The JD/MSSP 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 global 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, the MSSP program will accept three Law courses (MSSP 631: Law and Social Policy is waived; two JD courses are counted as electives), and Penn Law grants credit for four approved courses from the curriculum at School of Social Policy & Practice toward the Juris Doctor degree. The student then completes an additional three courses.
Students apply separately to each School. Applications to the MSSP program are welcomed contemporaneously with the Law School application or during the 1L year.
Associate Director, Cross-Disciplinary Programs, Penn Law