Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

MSW/MJ in Child and Family Law

An understanding of the related psychological and social dynamics enhances your ability to represent and advocate for children, families, women and the elderly. Offered jointly with the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, the Master of Jurisprudence (MJ)/Master of Social Work dual degree program enables you to focus on the human concerns in these legal interventions.

This program allows those seeking leadership positions in child and family welfare and advocacy to earn their MSW on campus in tandem with their online MJ degree. The degrees are applicable to many substantive fields, including child welfare, domestic relations, juvenile justice, domestic violence, immigration, services to the elderly, and mental health.  The MJ degree is offered 100% online and the Social Work Degree has a combination of online and in-person courses. Both degrees can be earned in a total of three years for full-time students.

You will achieve all learning outcomes of both the MJ in Children's Law and Policy and MSW degrees. Your studies in each program will be enhanced by designing a curriculum tailored to your interests and career goals.

Students in the dual degree program can select a Social Work area of specialization in Micro Practice or Leadership, Mezzo, & Macro Practice (LMMP).

Program benefits

  • Study at Loyola's well-established, highly respected School of Social Work and Law.
  • MJ is led by a faculty of law practitioners who both teach and practice in the various facets of child law and policy.
  • Complete both degrees in three years for full-time students. 
  • Make professional connections and gain experience through an internship at one of more than 1,000 partner agencies

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