2021-22 Admitted Students
Reserve Your Seat in the Incoming Class
Respond to Your Offer of Admissions
If you applied through OLSAS, please log into your account and follow the online instructions under "Choices/Offers" to accept your offer by the expiry date indicated in your Offer of Admissions. You must also submit a non-refundable commitment deposit in the amount of $500 to both Windsor Law (CAD) and Detroit Mercy Law (USD) by June 1, 2021, unless otherwise indicated on your offer of admissions.
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 June 1, 2021, unless otherwise indicated on your offer of admissions.
Commitment deposits are non-refundable 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 your Official Undergraduate Transcripts
Whether you have applied through LSAC or OLSAS, Detroit Mercy Law Admissions Office and the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) must receive your final official transcripts from your undergraduate degree-granting institution that includes the date your degree was granted by or before August 1. We cannot accept unofficial transcripts. This is an American Bar Association (ABA) requirement.
Detroit Mercy Law accepts transcripts at email@example.com or Detroit Mercy Law, Admissions, 615 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226. For directions for submitting transcripts to LSAC, click here.
When submitting your transcripts to LSAC, please note that if you have an LSAT-only account with them, you do not have to pay the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) fee to submit your transcripts. Your transcripts will automatically be added to your LSAT-only account.
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Mercy Law and LSAC will result in forfeiture of your seat in the Dual JD Program and you will be administratively withdrawn from the program. The final deadline for receipt transcripts is October 1, 2021.
Your Dual JD Access
Activate your Student Accounts
Students will have email addresses and student accounts at both universities. Students are required to set up their accounts in advance of orientations at both schools.
For information on settings up your Detroit Mercy Law account, click here.
For information on setting up your Windsor Law account, click here.
Other Important Information
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 US and Canada. Visa eligibility is at the discretion of the US Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian Border Service Agency.
Detroit Mercy Law will facilitate the F1 student visa application process for US, 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 US and Canada will not need a student visa to participate in the program.
Students who are not citizens of the US or Canada may need consular approval for their student visas. If you are not a citizen of either country, please allow additional time for visa application processing.
Your first Canada/US border crossing with your immigration documentation will be scheduled for mid-August. You will receive more information about this process in the spring. Please not that although you may qualify at the onset for a student visa, US and Canadian laws are subject to change and may impact your ability to continue in the program.
For more information on the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) student visa process, click here.
For more information on the Government of Canada's student visa process, click here.
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may apply for government financial aid through your province of residence. For further information on financial resources in Canada, student are encouraged to visit the Professional Programs page on the University of Windsor's Student Awards & Financial Aid website.
To learn more about financial aid at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, click here.
US citizens or permanent residents applying for federal financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - the FAFSA 2021-22 as soon as Oct. 1 or before July 1 for priority financial aid packaging. The Detroit Mercy Law code is 002323. If you need assistance while completing your FAFSA, please contact Jessica Rouser, Asst. Director of Law Financial Aid, at (313) 596-9417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about financial aid at Detroit Mercy Law, click here.
To access the FAFSA, click here.
Required 1L Orientation, Immersion, and Visa Crossing Day
Students in the Dual JD program will begin their law school expereince 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 at Detroit Mercy Law.
Student Visa Crossing Day: August date and time: TBD
Detroit Mercy Law's Mandatory Orientation: August date and time: TBD
Windsor Law's Mandatory Oreitnation: End of August date and time: TBD
All incoming Dual JD students must attend their crossing session, both Orientations, and Immersion course, as attendance is mandatory.
Disclosure Requirements & Amendments to Your Application
At the time of your application, you certified that all the information contained in your application was true and complete. You also certified that, if any answer or portion of any answer was not true or complete or ceased to be true or complete, you had a continuing obligation to inform the Canadian & American Dual JD Program. If you failed to disclose information on your application, especially regarding any academic, criminal, or disciplinary information, you are required to inform the Admissions Office in writing as soon as reasonably possible. If necessary, please update your application as soon as possible to preclude any complications with your law school admission and application for admissions to state bar associations. Discrepancies between the bar application and your law school application could result in the rejection of your application to a state bar.
Failure to disclose, provide forthright answers, or make required updates to the application may result in revocation of admission or other disciplinary action.
Character and Fitness
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every US jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. You may review the State Bar of Michigan's rules and guidelines here.
"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