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    Windsor Law degree to switch to Juris Doctor designation

    On February 10, 2010, Senate approved a change in the name of the University of Windsor law degree from a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) to a Juris Doctor (J.D.).

    Dean of Law Bruce Elman told Senate this change was initiated by students, who voted overwhelmingly in its favour in a referendum held in spring 2009. Alumni who responded to an on-line survey strongly supported the change as well.

    Although the LL.B. is the traditional designation for a first law degree in Commonwealth countries, a growing trend has seen Canadian universities moving to the designation Juris Doctor. The name change entails no change in the program or admission requirements.

    The new degree title will take effect for the incoming cohort, the graduating class of 2013. Students who are in-course will have the option to receive either a Juris Doctor or a Bachelor of Laws degree. Alumni will be able to request a change of their degree through an online process being developed in conjunction with the Registrar’s Office.

    Students' Law Society President Arun Krishnamurti commented, “I am happy to see that the students and faculty came together to make this important decision. It will help Windsor Law students remain globally competitive and it really demonstrates our ability to work together for the common good.”