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    City Year National Service Scholars Program

    City Year National Service Scholars Program

    Detroit Mercy Law is proud to partner with City Year Corps, a national organization committed to serving Detroit area schools, in establishing the City Year National Service Scholarship Program.

    Detroit Mercy Law offers the following benefits to City Year AmeriCorps members, alumni and staff who are accepted:  25% tuition scholarships (or its equivalent) for all admitted City Year corps, alumni and staff. Scholarships are renewable beyond the first year based on stated retention criteria.  Learn more about this partnership.

    Benefits offered by Detroit Mercy Law

    Scholarship Amount

    Minimum 25% annual tuition scholarship or its equivalent

    Number of Scholarship Awarded Annually

    All admitted

    Application Fee Waiver

    There is no fee to apply

    Enrollment Deferral


    Eligibility and Additional Information

    • 25% Tuition Scholarship.  The award will be in the amount of 25% of tuition (or its equivalent), for all admitted City Year corps, alumni or staff members per year. Scholarships are renewable in subsequent years of the program up to the completion of their J.D. subject to the renewal criteria for all scholarships.
    • Scholarships awarded to City Year AmeriCorps members and alumni who complete at least one term of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.
    •  Detroit Mercy Law will permit admitted students to defer enrollment by one year if they decide to stay with City Year for additional time before starting their studies.
    • Scholarships described above represent the minimum awards; applicants will be considered for additional merit-based aid based on the academic strength and other qualities of the applicant.

    To Apply

    To identify your City Year affiliation

    • Please state your City Year affiliation in your law school application and resume.
    • Request City Year service verification: Please email the City Year Alumni & Career Services Department at with "Detroit Mercy Law: City Year verification letter request” in the subject line and include the site where you served and dates of service in the email. This letter will be sent directly to the Admissions Office and added to your applicant file.

    To contact the Admissions Office

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    Vendor Tuition Discount

    Vendor Tuition Discount

    Current full and part time employees, their spouses, and dependent children of Primary Vendor Companies of University of Detroit Mercy are eligible for a 25% discount on tuition.  This discount may not be combined with other scholarships from the Law School.

    Students remain eligible as long as they are in good standing and the employee remains employed at the vendor company.  A new application must be submitted each term by the following deadlines:

    • Fall - October 1
    • Winter - February 1
    • Law Intersession - May 15
    • Law Summer Session - June 20


    Primary Vendor Companies

    • Absopure
    • Alliance Catholic Credit Union
    • American Axle
    • Archdiocese of Detroit
    • Beaumont Health System
    • Blue Cross/Blue Shield Care
      • AF Group
      • COBX
      • Tessellate
      • Advantage Solutions
      • Visiant
    • Boise Cascade
    • Chase
    • City of Detroit
    • Coca - Cola
    • Comerica
    • Community Care Services
    • Continental
    • Credit Union One
    • Delphi
    • DENSO
    • Detroit Edison (DTE)
    • Detroit Medical Center (DMC)
    • Enertron
    • Fiat-Chrysler
    • Ford
    • General Motors Corporation (GM)
    • Genesys Health System
    • GM Financial
    • HAP
    • Hatteras
    • Henry Ford Health System
    • Heritage Optical
    • Hines Interests
    • Plante - Moran
    • Providence/St. John Health Systems
    • Service Master
    • State of Michigan
    • TIAA - CREF
    • Trinity/St. Joseph's Mercy/St. Mary's Health Systems
    • Unisys
    • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
    • Wayne County

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    Just the Beginning – Detroit Summer Legal Institute

    The Detroit Summer Legal Institute us a fun, educational, and interactive program hosted at Detroit Mercy Law in conjunction with Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization.  The 2020 Summer Legal Institute will take place from Monday, July 27, to Friday, July 31, 2020. Our program provides high school students with exposure to legal careers, the opportunity to build legal and professional skills, and connections with judges, lawyers, and other leaders in the legal profession. The program is FREE to all students, with public transportation passes available to students who express a need. Housing is not available; students traveling from a distance further than the metro area are required to arrange for their own housing.

     Students who participate in the Summer Legal Institute will:

    • Study the legal system and how it works alongside attorney and judge volunteers;
    • Build leadership and teamwork skills;
    • Analyze selected cases, debate legal issues and participate in both a mock trial and an oral argument;
    • Gain an understanding of the real-life aspects of practicing law at a law firm or corporation;
    • Develop contacts with legal professionals and organizations that provide scholarships, internships and mentors; and
    • Receive guidance about the college and law school admissions processes, as well as financial aid resources.*     

    * Parents, guardians, and mentors are strongly encouraged to attend the closing ceremony to learn the steps involved in helping students navigate the process of taking standardized tests, applying to college, exploring financial aid and working toward the ultimate goal of attending law school.

     For more information and to apply online visit -