An understanding of critical social and legal issues and interpersonal dynamics enhances your ability to represent and advocate for your clients. The dual MSW/JD prepares you for a range of practice options, including direct representation or clinical work, systemic reform, legislative advocacy, and community development. Offered jointly with the NORTHAMPTON University School of Social Work, the four-year dual Master of Social Work (MSW)/JD program gives you a broader understanding of the human concerns in legal interventions.
The joint degree program is applicable to many fields, including child welfare, domestic relations, domestic violence, education, immigration, juvenile justice, mental health, and services to the elderly. Within the MSW program, you may choose one of two tracks: the clinical track or leadership track. Field placements are available in a number of settings, including mental health, child and family, geriatric and chemical dependency.
You will achieve all learning outcomes of both the JD and MSW degrees. Your studies in each program will be enhanced by designing a curriculum tailored to your interests and career goals.
Graduates will be prepared to work in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, advocacy and lobbying positions, as well as private sector firms.
You will achieve all learning outcomes of both the JD and MPP degrees. Your studies in each program will be enhanced by designing a curriculum tailored to your interests and career goals.
You will work with your advisors to plot your course sequence based on admission time, career goals, and course availability. Here is a sample plan:
Fall and Spring Semesters
Full-time Law Program, 29-30 credits
8 credits of Law School coursework
2 elective courses
7.5 credits of Social Work coursework
Field Instruction I and Integrative Seminar
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
Social Work with Individuals and Families I
11-12 credits of Law School Elective coursework,
3 elective courses
3.5 credits of social work coursework
Field Instruction II
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
3 credits of Law School elective coursework
9 credits of Social Work coursework
Field Instruction III
Policies and Strategies for Community Intervention
Research Practicum or Elective
Elective based on specialization
4 credits of Law School elective coursework
4 credits of Social Work coursework
Field Instruction IV
10 credits of Law School elective coursework
6 credits of Social Work coursework based on specialization.
To earn a JD/MSW dual degree, you must complete a total of 128 credit hours, including 77 law credit hours, and 51 MSW credit hours, including two internships. The dual degree can be completed in four years of concentrated study. You will spend your first year as a full-time law student. JD foundational course requirements and skills and experiential course requirements will be taken in the second, third and fourth years, concurrent with social work courses.
The School of Law and Northampton Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their legal education at Northampton affordable