Scholarships for Incoming Students

Detroit Mercy Law awards more than $2 million in scholarships each year to incoming students.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle for maximum scholarship consideration (prior to Feb. 1). Scholarship offers are generally extended with the offer of admission.

Admitted students are automatically considered for Fellowships, Dean’s Scholarships, and Spirit Awards. Applicants interested in the Henry H. Tarrant Award for Black Student Excellence or the Phillip J. McElroy Scholarship should submit a brief statement (no more than one page per scholarship in length) about their interest in the award and their qualifications for the award.

Fellowship Awards

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Dean’s Scholarships

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    About this Scholarship

    Dean's Scholarships are awarded to incoming students in recognition of their academic accomplishments and potential for success at Detroit Mercy Law.  Amounts vary and are commensurate with qualifications and competitiveness of the applicant pool.

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    How to Apply

    Admitted students are automatically considered for Dean’s Scholarships. The Scholarship Committee selects students based on their application. 

Spirit of Detroit Mercy Law Awards

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    About this Scholarship

    Spirit Awards recognize incoming students for their potential as future members of the Detroit Mercy Law community who will embrace our mission of educating the complete lawyer.

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    How to Apply

    Admitted students are automatically considered for Spirit Awards. The Scholarship Committee selects students for Spirit Award consideration based on their application.  Selected students are invited to interview for the award.

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    Schedule Your Spirit Interview

    Admitted students invited to interview for this award may schedule their interview here.

    All Spirit Interviews are via Zoom.  You will meet with 1-2 members of the Detroit Mercy Law community, which may include administrators, faculty, alumni, and current students.  We hope to learn more about how you see yourself becoming involved in our community and how your goals align with our mission.

Henry H. Tarrant Award for Black Student Excellence

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    About this Scholarship

    The Henry H. Tarrant Award for Black Student Excellence is named in honor of the first known black graduate of Detroit Mercy Law.  Henry H. Tarrant graduated in 1922.

    The award, established in partnership with Detroit Mercy Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA), recognizes incoming black law students for their achievements prior to law school and for their potential as future leaders, influencers, and activists, who will advance justice, equality, civil rights, and service.

    Students selected for the award will receive up to a $10,000 yearly tuition scholarship for three years.  Recipients also receive an alumnus mentor and eligibility to apply for financial support to attend a law-related conference in an upper-level year.

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    How to Apply

    Applicants interested in being considered for the Tarrant Award should submit a brief statement (no more than one page per scholarship in length) about their interest in the award and their qualifications for the award with their application as an addendum.

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    Interviews

    Students selected to interview for this award must be available to interview via Zoom on Friday, February 18, 2022 from Noon - 2:00 p.m.  RSVP details will be emailed directly to selected students.  Questions should be directed to Alex Meyers, Assistant Director of Admissions & Diversity at 313-596-0264 or meyersaj1@udmercy.edu.

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    Meet the Tarrant Award Recipients

Phillip J. McElroy Scholarship

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    About this Scholarship

    The Philip J. McElroy Scholarship is awarded to an incoming law student in honor of the late distinguished graduate’s lifelong commitment to education.  Mr. McElroy received four degrees from University of Detroit Mercy, including his law degree in 1932.  His commitment to education for himself and others was long and steadfast: he was a tutor while in college; he taught Physics at University of Detroit High School for sixteen years, and he trained new associates in his law firm.

    Students selected for the award will receive up to a $15,000 yearly tuition scholarship for three years.

    A recipient must be an incoming full or part-time student enrolled at Detroit Mercy Law.  A recipient must also be a graduate of an Archdiocese of Detroit High School; a graduate of University of Detroit Mercy; or a child of a graduate of an Archdiocese of Detroit high school or University of Detroit Mercy.

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    How to Apply

    Applicants interested in being considered for the McElroy Award should submit a brief statement (no more than one page per scholarship in length) about their interest in the award and their qualifications for the award with their application as an addendum.

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    Meet McElroy Scholars

Additional Scholarships & Tuition Benefits

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    External Scholarships

    Students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships throughout their law school experience. Additional information on external scholarships is available here.

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    Upper-Level Scholarships

    Detroit Mercy Law recognizes students who demonstrate academic excellence at the end of their first year with scholarships.  In addition, many student leaders receive scholarship in their upper-level years.  Students are also encouraged to apply for Detroit Mercy Law Named & Endowed Scholarships in their upper-level years.

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    Veterans Benefits

    Detroit Mercy Law participates in veterans tuition benefit programs, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.  For an eligibility determination, contact the US Department of Veteran Affairs at www.va.gov or 1-800-827-1000.