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Dual JD


Detroit Mercy Law School offers a unique three year program with the University of Windsor that culminates in students earning both Canadian and American Juris Doctor degrees. Students who participate in this program are able to stand out in the marketplace through their commitment to a rigorous course of study that provides them with an understanding of two different legal systems. The program permits students to focus on important areas of law, including Immigration Law, Corporate/Commercial Law, and intellectual property.

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    Admission Requirements

    Detroit Mercy Law welcomes applications from new students to both our American JD and Canadian and American Dual JD Programs

    Entering first-year students are admitted only once each year in August. Detroit Mercy Law accepts Transfer Applicants for the fall and spring terms and Guest Applicants for all terms.

    To be considered for first-time admission to either program, an applicant must have or expect to receive a bachelor's degree by the summer preceding admission and must have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) within the past five years.

    Candidates may apply to one or both programs. Candidates for the American JD Program, must apply through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Candidates for the Canadian & American Dual JD Program may apply either through the Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS) or LSAC. Applications to both programs will be considered by their respective admissions committees and candidates will receive two separate decisions. 

    We encourage candidates to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and to perform at the 50th percentile or better on the LSAT for admission to either program. However, we consider a range of applicants based on all aspects of the application including, but not limited to the following:

    • Letters of recommendation
    • Employment, private and public service, or both
    • The personal statement
    • Resume
    • Undergraduate performance
    • English proficiency

    The Dual JD Program Admissions Committee also uses the following criteria to assess applicants:

    • Grade Point Average (GPA) and University Program
    • Work experience
    • Community involvement
    • Personal accomplishments
    • Career objectives
    • Personal considerations
    • Law School Admissions Test Score (LSAT)

    Degree Requirements

    Students are able to complete this program in three years, saving significant time and money. Because Detroit Mercy Law and the University of Windsor are only 10 minutes apart, students can study at the two schools. Not only do students in the program have a rich curriculum, they are able to participate in the students activities and programs offered by both schools. Students will complete a total of 104 credits, 44 at the University of Windsor and 60 at the University of Detroit Mercy.

    Students are required to pass all of their courses with a minimum grade of 1.5, and must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.2 to graduate from the program.

    Year 1

    Fall/Winter: Windsor

    • Canadian & American Property
    • Canadian & American Contracts
    • Canadian & American Criminal Law
    • Canadian Constitutional Law
    • Indigenous Legal Systems

    Fall/Winter: Detroit Mercy

    • Comparative Legal Research & Writing I & II

    Summer: Detroit Mercy

    • U.S. Civil Procedure
    • U.S. Constitutional Law

    Year 2

    Fall: Windsor

    • Canadian Civil Procedure

    Fall: Detroit Mercy

    • Canadian & US Torts
    • Canadian & US Evidence

    Winter: Detroit Mercy

    • Canadian & US Business Organizations
    • Canadian & US Professional Responsibility

    At Detroit Mercy, all dual JD students must also complete a clinic, an upper-level writing course, and a law firm program course.  Additionally, dual JD students must also complete 6 credits of coursework at Detroit Mercy Law that satisfy the transnational law requirement.


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    Contact Information

    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
    651 East Jefferson Ave.
    Detroit, MI 48226
    Telephone: 313-596-0200
    Fax: 313-596-0280

    Dean: Phyllis L. Crocker
    Telephone: 313-596-0210
    Fax: 313-596-0280

    Associate Dean for Enrollment Management and Communications: Jennifer Rumschlag
    Telephone: 313-596-9407 or toll-free: 1-866-428-1610
    Fax: 313-596-0280

    Dual JD Program Director: Christina Loebach
    Telephone: 313-596-9840
    Fax: 313-596-0280

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