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 public/social policy organizations.  Students will gain an understanding of institutions and multidisciplinary problem-solving skills in this dual degree program. Upon completion of the JD/MSW, students become effective client advocates.

Who should consider a JD/MSW?

A student who is interested in:

  • Public interest law, including legal aid
  • Criminal and juvenile justice administration
  • Organizations that promote community development and fair housing, including access to mental health services
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Non-profit management, including government administration

How do I apply for the program?

A separate application must be submitted to both the law school and the School of Social Work. Please indicate to both schools, at the time you apply, that you are seeking admission as a joint-degree candidate. WashULaw will grant all current Washington University graduate students who wish to pursue a joint degree an application fee waiver.

How long does it take to earn a JD/MSW?

The JD/MSW takes four years to complete – one year less than if both degrees were completed separately. Students must comply with the admission requirements for both degree programs. The equivalent of five semesters (earning 77 credits) are spent at the law school and three semesters (earning 51 credits) are at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Students who start in one program are welcome to apply to the other program and begin the JD/MSW in their second year of school.

Why Washington University?

WashULaw and the Brown School of Social Work are top-ranked schools in their respective fields. Both schools have outstanding placement rates and offer an extensive alumni network.  Students in the JD/MSW degree program have access to the incredible resources of the Career Center at the law school and the Career Services office at Brown.

Who should I contact if I need additional information?

  • Email the Admissions Office or call (314) 935-4525.
  • For questions related to tuition and financial aid, please email Carrie Burns, Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Student Services, or call (314) 935-4605.
  • For questions related to registration and residency or other course requirements, please email Sarah Hellin, Registrar, or call (314) 935-7458.
  • For questions about academic advising, please email Elizabeth Walsh, Associate Dean of Student Services, or call (314) 935-5861.