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Graduate Bulletin Homepage |School of Social Welfare | Social Welfare Joint M.S.W. (Direct Practice Concentration) and JD Program - Albany Law School

Social Welfare Joint M.S.W (Direct Practice) Concentration and JD Program

The joint Master's in Social Work and Juris Doctor program (MSW/JD) combines a law degree with the MSW with a concentration in direct practice or MACRO. Students are able to earn both degrees in, at most, four years of full-time study, rather than the usual five. Recipients of the joint J.D./MSW degrees hold professional credentials for a broad range of careers in government, consulting, teaching, research, and law. Course work, a minimum of 125 credits (51 MSW credits and 74 JD credits), includes core and specialized courses in both schools and field placements in social work settings. The direct practice program requirements during the first and fourth years of study are completed at Albany Law School. The second year of study is completed at the School of Social Welfare and the third year combines courses from Albany Law School and the School of Social Welfare. The coursework leading towards this joint degree must begin at Albany Law School.

Each school's application procedures and admissions criteria are independent. Albany Law and the School of Social Welfare require that each student submit a complete application package and an application fee. Albany Law requires LSAT scores in addition to application material. Each university has an independent review process for the applications using their own criteria. Applicants are offered admission to each school independently. Admission into one program does not guarantee admission into the other program.

Required Courses and Model Program

Masters of Social Work – 51
Juris Doctorate – 74
Total of 125 credits (over 4 years)

Year 1 - Full time at Albany Law School
            31 Credits at Albany Law School
              0 Credits at School of Social Welfare

Legal Methods (1)
Contracts (3)
Property I (3)
Introduction to Lawyering (2)
Introduction to Civil Procedure (3)
Torts (4)

Contracts (3)
Property II (3)
Criminal Law (3)
Introduction to Lawyering (2)
Constitutional Law (4)

Year 2 - Full time at School of Social Welfare
31 Credits at School of Social Welfare
              0 Credits at Albany Law School

SSW 600 Social Welfare Policy (3)
SSW 610 Human Behavior I (3)
SSW 620 Micro Practice in Social Work I (3)
SSW 630 Macro Practice in Social Work I (3)
SSW 650 Field Instruction I (3)

SSW 611 Human Behavior II (3)
SSW 621 Micro Practice II (3)
SSW 631 Macro Practice II (3)
SSW 660 Introduction to Research (3)
SSW 651 Field Instruction II (4)

Year 3 - 20 Credits at School of Social Welfare
            10 Credits at Albany Law School

SSW 7xx Advanced Behavior (3)
SSW 7xx Advanced Practice (3)
SSW 7xx Advanced Practice (3)
SSW 661 Evaluation of Clinical Practice (3)
SSW 752 Field Instruction III (4)

SSW 753 Field Instruction IV (4)
Albany Law School Electives (10)

Year 4 - Full time Albany Law School
            33 Credits at Albany Law School
              0 Credits at School of Social Welfare

Professional Responsibility* (3)
Electives* (30)

*May be taken as a summer course

Overview:  Year by School by Credit

 Year  SUNY  ALS  
 1    31  
 2  31    
 3  20  10  
 4    33  
 Total credits  51  74  125

Last updated on 7/10/2008