zoom for class interactions. The law school is investing in technology to support online learning.  Professors are committed to expanding their expertise in online instruction and are taking online pedagogy courses this summer. 

    You will need access to a stable internet connection and a computer with a camera and microphone to participate in classes. Students eligible for federal financial aid may use federal loans to cover these expenses. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Jessica Rouser, Assistant Director of Law Financial Aid, at lawfinaid@udmercy.edu.

    We remain committed to fully supporting you as an incoming student and creating social opportunities for you within our community.  Student services will provide a robust program of events and individualized support throughout the fall term, including Career Services, Academic Success, Student Affairs, Financial Aid, and the Registrar’s Office.  Student organizations will also receive support engaging students through technology this fall.


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    Housing information is available here.

    Registration, Student Schedules, & Books

    A sample schedule is available here: Fall 2020 1L Schedule


    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. 

    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 2020.

    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.

    Financial Aid

    The tuition rate and cost of attendance budget for 2020-21 will be made available on the School of Law’s website under Admissions > Scholarships & Tuition > Cost of Attendance.

    Students applying for federal financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA 2020-21) by July 1.  The FAFSA is available at www.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.


    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.


    Tuition Payments

    Tuition is due by the first day of classes.

    Students may make payments on Titan Pass 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.

    Students with accounts at foreign banks may 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.



    Where do I park as a 1L?

    First year parking is at Christ Church. Entering students begin to utilize this lot during Orientation. Directions to Christ Church can be found here.

    What is the cost to park?

    The parking fee is $515 for the academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer) and will be billed to your student account.

    How do I pre-register for parking?

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


    Health Insurance

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


    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 August 4, 2020, 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

    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 and may impact your ability to continue your studies.

    Fall 2020 Online Courses

    US Immigration & Customs Enforcement recently issued a news release related to non-immigrant students taking online courses in Fall 2020. This decision is positive news for Canadian students at Detroit Mercy Law.  As stated in the newly published Frequently Asked Questions, all students scheduled to study at a US institution in Fall 2020 will be able to do so as long as they meet certain requirements. When an institution is offering classes in an online-only format, the institution's non-immigrant students may not reside in the US for the duration of the Fall term. Students may enroll and participate in a fully online course load provided they are not physically in the US. Canadian students should attend online courses from their homes in Canada.

    Crossing Days

    Students who require a visa for enrollment are required to participate in crossing days with their immigration documentation.  With classes being online this fall, we will communicate with you at a later date about whether there will be an organized border crossing for first-year students.


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


    Connect with Classmates

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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Students with needs for special assistance due to physical or other disabilities on a temporary or long-term basis should contact Associate Dean Megan Jennings at jenninmf@udmercy.edu.