Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work

Program Contacts: Carol R. Awasu, 203-582-6433; and Carolyn Wilkes Kaas, 203-582-3234

Students interested in earning both a JD and a Master of Social Work may earn both degrees on an accelerated basis by enrolling in the Dual-Degree JD/MSW program.

The two degree programs, if completed separately, require 146 credits – 86 for the JD and 60 for the MSW. Students in the dual-degree program are required to complete only 131 total credits.

Dual-degree students earn:

  1. Their JD with 77 law credits and 9 social work credits (from courses approved in advance by the associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Law); and
  2. Their MSW with 54 social work credits and 6 law credits (from courses approved by the director of the MSW program).

The two programs, which require five years of study if taken separately, can be completed in 4½ years in the ordinary course, or in 4 calendar years if 11 law credits are earned during summer semesters.

Students must apply and be accepted separately to each program. Ideally, students would apply to both programs before starting either degree, but a student enrolled in either program could, during the first year (and possibly later), apply for and be accepted to the other program. Upon admission to the dual-degree program, the enrolled student must meet with the director of the MSW program and the law school associate dean for academic affairs.

Students may begin their study in either program but must complete the first year in each program before any advanced courses can be taken in that program. To obtain either degree, students must complete all graduation requirements for both degrees, including the core upper-level law courses, legal writing requirements, lawyer professional responsibility course, experiential law credits, and the social work fieldwork requirements.

Dual-Degree JD/MSW Program of Study

The curriculum for the professional courses in the program are subject to modification as deemed necessary to maintain a high-quality educational experience and keep current with best practices in the profession.

Scheduling Options: Beginning with the MSW 

MSW Generalist Curriculum (30 credits). Note: 3 of these credits also count toward the law degree.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
SW 500 Generalist Field Education Practicum I (w/ seminar (16 hours per week in field placement) 3
SW 501 Social Work Practice I: Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3
SW 504 Social Welfare and Social Policy 3
SW 505 Social Work Research 3
SW 511 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Theories for Practice for Individuals and Families 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
SW 502 Generalist Field Education Practicum II (w/ seminar (16 hours per week in field placement) 3
SW 503 Social Work Practice Ii: Social Work Practice with Groups, Organizations and Communities 3
SW 507 Issues of Diversity and Oppression 3
SW 508 Psychopathology 3
SW 512 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Theories for Groups, Organizations and Communities 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall Semester
JD Required First-Year Curriculum 15
 Credits15
Spring Semester
JD Required First-Year Curriculum (cont.) 15
 Credits15
Summer Semester
Students have the option of earning law credits during the first summer.  
 Credits0
Third Year
Fall Semester
MSW Specialized Curriculum (6 credits count toward the law degree)  
SW 600 Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/Behavioral Health I 4
SW 601 Social Work Practice III: Specialized Clinical Social Work Practice 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research Work Programs and Practice 2
Law School Elective 3
Clinical Elective course 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
SW 602 Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/Behavioral Health II 4
SW 603 Social Work Practice IV: Specialized Organizational Social Work Practice 3
SW 605 Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project 2
Law School Elective 3
MSW Elective course 3
 Credits15
Summer Semester
Students may earn law credits, if needed.  
 Credits0
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
JD Upper-Level Curriculum, including all other graduation requirements 15
 Credits15
Spring Semester
JD Upper-Level Curriculum (cont.) 15
 Credits15
Summer Semester
Students may earn law credits, if needed.  
 Credits0
 Total Credits120

Scheduling Option: Beginning with the JD 

First Year
Required JD First-Year Courses30
Summer
Students may earn course credit

First Year: JD Required First-year Curriculum (30 credits).

Summer: Students may earn law credits during the first summer.

Second Year: MSW Generalist Curriculum (30 credits). Note: 3 of these credits will count toward the law degree.

Summer: Students may earn law credits during the second summer.

Third Year: JD Upper-level Curriculum, including all other graduation requirements (30 credits). Note: 6 of these credits will count toward the MSW. 

Summer: Students may earn law credits during the third summer, if needed.

Fourth Year: MSW Specialized Curriculum (30 credits). Note: 6 of these credits will count toward the law.

Note: While it is possible to enroll for two years in one program and then two years in the other, an alternating schedule is recommended.

Admission to Dual-Degree JD/MSW Program

Students interested in earning both a JD and a Master of Social Work may earn both degrees on an accelerated basis by enrolling in the Dual-Degree JD/MSW program. Students must apply and be accepted separately to each program. Ideally, students would apply to both programs before starting either but a student enrolled in either program could, during the first year (and possibly later), apply for and be accepted to the other program.

To qualify for admission to the MSW program, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association, with a preferred minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least 20 semester credits in liberal arts. 

Background Check and Drug Screening

To ensure their safety and maintain high-quality care of patients, clinical affiliates of the university require students to have a criminal background check. All students entering the Quinnipiac JD/MSW program are required to undergo a criminal background check (through the university vendor) prior to beginning classes. This is a mandatory component of the program. In addition, MSW students may be required to undergo a criminal background re-check and/or drug screen prior to any of their field placements. The results are made available to the student through their own personal and secure online portal. Whenever a Quinnipiac JD/MSW student may need proof of his/her criminal background check for field placements, the student will release the information directly from their personal portal to the clinical site. The cost of the criminal background check and any re-checks and/or drug screens is the responsibility of each individual student.