Program Format

 

Students in the Canadian & American Dual JD Program earn two law degrees in three years by comparative and interactive student each year on the campus of both the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Course content is substantial as most required classes are taught in a comparative format, meaning you will be exposed to both countries' laws simultaneously.

 

This program provides a rigorous course of study, well preparing students to take and pass the bar examination in the United States and to write and be called to the bar in Canada. 

 

Degree Requirements

 

Students in the Dual JD program are required to complete 105 credits in three years between the two law schools--60 credits from Detroit Mercy Law combined with 45 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 course, a legal clinic, an upper-level writing course, and elective credits. 

 

Of the minimum 45 credits through Windsor Law, students will complete 34 credits in required courses including Administrative Law, plus 11 elective credits.

First-year (1L) Required Courses

 

Course

Host School

Comparative Legal Writing & Research I & II

Detroit Mercy Law

Canadian & US Criminal Law

Windsor Law

Canadian & US Contracts

Windsor Law

Canadian & US Property

Windsor Law

Canadian Constitutional Law

Windsor Law

Indigenous Legal Orders

Windsor Law

Summer between First (1L) and Second-year (2L)

Course

Host School

US Civil Procedure

Detroit Mercy Law

US Constitutional Law

Detroit Mercy Law

Second-year (2L) Required Courses

Course

Host School

Canadian & US Business Organizations

Detroit Mercy Law

Canadian & US Evidence

Detroit Mercy Law

Canadian & US Professional Responsibility

Detroit Mercy Law

Canadian & US Torts

Detroit Mercy Law

Canadian Civil Procedure

Windsor Law

 

Additional Required Courses During either Second (2L) and Third-year (3L)

Course

Host School

Law Firm Program (LFP)

Detroit Mercy Law

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Detroit Mercy Law

Legal Clinic  

Detroit Mercy Law

Transnational Law Requirement  

Detroit Mercy Law

Administrative Law

Windsor Law


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University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Clinics

International Intellectual Property Law Clinic with Windsor Law

Immigration Law  Clinic

Housing Law Clinic

Veterans Law Clinic

Appellate Veterans Law Clinic

Trademark and Entrepreneur Clinic

Criminal Trial Clinic

Juvenile Appellate Clinic

Family Law Clinic

Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic

Environmental Law Clinic

Appellate Advocacy Clinic, State Appellate Defenders Office (SADO)


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University of Windsor Faculty of Law Clinics

International IP Law with Detroit Mercy Law

Migrant Farmworkers Clinic

Class Action Clinic

Transnational Environmental Law Clinic

Community Legal Aid

Legal Assistance of Windsor


To learn more about Windsor Law’s clinical opportunities, click here

Experiential Learning

Moot Court Competitions (Detroit Mercy Law & Windsor Law)

Externships (Detroit Mercy Law & Windsor Law)

Pro Bono Students Canada (Windsor Law)


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