Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work concurrent study

Integrate your studies in social work and law with a Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work.

If you have a passion for social change, RMIT gives you the opportunity to complete the Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work concurrently.

In response to the increasing integration between legal and social work industries, these programs are now offered side-by-side to prepare you for careers in community legal centres, government roles and litigation firms.

You will be equipped to work in complex situations and provide holistic services to vulnerable people who come into contact with the justice system.

How does it work?

You will be enrolled in both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Social Work at the same time. Classes are offered face-to-face in the evenings, as well as online or in intensive delivery modes over weekends.

The Master of Social Work requires field education placements. These opportunities include placements with the Mental Health Legal Centre, the Centre for Innovative Justice and community legal centres in areas including criminal, family and human rights law. Academic staff will guide students through their enrolment options.

 Credit arrangements

  • Upon successful completion, up to 36 credit points of core courses from the Master of Social Work can be applied as credit into the Juris Doctor.
  • Upon successful completion, any two 12 credit point core courses from the Juris Doctor can be applied as credit into the Master of Social Work.


Full time 3 year (trimester) or
Part-time 6 years (trimester)

Entry requirements

You must meet the entry requirements for each program. Please check the requirements on the Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor program pages.


Students will pay fees for each program, and based on course enrolments. Each program has Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) and Full Fee places. For more details on the individual program fees, visit the program pages.

Income Support

Both programs are approved by the Commonwealth Government for student income support.

For more information contact

Master of Social Work – Dr Chris Maylea
Juris Doctor – Associate Professor Penelope June Weller

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