Students in the Canadian & American Dual J.D. Program begin their law school experience in mid-August with academic orientation at both universities and a mandatory Immersion course.
Academic orientation weeks provide students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with institutional themes, academic and student support services, and expectations within the legal profession. Academic orientation is mandatory for incoming first year students at both Detroit Mercy Law and Windsor Law. Further information with respect to academic orientation, including schedules and required reading materials, will be provided to students in advance of both orientation sessions.
Immersion provides incoming Dual J.D. students with a comprehensive introduction to the structures of the Canadian and U.S. legal systems and comparative legal skills pedagogy. The Immersion course is taught by Comparative Legal Research & Writing professors who are well-versed in comparative law, statutory analysis, and legal research and citation protocols in both Canada and the United States. Immersion course materials are provided to Dual J.D. students free of charge. Upon the successful completion of the Immersion course, students will receive one (1) credit that will be applied towards their Comparative Legal Research & Writing course.
In recognition of the fact that a large number of Dual J.D. students are foreign national, Detroit Mercy Law facilitates the student visa application process. Those who are foreign nationals are required to complete and submit the I-20 visa application form provided by Detroit Mercy Law, original financial support documents, and any other related documentation to the Canadian & American Dual J.D. Program in advance of orientation in order to be issued their I-20.
Students will be provided with further information regarding crossing procedures, dates, and times during the summer.
"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