Dual JD

Discover the Dual JD Program at Detroit Mercy Law

Canadian & American Dual JD Program

Detroit Mercy Law and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law collaborated to create the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, a unique dual Canadian and American law degree program. This is the only comparative program of its kind in Canada or the United States in which students can earn two law degrees in only three years. Graduates of the program are eligible to be licensed in both the United States and Canada.

Students in the program attend class at both institutions, study both American and Canadian law, and experience two different legal cultures. Graduates of the program have been highly successful and work in a variety of settings—from major international law firms in Toronto and New York, to immigration firms in Detroit and Windsor, to nonprofits combatting human trafficking.


Students must earn 104 credits to graduate from the Canadian and American Dual JD Program. Sixty of these credits are earned at Detroit Mercy Law; forty-four are earned at University of Windsor Faculty of Law.




    First Year

    All courses in the first year are required. Students spend most of their first year at the University of Windsor. Required first year courses are the following:

    • Canadian & American Property (Windsor)
    • Canadian & American Contracts (Windsor)
    • Canadian & American Criminal Law (Windsor)
    • Canadian Constitutional Law (Windsor)
    • Comparative Legal Research & Writing (Dual JD ALTA) (Detroit Mercy)

    Second Year

    Rising second year students in the program attend summer school at Detroit Mercy Law, then spend most of their second year at Detroit Mercy Law. Required second year courses (including summer classes) are the following:

    • US Civil Procedure (Detroit Mercy)
    • Canadian & American Professional Responsibility (Detroit Mercy)
    • Canadian & US Torts (Detroit Mercy)
    • Canadian & US Evidence (Detroit Mercy)
    • Canadian Civil Procedure (Windsor)
    • Canadian & US Business Organizations (Detroit Mercy)
    • US Constitutional Law

    Additional Required Courses

    In addition to the courses required during a particular year of study, students must fulfill the following requirements during either the second or third year of study:

    • Judicial Review (Windsor—ordinarily should be taken in the second year)
    • Upper-level Writing Requirement (Detroit Mercy)
    • Law Firm Program course (Detroit Mercy)
    • One clinic (Detroit Mercy)


    Students complete electives at both institutions and are especially encouraged to take courses exploring both Canadian and American law, each useful to a cross-border practice. For example, students especially interested in a corporate or business practice may wish to take Cross-Border Sales and Financing Transactions, while students interested in immigration law may wish to take US & Canadian Immigration Law.