The Canadian & American Dual JD Program, a collaboration between University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and University of Windsor Faculty of Law, is the only comparative program of its kind in North America in which students earn two law degrees in three years.  The law schools are located just four miles apart from each other, which allows for an integrated course of study at both law schools.  Students in this rigorous program experience two different legal cultures by attending class on both sides of an international border at both law schools.  Students earn a JD from both Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law.  Graduates of the Program are eligible to be licensed in both the US and Canada and have remarkable careers working in a variety of settings—from major international law firms in Toronto and New York, to immigration firms in Detroit and Windsor, to nonprofits combatting human trafficking.

 

Credit Requirements

Students in the Dual JD program are required to complete at least 104 credits in three years between the two institutions – 60 credits from Detroit Mercy Law combined with 44 credits from Windsor Law.

Of the minimum 60 credits through Detroit Mercy Law, students will complete credits in required doctrinal courses, a Law Firm Program course, a Legal Clinic, an Upper Level Writing course, six Transnational Law credits, and 11 elective credits.

Of the minimum 44 credits through Windsor Law, students will complete 33 credits in required courses including Administrative Law, plus 11 elective credits.

First-year (1L) Required Courses

Course

Location

Credits

Comparative Legal Writing & Research I & II

Detroit Mercy Law

9

U.S. Civil Procedure

Detroit Mercy Law

3

U.S. Constitutional Law

Detroit Mercy Law

4

Canadian & U.S. Criminal Law

Windsor Law & Detroit Mercy Law

6

Canadian & U.S. Contracts                          

Windsor Law

6

Canadian & U.S. Property

Windsor Law

6

Canadian Constitutional Law

Windsor Law

5

Indigenous Legal Orders

Windsor Law

3

Second-year (2L) Required Courses

Course

Location

Credits

Canadian & U.S. Business Organization

Detroit Mercy Law

5

Canadian & U.S. Evidence

Detroit Mercy Law

5

Canadian & U.S. Professional Responsibility

Detroit Mercy Law

4

Canadian & U.S. Torts

Detroit Mercy Law

5

Canadian Civil Procedure

Windsor Law

4

Additional Required Courses During either Second (2L) and Third-year (3L)

Course

Location

Credits

Law Firm Program (LFP)

Detroit Mercy Law

3

Legal Clinic

Detroit Mercy Law

3

Transnational Law Requirement

Detroit Mercy Law

6

Administrative Law

Windsor Law

4

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Clinics

Appellate Veterans Law

Criminal Trail Clinic

Environmental Law Clinic

Family Law Clinic

Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic

Housing Law Clinic

Immigration Clinic

Juvenile Appellate Clinic

Appellate Advocacy Clinic, State Appellate Defenders Office (SADO)

Trademark and Entrepreneur Clinic

Veterans Law Clinic

Transnational Law Clinic (Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law)

International Intellectual Property Clinic (Certified by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and Canadian Intellectual Property Office)

University of Windsor Faculty of Law Clinics

Class Action Clinic 

Community Legal Aid (CLA)

Law, Techlogy and Entrepreneurship (LTEC)

Legal Assistance of Windsor (LAW)

Migrant Farmworkers Clinic

Pro Bono Students Canada

Experiential Learning

Students will have opportunities to participate in other experiential programs at each University, including:

Moot Court Competitions (Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law)

Externships (Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law)