Future JD Students

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University of Windsor Faculty of Law

401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
Phone: 519.253.3000, ext. 2925 | Fax: 519.973.7064
Internet: www.uwindsor.ca/law | E-mail:

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Introduction

Windsor Law logoThe University of Windsor law faculty was established in 1969. It has an enviable reputation for access to justice, Canada-US issues, and excellence in teaching and research.

The law faculty is located on the main campus of the University of Windsor, approximately two miles from downtown Windsor. Its campus comprises 75 acres situated on the Detroit River at the foot of the imposing Ambassador Bridge to the United States. The university is fully accredited to the doctoral level. The faculty is accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada and all of the other commonlaw law societies of Canada.

Enrollment/Student Body

  • 2,524 applicants
  • 513 admitted first-year class 2010
  • 217 enrolled first-year class 2010 (includes Canadian and American Dual JD Program)
  • 604 total full time
  • 4 total half time
  • 57 percent women
  • Many provinces and countries represented in student body

Faculty

  • 80.5 total
  • 33.5 full time
  • 47 part time or adjunct
  • 12 women full time
  • 6 minorities full time

Library and Physical Facilities

  • 352,773 library volumes and equivalents
  • CCH Online, HeinOnline, LLMC Online, LexisNexis Quicklaw, Westlaw Canada, and others
  • 3 full-time librarians
  • 2 computer labs with a total of 45 computers
  • Library seats 307

Curriculum

  • Academic Success Program
  • IPLI, Clinical Law Program, Northwest Territories Clerkship, Provincial Court Clerkships
  • 34 credits in Law I and 29–32 credits in each of Law II and Law III (total number of units/credits required to graduate)
  • 89 total number of courses available
  • Degrees and combined degrees available—JD, Canadian and American Dual JD, MBA/JD, MSW/JD

The faculty offers a three-day academic and social orientation program to introduce first-year students to the study of law.

Special Programs

Through our Canadian and American Dual JD Program with the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, students complete 104 credits in three years and successful graduates receive both their Canadian Juris Doctor (JD) and their American Juris Doctor (JD) degrees. The program prepares graduates to practice law in both Canada and the United States. 

An integrated MBA/JD Program is offered in conjunction with the Odette School of Business.

The integrated MSW/JD Program is offered in conjunction with the School of Social Work.

The Intellectual Property Law Institute, a joint effort of the University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University, and the University of Windsor, features courses taught by either full-time law professors of one of the three participating law schools or practicing lawyers with extensive experience in some area of intellectual property.

Our experiental learning curriculum features the Clinical Law Program, which sensitizes law students to the various roles that lawyers perform as client counsellors, advocates, policymakers, legal scholars, and custodians of the legal system, and offers one academic term's credit. In addition, there is the University of Windsor Mediation Services, Community Legal Aid, and a special internship for a limited number of students with the justices of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories. There is also an intensive experience in the Centre for Enterprise and Law.

The Faculty of Law has a limited enrollment half-time study program. Decisions regarding admission to the half-time program will be made by the Admission Committee. Applicants must meet the faculty's general admission requirements. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are unable to attend law school on a full-time basis because of any or all of the following: exceptional family obligations, significant financial hardship, or health disability. In limited circumstances, consideration may also be given to occupational involvement where an applicant is established in a public service career whose work would be assisted and improved by the study of law.

Special programs may be established in an area of the student's special interest under the supervision of faculty members in the form of a supervised study program.

Admission

  • Application deadline—November 1 and April 15
  • Oldest LSAT score accepted—6 years
  • Application fee—$90

The objective of the admission policy is to select from among the many applicants who will excel at the study of law and, at the same time, contribute creatively and meaningfully to the law school and the community.

The admission criteria and procedure for the entering class are (a) university program, (b) work experience, (c) community involvement, (d) personal accomplishments, (e) career objectives, (f) personal considerations, and (g) Law School Admission Test scores.

No one factor is solely determinative of admission to the law school. The Admission Committee assesses applications in light of all the above criteria.

Windsor Law recognizes that native Canadians are not adequately represented within the legal profession. The admission policy of the Faculty of Law encourages native Canadians to pursue legal studies.

Unconditional and conditional acceptances may be granted to native Canadian applicants who are considered to have good potential for the study of law. Applicants who have received a conditional acceptance from the Faculty of Law, and who have successfully completed the program of Legal Studies for Native People offered each summer by the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, will be admitted to the first year of the JD program and may receive credit for Property Law. 

Activities

The University of Windsor publishes the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, a refereed journal edited by faculty members. It also publishes the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, which is edited by students.

Competitions include the Arnup Cup Moot, Bertha Wilson Moot, Donald G. Bowman National Tax Moot, Competitive Client Counselling Moot, Corporate/Securities Moot, Gale Moot, Harold G. Fox Moot, Kawaskimhon Aboriginal Moot, Koskie Minsky Diversity Moot, and the Laskin Moot. International mooting competitions include the Canadian National Mediation Advocacy Competition (CNMAC), International Criminal Law Moot, International Mediation Moot, Jessup International Moot, and the Niagara International Moot.

Students participate in the legal aid services provided by the faculty through its downtown office, Legal Assistance of Windsor, as well as in campus-based Community Legal Aid. Students also participate in the University of Windsor Mediation Services and in the Pro Bono Students Canada program.

Expenses and Financial Aid

  • Tuition and fees—full time (Canadian and American Dual JD students also pay tuition to the University of Detroit Mercy), $13,410; half time, $5,450
  • Room and board—approximately $900/month
  • Approximately $2,000/year for new books
  • Variety of awards, bursaries, and entrance scholarships available
  • Variety of awards and bursaries available for minorities
  • Financial aid available—Emergency Loan

Academic Success Program

The Academic Success Program assists first-year students in making the transition to law studies. Students can attend weekly sessions on general topics that will assist them with learning strategies ranging from case analysis and briefing, to exam preparation and exam writing techniques. As well, students can attend regular tutorials in five first-year classes led by upper-year students. Tutors also meet with students outside of class to address individual questions or concerns.

Career Services Office

Through our Career Services Office, students obtain assistance with the identification of career paths and objectives, résumé and cover letter writing skills, successful interviewing techniques, and transitioning from student to practitioner. Our Career Services program provides individual counseling, as well as seminars, workshops, panel discussions, and job shadowing opportunities; provides information on traditional and nontraditional legal careers; and encourages students to explore the wide range of possibilities for utilizing their law degree. It is responsible for the administration of various recruitment programs, including on-campus interviews, and the coordination of our annual Career Day featuring legal employers from a variety of markets.

Student Services Office

The Student Services Office provides students with a wide range of services to enhance their law school experience, including academic and personal support through counseling, programming, and other resources. We also provide students with assistance in financing their legal education through indebtedness counseling; the allocation of scholarships, bursaries, and awards; and the administration of both the Emergency Loan Program and the Windsor Law Alumni Fund for Enhancement of Student Life. For students who are interested in attending other institutions on a Letter of Permission or as part of a study-abroad program, whether international or domestic, the Student Services Office will guide you through the research, application, and course-selection process.

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