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Social Work and Law

Program Description

The dual degree program in social work and law prepares students for leadership roles in advocacy, policy, management, and social justice in a specialized area of human services practice.


Students may apply to both programs concurrently or apply after acceptance and admission to the first. Generally, it is recommended that students apply to the School of Social Work during their first year of law school. Students usually complete two years of law school and then begin full-time course work in the School of Social Work. Requirements remaining in both programs are completed during the third and fourth years.

Students can select either concentration in social work for the MSW/JD dual degree. Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other.


A total of 124 credit hours

  • 50 hours in social work
  • 74 hours in law

For all candidates

  • 12 of the 86 hours for the JD may be counted from the social work curriculum
  • 12 of the 62 credit hours for the MSW may be counted from the law curriculum
  • The MSW/JD may be earned in four years of study

Candidates in the MSW/JD dual degree program may count certain courses toward both degrees.
Each candidate’s plan of study must be approved by the advisor in each program.

For more information, visit:
or contact Mimi Chapman, professor at the School of Social Work
(919) 843-8282