May 29, 2019

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law graduates land roles at top law firms, competitive judicial clerkships and positions in government, business and public interest organizations across the U.S. and Canada. 

Each year, Detroit Mercy Law supports graduates with securing employment and is required to report the employment outcomes of graduates as of ten months following graduation to the American Bar Association (ABA).  For the graduating class of 2018, Detroit Mercy Law surpassed the national average for securing legal employment.  According to the ABA employment summary, 82.5 percent of 2018 Detroit Mercy Law graduates secured full-time, long-term legal employment, compared to 77.8 percent of 2018 law graduates nationwide. The graduating class of 2018 secured an overall employment rate of 90% in legal and professional positions.

“At Detroit Mercy Law, we’re committed to educating the complete lawyer, which includes preparing our students to succeed in the legal profession.  We incorporate hands-on lawyering and career and professionalism skills throughout the curriculum,” said Dean Phyllis L. Crocker.

“We’re here at the start of our students’ legal careers, and we are here as long as they need us,” said Tanya Lundberg, assistant dean of Career Services and Outreach. “We begin connecting students with employers during their first year of law school to assist with career exploration and professional networking, which contributes to our graduates’ success.”

“All of our students are required to complete a clinical experience and Law Firm Program before they graduate. That is not typical of most law schools,” said Lundberg. “These programs, together with ongoing individualized career counseling, add up to a considerable advantage for our students as they enter the legal profession. They know they’re prepared. Potential employers appreciate that and our employment numbers reflect our approach.”

As an employer, Joe Vernon, a 2005 alumnus of the school’s Canadian & American Dual JD Program and a senior principal and resident director at Miller Canfield’s Detroit office, says he has been impressed with Detroit Mercy Law graduates.

 “The school gives students a real taste of what it’s like to practice. The clinical offerings, moot requirements, and Law Firm Programs all build practical skills and, along with the course load, force students to develop a strong work ethic and invaluable time management skills,” Vernon said.  “Recent grads come in prepared and ready to work hard, and it’s not surprising that they are landing and doing well at top law firms in big markets like New York, Detroit, and Toronto.”

The Detroit Mercy Law employment outcomes include graduates of the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, offered in partnership with University of Windsor Faculty of Law.  Detroit Mercy Law is the only ABA-accredited law school that offers a three-year, cross-border, comparative Dual JD program in which graduates earn both a U.S. and Canadian JD and are eligible to pursue licensure in both the U.S. and Canada.

Graduates pursuing licensure in Canada are required to complete post-graduation experiential training, which is similar to an apprenticeship, before they are admitted to practice law. Of the 2018 Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law Dual JD graduates, 94.9 percent secured articling positions to fulfill this training requirement, and some will pursue licensure on both sides of the border.

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