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MSW / JD

Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor

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MSW / JD Brochure

MSW / JD Brochure
(pdf, updated 10/3/2014)

The School of Social Work and the California Western School of Law offer a four-year concurrent graduate program which allows students to simultaneously a Master of Social Work and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in law. The objective of the concurrent degrees program is to prepare students who are competent in advanced practice where social work and law converge.

This is a four-year full time program, including a four-semester field practicum, held in Years Two and Four. The first year of the program will be completed at the Law School and consist of the traditional first year law curriculum. Year Two is completed at the School of Social Work, while Years Three and Four work from both campuses.  A thesis is also required.


MSW / JD Information Sessions

Information sessions are held several times per semester for potential MSW and MSW-dual degree applicants.

Please check the main MSW Info Sessions page for the updated flyer/dates.


MSW / JD Course Sequence Guide

Note: Please consult with Professor Janet Weinstein at CWSL for sequencing of appropriate courses at CWSL.

Year 1 – Fall

  • Coursework is completed at CWSL

Year 1 – Spring

  • Coursework is completed at CWSL

Year 2 – Fall

  • SW 601 Seminar in Social Welfare Policy and Services (3)
  • SW 619 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)
  • SW 630 Social Work Practice: A Generalist Perspective (3)
  • SW 650 Field Practicum (3-8) Cr/NC
  • SW 690 Seminar in Social Work Research Methods (3)

Year 2 – Spring

  • SW 620A Seminar in Human Behavior and Social Environment (3)
  • SW 631 Social Work Practice: Individuals, Families, and Groups (3)
  • SW 632 Social Work Practice: Organizations and Communities (3)
  • SW 650 Field Practicum (3-8) Cr/NC
  • SW 702 Seminar in Social Welfare Policy and Services (3)

Year 3 – Fall

  • Advanced Human Behavior Any SW 720 numbered course*
  • SW 797 Research (3)

Year 3 – Spring

  • Coursework is completed at CWSL

Year 4 – Fall

Administration

  • SW 740 Adv Sem Social Wk Admin (3)
  • SW 755 Field Practicum (4)

Direct Practice

  • SW 744 Adv Sem in Clinical Socl Work Prac
  • SW 750 Field Practicum (4)

Additional coursework completed at CWSL

Year 4 – Spring

Administration

  • Sem: Adv Admin Models (3)
  • SW 755 Field Practicum (4)
  • SW 799A Thesis

Direct Practice

  • SW 739 Adv Sem in SW Prac with Families (3)
  • SW 750 Field Practicum (4)

Additional coursework completed at CWSL


MSW / JD Application Procedure

For the MSW/JD, two separate application processes must be followed:

  1. SDSU School of Social Work MSW application
  2. California Western School of Law application

Applicants for the dual-degree program may substitute the results of the LSAT exam for the GRE exam.

Applicants should indicate on the appropriate section of each application that they are applying for the concurrent dual degree MSW/JD program.