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University Partnership: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
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City Year is proud to partner with University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, a diverse, urban Catholic law school in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, offering 25% annual tuition scholarships or its equivalent.


University of Detroit Mercy School of Law seeks to educate the complete lawyer through a dynamic curriculum that integrates theory, doctrine, and experiential learning; provides unique global perspectives through transnational educational opportunities; and emphasizes ethics and service to others.  For more than a century, Detroit Mercy Law graduates are successful in Detroit and around the globe as dynamic attorneys, political leaders, judges, prosecutors, and CEOs of major corporations.

Detroit Mercy Law is inspired by the Jesuit-Mercy tradition of service to others and dedication to the full development of each and every student. Students represent vulnerable members of our community and work to restore hope to victims of abuse and oppression in our nationally-ranked clinical program. We are proud of the work our students do in this program. For example, in our Immigration Clinic, students advocate for those seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. In other clinics, students represent low-income veterans seeking federal veterans benefits, criminal defendants with misdemeanor cases, and juveniles in the Michigan Court of Appeals. In each of the clinics, students learn valuable skills and make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Benefits offered by Detroit Mercy Law:

Scholarship Amount  minimum 25% annual tuition
 scholarship or its equivalent

Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually  all admitted
Application Fee Waiver  There is no fee to apply
Enrollment Deferral  Yes, one-year deferral

Eligibility & Additional Info

  • 25% Tuition Scholarship.  The award will be in the amount of 25% of tuition (or its equivalent), for all admitted City Year corps, alumni or staff members per year. Scholarships are renewable in subsequent years of the program up to the completion of their J.D. subject to the renewal criteria for all scholarships.
  • Scholarships awarded to City Year AmeriCorps members and alumni who complete at least one term of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.
  • Detroit Mercy Law will permit admitted students to defer enrollment by one year if they decide to stay with City Year for additional time before starting their studies.
  • Scholarships described above represent the minimum awards; applicants will be considered for additional merit-based aid based on the academic strength and other qualities of the applicant.


To Apply

To identity your City Year affiliation

  • Please state your City Year affiliation in your law school application and resume.
  • Request City Year service verification: Please email the City Year Alumni & Career Services Department at with "Detroit Mercy Law: City Year verification letter request” in the subject line and include the site where you served and dates of service in the email. This letter will be sent directly to the Admissions Office and added to your applicant file.


To Contact the Admissions Office

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines, and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.