You can earn your Master of Social Work (MSW) along with a Juris Doctor (JD). Offered in collaboration with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, this degree combination will prepare you with the social work skills, values and perspectives of social justice, strengths-based approaches, systems theory, clinical theories and community organizing that will make you most effective when working with vulnerable and oppressed clients. Graduates become attorneys and social workers who are uniquely prepared to work in immigration law, family law, drug courts, civil rights law, mediation and criminal law.

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Your Career Options

With an MSW and JD dual degree, you’ll graduate with a competitive, cross-disciplinary skill set that will give you an advantage in the job market. Career options include:

  • Representing clients as a civil rights or immigration attorney
  • Assisting victims of domestic violence
  • Aiding tenants facing eviction
  • Prosecuting cases of elder abuse and neglect
  • Working in private practice as a social worker or attorney
  • Mediating conflicts

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Key Faculty

Jennifer Greenfield

Jennifer Greenfield

Associate Professor; Assoc Dean for Doctoral Ed.

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“When social work students graduate and pursue careers within the legal system, they bring empathy, innovation and a critical lens to that work. It’s a powerful combination.”

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MSW/JD Application Process

You must apply for the MSW and JD separately and be accepted into each program in order to qualify for the dual degree.