Temple University Beasley School of Law and the College of Public Health offer a dual degree program leading to the conferral of both the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and the Master of Social Work (MSW) upon graduation.

The J.D./MSW program at Temple Law makes it possible for qualified students to earn both degrees in four years. The J.D. degree requires the successful completion of 88 credits; the MSW requires 60 credits. Each school will accept up to 12 credits of work done in selected courses at the other school in fulfillment of its degree.

Who May Be Interested

  • Law students with an undergraduate degree in social work
  • Law students with an interest in public interest work
  • Law students with an interest in public policy

Program Overview

  • Year 1 – students must successfully complete first year of law school classes with a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Year 2 – students take the core curriculum for the MSW plus classes at the law school
  • Years 3 and 4 – students take electives from both schools and complete their required courses

How to Apply

  • Students must apply separately to each program.
  • Students may apply to both programs at once, or to the MSW program during the 1st year of law school
  • LSAT is required for J.D. application.
  • The program is only available to full-time students.

Request More Information

For more information about this program, please contact Assistant Dean for Students Jennifer Bretschneider at jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu.