Pre-Law Program


University of Detroit Mercy Pre-Law Program

If you are interested in pursuing a career in law, University of Detroit Mercy's Pre-Law Program provides you with a challenging curriculum and an array of undergraduate judicial politics courses that will create a solid foundation in your understanding of legal terminology, conducting legal research, writing legal briefs and constructing logical legal arguments.

While this is not a degree-granting program, upon completion of the 24-credit hour requirements, you will receive a Certificate in Legal Studies. A question often comes up about how to incorporate these requirements into an already full schedule.  Some classes may satisfy more than one requirement making it feasible to obtain the legal studies certificate in the course of meeting the requirements for the major.

Several majors are well suited for this program, including political science, philosophy, English and economics.

In addition, Detroit Mercy’s Pre-Law Program provides a variety of opportunities to receive first-hand knowledge of law-related activities. For example, you will be able to participate in moot court and play various roles from judge to jury and can experience an actual law class simulation from instructors at Detroit Mercy Law. Once in the program, you are assigned to an advisor from Detroit Mercy's Pre-Law Committee. 

University of Detroit Mercy coordinates with representatives from LSAT test preparation organizations to come to the University's political science classes throughout the year to give talks about the LSAT exam and getting into law school.

Students interested in law school may be eligible for substantial savings for a departmental stipend to help defer the cost of an LSAT prep course.

You also have the opportunity to become more involved with the Detroit Mercy student organization, Students for Politics & Law, and an internship experience in Washington, D.C.

Other benefits to the program include participation and attendance in Law Day Fair which is offered in the fall semester and typically creates an opportunity for you to speak with representatives from law schools across the country, watch and/or participate in a moot court trial; and take a practice LSAT exam.

Fall 2020 Events

Activity 1: Law Day Fair – LSAC Digital Forums

Digital law school forums are an excellent free opportunity for prospective students to meet and talk with representatives from more than 100 Law School Admission Council (LSAC) member law schools. Forums will be held Oct. 13, Nov. 4 and Dec. 12.


  • Meet Law School admissions representatives and ask them questions.
  • Meet Law School financial aid experts.
  • Attain exclusive education through a variety of webinars by Law School representatives.
  • Join in the webinars and ask questions.
  • Learn about the LSAT directly from the test developers.

For more information, visit the Law Day page at or contact Genevieve Meyers at

Activity 2: Virtual Mock Law Class

The virtual mock law class offered by Professor of Law Jelani Jefferson Exum of Detroit Mercy Law School, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 12:30-2 p.m.

For registration and more information about the mock law class, contact Genevieve Meyers at or Barbara Stockwell-Buslepp at

Activity 3: JD Advising 2020-21 Webinar Events

JD Advising will offer the following free webinars for law school preparation. Registration through the webinar link is required. Contact Genevieve Meyers for details.

  • How to write a personal statement: Tuesday, Sept. 8
  • How and when should I apply to law school?: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2-3 p.m.
  • LSAT Tips and Tricks for Success: Saturday, Nov. 7, 12-1 p.m.
  • Selecting a law school that's right for you: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2-3 p.m.

Francis R. Doud
Francis R. Doud ’21,
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science

My advice to incoming freshman in the political science program would be to participate in as many moot courts or mock trials as possible in undergrad. Especially the law day ones. They are not only a lot of fun, but the moot court on law day is a great way to network with law school representatives if your future plans involve attending law school. Even if you do not want to attend law school, it is a great way to use what you learn in the classroom and get to know your classmates outside of class.

Detroit Mercy Pre-Law Committee

Genevieve Meyers, Ph.D
  • Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Director of the Pre-Law Program
  • Department Chair, Political Science
Evan Peterson, Ph.D, J.D.
  • Director of Undergraduate Business Programs
  • Arnold Jarboe Chair, Business Administration
Elizabeth S. Roberts-Kirchhoff, Ph.D
  • Assistant Dean for Academics
  • College of Engineering & Science
Gregory Sumner, Ph.D, J.D.
  • Professor of History
  • Department
    Co-Chair, History 
Charles Wilson, J.D.
  • Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Studies