COVID-19 Updates

Detroit Mercy Law continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation.

We are working to respond to this unique set of circumstances in a way that prioritizes health and safety, meets our mission of educating the complete lawyer, and fully supports our current and future students, alumni, and friends.

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Building Information

In keeping with best public health practices, and following the directives and recommendations of Governor Whitmer, we are severely limiting access to the building.  

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    Building access is suspended

    The law school is open to essential personnel only.  Classes are being delivered online.  Employees are working remotely.  All events are suspended.

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    We are still available to you

    We continue to be available to our current and future students, alumni, and friends by phone, email, and video conference, as appropriate.

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    The law library is closed, but our librarians are available remotely to field questions.

    Contact a Librarian

Future Students

In-person visits are suspended.  Although we are eager for our building to reopen, as we are quite proud of our impressive building in the heart of downtown Detroit, Detroit Mercy Law is a community of people more than a building.  We will continue to be available to our future students and are committed to connecting them with our community. 

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    Winter 2020 Term

    Classes are being delivered online.  Grades in all courses for the term will be Pass/No Pass. This decision takes into consideration the stresses and health risks students, faculty, administrators, and staff are all facing (including the real possibility of sickness), the effect that numerical grading would have on exam writing and administration, and the equities involved in delivering the remainder of the term online.

    Pass/No Pass FAQs 


    Summer 2020 Term

    Summer term courses, including intercession courses, will be delivered online.

    Student Services

    Faculty and the student services team continue to be available to support you.

    Contact Dean Jennings 

    Contact Director Hall 

    Contact Faculty 

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    Commencement 2020

    Commencement 2020 is postponed, including Baccalaureate Mass on May 7 and the Commencement Ceremony on May 8.  The university has not yet determined what will be planned for a future date. The law school remains committed to holding a graduation ceremony for you when it is safe to do so.

    Conferring the Degree: Students who are completing their degree requirements in May 2020 will have their degrees conferred after final degree audits take place. This is our standard process each year. A delay to the graduation ceremony will not delay the conferral of your degree or your eligibility to sit for a bar exam.

    Regalia: If you placed an order for regalia, you have the option to return it. When it arrives, you will need to contact Herff-Jones directly. Orders that have been placed but not received cannot be cancelled due to the number of orders currently being processed. The tams, hoods, tassels, and gowns (all unused) may be returned for credit, less shipping costs. The product must be in its original plastic packaging and must be postmarked prior to the planned ceremony date. For return information, please contact Herff-Jones Customer Service at 1-800-837-4235. When the rescheduled ceremony date is set, students will have an opportunity to order regalia through the Herff-Jones website.

    International students: If you have already placed an order with Herff-Jones and your academic attire was mailed to the law school in care of the Student Service Center, we will be happy to return on your behalf. Please contact Dean Johnson (link to his profile) to discuss further. For those wanting to keep their order, please contact Dean Johnson (link to his profile) to arrange for pick up after access to law building is resumed.

    Diplomas: The Registrar’s Office will be emailing graduates with instructions once diplomas become available. This process typically begins in late July each summer. Students may pick up their diplomas or may have them mailed to them. 

    Class Composites: Students who ordered class composites will be able to receive them with their diploma. Composites will be available for pick-up or can be mailed to you.


    Student Resources During Social Distancing

    Increase productivity: 

    RescueTime  This app runs in the background of your desktop computer or smartphone, tracking how much time you spend on various sites and apps, and then provides a detailed report on where you spent your time. Use this information to tweak your browsing habits and work more efficiently. 

    Freedom  Reduce distractions and improve productivity with this app that blocks websites and apps on your smartphone or desktop computer.

    FocusMe  Stick to your productivity resolutions and cut bad internet habits by downloading FocusMe. This app tracks how much time you spend on distracting internet sites and allows you to block them for optimum focus. Other features such as Pomodoro timer, scheduler, and break reminders keep your eye on the prize and productivity on track.(Psst… this app is free for Android users!)

    Forest  What if I told you every time you use your phone a tree dies? With Forest, gamification is the key to effective time management. The app plays out like a game — encouraging you to stay off your phone by growing a tree. Once you use your phone, the tree dies. It tracks how much time you’ve gone without your phone and encourages you to go even longer next time. Added bonus, users can spend virtual coins to plant real trees. 

    Mental Health Apps/Resources:

    Headspace is a popular app that offers guided meditation to help lower stress, improve focus, and sleep better.

    Stop, Breathe & Think uses the three words in its name to prompt users to stop what they’re doing to examine their thoughts and feelings; to practice mindful breathing to create space between thoughts, emotions, and reactions; and to leverage personalized meditations and activities to broaden perspectives. A section called Learn to Meditate offers insight into the science behind meditation.

    Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool that provides detailed information on the effects stress has on the body. The app offers instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing.

    Worry Watch WorryWatch provides mental health resources for college students and is downloadable through the App Store for a one-time low fee. WorryWatch allows the person to record any type of worry experienced throughout the day. After writing down an upsetting event or emotion, the user is provided with tools to reflect and assess each situation. Statistics about times and events causing negative feelings is generated to give an idea of stress triggers. The user may even find some of their worries are unfounded. A highlight of WorryWatch is that the app functions both online and offline. The interface is very easy to use and all journal entries easy to locate. 

    Happify  Need a happy fix? With its psychologist-approved mood-training program, the Happify app is your fast-track to a good mood. Try various engaging games, activity suggestions, gratitude prompts and more to train your brain as if it were a muscle, to overcome negative thoughts.

    Staying Connected:

    Netflix Party  is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows.


    Othrys Hour online

    People feel connected to one another when they sense that other people, see them, know them and care about them. Othrys Hour Online is an opportunity for students to maintain the sense of community built this year through thought provoking conversation.  Contact Director Hall for more information.