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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 (10) credit course of study, including six core courses, two electives, and a Capstone project. Typically, the School of Social Policy & Practice will accept four (4) Law courses towards the MSSP and Penn Law will accept four (4) MSSP courses toward the J.D. degree.

Students apply separately to each department. Applications to the MSSP program are welcomed: 1) contemporaneously with the Law School application; 2) after acceptance to the Law School but prior to matriculation; or 3) after matriculation at the Law School during the 1L year.

The LSAT is sufficient for both departments; no additional testing is required.

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For more information regarding this joint degree program and/or the application process, please contact: