FACULTY OF LAW
Juris Doctor (JD) (go to Law Calendar for complete information)
Canadian and American Dual Juris Doctor Program (go to Law Calendar for complete information)
Intellectual Property Law Program (go to Law Calendar for complete information)
Additonal Information: Law General Information and Admissions Policy
Juris Doctor (JD)
The program leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D) requires full-time attendance for three years, or half-time attendance for six years.
The first year consists of a core of mandatory courses in all of the fundamental areas, problems, and principles of the law, with somewhat more stress upon public law and perspective courses than upon the traditional, first-year law curriculum.
The second and third years allow some variation in course work and research, while including certain common program requirements.
Details of the program, its regulations, and course descriptions are outlined in the separate Faculty of Law Calendar, which may be obtained from the Law Admissions Office.
Canadian and American Dual JD Program
The Canadian and 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; help students successfully pass the bar examinations in either country; enable its graduates to practice law in a manner consonant with the highest standards of competence, professional ethics, and concerns for justice as exemplified by the traditions of the legal profession in both countries.
The program requires a student to successfully complete 60 credit hours of course work at the University of Detroit Mercy and 44 credit hours of course work at the University of Windsor. Most mandatory courses require the student to study both US. and Canadian law relevant to the subject area.
This program is designed to enable a student to obtain an American Bar Association-approved Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) Degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and the nationally recognized Juris Doctor (JD) Degree from the University of Windsor within three calendar years.
Intellectual Property Law Program
The Intellectual Property Law Institute (I.P.L.I.) was created in 1987 through the efforts of the State Bar of Michigan and the law faculties of The University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University, and the University of Windsor.
Intellectual property is one of the most innovative, exciting, challenging, and rewarding areas of the law. The I.P.L.I. is dedicated to providing basic and advanced legal education and furthering knowledge, scholarship, and research in the law governing the richly diverse fields of intellectual property: patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and know-how, computers and related technology, communications and media entertainment, technology transfer, trade regulation, and the arts.
The primary purpose of the I.P.L.I. is to offer an exceptional and rich curriculum for students and lawyers in the field of intellectual property. I.P.L.I. courses have the advantage of sharing the resources of three law schools, as well as the experience and expertise of practicing members of the Michigan Bar Association. In particular, each course deals with appropriate American and Canadian jurisprudence.
The Access to Justice Lecture Series
Each year a leading scholar is invited to deliver an original lecture on the theme of "Access to Justice". The lecturer then reworks his or her paper for the purpose of publication in The Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice.
The George M. Duck Lecture Series
A trust fund was established by a donation in memory of George M. Duck in order to institute an annual series of public lectures on the theme "Law in a Changing Society". Annually an eminent scholar will be invited to present the Lecture.
Bernard Cohn Memorial Lecture in Criminal Law
A trust has been established by the friends and family of Bernard Cohn, Q.C. to institute an annual series of public lectures on the theme of Criminal Law and Procedure. Each year an eminent judge, practitioner or scholar will be invited to present the lectures.
Windsor/Wayne Law Forum
The Faculties of Law from the University of Windsor and Wayne State University in Michigan hold an annual lecture series known as the Windsor/Wayne Law Forum. Two professors, one from each institution, examine a given topic from a Canadian and an American perspective. The public is invited to attend these forums. Some of the topics in the series have been "The Role of the Judiciary in a Democratic Society," "Unions, Employees and the Concept of Fair Representation", and "An Introduction to and a Few Perspectives on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms".
Paul Martin Professorship in International Law
The Paul Martin Endowed Professorship was named for the Hon. Paul Martin, who represented the Windsor area for over thirty-three years, earning distinction in international affairs. The professorship was funded by corporate, private, and government contributions to a campaign launched at the University of Windsor in 1982. The inaugural professor was Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Sir Shridath Ramphal, followed by Professor Edward McWhinney, then of Simon Fraser University. The 1990 holder was The Hon. Gough Whitlam, former Prime Minister of Australia. In July, 1993, the Hon. Howard Pawley, P.C., Q.C., LL.D., former Premier of Manitoba, began a five-year term as holder of the Chair. Dr. Alice Erh-Soon Tay, Challis Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney, Australia, and President, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, was the Paul Martin Professor in 1999.
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