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The Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master in Social Work (M.S.W.) Dual-Degree Program was initiated in 1996 in partnership with the School of Social Work at San Diego State University. It offers students the opportunity to earn the two degrees in four, rather than the usual five years. The program provides opportunities to focus on areas where law and social work regularly intersect such as child welfare, mental health, aging, and domestic violence.

The Program stresses an interdisciplinary approach that values collaboration and communication skills. The culminating experience for the student is completion of either a thesis or a scholarly paper that would be suitable for publication in a law review journal or some other appropriate scholarly publication.

To learn more about the program and classwork schedule, visit the Requirements page. For application information, visit J.D./M.S.W. Admissions.

To learn more about the San Diego State University M.S.W. program and its requirements, visit their website


Ruth M. Hargrove

Professor Ruth Hargrove

Chair, J.D./M.S.W. Dual-Degree Program
Phone: 619-525-1432

Learn more about Professor Hargrove