Juris Doctor (JD)

The program leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (JD) requires admission as a full-time student for three years or as a half-time student for six years. The structure of this program is based on a compulsory first year and two required courses in second year.

Students must also complete a research paper worth at least 50 % of the grade in any course, one course from a group of courses that give a broader perspective of the legal process and legal theory and one course from a group of transnational law courses.

The remainder of the program is comprised of optional courses so that our students are able to construct a program that meets their individual needs and interests.  

First-Year Program

A basic level of instruction is given through mandatory courses in all the fundamental areas, problems, and principles of the law. This will require somewhat more emphasis on public law and perspective courses than would the traditional first-year curriculum.
The compulsory curriculum includes:

  • Property
  • Contracts
  • Access to Justice
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Legal Writing and Research
  • Constitutional Law
  • Torts 

Second-Year Required Courses

Civil Procedure is the only required course in the second year. It may be taken in either the fall or the winter semester, depending upon course scheduling.

Other Requirements

Each student must take a minimum of 29 credits and a maximum of 32 credits per year with a minimum of 13 credits and a maximum of 18 credits in each term. These requirements may be varied by the Faculty Council or its delegate in individual cases. Apart from the mandatory Civil Procedure courses in second year and pre-requisites that may be established by Faculty Council, the program for second and third year is essentially optional in nature. However, each student must successfully complete a research paper worth at least 50% of the grade in any course (including Supervised Research) in the second or third year of study.

Compulsory Upper Year Courses and Degree Requirements: 

In either second or third year, each student must complete the following courses and degree requirements and meet the following competencies:

(i) The Legal Professions (98-939);  

(ii) Judicial Review of Administrative Action (98-852) or some other course approved by the Associate Dean as meeting the Federation of Law Societies of Canada competency in the principles of administrative law;

(iii) Business Associations (98-877) or some other course approved by the Associate Dean as meeting the Federation of Law Societies of Canada competency related to legal and fiduciary principles in commercial relations.

Courses Outside the Faculty

Students are allowed, with permission, to enroll in courses that are taught in other faculties at the University of Windsor and certain courses that are taught at the law schools at Wayne State University and the University of Detroit Mercy for credit toward a J.D. degree. Grades that are achieved in courses taught outside of the Faculty are recorded on the student transcript, but are not calculated into the student averages for ranking purposes.