Dual JD Toronto Alumni & Awards Reception
Thursday, May 21, 2019
Details to Follow
Respond to your Offer of Admission
If you applied through OLSAS, please log into your account and follow the online instructions to provisionally or firmly accept this offer by April 1 and submit a non-refundable commitment deposit in the amount of $500 to both Windsor Law (CAD) and Detroit Mercy Law (USD) by June 1 or the date listed on your OLSAS account, whichever is later.
If you applied through LSAC, please complete and submit the online Commitment Form and submit a non-refundable commitment deposit in the amount of $500 to Detroit Mercy Law (USD) by April 1, or the date listed on your offer letter, whichever is later.
Commitment deposits are nonrefundable and will be applied to your tuition. Failure to respond to your offer and submit your deposit(s) by the above deadlines could result in forfeiture of your seat in the Dual JD Program.
Submitting Official Undergraduate Degree Transcripts
Your offer of admission is contingent upon receipt of your final official undergraduate degree transcript. Both the Detroit Mercy Law Admissions Office and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) need to receive your final official transcript from your undergraduate degree-granting institution by August 1. Transcripts need to include the date your degree was granted.
Detroit Mercy Law accepts transcripts at firstname.lastname@example.org or Detroit Mercy Law, Admissions, 651 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.
Directions for submitting transcripts to LSAC are available on the LSAC website
Failure to provide transcripts to both Detroit Mercy Law and LSAC will result in forfeiture of your seat in the Dual JD Program and you will be administratively withdrawn from the program.
We welcome all students to the program; however, please be advised that enrollment in the program requires that you be legally entitled to study in both the U.S. and Canada. Visa eligibility is at the discretion of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian Border Service Administration. For more information, please visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Government of Canada.
Detroit Mercy Law will facilitate the F1 student visa application process for U.S., Canadian, and Foreign National citizens, as a student visa is required to participate in the program. Those requiring a student visa are required to complete and submit the I-20 visa application form provided by Detroit Mercy Law, submit original financial support documents, and any other related documents to the program in advance of orientation in order to be issued the F1 visa. Dual citizens of the U.S. and Canada will not need a student visa to participate in the program.
Students who are not citizens of the U.S. or Canada may need consular approval for their study visas. If you are not a citizen of either country, please allow additional time for visa processing. You may contact us with any questions or concerns regarding the visa application process.
Your first Canada/U.S. border crossing with your immigration documentation will be scheduled for mid-August. You will receive more information about this process in the spring. Please note that although you may qualify at the onset for a student visa, U.S. and Canadian laws are subject to change and may impact your ability to continue in the program.
Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you must apply for government financial aid through your province of residence. For further information on financial resources in Canada, students are encouraged to visit the Professional Programs page on the University of Windsor’s Student Awards & Financial Aid website.
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
U.S. citizens or permanent residents applying for federal financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—the FAFSA 2020-21 by July 1. The FAFSA worksheet and application are available at studentaid.gov. Please complete your FAFSA as soon as possible before July 1. The Detroit Mercy Law code is 002323; the Windsor Law code is G006689. If you need assistance while completing your FAFSA, please contact Jessica Rouser, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, at 313.596.9417 or email@example.com
Required 1L Orientation, Immersion, and Visa Crossing Day
Students in the Dual JD program will begin their law school experience in mid-August with the processing of their student visa, academic orientation sessions at both universities, and a Comparative Applied Legal Theory and Analysis Immersion course.
Student Visa Crossing Day: August date and time TBD
Detroit Mercy Law's Mandatory Orientation: August 24 - 26, 2019
Windsor Law's Mandatory Orientation: End of August date TBD
All incoming Dual JD students must attend their crossing session, both orientations, and the Immersion course, as attendance is mandatory.
Fall 2019 Class Schedule
"As a Dual JD student, I am able to regularly take advantage of opportunities on both sides of the border. This has extensively contributed to my ability to start my legal career in a practice area that I am passionate about, with one of the leading litigation firms in Canada. I continue to experience firsthand how much employers and practitioners in the field value the rigorous training that is involved in completing a Dual JD program in 3 years. The high level of commitment, academic excellence, and hands-on exposure that is available in this program has distinguished its students and graduates from others across both countries, and I am glad to be able to learn from and continue to contribute to its legacy at such a high level."
Sahar Talebi - Class of 2018
“The Dual JD Program at Windsor Law and Detroit Mercy Law has been an excellent experience. The program itself is incredibility interesting and affords students such a unique opportunity to obtain legal education in both Canada and the United States. Beyond the classroom, student life in the Dual JD Program is filled with opportunities to be involved and to enjoy your law school experience through club involvement, moot competitions, and social events – there really is something for everyone. It was a big decision to move from Alberta to Ontario to pursue the Dual JD Program, but it is one I would make again! The education I have received is exceptional, and the experiences I have had outside the classroom are unparalleled.”
Kaylee Hurley - Class of 2018
“As education offers opportunity, the Dual JD Program goes one step further and allows for that opportunity to come into fruition, not once school is done, but rather concurrently with your studies. As a Dual JD student, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to take advantage of real practice experiences in both Canada and the United States. Further, the ability to continuously compare and contrast the laws of both countries enables me to add a unique approach to legal issues. I will continue to use these skills throughout my career. Most importantly, the Dual JD Program’s community environment provides something unique to an individual’s law school experience and allows individuals to succeed as a team.”
Marco Fimiani - Class of 2018
“The Dual JD Program has provided me with an invaluable opportunity to study transnational and comparative law. The cross-border educational and volunteer opportunities available to students have allowed me to participate in amazing experiential learning situations, such as the Veterans Law Clinic at Detroit Mercy Law. How could anyone pass up the chance to earn both American and Canadian law degrees simultaneously in three years?! This program was an obvious choice for me, and I am so happy I chose it.”
Veronica Gorrell - Class of 2018
“Studying in the Dual JD Program has prepared me for a cross-border career in Business Law. In addition to providing courses with an International Business focus, the Dual JD offers students the most opportunities to practice and develop legal research, writing and advocacy skills, being able to participate in Law Review and Moot competitions on either side of the border. What is more, the sense of family amongst students and community support is unmatched at Windsor Law and Detroit Mercy Law.”
Matthew Tapia - Class of 2018
"The Canadian & American Dual JD Program has provided me with legal opportunities on both sides of the border and plenty of advocacy experience through moot competitions and externships. Furthermore, daily life offers a community feeling that has allowed me to build close relationships with professors and make lifetime friends. The unique array of clubs and extracurricular activities sweep you up from day one, making it easy to get involved. Within the Dual JD Program, there is a strong support network making it difficult for the motivated student not to thrive.“
Sanjay Kumbhare - Class of 2019
“As a student in the Dual JD Program, I have been afforded many opportunities that are unique to this Program. The Dual JD Program prepares students not only for the practice of law in both the US and Canada, but also helps develop the work ethic needed to succeed in the legal profession. At the University of Detroit Mercy, you are able to take advantage of one-of-a-kind learning opportunities such as judicial clerkships, the Law Firm Program course (which provides a simulated law firm experience), and the School of Law’s extensive clinical program. At the University of Windsor, you have the chance to participate in mooting competitions in virtually every area of law (including NHL arbitration), dozens of student clubs, and numerous practical course offerings (such as infrastructure law, securities regulation and construction law). The combination of the two law schools is a unique fit for any prospective student interested in a cross-border legal career.”
Parker McKibbon - Class of 2019