MSW/JD Coordinated Degree Program

May Reception 2012-7 (2)

The Master of Social Work/Juris Doctorate Degree Program is coordinated between the UA School of Social Work and UA School of Law.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSION

Before being classified as a MSW/JD coordinated degree student, applicants must be accepted, separately, into each program. Students may apply to one program after having begun work in the other, however, the course work and the credit hours in the first program will not apply to the second. Individuals who wish to earn a coordinated degree should seek advice in both the School of Social Work and the Law School before applying.

A student who withdraws from one program or the other after having been accepted as a MSW/JD coordinated degree student is required to complete the full program requirements of the remaining program before graduation. Withdrawal from the coordinated degree program renders the joint agreement null and void.


B.  SCHOLASTIC REQUIREMENTS

Prerequisites: All current prerequisites and admission requirements for the MSW/JD coordinated program are exactly those currently established for the MSW program separately and the JD program separately, as follows:

Admission to the existing Advanced-Standing MSW Program (42-credit-hour program) requires an earned bachelor of social work degree (BSW) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The following grade conditions also apply.

  • A “B” average or better in professional foundation courses
  • Grades of “B” or better in field education courses
  • No more than one “C” in professional social work courses.

Unconditional admission to the 60-credit-hour MSW Program requires a GPA of at least 3.0 overall (on a 4.0 scale) or 3.0 for the final 60 semester hours of course work in a degree program. An MAT or GRE score is not required for these applicants.

International students must score at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 6.5 on JELTS or 59 on PTE.

Conditional admission is possible for applicants who have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) overall and either an MAT score at the 50th percentile (or above) or a GRE score of at least 300 (for combined quantitative and verbal sections).

In addition, every MSW applicant is required to submit the following: a statement of purpose; a diversity essay; a resume; a transcript; and three recommendation forms or letters. Full details regarding admissions materials are available on the MSW website. The MSW admissions committee makes recommendations to the graduate school regarding each completed application.

Admission to the JD Program is based on a number of criteria, including but not limited to, LSAT score, GPA, transcript review, personal statements, work experience, and leadership experience. Interested students should contact the Law School for information.


C. DUAL-DEGREE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Students in the MSW/JD Coordinated Degree Program must complete all the required MSW courses necessary for the degree; they may complete their elective requirements (currently 9 credit  hours) in the Law School.

LAW electives approved to count toward the MSW:

  • LAW 606 – Housing Law, LAW 695 Elder Law
  • LAW607 – Disability Law, LAW 718 Biomedical Ethics
  • LAW 635 – Children’s Rights, LAW 756 Family Law II
  • LAW 654 – Special Aspects of Family Law, LAW 769 Poverty Law
  • LAW 655 – Immigration Law and Policy, LAW 791 Juvenile Law
  • LAW674 – Family Law I, LAW 821 Public Interest Lawyering
  • LAW 683 – Administration Law, LAW 834 Mental Health Law

The JD program currently requires at least 90 hours of course work, of which 6 hours may be fulfilled with approved courses offered outside the Law School. The JD is a cohort-based program completed over 3–4 years.  Students in the coordinated degree program are required to complete 9 hours of MSW courses as part of the 90 hours constituting study for the JD. The following MSW courses will count toward the JD, contingent upon the student having first completed a year of the JD program. MSW courses taken before that year will not count toward the JD degree. Courses taken in an online or primarily online format will not count toward the JD degree.

MSW courses approved to count toward the JD:

  • SW 500 Social Welfare Policy: History, Problem, and Analysis; or
  • SW 578 Social Welfare Policies and Delivery Systems, Social Problems, and the History of Social Welfare
  • SW 501 Social Welfare Policy: Advanced Policy Analysis
  • SW 532 Models and Methods of Social Work Practice with Adults in Mental Health;
  • SW 533 Models and Methods of Gerontological Social Work Practice;
  • SW 564 Models and Methods of Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents in Mental Health; or
  • SW 565 Models and Methods of Social Work Practice in Child Welfare and Family Services

The coordinated degree program requires 114 credit hours for students admitted as MSW advanced standing students and 132 credit hours for students admitted as 60-credit-hour MSW students.


D. TRANSFER OF CREDIT

UA’s MSW Program and JD Program observe all current rules governing transfer of academic credit, as outlined in the Graduate School Catalog and the Law Student Handbook. In the dual-enrollment program, transfer of credit for the required social work courses is allowed, subject to current policies of the Graduate School and School of Social Work.


E. COURSE OF STUDY

Students in the MSW/JD Coordinated Degree Program follow the first year curriculum prescribed by the Law School (see below). The coordinated degree program effectively begins after the first year of the JD curriculum is complete. Students in the coordinated degree program work with advisors from both programs prior to their third semester to assure an appropriate plan of study is developed and progress is made to satisfy the requirements of both degrees.


MSW/JD Degree Curriculum (60-Credit-Hour MSW Program)

First Year, Fall Semester

Course and Hours  

  • LAW 603 Criminal Law – 4 hrs.
  • LAW 608 Civil Procedure – 4 hrs.
  • LAW 610 Legal Writing I – 2 hrs.
  • LAW 600 Contracts I – 2 hrs.
  • LAW 602 Torts – 4 hrs.
  • Total – 16 hrs.

First Year, Spring Semester

Course and Hours

  • LAW 642 Evidence – 3 hrs.
  • LAW 601 Property – 4 hrs.
  • LAW 648 Legal Writing II – 2 hrs.
  • LAW 609 Constitutional Law – 4 hrs.
  • LAW 605 Contract II – 3 hrs.
  • Total – 16 hrs.

Second Year, Fall Semester

Course and Hours

  • SW 500 Social Welfare Policy: History, Problems, Programs, and Analysis* – 3 hrs.
  • SW 510 Human Behavior and Social Environments I – 3 hrs.
  • SW 540 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families – 3 hrs.
  • SW 541 Social Work Practice with Groups – 3 hrs.
  • SW 542 Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations,  3
  • Total 15 hrs.

Note:   *SW courses approved to count toward the JD


Second Year, Spring Semester

Course and Hours

  • SW 511 Human Behavior and Social Environments II – 2 hrs.
  • SW 570 Research-Informed Practice – 3 hrs.
  • SW 534 Integrative Seminar – 1 hr.
  • SW 590 Field Education I – 9 hrs.
  • Total – 15

Third Year, Fall Semester

Course, Hours

  • SW concentration course (SW 532, 533, 564, or 565)* – 3 hrs.
  • SW concentration course (SW 532, 533, 564, or 565) – 3 hrs.
  • LAW 660 Legal Profession – 3 hrs.
  • LAW Electives – 6 hrs.
  • Total – 15 hrs.

Third Year, Spring Semester

Course and Hours

  • SW 525 Evaluation Research – 3 hrs.
  • SW 501 Social Welfare Policy: Advanced Policy Analysis* – 3 hrs.
  • LAW Seminar – 2 hrs.
  • LAW course** – 3 hrs.
  • LAW Electives – 5 hrs.
  • Total -16 hrs.

Fourth Year, Fall Semester

Course, Hours

  • LAW Professional Skills Class – 3 hrs.
  • LAW course** – 3 hrs.
  • LAW Electives – 9 hrs.
  • Total – 15 hrs.

Fourth Year, Spring Semester

Course, Hours

  • SW 595 Field Education II – 9 hrs.
  • Total -9 hrs.

Fifth Year, Fall Semester

Course and Hours

  • LAW Electives – 12 hrs.
  • LAW course** – 3 hrs.
  • Total -15 hrs.

Note:   *SW courses approved to count toward the JD

** LAW courses approved to count toward the MSW


MSW/JD Degree Curriculum (Advanced-Standing Summer MSW Program)

First Year, Fall Semester

Course and Hours

  • LAW 603 Criminal Law – 4 hrs
  • LAW 608 Civil Procedure – 4 hrs.
  • LAW 610 Legal Writing I – 2 hrs.
  • LAW 600 Contracts I – 2 hrs.
  • LAW 602 Torts – 4 hrs.
  • Total – 16 hrs.

First Year, Spring Semester

Course, Hours

  • LAW 642 Evidence – 3 hrs.
  • LAW 601 Property – 4 hrs.
  • LAW 648 Legal Writing II – 2 hrs.
  • LAW 609 Constitutional Law – 4 hrs.
  • LAW 605 Contract II – 3 hrs.
  • Total -16 hrs.

First Year, Summer Semester

  • Course, Hours
  • SW 570 Research-Informed Practice -3 hrs.
  • SW 577 Components of Human Development & Social System – 3 hrs.
  • SW 578 Social Welfare Policies and Delivery Systems, Social Problems, and History of Social Welfare* – 3 hrs.
  • SW 579 Social Work Practice – 3 hrs.
  • Total -12 hrs.

Second Year, Fall Semester

Course and Hours

  • SW concentration course (SW 532, 533, 564, or 565)* – 3 hrs.
  • SW concentration course (SW 532, 533, 564, or 565) – 3 hrs.
  • LAW 660 Legal Profession – 3 hrs.
  • LAW Electives – 6 hrs.
  • Total -15 hrs.

Note:   *SW courses approved to count toward the JD

** LAW courses approved to count toward the MSW


Second Year, Spring Semester

Course and Hours

  • SW 525 Evaluation Research – 3 hrs.
  • SW 501 Social Welfare Policy: Advanced Policy Analysis* – 3 hrs.
  • LAW Seminar – 2 hrs.
  • LAW course** – 3 hrs.
  • LAW Electives – 5 hrs.
  • Total -16 hrs.

Third Year, Fall Semester

Course and Hours

  • LAW Professional Skills Class – 3 hrs.
  • LAW course** – 3 hrs.
  • LAW Electives – 9 hrs.
  • Total -15 hrs.

Third Year, Spring Semester

Course and Hours

  • SW 595 Field Education II, 9
  • Total, 9

Fourth Year, Fall Semester

Course and Hours

  • LAW Electives, 12
  • LAW course**,  3
  • Total, 15

(3) MSW/JD Degree Curriculum (Advanced-Standing Spring MSW Program)

First Year, Fall Semester

Course and Hours

  • LAW 603 Criminal Law – 4 hrs.
  • LAW 608 Civil Procedure – 4 hrs.
  • LAW 610 Legal Writing I – 2 hrs.
  • LAW 600 Contracts I – 2 hrs.
  • LAW 602 Torts – 4 hrs.
  • Total -16 hrs.

Note:   *SW courses approved to count toward the JD

** LAW courses approved to count toward the MSW


First Year, Spring Semester

Course and Hours

  • LAW 642 Evidence – 3 hrs.
  • LAW 601 Property – 4 hrs.
  • LAW 648 Legal Writing II – 2 hrs.
  • LAW 609 Constitutional Law – 4 hrs.
  • LAW 605 Contract II – 3 hrs.
  • Total – 16 hrs.

Second Year, Fall Semester

Course and Hours

  • LAW Electives -12 hrs.
  • LAW course** – 3 hrs.
  • Total -15 hrs.

Second Year, Spring Semester

Course and Hours

  • SW 570 Research-Informed Practice – 3 hrs.
  • SW 577 Components of Human Development & Social System -3 hrs.
  • SW 578 Social Welfare Policies and Delivery Systems, Social Problems, and History of Social Welfare*- 3 hrs.
  • SW 579 Social Work Practice -3 hrs.
  • Total – 12 hrs.

Third Year, Fall Semester

Course and Hours

  • SW concentration course (SW 532, 533, 564, or 565)* – 3 hrs.
  • SW concentration course (SW 532, 533, 564, or 565) – 3 hrs.
  • LAW 660 Legal Profession – 3 hrs.
  • LAW Electives -6 hrs.
  • Total -15 hrs.

Third Year, Spring Semester

Course and Hours

  • SW 525 Evaluation Research – 3 hrs.
  • SW 501 Social Welfare Policy: Advanced Policy Analysis* – 3 hrs.
  • LAW Seminar – 2 hrs.
  • LAW course** – 3 hrs.
  • LAW Electives – 5 hrs.
  • Total – 16 hrs.

Note:   *SW courses approved to count toward the JD

** LAW courses approved to count toward the MSW


Fourth Year, Fall Semester

Course and Hours

  • LAW Professional Skills Class – 3 hrs.
  • LAW course** – 3 hrs.
  • LAW Electives – 9 hrs.
  • Total – 15 hrs.

Fourth Year, Spring Semester

Course and Hours

  • SW 595 Field Education II, 9
  • Total, 9

Note:   ** LAW courses approved to count toward the MSW


 

F. COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS/CAPSTONE EXPERIENCES

For MSW students, the required field education practicum is the Capstone experience. At the conclusion of their studies, all MSW students complete one required field education practicum. An additional field education practicum is required of students in the 60-credit-hour MSW Program, to be taken after they complete 15 credit hours of MSW prerequisites. In each field education practicum required, an MSW student must demonstrate successful integration and application of the knowledge, skills, and values learned both in class and from the practicum instructor, employing these as he or she delivers social services in a practice situation. A formal evaluation of the MSW student’s performance serves as the final evaluation in each field education practicum.

The JD program has no mandatory exam or Capstone experience.

G. TIME LIMIT

Per Graduate School regulations and ABA Standards, students in the coordinated degree program are allowed no more than 6 years, from the time of matriculation, to complete all requirements for the coordinated degrees.

H. BOTH DEGREES CONFERRED IN SAME COMMENCEMENT

Both degrees are conferred during a single commencement exercise, once all degree requirements have been met. Neither degree will be granted until both degrees are earned, except in cases in which a student formally withdraws from the coordinated degree program.

I. DISCONTINUATION IN ONE OF THE DEGREES

If a student enrolled in the coordinated degree program were to discontinue enrollment in the program and continue seeking only one degree (MSW or JD), the student would have to meet the full requirements of that degree.