JD Admissions

Dual Degree with the Silver School of Social Work at New York University

NYU School of Law offers a dual degree program leading to a Juris Doctor (JD) and a Masters of Social Work (MSW). Students can pursue a JD/MSW at the Silver School of Social Work at NYU.

Students who participate in this program will have exceptional preparation for practice in either field. As a social worker with legal skills, graduates will be prepared to advocate more effectively for clients within the complex legal system. As an attorney with clinical social work skills, graduates will be better prepared to discover and understand the special needs of people who are disadvantaged.

The Silver School of Social Work offers students a clinical social work internship component and courses on policy and practice. In the JD/MSW program, certain courses are accepted for credit by both schools. Students will complete 71 credits of Law coursework and 52 credits of Social Work coursework. Students will be exempt from Fieldwork I (4 credits), Ethnocultural Issues (3 credits), and 2 elective courses (6 credits); 3 credits of Law courses will be applied to the MSW degree. 12 credits of Social Work courses will be applied to the JD degree.

Those interested in a dual degree with a Masters in Social Work must be admitted to both schools independently. Applications may be filed simultaneously before enrolling at either school, or during the first year at NYU School of Law. Students are expected to spend three consecutive terms at the Silver School of Social Work and five semesters at the NYU School of Law. The final semester must also be spent at the New York University School of Law. Students may not receive either degree until they have completed all coursework for both degrees.

Students interested in the program, and those already enrolled, are invited to contact Amy Chu, Senior Director of Academic Services and Registration (acadservices@exchange.law.nyu.edu or 212-998-6020), to discuss items regarding academics or the J.D. program. For questions regarding admission to the J.D. program, please contact the Office of J.D. Admissions at law.moreinfo@nyu.edu  or 212-998-6020.

For information about applying to the MSW program contact:

Silver School of Social Work
Office of Admissions
New York University
2 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10003
(212) 998-5910