Joint JD/MSW Program

The JD/MSW dual degree offers students the opportunity to gain an exceptional knowledge base and skill set that will prepare them to assume positions of leadership in law and social policy, to advocate effectively for clients, to understand systems and institutions, and to actively pursue social justice. Students enrolled in Washington University’s JD/MSW program frequently seek careers in the areas of traditional social work, public interest law, government administration, nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, or public policy—among others.

The JD/MSW program generally takes four years, one less than if the two degrees were completed separately.  Students may start their first year in either the Law School or the Brown School, generally move to their counterpart school for the second year, and then pursue mixed coursework in the final two years. Students who start in only one program are welcome to apply to the other and begin the dual degree in their second year.  More details about the program may be found here. [link to the program requirements to be provided soon] 

In addition to the required 8 credits of social work practicum field work, many JD/MSW students also participate in one or more of the law school’s clinical programs, including the the Criminal Justice Clinic. Students find meaningful and applicable course offerings in both schools, including in areas such as family law, labor and employment law, practice with children and youth, critical jurisprudence, social policy, health policy, intergroup dialogue, and practice with immigrant populations.

The Law & Social Work Society, a student group shared between the two schools, exists to facilitate the process of obtaining both degrees and to serve as a platform for interdisciplinary communication between the two schools.  In addition, the society sponsors activities throughout the year, including community service projects, academic assistance meetings, alumni networking events, and social functions.

Faculty advisors are Elizabeth Walsh ( at the Law School and Anna Shabsin ( at the Brown School.


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Additional Program Requirements

JD degree requirement information [view
Courses that fulfill the JD requirement of 67 credit hours of regularly scheduled classes  [view]
Order of the Coif eligibility [view]