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.
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.
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Clinics
· Immigration Clinic
· Housing Law Clinic
· Veterans Law Clinic
· Appellate Veterans Law
· Trademark and Entrepreneur Clinic
· Criminal Trail Clinic
· Juvenile Appellate Clinic
· Appellate Advocacy Clinic, State Appellate Defenders Office (SADO)
· Family Law Clinic
· Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic
· Environmental 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
· Community Legal Aid (CLA)
· Legal Assistance of Windsor (LAW)
· Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship (LTEC)
· Pro Bono Students Canada
· Migrant Farmworkers Clinic
· Class Action Clinic
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)