What is the travel time between the law schools?

Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law are located approximately four miles or six kilometers from each other. The typical travel time ranges from 12 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic at the border. Students are strongly encouraged to acquire both a NEXUS US or NEXUS Canada Pass and NEXPRESS Pass. During peak travel times, these significantly reduce the wait times at the border.

Do students in the Program live in Detroit or Windsor?

American students typically choose to live in Metro Detroit while Canadian students typically choose to live in and around Windsor during their three years in the Program. Although Detroit Mercy Law does not have on-campus housing, there are housing options in nearby apartments. The University of Windsor offers on-campus housing although most law students choose to live in nearby off-campus homes and apartments.

What is the average age of the incoming class?

The average age is approximately 24 years.

How many students are in the Program?

As of August 2016, we have 238 students enrolled in the Program.

How long is the Program?

Completion of the Program takes three years, including the summer following first year. Law classes at Detroit Mercy Law begin mid-August each year; and law classes at Windsor Law begin the day after Labour Day each year.

Are summer courses mandatory?

Yes, but only for the first summer. All students in the Program must complete two mandatory courses in the summer following first year. Generally, these courses are scheduled from the end of May until mid-July. There are no required courses in the summer following second year.

How can I arrange to visit, to speak with a current student, or ask follow up questions?

Contact Mary Mitchell at mary.mitchell@uwindsor.ca to be put in contact with a Dual JD student representative or to schedule a tour and/or meet a current student or Director of the program.

I have an inquiry regarding visa matters. Is there someone I can speak with about that?

We have an American Immigration law firm that works closely with the Canadian & American Dual JD Program. Student (study) visa application assistance is provided to every student at no additional cost. If you have any concerns about your eligibility or status with respect to the granting of student visas, please contact the Program Director who can provide you with more information. Please note: admission to the law program does not guarantee qualification to receive a study visa. If there are issues regarding your eligibility to enter into the US or Canada to study, then this remains your procedural and financial responsibility to resolve.

What, if anything, is required in order to apply to the Program?

For those who will be applying through the OLSAS website, the application process can be found here: https://www.ouac.on.ca/olsas/ and for those who will be applying through the LSAC website, the application process can be found here: www.lsac.org

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline for the Program is April 15 of each year. Please note that the Admissions Committee works on the basis of rolling admissions. The earlier you submit your complete application, the earlier the Committee will review it. A decision will be communicated as soon as the Admissions Committee reaches a consensus on your admissibility.

Is it possible to apply for both the Canadian & American Dual JD Program and the JD Program at the University of Windsor?

Yes. Apply through OLSAS and please ensure that you check the boxes for both the Canadian & American Dual JD Program and the Windsor JD Program. Remember to complete and submit the Windsor Supplemental Form.

Is it possible to apply for both the Canadian & American Dual JD Program and the JD Program at Detroit Mercy Law?

Yes. Apply through LSAC and please ensure that you check the boxes for both the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, referred to as Dual JD Program, and the Detroit Mercy Law JD Program. Remember to complete and submit the Windsor Personal Profile.

Is it possible to apply for the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, the JD Program at Detroit Mercy Law, and the JD Program at Windsor Law?

Yes. For students who want to apply to all three Programs at the two schools, you will need to apply through both LSAC and OLSAS. Americans and international students should apply for both the Dual JD Program and the Detroit Mercy Law JD Program through LSAC and apply for the Windsor JD Program through OLSAS. Canadians should apply for both the Dual JD Program and the Windsor JD Program through OLSAS and apply for the Detroit Mercy Law Program through LSAC.

If I have applied to both the Canadian & American Dual JD Program and the JD Program at either Detroit Mercy Law or Windsor Law and I am rejected by the single degree JD Program, am I automatically rejected by the Canadian & American Dual JD Program?

No. Admission procedures for these Programs operate separately and independently of each other and the Admissions Committee for each program evaluates applications separately and independently of each other, as well. Admission (or rejection) to one of those law programs does not automatically mean admission (or rejection) to the other.

Is it more difficult to get accepted to the Canadian & American Dual JD Program than the JD Programs?

Given the differences in the programs’ structures, the differences in candidate pools, and the differences in applicants’ professional goals and interests, it would be inaccurate or misleading to attempt a comparison. Admissions is competitive for each program. In assessing applicants, the Admissions Committees holistically evaluate the following seven criteria: Grade Point Average and University Program Work Experience Community Involvement Personal Accomplishments Career Objectives Personal Considerations Law School Admissions Test Score The Dual JD Program Admissions Committee assesses applicants in light of all of the above admission criteria. However, it places significant weight on the applicant’s Grade Point Average (GPA) and Law School Admission Test Score (LSAT). Please bear in mind, though, that a high GPA and a high LSAT will not garner automatic acceptance to the Canadian & American Dual JD Program as all seven criteria are comprehensively considered.