Dual Degree Program - MSW/JD Law

The NYU Silver School of Social Work and the School of Law sponsor a program in which a student may simultaneously pursue study leading to a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. By taking courses that are acceptable for transfer credit in each of the schools involved and through careful course planning, the dual degree student can complete both degrees within a four-year period.

Please note: Those interested in the MSW/JD dual degree program must be admitted to both schools independently. Applications may be filed simultaneously before enrolling at either school, or during the first year at NYU School of Law. Neither degree is conferred until the requirements for both degrees are fulfilled.

The School of Law requires 83 credits of study; however, 12 credits for courses taken at the Silver School of Social Work will be applied in satisfaction of requirements for the JD degree. Similarly, the MSW program requires a minimum of 65 credits; however, 13 credits for courses taken in the School of Law will be applied toward the MSW degree. Instead of taking the required 147 credits for both degrees if done separately, with the crossover of credits from the schools, students will complete 123 credits for both degrees.

Sample Course of Study

First Year

Law Courses full-time                 

Second Year

Fall Credits
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I 3
Social Work Research I 3
Social Welfare Programs & Policies I 3
Law Courses 6
Spring Credits
Social Work Practice I 4
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II 3
Law Courses 8
Summer Credits
Social Work Practice II 3
Social Work Research II 3
Field Instruction II 4

Third Year

Social Work Practice III 3
Practice with Groups 3
Human Behavior in the Social Environment III 3
Field Instruction III 4
Spring Credits
Social Work Practice IV 3
Advanced Social Policy 3
Social Work & the Law 3
Field Instruction IV 4

Fourth Year

Law Courses full-time                                
  Total Credits: 123

Contact Us

MSW Program

Phone: (212) 998-5910

NYU School of Law
Phone: (212) 998-6060
Email: law.moreinfo@nyu.edu