Social Work and Juris Doctor Dual Degree M.S.W./J.D.

Professor Melissa Wells and a MSW/JD student
Social Work and Juris Doctor Dual Degree M.S.W./J.D.

Program Overview

Social Work and UNH School of Law

The Department of Social Work and the School of Law at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) also offer a dual degree resulting in the JD/M.S.W. In four years, students will be able to complete two graduate degrees, a master in social work (M.S.W.) and a Juris Doctor to prepare them for a career in law and social work. For additional information regarding the social work/law dual degree course requirements, contact Patrick Shannon,


Department of Social Work
Pettee Hall, 55 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1799

Curriculum & Requirements

Social Work and Law JD/MSW Courses

Please visit this website for JD Course Requirements:

SW 820Social Welfare Policy I3
SW 830Social Work Practice I3
SW 840Implications of Race, Culture, and Oppression for Social Work Practice3
SW 850Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (HBSE I)3
SW 880Field Internship I 13
SW 860Research Methods in Social Work3
SW 831Social Work Practice II: Practice in Small Groups and Community Organizations3
SW 851Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (HBSE II)3
SW 926Social Welfare Policy II3
SW 881Field Internship II 23
SW 930Advanced General Practice III: Clinical Assessment and Intervention3
SW 952Human Behavior and the Social Environment III3
SW 962Data Analysis and Statistics3
SW 982Field Internship III 34
SW 931Advanced Generalist Practice IV: Community and Administrative Practice3
SW 965Program and Practice Evaluation3
SW 983Field Internship IV 44
SW 983Field Internship IV 54
Total Credits57

Explore Program Details

Prospective students should contact UNH Law's Admissions Department for more information: and the MSW Admissions Office:

Admission 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.

Application Process     
Applicants interested in the JD/MSW dual degree program should apply to the JD program during the application cycle, October 1 - April 1, and to the MBA or MSW program by August 15, 2014. The LSAT will serve as the required standardized test for the JD, MBA, and MSW programs. Please indicate on your JD application your intention to apply to the dual degree program. Candidates must apply before the deadlines and be admitted to both programs, and a 1L cumulative grade point minimum must be maintained to qualify for the dual degree.

Application Fee
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.

Application Fee Waiver Form (Needs link).

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.

Application Fee Waiver Form (Needs link).

Online Status
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.

Track your application's progress (Needs link)

Admission Requirements: Master of Social Work

The department encourages applications from persons who


Courtney Gray

Courtney Gray, JD/MSW Student

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; 
  • Have attained an overall grade-point average of "B" or better in undergraduate coursework; 
  • Have completed courses in a broad range of liberal arts and science disciplines; 
  • Have acceptable recommendations from three individuals, one of whom must be a member of an academic faculty
  • 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.

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