Global Perspectives

The practice of law is intertwined with world affairs.

Detroit Mercy Law's location on a major international border in downtown Detroit provides opportunity to gain global perspectives. At Detroit Mercy Law, you will enhance your legal education and career opportunities with global perspectives through exposure to international legal issues and legal systems of other countries.

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    Graduate eligible to be licensed in both the US and Canada

    Gain a competitive edge in today’s globalized legal environment with the Canadian & American Dual JD Program—the only comparative program of its kind in North America in which students earn two law degrees in three years and graduate eligible to be licensed in both the US and Canada.

    “An international legal perspective, unique experiential learning opportunities and a supportive community of students and faculty are key highlights of my Dual JD experience."

    Chris Betty
    Christopher Betty '17, Dual JD, Associate Director Business Development, Global Equity Derivatives at Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets, Toronto, ON
     


    “The Dual JD Program has set me up for my truly “cross-border” career. After practicing law in Toronto, I recently transitioned to working for an AmLaw 100 law firm in New York City. While the curriculum is certainly challenging, double the degrees means double the opportunities.” 

    Alex Treiber
    Alexander Treiber '16, Dual JD, Litigation Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York City, NY
     

     

    “The Dual JD Program equipped me with the right tools to navigate diverse legal systems in a global environment.”

    Irene Fatehi

     

    Irene Fatehi '15, Dual JD, Legal Counsel, Derivatives, Ontario Securities Commission, Toronto, ON
     


    "The Dual JD program gave me options no other program could have. If you want an education that will instantly set you apart from other candidates, this program might be for you."

    Nashara Peart

     

    Nashara Peart '18, Dual JD, Associate Attorney, Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone PLC, Detroit, MI
     

     
    Cross-Border Canadian & American Dual JD Student Experience

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    Study Abroad

    Detroit Mercy Law students gain exposure to legal studies and practice around the globe through the International Opportunities Program, which provides access to study abroad programs in over 60 countries.

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    Gain expanded access to international and comparative law courses

    The Comparative Law Consortium gives students expanded access to international and comparative law course offerings. Students who have satisfactorily completed at least one year of law school and are in good academic standing may complete one elective course at Windsor Law for credit toward their degree from Detroit Mercy Law. Requests to enroll in a course through the Consortium should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.

    “Detroit Mercy Law is one of the most globally focused law schools. The school is uniquely situated to offer courses related to cross-border transactions and litigation.”

    Parker Mckibbon

     

    Parker Mckibbon '19, Dual JD

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    Teach law in France

    Through the French Scholar Program, a Detroit Mercy Law graduate is hired to teach US legal courses at the University d' Auvergne in Clermont Ferrand, France. The French Scholar teaches several American law courses over two semesters. The courses are selected by the Dean at the University d' Auvergne. The ability to speak, read, and write French is preferred, but not required, as the French Scholar teaches in English. Applications for the French Scholar opportunity are typically accepted by the Career Services Office in January.

    "Detroit Mercy Law prepared me for a global legal career. While at Detroit Mercy Law, I met many attorneys with a variety of legal backgrounds, which led to me being selected as a Summer Associate in the Dubai office of a global law firm. The skills a lawyer uses today transcend beyond the mere borders of the lawyer’s respective state or country and are used globally. It is imperative that rising lawyers gain exposure to jurisdictions around the world and learn to adapt to the various circumstances they encounter. It is both an honor and a privilege to represent Detroit Mercy Law as the French Scholar."

    Ryan Mardini

     

    Ryan Mardini '18, French Scholar

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    Build an international network

    Join our international network of 8000+ practicing alumni throughout the US, Canada and beyond. With Detroit Mercy Law consisting of 60% US JD students and 40% Dual JD students, you can develop and grow your network with us.

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    "The location of Detroit Mercy Law and the experience is unlike anywhere else. You are across the river from another country, and you meet both American and Canadian law students. I wanted a school that would expand my network internationally and that is exactly what I got at Detroit Mercy Law."

    Lorena Victoria Bejan
    Lorena Victoria Bejan '19, Dual JD