UDM Law School

General Info

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Founded in 1912, UDM is a well-established Catholic law school sponsored by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The school is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. UDM is located in the heart of downtown Detroit, across from the General Motors World Headquarters in the Renaissance Center. The School is within walking distance of federal and state courts, law firms, and the city's municipal centers.

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UDM Law School Admissions

UDM Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 61% of its applicants. Comparatively, Detroit Mercy is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 811 493 (60.79%) 196 (24.2%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.85 3.11 3.34
LSAT 147 151 155

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $40,532 $40,532
Part Time $32,438 $32,438

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: N/A
  • Living off-campus: $22,861
  • Living at home: $12,798

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: N/A

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UDM Law School Community

UDM Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Detroit Mercy is Above Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 25
  • Part Time: 32


  • # Female Faculty: 22
  • # Minority Faculty: 3


21.2 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

UDM Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. UDM Law School 1L section size is 57% smaller than law schools in Michigan and 51% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

UDM Law School: 97
Michigan Average: 152
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 400
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 204

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 85
  • Law Journals: 38
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 18.0%
  • Second Year: 2.1%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

UDM Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The UDM Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 81% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 100.0%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 57.0%
  • Business: 26.0%
  • Government: 10.0%
  • Public Interest: 2.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • Michigan: 60%
  • Colorado: 2%
  • Pennsylvania: 1%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 100.0%
  • First Time Takers: 121
  • Average School: 67.8%
  • Average State: 69.5%
  • Pass Difference: -1.7%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Michigan: 68.8%
  • Passed: 75 of 110 (68.2%)
  • State Average: 69.5%
  • Difference: -0.6%