The School of Law at University of Detroit Mercy

The School of Law at University of Detroit Mercy

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Kathleen H. Caprio
Application deadline April 15
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee $50
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at University of Detroit Mercy

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 42.8% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.16
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 152

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 43.7%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 149-156
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.91-3.38
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.13
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 153

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 35.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 145-152
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.01-3.59
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.28
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 147

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
Canadian American Dual JD
J.D./LED
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Law Firm Program; Canadian US Dual JD Program;Veterans Clinic; Consumer Debt Clinic; Mediation Training and Clinic; Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Clinic; Asylum Clinic; Immigration Law Clinic; Mobile Law Office; Appellate Advocacy Clinic; Urban Law Clinic; NITA Intersession; American Inns of Court; Public Service Fellowships; Youth Justice Clinic; Juvenile Law Appellate Clinic.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 203
Seminars 13
Positions available in seminars 208
Positions available in simulation courses 828
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 238
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Moot Court; Law Review; Student Bar Association; Black Law Student Alliance; Phi Alpha Delta; St. Thomas More Society; Women’s Law Caucus; International Law Society; Sports and Entertainment Law Society; Arab and Chaldean Law Student Society; Federalist Society; Jewish Law Student Society; OUTlaws.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 72
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 119
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 536
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 170
Full-time students involved in field placements 89
Full-time students involved in law journals 50
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 67
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 17

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 51
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 35
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 139
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 45
Part-time students involved in field placements 19
Part-time students involved in law journals 4
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 7
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 5

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 17.2:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 69
Full-time minority faculty 19.4%
Part-time minority faculty 15.8%
Total faculty 90
Total faculty (men) 55.6%
Total faculty (women) 44.4%
Total faculty (minorities) 14.4%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

Rank Not Published Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

RNP in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.4
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 1.7
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.92-3.4
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.16
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 147-156
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 152
Acceptance rate 42.8% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 17.2:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 73.2% – Low
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 77.6% – Low
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar MI
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 84.8%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 676

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 556

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 120

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 13.9%
Second-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 6.6%
Female students discontinuing law school 3.8%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Denise Daniel
Financial aid phone (313) 596-0214
Financial aid application deadline April 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $36,050 per year
Part-time: $28,856 per year
Room and board $11,510
Books $1,950
Miscellaneous expenses $8,276
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 23.9%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 3.4%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.2%
Median grant amount $8,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $3,000–$13,063
Full-time students receiving grants 27.5%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 22.5%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 3.3%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $3,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $1,500–$7,400
Part-time students receiving grants 25.8%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $124,405
Proportion who borrowed 73.8%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 54,835
Microform titles 197,570
Electronic titles 513,650
Other non-book titles 778
Total titles 766,833
Volumes (excluding microforms) 392,744
Volume equivalent microforms 197,810
Total volumes and volume equivalents 590,554
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 92
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 92
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 92
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 3
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 83
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 83
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 83
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 8

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 4
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 15
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 23,839
Total seats available for library users 265
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) UDM’s Kresge Law Library is situated within the School and contains individual and group study, reading and computer areas. The Library houses more than 390,000 volumes and serves as a federal depository. Faculty offices, classrooms, common areas with wireless access, administrative offices, bookstore, cafeteria, and student organization offices are all located on the law school campus.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar MI
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 77.6% – Low
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 84.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 198
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 73.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown N/A
Graduates whose employment status is known N/A
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work N/A

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 2.5%
Graduates whose employment status is known 97.5%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 73.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 3.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 17.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 3.0%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $44,500
Median private sector starting salary $60,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $66,250
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 19%
Median public service starting salary $50,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 3.4%
Percent employed in business and industry 25.5%
Percent employed in government 12.4%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 6.2%
Percent employed in law firms 47.6%
Percent employed in public interest 4.1%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.7%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 58%
Graduates employed out-of-state 15.4%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 27%
Number of states where graduates are employed 10
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.8%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 8.9%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 60.2%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 2.4%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 0.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.8%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Full-time Career Services Assistant Dean; Full-time Director; Full-time Program Coordinator; Mock Interviews; Fall and Spring On-Campus Interview Programs; Alumni Mentor Program; Career Counseling; Resume and Cover Letter Review; Career Seminars; Job Postings; Preparing to Practice Series and other special events.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 60.9%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 95.1%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 12.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 87.5%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 12.8%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 82.4%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 3.8%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 80.0%