JD/MSW - Overview

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Outstanding Academics
Washington University offers the premier JD/MSW dual degree program in the country. Sponsored by the School of Law and the Brown School, JD/MSW dual degree students enjoy access to two highly competitive schools. US News and World Report has consistently ranked the Brown School as the #1 school of social work in the country. Likewise, the law school has an exceptional academic reputation and is nationally-recognized as a top-tier law school.

A Large Cohort
In addition to the outstanding academic package offered by Washington University’s law and social work schools, Washington University has the largest cohort of current JD/MSW students in the country, with an average of a dozen students enrolled in the program at one time. An engaged and engaging set of students, the Dual Degree JD/MSW students have formed a student group, the Law & Social Work Society, for students who are interested in or are pursuing the JD/MSW The Society provides invaluable support, information, and a social outlet for students enrolled in the JD/MSW dual degree throughout their studies.

Total current students (2012/13 school year): 12
Started in Law: 9
Started in SW: 3

Advantages of the JD/MSW Dual Degree
The JD/MSW dual degree program enables students to gain both a J.D. and an M.S.W. in less time than it would take to complete each degree separately (4 years instead of 5). See the Degree Requirements Page for more information. In addition, students find a community among these dual degree candidates as well as a support network.

JD/MSWdual degree students learn to manage both the rigor of law and the humanity of social work. With the impressive resources of both schools and a supportive and engaged student cohort you will have all the tools you want and need to start an amazing career.

The JD/MSW dual degree prepares students to be strong and effective advocates for their clients, assume positions of leadership in government and non-profit organizations, and effect change in systems and policies. The unique skills dual degree students gain through their legal and social work training serve to enhance their skills and opportunities. The dual degree helps to set you apart from other students and make an impression on potential employers.