Law - M.S.W./J.D. Joint Degree Program

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Juris Doctor - MSW/JD Joint Degree Program

The objective of the MSW/JD program is to promote the integration of law and social work through an interdisciplinary commitment to social justice.

Students who are interested in social justice will learn the skills, theories and practical tools to equip them to be competent leaders and agents of change within and between the diverse fields of law and social work.

At Windsor Law, you will get a challenging, well-rounded legal education focused on both professional and personal development. We expect our students to not only master the intricacies of the law, but to use their knowledge to actively advocate for social and legal justice in Canada and around the world.

The mission of the School of Social Work is to promote social justice through quality professional education, advocacy, community partnerships, and the development and dissemination of knowledge. The School’s understanding of social justice and its mandate in social work education finds its roots in the profession’s historical commitment to serve the interests of oppressed and vulnerable populations and a set of fundamental values stated in the profession’s Code of Ethics.

This mandate is realized in the preparation of students with knowledge, research and practice intervention skills to assume professional roles to eradicate systemic barriers that oppress citizens and disenfranchised populations. Principles of justice find their meaning here in a fundamental belief in the dignity of all persons, the importance of access of citizens to participate, and strive for a more equitable distribution of our society’s resources in the interest of promoting quality of life for all citizens.


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Experiential Learning
At Windsor Law, your learning will extend far beyond the classroom. Complete a corporate transaction in the Advanced Business Law Seminar, clerk for the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, provide advice to a not-for-profit organization, or advise clients in our poverty law clinics.
You will have an opportunity to engage in practical experiences that support your classroom learning. Some of these opportunities include:
  • Ontario Court of Justice Internships
  • Community Legal Aid and Legal Assistance of Windsor Clinical Placements
  • Transnational Law & Justice Internships
  • International Intellectual Property Clinic Placements
  • National Self-Represented Litigants Project
  • Social Justice Fellowships
  • Northwest Territories Clerkships
  • Pro Bono Students Canada Placements
  • Windsor Review of Legal & Social Issues
Transnational Focus
At Windsor Law, you will study law within a transnational and global context. Windsor-Detroit is at the heart of the richest consumer market in the world, where more than half of the North American population lives within an eight-hour drive. We are North America’s most significant transportation hub—approximately 30 per cent of total trade between Canada and the US crosses the Windsor-Detroit border.
Student Support
Our faculty and programs reflect our transnational focus. Our students enjoy working with professors from diverse backgrounds and perspectives who inspire and challenge them beyond their expectations. Our committed staff and collaborative student body form a vibrant intellectual and social community. Your personal and professional success is our priority. That’s why we provide all first-year students with access to our Peer Mentorship Program, Academic Success Program, Job Shadowing Program, and our Career Services staff to help their career plans develop.

In addition to the opportunities that each degree provides, graduates in this program are sought after by children’s aid societies, provincial and federal government ministries, legal clinics and international agencies.

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