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School of Law
Maguire Hall, 5th Floor
1 E. Pearson Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Dual Degree JD/MSW in Law and Social Work
An understanding of critical social and legal issues and interpersonal dynamics enhances your ability to represent and advocate for your clients. The dual MSW/JD prepares you for a range of practice options, including direct representation or clinical work, systemic reform, legislative advocacy, and community development. Offered jointly with the Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work, the four-year dual Master of Social Work (MSW)/JD program gives you a broader understanding of the human concerns in legal interventions.
The joint degree program is applicable to many fields, including child welfare, domestic relations, domestic violence, education, immigration, juvenile justice, mental health, and services to the elderly. Within the MSW program, you may choose one of two tracks: the clinical track or leadership track. Field placements are available in a number of settings, including mental health, child and family, geriatric and chemical dependency.
You will achieve all learning outcomes of both the JD and MSW degrees. Your studies in each program will be enhanced by designing a curriculum tailored to your interests and career goals.
To earn a JD/MSW dual degree, you must complete a total of 128 credit hours, including 77 law credit hours, and 51 MSW credit hours, including two internships. The dual degree can be completed in four years of concentrated study. You will spend your first year as a full-time law student. JD foundational course requirements and skills and experiential course requirements will be taken in the second, third and fourth years, concurrent with social work courses.
Applicants for the dual JD/MSW degree should apply separately for admission to both the School of Social Work and to the School of Law, indicating intent to pursue a dual degree.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Large City
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