In cooperation with the UConn School of Social Work, the School of Law offers student the opportunity to earn a dual degree of J.D./M.S.W. The J.D./M.S.W. degree is designed for students who are interested in the social impact of the legal system upon individuals. Students pursue this degree to prepare for careers in fields such as public interest law, mental health law, elder law, women's rights, penology, juvenile advocacy, human services administration, community organizing and public policy and planning. The dual degree program is highly individualistic in nature in order to provide each student with the best possible combination of these two disciplines.
All students who wish to pursue a dual degree program must first be granted separate admission into both programs. A dual degree enrollment form, approved by the Law School will also be required. Students in the dual degree program may obtain both degrees in four years, compared with five years, if both degrees were pursued separately. Study is generally begun at the School of Law, where during the first year, students will complete a minimum of (33) credits of required curriculum study. During the second year, students will complete a minimum of (6) social work courses, their first year field placement and a minimum of (2) law courses. Year three will consist of a minimum of (3) social work courses, their second field placement, a law school clinical experience (which coordinated in combination with the School of Social Work, can apply toward the second year field placement requirement of 560 hours), and (6) law school courses. During year four, students will take all remaining credits. Additionally, all students must comply with the rules regarding credit load limitations. Without prior approval from the Associate Dean of the Law School, full time students may not exceed (16) credits and part time students may not exceed (12) credits per semester. Permission may be granted by the law school for 17 credits. The limit per semester at the SSW is 17 credits.
The J.D. degree program requires completion of (86) credits (including all required first-year courses, Legal Profession (LAW 7565), an intensive, analytical paper(s) which satisfies a writing requirement, and course work which satisfies the Practice Based Learning requirement). The M.S.W. degree program requires completion of (60) credits (including Social Work foundation, concentration courses in the student's selected concentration, two field placements, electives and research). The School of Law will accept (12) credits from among a student's advanced M.S.W. courses for transfer. The School of Social Work will accept (9) elective credits of non-clinical work earned at the School of Law.