Course of Study Options

The JD/MSW dual-degree offers two course of study options:

  • A four-year JD/MSW program, for students with any bachelor's degree major
  • A three-year Advanced Standing JD/MSW program, for students with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree

JD/MSW Curriculum (Four Year)

We recommend that you begin the program in the School of Social Work, as this course sequence allows consistent contact with your law cohort in the last three years of the program. However, you may choose to begin in the Law School.

First Year in Social Work

Second Year in Law

Fall Semester

LAW 500 Legal Profession
LAW 501 Civil Procedure and Ethics
LAW 509 Torts
LAW 511 Constitutional Law 1
LAW 515 Legal Analysis, Writing and Research I

Spring Semester

LAW 503 Contracts
LAW 505 Criminal Law
LAW 507 Property
LAW 516 Legal Analysis, Writing and Research II

Third Year in Law and Social Work

Fall Semester

Law & Social Work Clinic (3 cr)
Law 564 Legal Ethics
JD/MSW Colloquium (1 cr)
SW Advanced Intervention (Choose one)
SW Advanced Topic Analysis (Choose one)
SW 542 Perspectives on Trauma and Human Rights

Spring Semester

Spring Semester

SW Advanced Topic Analysis (Choose one) (3 cr)
JD/MSW Colloquium (1 cr)
Law and Social Work Clinic (3 cr)
Law Electives (Choose two)

Fourth Year in Law

Fall Semester

Law Seminar
Law Electives (Choose four)

Spring Semester

Law Electives (Choose five)

Advanced Standing JD/MSW Curriculum (Three Year)

This option is only for students that have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. View additional advanced standing prerequisites on our apply page. 

Advanced Standing students must begin the program in the Law School. 

First Year in Law

Fall Semester

LAW 500 Legal Profession
LAW 501 Civil Procedure and Ethics
LAW 509 Torts
LAW 511 Constitutional Law 1
LAW 515 Legal Analysis, Writing and Research I

Spring Semester

LAW 503 Contracts
LAW 505 Criminal Law
LAW 507 Property
LAW 516 Legal Analysis, Writing and Research II

Summer Semester (Between First and Second Years)

Second Year in Law and Social Work

Law & Social Work Clinic (3 cr)
Law 564 Legal Ethics
JD/MSW Colloquium (1 cr)
SW Advanced Intervention (Choose one)
SW Advanced Topic Analysis (Choose one)
SW 542 Perspectives on Trauma and Human Rights

Spring Semester

SW Advanced Topic Analysis (Choose one) (3 cr)
JD/MSW Colloquium (1 cr)
Law and Social Work Clinic (3 cr)
Law Electives (Choose two)

Third Year in Law

Fall Semester

Law Seminar
Law Electives (Choose four)

Spring Semester

Law Electives (Choose five)

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