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Employment Statistics

Detroit Mercy Law graduates work in diverse career settings across the globe.  Individuals pursue legal education for diverse reasons, and the best employment outcome for each graduate varies.  Most graduates choose to practice law in Michigan or Ontario. Some graduates choose to use their legal education in other professional settings. Graduates are employed by law firms, businesses, the government, public interest organizations, the judiciary, and educational institutions.

Detroit Mercy Law collects and reports employment data in accordance with standards set for U.S. law schools whose graduates overwhelmingly work in the United States.  These standards make it difficult to understand Detroit Mercy Law’s unique graduate employment data because up to 50% of the graduating class pursue legal careers outside of the U.S. following graduation.

Detroit Mercy Law has a standard American JD Program and a Canadian-American Dual JD Program.  Graduates have remarkable careers across the U.S. and Canada.  Most graduates of the JD Program pursue licensure and careers in Michigan.  Most graduates of the Dual JD Program pursue licensure and careers in Ontario.

Post-graduation career paths and law practice requirements differ in the U.S. and Canada.  In the U.S., graduates must pass a bar exam to be licensed.  In Canada, graduates must pass a licensing exam and serve as an Articling Clerk under the supervision of a qualified attorney. Articling is an apprenticeship—a required post-graduation experiential learning requirement—that involves working full time after graduation for between 6 months and 1 year, depending on the Canadian law society.

In Ontario, where most Dual JD graduates article, the duration is ten months.  Pursuant to American Bar Association (ABA) definitions, these jobs are reported as bar passage required, full-time, and short-term.  The short-term classification is often misunderstood as an inferior placement, but that is not true for graduates seeking licensure and careers in Ontario.  Articling is the best post-graduation outcome for the career goals of graduates seeking licensure in Canada.

The chart below shows the percent of graduates that were employed in full-time long-term Bar Passage Required or J.D. Advantage jobs roughly 10 months after graduation. The National column provides percentages calculated from the national aggregated school data made available by the ABA. The Detroit Mercy Law column provides percentages calculated from data specific to Detroit Mercy Law and also includes articling positions.



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Employment information reported to the ABA is below. Pursuant to ABA standards, the information represents graduate employment ten months following graduation.

2017 Employment Statistics  2016 Employment Statistics  2015 Employment Statistics

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