Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

JD/MSW Dual-Degree Program

Representing and advocating for children, families, women and the elderly is enhanced with an understanding of the psychological and social dynamics that characterize these populations. Offered jointly with the Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work, this four-year full-time program gives practicing lawyers a broader understanding of the human concerns in legal interventions.

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is focused on clinical social work. MSW students may select options in health and school social work. Field placements are also available in mental health, child and family, geriatric and chemical dependency settings.

Applicants for the dual JD/MSW degree should apply separately for admission to both the School of Social Work and to the School of Law, indicating their intent to pursue a dual degree.

Learning Outcomes

The dual degree JD/MSW program provides students with both a social and a legal perspective to meet the challenges in many areas of professional practice. The dual degree can help prepare students for a range of types of practice including direct representation or clinical work, systemic reform, legislative advocacy, and community development. The joint degrees are applicable to many substantive fields, including child welfare, domestic relations, juvenile justice, domestic violence, immigration, services to the elderly, and mental health.

Students who pursue a dual degree in law and social work will be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas beyond what they would learn by pursuing only one of the degrees:

  • Understand critical social and legal issues impacting different populations;
  • Develop a baseline of combined relevant knowledge (ie social science research findings and new legal developments);
  • Understand the importance of seeking multidisciplinary solutions;
  • Master skills to work with professionals in different disciplines;
  • Understand different professionals’ ethical responsibilities;
  • Develop interdisciplinary skills to apply to critical social issues;
  • Develop the tools needed for systemic and institutional reform that promotes social justice;
  • Understand both a social and legal perspective to meet the social work and legal challenges in many areas of professional practice;
  • Develop a legal foundation which will enhance the ability to work within social service and social policy environments;
  • Develop interpersonal skills to work with clients, groups, colleagues, and adversaries.
  • Familiarity with the tools needed to effect change essential to assisting their clients;
  • Develop the tools needed to understand their clients and work collaboratively with them;
  • Familiarity with the community resources needed to address clients’ needs.

For more information, contact:

School of Law
Prof. Anita Weinberg
Phone: 312.915.6482

School of Social Work
Tatianne Butler