Law and Social Work Minor

The emerging intersection of law and social work provides an opportunity for connections between social work practice and broader struggles to advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice. The minor in law and social work will provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to integrate expertise from both the Social Work and Law disciplines examining subjects including the interworking of major social welfare programs, law as an evolving social institution, the lifecycle of a case in court, and the fundamentals of legal analysis.


Practitioners with this minor will gain the knowledge needed to advocate for social justice reform at the micro, mezzo and macro levels in subjects such as criminal justice, policy and community practice, child welfare, aging, health, mental health, and housing. With an emphasis on the relationship between law and social work practice, graduates will develop the skills needed to utilize these interdependent fields.

Program requirements

  • Admission to the Wayne State University School of Social Work
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Course Requirement:
    • 3 Law courses (3 credits each)
    • 3 Social Work courses (2 - 3 credits each)


  1. Submit the Law & Social Work Minor Application for Provisional Approval form
  2. Meet with the BSW Program Director (email for an appointment) 


Geoffrey Jones, LLMSW
Academic Services Officer II

Norma Love-Schropshire, DSW, LMSW
BSW Director and Lecturer


Students are required to take a total of 6 courses, 3 from each discipline. Please note *SW 4710 - Social Welfare in the United States: Current Programs, is already a required part of the BSW program curriculum and will count towards both the BSW and the Law and Social Work minor.