The Unique Dual JD Program

What is the difference between a Canadian JD and an American JD? 

The University of Windsor changed its law degree designation from a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree to a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. However, the entrance and degree requirements did not change.  A Windsor Law JD is a second-entry, undergraduate professional degree. The Windsor Law JD is not recognized by the American Bar Association. The University of Detroit Mercy JD is recognized by the American Bar Association, allowing graduates to sit for any bar exam in the United States. Therefore, the Canadian & American Dual JD Program prepares its graduates to sit for both Canadian and U.S. bar exams and to practice in both countries.

Why a dual degree?

The Canadian & American Dual JD Program is a demanding program of study designed to:

  • educate students to understand the legal doctrines and cultures of both Canada and the United States; 
  • prepare its graduates to practice law in a manner consistent with the highest standards of competence, professional ethics, and concerns for justice as exemplified by the tradition of the legal profession in both countries;
  • sharpen students analytical, writing, and research skills.

Why the Dual JD Degree might be the right choice for you? 

  • Satisfy the educational requirements to be permitted to practice law in both the U.S. and Canada 
  • Take advantage of the program's locked-in tuition which protects students against tuition inflation
  • Earn two law degrees in the same amount of time it takes to earn one degree
  • Gain exposure to different cultures
  • Develop relationships with colleagues from different countries 
  • Obtain a foundation of knowledge within two legal systems
  • In a global world, knowledge of more than one legal system can be a significant advantage
  • Enjoy entertainment and cultural diversity in Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan

Compete in a global economy

In a competitive global economy, a key success factor is the ability to provide a service that your competitor cannot match.  Many clients have international relationships and dealings that require internationally-trained legal professionals. A dual degree can be the first step to advancing your competitive edge.