Our nation and society must face major social problems to fulfill American dreams and promises. A person educated in both social work and law is better equipped to understand and shape the programs and policies that affect human lives and to use legal and institutional resources to work with individuals and communities to improve their lives and society. The dual-degree program in social work and law is a valuable preparation for careers in advocacy, as well as in the administration of human service organizations, and in executive, legislative or judicial arenas in all areas of social welfare and social policy including child welfare, family law, criminal justice, health and well-being.

The dual-degree program makes it possible to earn an MSW and JD within four years, generally including study during one summer through credit sharing. The 27-credit Foundation Curriculum is the same for all students. As part of the 36-credit Advanced Curriculum, the School of Social Work accepts 6 credits from the law school. The six credits must be selected in consultation with the Academic Coordinator of the MSW/JD dual degree program.

Dual-degree students have access to the full range of social work field placements.

Admissions Information

Applicants apply to the School of Social Work and the School of Law, and they are expected to meet the usual deadlines, standards, and requirements for admission.

In most cases, students who anticipate pursuing the dual degree apply to both schools simultaneously.

If admitted to both, they defer admission to one school and start taking the foundation/core curriculum in the school of their choice. It is also possible for students in the foundation/core curriculum of either school to apply to the other program and to begin there the following year. Some students apply to one of the schools for the second time (having not gained admission the first time), after having begun work in the other school. The Assistant Dean for Admissions provides information to applicants, does recruiting, and answers specific inquiries about the dual degree.


The 27-credit foundation social work curriculum is the same for all students. As part of the advanced curriculum, the School of Social Work accepts six hours of credits from the Law School. These courses must be selected in consultation with Dr. Shdaimah. Three elective credits are also accepted from the Law School (any course). The School of Law accepts nine transfer credits from the School of Social Work. These credits should be selected in consultation with the Academic Advisor at the School of Law.

Field Placement Info

Dual degree students have access to the full range of social work field placements. Most, but not all, dual degree students want to do at least some of their field work in legal or forensic settings where social workers and attorneys interact, where clients have both legal and social problems, or where legislation is advocated or drafted. Some potential field settings include: Circuit Court Medical Office (Baltimore), Public Defenders Office (Baltimore), Legal Aid (Towson), UMB Law Clinic (Baltimore), Family Court Services of Harford County (Bel Air), Children of Separation and Divorce (Columbia), House of Ruth (Baltimore), Domestic Relations Court (Baltimore), Child Welfare League of America (Washington), and several correctional facilities. While this is not a complete list, dual degree students have benefited from these placements, a few of which offer supervision by field instructors holding both the MSW and JD.


Students are encouraged to meet with the dual degree program advisors in order to schedule classes and ensure that all requirements will be met in a timely manner. The School of Social Work advisor is Dr. Corey Shdaimah (410-706-7544 or cshdaimah@ssw.umaryland.edu) and the Law School advisor is Director of Admissions Jonathan Glick,  (410-706-7365 or jglick@law.umaryland.edu


Students first start the program at one school and take classes for at least one academic year. After spending a year in each school, students are free to mix social work and law courses together during their remaining semesters. Students who matriculate full-time can complete both degrees within four years.

Tuition and Aid

Tuition for students in the MSW/JD program is calculated as follows:

Dual degree students are billed tuition and fees of the school in which they are taking the majority of credits in a particular semester.

Because students may be enrolled in two degree programs in the same year, students are encouraged to call the Office of Financial Assistance and Education to ensure that financial aid awards are calculated correctly.

For more information, contact: 

Corey Shdaimah, PhD, LLB, LLM
University of Maryland School of Social Work
525 W. Redwood St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-1777

Jonathan M. Glick, Esq.
Director of Admissions
The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Office of Admissions
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 2120
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