Scholarships for Incoming Students

All admitted students are automatically considered for scholarship and fellowship awards.

The priority deadline for scholarship consideration is February 1.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle for maximum scholarship consideration.  Admitted students who submit a complete application to Detroit Mercy Law by the priority scholarship deadline of February 1 will automatically be considered for scholarships. Scholarship offers are generally extended at the same time as the offer of admission.

Scholarships automatically renew each year, so long as the student remains in good academic standing and adheres to the Honor Code and Community Standards Code, as set forth in the Student Handbook.

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    Dean's Scholarships

    Dean's Scholarships are awarded to incoming students in recognition of their academic accomplishments and potential for success at Detroit Mercy Law.


    Fellowships are awarded to incoming students who have demonstrated excellence prior to law school through academics, leadership, professionalism, and service.  The Scholarship Committee selects students for fellowship consideration.  Selected students are invited to interview for the Fellows Award.  Fellows receive full-tuition scholarship support, alumni mentors, and leadership, networking, and service opportunities throughout law school.

    Henry H. Tarrant Award for Black Student Excellence

    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, applied in equal amounts to Terms I and II.  Recipients also receive an alumnus mentor, a BLSA student mentor, a three-year paid membership to an organization of the recipient's choice that supports black student success in the legal profession, and eligibility to apply for financial support to attend a law-related conference in their second or third year of law school.

    Students selected to interview for the award must be available to interview in person at Detroit Mercy Law on one of the interview dates to be considered for the award.  Interviews for fall 2021 incoming students will take place on Friday, February 19, 2021.


    Philip J. McElroy 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, applied in equal amounts to Terms I and II.

    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.