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3+3 Accelerated Pre-Law Scholars Program

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Why choose Detroit Mercy’s 3+3 Accelerated Pre-Law Scholars Program?

Study what you love while you prepare for law school

Beginning college is a big step. So is the dream of law school.

Detroit Mercy’s 3+3 Accelerated Pre-Law Scholars Program allows you to pursue the passion of your undergraduate approved major and deepen your interest in law.

Did you know that economics majors traditionally score the highest on the LSAT? Did you know that English majors excel at the critical thinking and analysis necessary for law school? Or that chemists can serve as in-house counsel or find a variety of interest including environmental and patent law? Likewise, a business administration major might study commercial law and contracts, assist nonprofits or help establish corporations.

As an outstanding, academically motivated freshmen with a strong intent to attend law school, a partnership between University of Detroit Mercy and Detroit Mercy’s School of Law makes it possible for you to graduate in six years instead of seven with both an undergraduate baccalaureate degree and a Juris Doctor law degree.

You can begin your career sooner while saving time and tuition.


How it works

Detroit Mercy’s 3+3 Accelerated Pre-Law Scholars Program is a partnership between University of Detroit Mercy and University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Law for today’s emerging professionals.

Law school is a dream that comes by commitment. The standards are high:

  • You will spend three years as an undergraduate student following a specific 3+3 curriculum for your approved major while maintaining at least a 3.5 grade point average.
  • Prior to December of your junior year, you will take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), score at least 154 and apply to Detroit Mercy Law. If accepted, you will become a first-year law student, forgoing your undergraduate senior year.
  • When you complete the first year of law school with a law school grade point average of 2.2 or better, 30 of those credits will transfer back to fulfill the electives of your undergraduate degree, and a bachelor’s degree will be granted
  • Two years later, with successful completion of coursework, you will have earned your Juris Doctor law degree.

How much do lawyers earn?

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the median wage for lawyers was $120,910 and for judges and hearing officers was $117,190 in 2018.
  • Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 6 % from 2018 to 2028.

Students with Alex Zamalin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Genevieve Meyers, Ph.D., department chair, political scienceTake the first step

Speak with a Detroit Mercy admissions counselor or an advisor in the college of your area of study.

For undergraduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts & Education, contact:

Genevieve Meyers, Ph.D.
Director, Pre-Law Program
Associate Professor of Political Science
Department Chair, Political Science


Apply now for to begin in fall 2020.

Select “6-year law scholars program” as your major.

Frequently Asked Questions

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    What majors are approved for this program?

    College of Liberal Arts
    & Education

    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • English

    College of Engineering
    & Science

    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry

    College of Business Administration

    • Business Administration

    How much does the program cost?

    In the 3+3 Accelerated Pre-Law Scholars Program, you will pay:

    • Three years of University of Detroit Mercy undergraduate tuition; and
    • Three years of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law tuition

    Refer to the current tuition and fee schedules for both schools.


    How many undergraduate credits will I need to take each semester?

    In order to meet Detroit Mercy’s Core Curriculum requirements and the requirements of your major, you should take a minimum of 15 to 18 credits each semester.

    Are transfer students eligible for this program?

    Due to the rigorous academic nature of the program, transfer students are not typically eligible. The program is for incoming freshmen in one of the approved 3+3 Accelerated Pre-Law Scholars Program majors. Transfer students will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


    What happens if I am not admitted to Detroit Mercy Law?

    Participating in the 3+3 Accelerated Pre-Law Scholars Program does not guarantee entrance to law school. If Detroit Mercy Law does not grant admission, then a student remains in the undergraduate program to complete the bachelor’s degree. You can then apply to law school through the regular law school admission process. You will need to consult with your academic advisor for the best course of action.

    Who are the advisors for this program?

    In the 3+3 Accelerated Pre-Law Scholars Program, you will have an academic advisor from the department that houses your major.  Members of Detroit Mercy’s Pre-Law Committee may offer additional guidance.

    What is the role of the Detroit Mercy Pre-Law Committee?

    The committee views its role as one of ensuring that students receive adequate preparation to enable them to adapt to the academic rigor of law school. It has developed a list of requirements and recommendations to guide advisors who direct students to Detroit Mercy’s 3+3 Accelerated Pre-Law Scholars Program.

    Are there required courses beyond the requirements for my major?

    Yes, all students in Detroit Mercy’s 3+3 Accelerated Pre-Law Scholars Program must also take:

    • POL 2010, Introduction to Law and the Judiciary
    • POL 2020, Criminal Law and Procedure
    • POL 3420, American Constitution and Public Law

    What other recommendations am I encouraged to follow?

    As a student in Detroit Mercy’s 3+3 Accelerated Pre-Law Scholars Program, you would benefit by adhering to the following:

    • Take POL 2100, American Politics
    • Follow the Detroit Mercy Core Curriculum specific to law school preparation
    • Prepare for the LSAT – start early and take test at least twice before the third year
    • Observe a real court proceeding
    • Participate in Moot Court class simulations
    • Sit in on a Detroit Mercy Law Class, especially early in the fall of the first year
    • Take Detroit Mercy Law exams – one exam or online Law 1 class exam practice – Exams may also be available at the Detroit Mercy Law School Library
    • Summer internships with law firms
    • Complete internships or service at the Detroit Mercy Law Clinic
    • Listen to an In-class lecture from a practicing attorney
    • Become  familiar with the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation
    • Receive guidance with law school admission statement

    What are the undergraduate admission criteria?

    Incoming freshmen must have

    • An ACT or SAT score in at least the 85th percentile
    • High school grade point average of at least 3.5
    • Two letters of recommendation, a pre-law essay and an in-person interview

    What are Detroit Mercy Law School’s admission criteria?

    Third-year Detroit Mercy undergraduate students in one of the approved majors will be eligible for admission into Detroit Mercy Law by meeting the following criteria which include having:

    • Completed at least three years of appropriate coursework at University of Detroit Mercy;
    • Completed the undergraduate major and core curriculum requirements with at least 90 credits;
    • Earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 by the end of their junior year;
    • Scored at least a 154 on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT);
    • Remained in good academic and disciplinary standing;
    • Completed the application process for Detroit Mercy Law; and
    • Met all of the fitness, character and other criteria for admission required by Detroit Mercy Law.

Why Detroit Mercy?

The legacy of University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan's oldest and largest Catholic university, began more than 140 years ago. Our founders, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the Religious Sisters of Mercy, have always believed in the power of education to change people and, through them, the world.

Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, within Michigan's largest legal community and steps away from the U.S./Canada border, Detroit Mercy Law students readily access opportunities to connect with local leaders, community partners, employers and an engaged alumni network more than 8,000 strong. At the heart of the School’s partnership with Detroit is a Jesuit philosophy that honors our obligation to create a space for students to give back to the community through externships and our nationally recognized clinical program.