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.