Chris HinelyAdmissions Coordinator
Karen RomanoAssistant Dean and Director of Admissions
Springfield College School of Social Work and Western New England University School of Law offer a dual MSW/JD degree program that allows interested students to save time and tuition by obtaining both degrees at the same time. The MSW/JD dual degree program prepares students for practice in areas where law and social work converge.
The dual degree program is well-suited for students who contemplate careers in the social services or social policy. The knowledge and skills gained through the dual degree program may be especially useful in such practices areas as: representing the disabled, child welfare, family law, juvenile justice, mental health, social welfare policy, domestic violence, law enforcement, human rights, and legal aid services.
The curriculum is designed to permit full-time students to complete the requirements for both degrees in four years (including part-time course work during two summers). Ordinarily, the two programs taken separately would require five years of study.
Under the dual degree program, twelve credit hours of law school courses will be accepted by the School of Social Work toward the Masters of Social Work degree, and twelve credit hours of graduate-level social work courses will be accepted by the School of Law toward the Juris Doctor degree.
Applications and acceptances are separate for each school. Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other program.