Dual JD Program


George W. Bush Institute Members Visit the Dual JD Program

On Wednesday, July 6, the Canadian & American Dual JD Program was visited by more than 30 members of the George W. Bush Institute.  The Institute, based in Dallas, Texas, sent a working group from its North America Competitiveness Initiative to visit the Detroit/Windsor area and explore ways in which economic integration among the US, Canada and Mexico can strengthen the US economy and create economic opportunity across the North American continent.

Detroit Mercy Law Dean Phyllis L. Crocker welcomed the group and provided a bit of history and context about the program.  She was followed by Attorney, Detroit Mercy Law Adjunct Faculty and Program Alum David Campbell, who shared his experiences utilizing his dual degree in his law firm and in his teaching.  Rising 3L Jaclyn Habas spoke of her reasons for choosing the dual JD program over other options and the program concluded with a Q&A session facilitated by Program Director Brian Miller.

In expressing the group’s interest in learning more about the dual JD program, Laura Collins, Economic Growth Manager for the Institute, noted, “Our work on North America focuses on economic integration.  While we still are developing policy proposals…, we like to look at places that have already figured out a way to advance integration.  We think this dual JD program is a perfect fit.  Students who complete (the) program (and successfully are admitted to the bar in each country) meet the unique needs of border communities by providing services for both countries.  The fact that the program was developed organically is also attractive because it illustrates how entities in border communities help meet the needs of the community without worrying about the government taking the time to act.”


Windsor Law Dean Christopher Waters and Detroit Mercy Law Dean Phyllis L. Crocker unveiled the new Canadian & American Dual JD program logo at a reception with faculty, current and incoming students and alums in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25. 

Director Brian Miller says the new logo is meant to signify a coming of age of the program. "Where the program has always been proudly claimed by both institutions, the program - as reflected by the first ever program logo - claims its place as an elite, unique, distinctive and exclusive community of law students."

Dean Chris Waters described the new logo as being reflective of the unique program shared by the two law schools. "Of course, the hard work comes not from a logo unveiling but by the engagement of faculty, staff and students on both sides of the border, most recently in the context of the shared International Intellectual Property Clinic."  Click here to see a gallery of photos from the event.

The University of Windsor Faculty of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law  collaborated to create the Canadian & American Dual JD Program, a unique dual Canadian and American law degree program formerly known as the JD/LL.B Program. This is the only comparative program of its kind in Canada or the Unites States in which students can earn two law degrees in only three years.

Students complete 104 credits in three years and successful graduates receive both their American and Canadian Juris Doctor degrees.  

Click here for more about this unique program.



Congratulations to our Dual JD moot teams!

Ten of our Dual JD students competed in the Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Competition at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law alongside 30 other law students.

This annual competition is hosted by the UDM Moot Court Board of Advocates in honour of the late Professor Keenan, but this year's competition was particularly special as it marked the tenth-year anniversary of his passing and the competition. Our students absolutely shone.

Congratulations Amanda Iarusso, Aaliyah Madadi, Ashlee Common, Justin Smith, Kourtney Pratt, Jessica Pask, Benjamin Strickland, Alexandra Mealia, Fraser Chorley, Ivana Iwasykiw, Jennifer Singh and Jillian Brazda.

For the first time, a Dual JD student team - Amanda Iarusso (2L) and Aaliyah Madadi - won the competition. Amanda was also named Best Oralist. We featured strongly among the top ten oralists and best briefs and four teams advance to the quarter- and semi-finals.

1st- Amanda Iarusso
2nd- Benjamin Strickland
3rd- Ivana Iwasykiw
4th- Jessica Pask
5th- Aaliyah Madadi

BEST BRIEF (top 10)
3rd- Amanda Iarusso and Aaliyah Madadi
5th- Jessica Pask and Kourtney Pratt
6th- Ashlee Common and Justin Smith

Please join us in congratulating all of these outstanding students for representing so well.