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Students in the Canadian & American Dual JD 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.

Detroit Mercy Law’s orientation is scheduled for August 19 – 21, 2019. More detailed information will be updated regularly on the Detroit Mercy Law Orientation webpage.

Windsor Law’s orientation is scheduled for August 26 – 29, 2019. More detailed information will be e-mailed to students closer to the date of orientation.


Immersion provides incoming Dual JD students with a comprehensive introduction to the structures of the Canadian and U.S. legal systems and comparative legal skills pedagogy. Immersion constitutes a component of the Comparative Legal Writing and Research course, and students receive one academic credit for their participation. Immersion presupposes that incoming students are unfamiliar with both the U.S. and Canadian legal systems. It is designed to provide an overview of these complex topics to set students up for success. Immersion 2019 will be held on the following dates:

·      August 15, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Detroit Mercy Law

·      August 22, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Detroit Mercy Law


Immigration Requirements

In recognition of the fact that a large number of Dual JD students are foreign nationals, 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 JD Program in advance of orientation in order to be issued their I-20.

Admitted students will be provided with further information regarding crossing procedures, dates, and times during the summer.

I-20 Instructions

2019 - 2020 Dual JD I-20 Forms

First Year Schedule - Fall 2019