Law/Social Work

Saint Louis University’s School of Law and School of Social Work jointly administer our graduate dual-degree program in law and social work.


About the Program

This four-year, dual degree program is designed for students who wish to better understand the complex relationship between law and social work.

Curriculum and Program Details

You’ll spend the first year of this dual-degree program completing the basic curriculum required by the School of Law. During the following semesters, you’ll complete coursework for both law and social work. Full-time students can complete the J.D./M.S.W. program in four years.

You’ll follow the usual curriculum for both programs, with nine credits of social work counted toward the juris doctor, and 12 credits of law counted toward the M.S.W.

Faculty
  • Michael J. Kolnik, J.D.
  • Beth S. Barrett, M.S.W., LCSW, CT
  • Marla Berg-Weger, M.S.W., Ph.D., LCSW
  • Julie Birkenmaier, M.S.W., Ph.D., LCSW
  • Brian Boutwell, Ph.D.
  • Gabriel Carrillo, M.S.W.
  • Shannon Cooper-Sadlo, M.S.W., Ph.D., LCSW
  • Jami Curley, M.S.W., Ph.D
  • Noelle E. Fearn, Ph.D.
  • Jesse J. Helton, Ph.D.
  • Paul Hotfelder, M.A.
  • Jin Huang, M.S.W., Ph.D.
  • Pamela J. Huggins, M.S.W., LCSW, ACSW
  • Heather Lewis, M.S.W., BCBA
  • Donald Linhorst, M.S.W., Ph.D., ACSW
  • Ashley M. Lugo, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Mary Dyan McGuire, Ph.D., J.D.
  • Michael Mancini, M.S.W., Ph.D.
  • Monica Matthieu, M.S.W., Ph.D.
  • Brandy R. Maynard, M.S.W., Ph.D.
  • Stephen Edward McMillin, A.M. (M.S.W.), M.A., Ph.D.
  • Sandra Naeger, M.S.W., LCSW
  • Susan Tebb, M.S.W., Ph.D.
  • Sabrina W. Tyuse, M.S.W., Ph.D.
  • Michael Vaughn, Ph.D.
  • Cara Wallace, Ph.D., LMSW
  • Normal White, Ph.D.
  • Alyssa Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA
Careers

This unique dual-degree program equips you to work in the public or private sector on issues of health care, mental health, family services, criminal justice, policy, advocacy and more. No matter what your career path, you’ll be prepared to act as an agent of change through complicated legal scenarios.


Application Process

You will need to be admitted to both the School of Law and the School of Social Work, meeting requirements for both the law program and social work program, to pursue this dual degree.  

Two separate applications are required. You may apply to both concurrently, or you may begin law school and apply to the School of Social Work within your first year.

Apply to the School of Law

Apply to the School of Social Work

Application Deadlines

Applications to Saint Louis University School of Law are due by Feb. 1. Applications to the social work program have a priority deadline of March 1 and are due no later than Aug. 1.