Detroit Mercy Law is proud of its clinical program, one of a small number of required clinical programs in the country. Founded initially as the Urban Law Clinic in 1965, it was among the earliest clinics in the nation. Since that time, the program has flourished receiving numerous awards including the ABA Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access with Meritorious Recognition in 2012, and the ABA Law Student Division’s Judy M. Weightman Memorial Public Interest Award in 2006. There are currently nine clinics with two new clinics to begin in Winter 2018.
The required clinical program is evidence of Detroit Mercy Law’s mission to provide an educational experience that emphasizes experiential learning and service to others. Students attend weekly classes that focus on relevant practical skills and the substantive law. Students must also complete a substantial number of clinical work hours outside the classroom. Clinical professors work with students throughout the semester to discuss case strategy, review student work and evaluate the overall performance of students. The semester ends with a self-assessment exercise, guided self-reflection, or a final exit interview.The Detroit Mercy Law clinical program resides in the George J. Asher Law Clinic Center, a converted firehouse built in 1910. The firehouse was renovated and converted for our clinical program due to a gift from Detroit Mercy Law alumnus Anthony Asher, the heirs of Walter Buhl Ford III and the McGregor Fund, and many other generous donors.