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JD/MS Social Policy (MSSP): School of Social Policy & Practice

The JD/Masters in Social Policy program prepares students to assume positions of leadership in law and social policy, capable of analyzing and shaping social policy at the local, national, and international levels. Additionally, the program’s graduates will be ready to promote a fuller integration of social policy between and across sectors of social life and promote more humane and equitable responses to the needs of historically vulnerable population groups.

Students can earn both degrees in three years. The MSSP is a ten credit course of study, including six core courses, two electives, and a Capstone project. Typically, School of Social Policy & Practice will accept four Law courses, and Penn Law grants credit for four approved courses from the curriculum at School of Social Policy & Practice toward the J.D. degree. The student then completes an additional two courses.

Students apply separately to each department. Applications to the MSSP program are welcomed contemporaneously with the Law School application or during the 1L year. The LSAT is sufficient for both departments; no additional testing is required.

Here is a typical track for completing the program.

  First year Second year

Third year

Course Work 1L 2L & MSSP courses

3L & MSSP Courses

Occasionally, some students may need or choose to take MSSP courses during the summer following their 1L year.

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