Joint Degree Program in Social Work and Law
The M.S.W./J.D. program combines the two-year Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with the three-year Juris Doctor (J.D.) program offered by the KU School of Law into a course of study designed to offer students a thorough academic grounding in both substantive areas. Students may be able to complete both degrees within a continuously enrolled four-year period, depending on the availability of required courses and the student’s academic performance in both programs. Diplomas are awarded concurrently by each school when all requirements for each degree are completed.
Current national debates involve complex social welfare issues, suggesting that an important relationship exists between social policy and social work advocacy activities, including areas involving the interface of clinical practice and law. Lawyers who advocate for those challenged by social conditions and social policies must appreciate the unique perspective that social work brings to these circumstances. Career opportunities for graduates of this combined degree are available in a variety of settings, including law firms, health services delivery organizations, managed care organizations, private and public regulatory agencies, and in various governmental capacities.