Saint Louis University

Students who pursue the JD/MSW have interests in one or more of the following areas: family law, elder law, immigration law, public policy/advocacy, children's rights, human rights and working with vulnerable populations.

Applications

Applicants interested in this opportunity need to simultaneously apply to the School of Law and the School of Social Work.

Applicants must separately submit each school's required application components and meet each school's admission requirements to be considered for this opportunity.

Admission process

Students who have been accepted by both programs must begin their dual degree by successfully completing their first year of law courses. The admission to the MSW Program is deferred for one year. Upon successful completion of their first year of law courses, students will be admitted to the MSW program with a secondary curriculum of MSW social work and may begin registering for social work courses. No social work courses are taken in the first year of the dual degree.
Students will have academic advisors in both schools that assist them in course planning to meet each school's degree requirements. In the School of Social Work, in addition to an academic advisor, students have a field education advisor to assist them in field education planning.

The MSW degree is a 57 credit hour degree. All MSW students including the JD/MSW students choose an MSW concentration. The dual degree JD/MSW students complete 48 credit hours of the 57 required with MSW courses. The remaining nine credit hours of MSW electives are fulfilled with law courses.

BSSW students granted full advanced standing complete 30 credit hours of the 57 required with MSW courses. The remaining nine credit hours of MSW electives are fulfilled with law courses.

The School of Law allows nine credit hours in MSW courses to fulfill elective requirements for the JD. Students will need to speak directly with the School of Law regarding curriculum requirements for the JD and which MSW courses fulfill their JD requirements.

The MSW degree requirements for JD/MSW begin in the student's second year of law school and are taken throughout the rest of his or her matriculation over the next 3 years.

Professional Foundation

BSSW students from accredited programs may be eligible for advanced standing in Professional Foundation courses. Please discuss your advanced standing status with Kristi Richter, Director of Graduate Admissions, School of Social Work. 

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3 credit hours)
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (3 credit hours)
  • Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • Social Policy (3 credit hours)
  • Research Methods I and II (6 credit hours) taken simultaneously with Concentration practica Mission & Practice of Global Public Health (3 credit hours)
  • Policy Practice for Social Justice (3 credit hours)
  • Values & Ethics (3 credit hours)
  • Foundation Practicum I (3 credit hours)
  • Foundation Integrative Seminar (0 hours)

Concentration Courses

MSW Community Concentration Required Courses

  • Organizational Planning and Programming (3 credit hours)
  • Community Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)
  • Concentration Electives (15 credit hours ~ 5 courses required)
  • Nine credit hours of law courses and six credit hours of MSW elective courses fulfill the 15 hours of MSW concentration elective requirements.
  • Concentration Practica (5 credit hours)
  • Concentration Integrative Seminar (1 hours)

MSW Family Concentration Required Courses
  • Family Interaction Under Stress (3 credit hours)  Foundations of Family Practice (3 credit hours)
  • Nine credit hours of law courses and six credit hours of MSW elective courses fulfill the 15 hours of MSW concentration elective requirements
  • Concentration Practica (5 credit hours)
  • Concentration Integrative Seminar (1 hours)
MSW Health/Mental Health Concentration Required Courses
  • Health and Human Behavior (3 credit hours)
  • Social Work Practice in the Health Field (3 credit hours)
  • Social Work Practice in Mental Health (3 credit hours)
  • Nine credit hours of law courses and three credit hours of MSW elective courses fulfill the 12 hours of MSW concentration elective requirements
  • Concentration Practica (5 credit hours)
  • Concentration Integrative Seminar (1 hours)

Tuition and Financial Aid

All students pursuing the JD/MSW dual degree will pay the Law School tuition rate for all law and social work courses. This is a University wide policy for all dual degree students pursuing a dual degree with the School of Law. All tuition rates are established by the University and are subject to change.

Please visit the Office of Student Financial Services for a detailed description of current tuition and fees.

Also visit the School of Law's Office of Financial Aid at:
School of Law
Office of Financial Aid 3700 Lindell Blvd, Room 125
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-977-3369
Fax: 314-977-1464
E-mail: fin_aid@law.slu.edu

Funding

As funding allows, the School of Social Work offers merit-based scholarships, some graduate and or research assistantships, paid practica, and work study.

Contact Us:

Kristi Richter, MSW, LCSW
Director of Graduate Admissions
School of Social Work
College for Public Health and Social Justice