The University of Georgia School of Law offers joint degree programs that enable students to earn both the law and graduate degrees in four academic years rather than the five it would take to obtain them individually. Applicants must apply separately to both programs, preferably at the same time, and once accepted, can opt to begin studies in either discipline. A first-year student in one of the degree programs (law, business, etc.) who did not apply to the other program may apply for the joint degree by making a timely application for admission to the new program during the first year of law or graduate study. Joint degree programs are not open to transfer students.
All joint degree students must complete the first and second years of Law School study consecutively. Joint degree students pay the Law School tuition rate for three years of study, and are only eligible for the Graduate School tuition rate for the one full academic year in the graduate program. Joint degree students are only eligible for an assistantship during their one full academic year in the graduate program. Please see the Georgia Law Student Handbook as well as the links below for more information regarding each joint degree program. Applicants interested in pursuing a joint degree program should contact the corresponding school in addition to the School of Law.
Individuals interested in promoting constructive social change will find this joint degree meets their needs. Graduates of the J.D./M.S.W. program are prepared for careers as social service administrators, juvenile court representatives, family court judicial personnel, mediators, public policy officials, guardian ad litems, family law attorneys and child support enforcement administrators. Students will participate in both legal and social work internships. Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
J.D./M.S.W. Program of Study Information.