ABA Disclosures

Consumer Information (ABA Standard 509)

Each year, Detroit Mercy Law reports a variety of data to the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). That information is published in the ABA LSAC Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools. Links to that report appear below:

2018 Standard 509 Information

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    Accreditation/Membership

    The American Bar Association granted full accreditation to the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1933.

    For more information: Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654.

    Phone: (312) 988-5000.

    Visit the American Bar Association website.

    The law school was admitted into the membership of the Association of American Law Schools in 1934.

    For more information: AALS, 1201 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036-2717
    Phone: (202) 296-8851

    Visit the Association of American Law Schools web site.

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    Diversity By the Numbers: 2019 Incoming Class

    Each fall, we conduct an anonymous demographic survey to learn more about the entering class and how our students self-identify. 

    Response Rate: 97% of the 2019 entering class

    Gender: 

    • Female: 53.4% 
    • Male: 46.1%

    First-Generation Law Students: 87% of respondents are the first in their family to attend law school. 

    Racial/Ethnic Diversity:
    According to our fall 2019 demographic survey, 45% of 1L student respondents self-identify as students of color. While only 16% of the 2019 entering class fit the U.S. Census definition of racial or ethnic minorities, this classification hides the true diversity that exists within our community. The U.S. census classifies Canadian students, nearly half of our student body, as foreign nationals, and does not allow students to further self-identify. The U.S. census definitions do not allow students to self-identify as Arab-American/Arab-Canadian/Middle Eastern.

    Racial/Ethnic Diversity at Detroit Mercy Law

    Religious Diversity: 
    Detroit Mercy Law welcomes students from all faith traditions and backgrounds.The Fall 2019 entering class included students from a wide range of religious traditions, including those with no religious affiliation. 

    Religious Diversity at Detroit Mercy Law

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    Academic Information

    Bar Passage Data

    Academic Calendar

    General Information regarding the Detroit Mercy Law curriculum

    Curricular Offerings

    University of Detroit Mercy Refund Policy

    Refund Policy (Title IV Funds)

    Policy regarding transfer of credit from other law schools or institutions

    Detroit Mercy Law accepts applications to transfer for the fall and spring academic semesters from applicants who have completed the first full year of law school (24-30 credits) and are in good standing at a fully accredited ABA law school. Transfer applicants follow the American JD program application procedures. A transfer application also must include an official law school transcript, a letter of good standing from the dean of the last law school attended, and an original or a copy of the applicant's current CAS report.
    For transfer admission, Detroit Mercy Law normally requires the applicant to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better or, be in the top half of their cohort, having completed the first 24-30 credits at the prior law school.
    At least one half of the credit hours required for graduation must be taken at Detroit Mercy Law. Credit hours earned at another law school will not be accepted for transfer unless a grade of 2.0 or better is attained. Only the course name and credit hours transferred are recorded. The number of credit hours awarded for any one transfer course shall not exceed the number of credit hours earned for a similar course offered at Detroit Mercy Law.
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    Employment Outcomes

    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. 


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

    Employment Summary for the Class of 2018
    Employment Summary for the Class of 2017 
    Employment Summary for the Class of 2016 
    Employment Summary for the Class of 2015

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    Scholarship Data

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    Bar Passage