Detroit Mercy Law’s 2022 Graduates Achieve 90% Employment Rate

May 18, 2023

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law’s 2022 graduates achieved a 90% employment rate in legal and professional positions. Graduates secured employment in a variety of settings, including positions with law firms, courts, and government, business, and public interest organizations across the US and Canada.

“We are proud of our graduates and look forward to seeing them thrive throughout their careers,” stated Dean Jelani Jefferson Exum. “We appreciate our employer partnerships that provide our graduates with opportunities to serve clients and communities in many capacities.”

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). The 90% employment rate includes mostly bar passage required positions. It also includes J.D. advantage positions, professional positions, and a start date deferred position.

With respect to full-time, long-term legal employment, the Detroit Mercy Law graduating class of 2022 surpassed the national average for the third consecutive year. Per the ABA employment summaries, 87 percent of 2022 Detroit Mercy Law graduates secured full-time, long-term legal employment, compared to 85 percent of 2022 law graduates nationwide.

“Each graduate has a unique path that led them to law and inspires their career,” stated Jennifer Rumschlag, Associate Dean for Institutional Outcomes and Communications, who leads the Career Services Office. “Our approach is to provide individualized career support throughout law school and to continue that individualized support as needed after graduation.”

“We are fortunate to be a part of a large, international legal community with a far-reaching alumni network that provides a variety of opportunities to our graduates,” stated Gene LaPouttre, Director of Career Services for Graduate Employment.

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 US and Canadian JD and are eligible to pursue licensure in both the US 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. For the 2022 Dual JD graduates, 98 percent secured articling, Law Practice Program, or other legal employment.

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