The Dual JD Program is a rigorous program designed to immerse students in two legal cultures. Because of our proximity to the International Border between the US and Canada, and the fact that our campuses are approximately 20 minutes apart (including border crossing), we are able to offer an integrated approach allowing students to learn both Canadian and US law at the same time.


Credit Requirements


Students in the dual JD program are required to complete 104 credits in three years between the two law schools–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, an Upper Level Writing course, and  elective credits. A legal clinic, currently elective credit, will be a requirement for all students in the program starting with the Class of 2019.

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

1L Fall/Winter/ Summer required courses:

2L Fall/Winter required courses:






3L Fall/Winter required courses:





University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Clinics

  • Appellate Advocacy Clinic, State Appellate Defenders Office (SADO)
  • Criminal Trial Clinic
  • Immigration Law Clinic
  • Juvenile Appellate Clinic
  • Veterans Clinic
  • Detroit Trademark Entrepreneur Clinic
  • Housing 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)

Additional clinics available through the University of Windsor Faculty of Law (for Windsor Law elective credit only)

  • Community Legal Aid (CLA)
  • Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship (LTEC)
  • 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)