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Dual-Degree: Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work

In cooperation with the UConn School of Social Work, the School of Law offers student the opportunity to earn a dual degree of J.D./M.S.W. The J.D./M.S.W. degree is designed for students who are interested in the social impact of the legal system upon individuals. Students pursue this degree to prepare for careers in fields such as public interest law, mental health law, elder law, women's rights, penology, juvenile advocacy, human services administration, community organizing and public policy and planning. The dual degree program is highly individualistic in nature in order to provide each student with the best possible combination of these two disciplines.

Admission Requirements and Course of Study

All students who wish to pursue a dual degree program must first be granted separate admission into both programs. A dual degree enrollment form, approved by each school will also be required. Students in the dual degree program may obtain both degrees in four years, compared with five years, if both degrees were pursued separately. Study is generally begun at the School of Law, where during the first year, students will complete a minimum of (33) credits of required curriculum study. During the second year, students will complete a minimum of (6) social work courses, their first year field placement and a minimum of (2) law courses. Year three will consist of a minimum of (3) social work courses, a law school clinical experience (which will satisfy the School of Social Work's second year field placement requirement), and (6) law school courses. During year four, students will take all remaining credits. Additionally, all students must comply with the rules regarding credit load limitations. When credits from both programs are combined, without prior approval from the Associate Dean, full time students may not exceed (16) credits and part time students may not exceed (12) credits per semester. Students seeking to exceed these limits must obtain permission from the associate dean for academic affairs at the Law School. In no case will permission to exceed these limits be granted if course work at the law school would account for more than (17) of the total combined credits in one semester, due to ABA Standards.

Completion Requirements

In addition to satisfaction of the requirements of both programs of study, dual degree candidates are required to complete these programs concurrently. The final award of transfer credit is contingent upon completion of both programs.

Transfer Agreement

The J.D. degree program requires completion of (86) credits (including all required first-year courses, a course in Legal Ethics and Responsibility, and an intensive, analytical paper which satisfies a writing requirement). The M.S.W. degree program requires completion of (60) credits (including Social Work Basics, methods courses in the student's selected concentration, two field placements, electives). The School of Law will accept (12) credits from among a student's advanced M.S.W. courses for transfer. The School of Social Work will accept (10) credits of clinical education credits earned at the School of Law when taken in conjunction with field placement at the School of Social Work. Additionally, the School of Social Work will accept (8) credits of non-clinical work earned at the School of Law.

Law Courses Acceptable for Transfer to the M.S.W. Program
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil and Political Rights
  • Center for Children's Advocacy
  • Clinic: Poverty Law
  • Elder Law
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Family Law
  • Health Care Law: Regulation and Financing
  • Juvenile Law
  • Law and Medicine
  • Law and Public Education
  • Mental Health Law
  • Street Law
M.S.W. Courses Acceptable for Transfer to the J.D. Program (12 Credits)

The School of Law will accept (12) credits from among a student's advanced M.S.W. courses for transfer.

Faculty Advisors

UConn School of Law
Associate Dean Paul Chill
860-570-5201

UConn School Social Work
Associate Dean Catherine M. Havens
West Hartford, CT
860-570-9141