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 upper years.

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.

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.

First-Year Program

Windsor Law students receive introductory instruction in fundamental areas, problems and principles of law through a set of mandatory courses. These include:

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

First year Windsor Law students also take a course that introduces essential perspectives on Access to Justice. Finally, students take an intensive skills-based course, the Windsor Legal Practice Simulation. This intensive introduces students to core elements of client interviewing, ethics-in-practice, problem analysis, and negotiation.

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.

Compulsory Upper Year Courses and Degree Requirements: 

In either second or third year, each student must complete the following courses and degree requirements mandated by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada:

(i) The Legal Professions (98-939);  

(ii) Administrative Law (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;

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.

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.