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.