May 18, 2022
The add-on graduate certificate in Law and Social Welfare is a partnership between the College of Law and the College of Social Work. The certificate is intended for current law students. This certificate provides students with the coursework and practical experience needed to provide legal representation to traditionally under-represented clients in a variety of settings including but not limited to prisons, juvenile justice settings, child welfare, public defender offices and legal aid, programming and policy development.
Graduate Certificate Type
- Students must submit an application to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs prior to the commencement of the student’s final semester.
- Students selected for admission must be formally admitted to the certificate through the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Credit Hours Required
16 Law and graduate credit hours
- Law Doctrinal Requirement: At least three credit hours from among the following courses:
- Social Work Doctrinal Requirement: Students will take ONE three credit course chosen from:
- Students must also take at least three credit hours from among the following courses:
- Law Experiential Requirement: At least six credit hours from among the following courses:
- Law Skills/Perspective Requirement: At least one credit hour from among the following courses:
- LAW 914 (3)
- LAW 929 (3)
- LAW 906 (1)
- LAW 990 (3)
- LAW 993 - Directed Research Paper (1) as approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
- LAW 994 - Independent Study (1) as approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
To receive the certificate, students must:
1) complete the Graduate Certificate Course Verification Form (located on the Graduate School webpage under the Forms Central tab) and
2) through MyUTK, apply to graduate from the certificate program.