Dual JD

Dual JD

Description

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

    Applicants are selected for admission to the School of Law on the basis of a comparative evaluation of the credentials submitted by the applicant pool. Entering first-year students are admitted once each year in August.

    Admission to the School of Law requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by the summer preceding admission. Applicants are encouraged to maintain a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better and to perform at the 50th percentile or better on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) for admission. However, applicants are considered based on all aspects of the application.

    To be considered, an applicant must submit a completed application through the Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS) or the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), along with a current LSAT score from within the past five years, a CAS Report, at least two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a resume, and personal profile.

    Applicants can learn more and apply online at https://law.udmercy.edu/. Inquiries should be directed to the law admissions team at lawadmissions@udmercy.edu.

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    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 student activities and programs offered by both schools. Students will complete a total of 105 credits, 45 at the University of Windsor and 60 at 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 & U.S. Property
    • Canadian & U.S. Contracts
    • Canadian & U.S. Criminal Law
    • Canadian Constitutional Law
    • Indigenous Legal Orders

    Fall/Winter: Detroit Mercy

    • Comparative Legal Research & Writing I & II

    Summer: Detroit Mercy

    • U.S. Civil Procedure
    • U.S. Constitutional Law or U.S. Canadian & U.S. Professional Responsibility

    Year 2

    Fall: Windsor

    • Canadian Civil Procedure

    Fall: Detroit Mercy

    • Canadian & U.S. Torts
    • Canadian & U.S. Evidence

    Winter: Detroit Mercy

    • Canadian & U.S. Business Organizations
    • Canadian & U.S. 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 six 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
    Email: law@udmercy.edu 
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    Dean: Jelani Jefferson Exum
    Telephone: 313-596-0210
    Fax: 313-596-0280
    Email: jefferje1@udmercy.edu


    Associate Dean for Enrollment Management and Communications: Jennifer Rumschlag
    Telephone: 313-596-0264 or toll-free: 1-866-428-1610
    Fax: 313-596-0280
    Email: rumschjl@udmercy.edu


    Dual JD Program Director: Katharine Fisher
    Telephone: 313-596-9840
    Fax: 313-596-0280
    Email: fisherkj@udmercy.edu