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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Law and Social Welfare Graduate Certificate

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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. Home unit: College of Law .

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Graduate Certificate Type


Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • Since graduate certificates are university credentials, a student must apply through the Office of Graduate Admissions to the graduate certificate program.
  • Students must be admitted to the certificate program prior to completing six graduate credit hours toward the certificate.
  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.00 graduate grade point average once in the program and complete the requirements of the certificate program as stated in the Graduate Catalog to be awarded the graduate certificate.
  • Students must submit an application to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs prior to the commencement of the student’s final semester.

Credit Hours Required

16 Law and graduate credit hours

Required Courses

NOTE: At least three (3) graduate credit hours for the certificate must be earned outside of the requirements of the degree(s) and other certificates.

Law Doctrinal Requirement

Select minimum one course (3 credit hours):

Law Experiential Requirement

A minimum of 6 credit hours from the following:

Non-Course Requirements

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.

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