NEW Dual Degree Program: JD/MSW
JD/MSW Degree Program
The Department of Social Work and School of Law at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) are excited to offer an integrated dual degree program. In four years, students will be able to complete two graduate degrees, a Juris Doctorate Degree (J.D.) and a Master of Social Work Degree (MSW). The JD/MSW degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a career requiring knowledge of law and social work, and in particular, careers that address critical social justice issues such as immigration, gender bias and discrimination, and domestic violence. A typical dual degree candidate will complete his or her first year of law school, and then sequence the remaining JD and MSW courses to take advantage of courses that will prepare the candidate for his or her career. Students planning to enroll in the MSW’s advanced standing track must consult with Professor Sharon Murphy to understand the timing unique to the program. More information about the JD dual degree program can be found here: http://law.unh.edu/academics/jd-degree/dual-degrees. Details regarding UNH’s MSW program are available at http://chhs.unh.edu/sw/graduate-programs.
The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The full-time program is available in Durham only. Students complete two year-long field internships.
Preparing Students for Careers in: public service law including but not limited to, government agencies including child protection; welfare; corrections; the attorney general’s office; county attorney offices; and non-profit fields of practice.
Admissions requirements: Juris Doctorate:
The Admissions Committee follows professional guidelines when reviewing applications. At a minimum, you must provide information demonstrating that you have the requisite intellectual skills to be successful in law school. While LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA are important considerations for admission, they are not the sole factors. We also look for maturity, initiative, public service and a fit with our educational philosophy and curricular strengths. In the application, you will need to give us clear evidence of your abilities through your essay, detailed descriptions of challenging work, and specific letters of recommendation. The Admissions Committee looks at each applicant as a whole person and spends a great deal of time reviewing every application, especially the essay portion.
UNH Law will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2013 Juris Doctor program on October 1, 2012. The deadline for application submission for JD students is April 1, 2013. However, to be considered for a merit scholarship, your application must be received by March 15th. UNH Law does not have a Spring program or a part-time entry program.
To apply, complete the online University of New Hampshire School of Law JD Application for Admission through LSDAS. The application will be available on October 1, 2012. All applicants must register with LSDAS and must apply through its electronic service. If you do not have an LSDAS user account already, you can create one prior to completing the application.
The fee to apply to the University of New Hampshire School of Law is $55. We will waive the application fee to UNH graduates, and to members or veterans of the United States military services. Members of these two groups should register for a fee waiver by completing this Application Fee Waiver Form.
In addition, if an applicant is unable to pay the $55 fee, she/he should complete this Application Fee Waiver Form to apply for an application fee waiver.
When we receive your application, we will acknowledge its receipt via e-mail and assign you a password to Applicant Online Status, where you will be able to track your application's progress. It may take a few days or more to receive your Law School Report because it may contain letters of recommendation, LSAT scores, and transcripts, so please be patient. Make sure, however, that your LSDAS records are current and complete.
Admissions requirements: MSW
The department encourages applications from persons who
1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
2. Have attained an overall grade-point average of “B” or better in undergraduate coursework;
3. Have completed courses in a broad range of liberal arts and science disciplines;
4. Have acceptable recommendations from three individuals, one of whom must be a member of an academic faculty
5. Have completed satisfactorily a personal statement of interest in pursuing graduate education in the field. Though not required, significant volunteer and/or work experience in the field is strongly recommended.
Students who do not meet the liberal arts and science expectations may be asked to complete additional coursework prior to or during the first year of their enrollment in the program. Except for students applying to the dual degree program in social work and kinesiology, standardized graduate examinations are not required, but results of such tests may be submitted to supplement other admission materials.
Students applying for advanced standing must hold a degree from an accredited B.S. in S.W./B.S.W. program with a minimum grade-point average of 3.2 (4.0 point scale). This coursework must have been completed within five years of the date of M.S.W. matriculation. Advanced-standing applicants must also submit a reference from a B.S.W. faculty member and the undergraduate field supervisor or field coordinator.
Application Instructions, MSW:
Applications are to be made to the Graduate School, using the downloadable admissions application or by applying online. Interested applicants for the dual degree are required to be accepted for admission into both programs.
Dr Sharon Murphy
Department of Social Work
University of New Hampshire
Fax: (603) 862-4374
MSW Program Admissions
Kim Kelsey, LCSW
MSW Admissions Coordinator
University of New Hampshire, Durham
Phone: (603) 862-2704
Fax: (603) 862-4374
JD Program Admissions
Robin Ingli, Assistant Dean for Admissions
University of New Hampshire School of Law, Concord
Phone: (603) 513-5300