Dual JD


Detroit Mercy Law School offers a unique three year program with the University of Windsor that culminates in students earning both American and Canadian 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

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

    To be considered for first-time admission, 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.

    We encourage applicants to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and to perform at the 50th percentile or better on the LSAT. However, we consider a range of applicants based on all aspects of the application including:

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

    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 1.0

    Year 1

    Fall/Winter: Windsor

    • Canadian & American Property
    • Canadian & American Contracts
    • Canadian & American Criminal Law
    • Canadian Constitutional Law

    Fall/Winter: Detroit Mercy

    • Comparative Legal Research & Writing

    Year 2

    Fall: Windsor

    • Canadian Civil Procedure

    Fall: Detroit Mercy

    • Canadian & US Torts
    • Canadian & US Evidence

    Winter: Detroit Mercy

    • Canadian & US Business Organizations
    • US Constitutional Law

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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: lawinfo@udmercy.edu
    • Website

    • Dean: Phyllis L. Crocker
    • Telephone: (313) 596-0210
    • Fax: (313) 596-0280
    • Email: crockepl@udmercy.edu

    • Associate Dean for Enrollment Management and Communications: Monique A. McCarthy
    • Telephone: (313) 596-9407 or toll-free: 1-866-428-1610
    • Fax: (313) 596-0280
    • Email: mccartma1@udmercy.edu

    • Deputy Director, Dual JD Program and Associate Director, Admissions: Stephanie Winbigler
    • Telephone: (313) 596-9841 or toll-free: 1-866-428-1060
    • Fax: (313) 596-0280
    • Email: winbigsn@udmercy.edu