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.

 

Dual JD Credit Requirements

 

Students in the Dual JD program are required to complete at least 105 credits in three years between the two institutions – 60 credits from Detroit Mercy Law combined with 45 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 45 credits through Windsor Law, students will complete 34 credits in required courses including Administrative Law, plus 11 elective credits.

First-year (1L) Required Courses

Course

Host School

Comparative Legal Writing & Research I & II

Detroit Mercy Law

Canadian & US Criminal Law

Windsor Law

Canadian & US Contracts

Windsor Law

Canadian & US Property

Windsor Law

Canadian Constitutional Law

Windsor Law

Indigenous Legal Orders

Windsor Law

 

Summer between First (1L) and Second-year (2L)

 

Course

Host School

US Civil Procedure

Detroit Mercy Law

US Constitutional Law

Detroit Mercy Law

 

Second-year (2L) Required Courses

Course

Host School

Canadian & US Business Organizations

Detroit Mercy Law

Canadian & US Evidence

Detroit Mercy Law

Canadian & US Professional Responsibility

Detroit Mercy Law

Canadian & US Torts

Windsor Law

Canadian Civil Procedure

Windsor Law

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

Course

Host School

Law Firm Program (LFP)

Detroit Mercy Law

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Detroit Mercy Law

Legal Clinic  

Detroit Mercy Law

Transnational Law Requirement  

Detroit Mercy Law

Administrative Law

Windsor Law

 

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University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Clinics

International Intellectual Property Law Clinic with Windsor Law

Immigration Law  Clinic

Housing Law Clinic

Veterans Law Clinic

Appellate Veterans Law Clinic

Trademark and Entrepreneur Clinic

Criminal Trial Clinic

Juvenile Appellate Clinic

Family Law Clinic

Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic

Environmental Law Clinic

Appellate Advocacy Clinic, State Appellate Defenders Office (SADO)

 

To learn more about Detroit Mercy Law's clinical opportunties, click here.

University of Windsor Faculty of Law Clinics

International IP Law with Detroit Mercy Law

Migrant Farmworkers Clinic

Class Action Clinic

Transnational Environmental Law Clinic

Community Legal Aid

Legal Assistance of Windsor


To learn more about Windsor Law’s clinical opportunities, click here

Experiential Learning

Moot Court Competitions (Detroit Mercy Law & Windsor Law)

Externships (Detroit Mercy Law & Windsor Law)

Pro Bono Students Canada (Windsor Law)

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