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The MSW/JD Program was inaugurated in 1988 with the Boston College Law School.
The MSW/JD Dual Degree Program is designed for students who are interested in serving the combined legal and social needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The program reflects the University’s mission to educate individuals who are committed to working with the poor, the powerless, and the disadvantaged. It is intended for persons who wish to combine social work knowledge and intervention skills with legal knowledge and practice skills to better serve their clients or constituencies.
Students admitted to the program may expect to receive both the Master of Social Work (MSW) and the Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in four years rather than the normal five years. Graduating students will be eligible to take the bar and social work licensing exams.
- To educate practitioners in social work and law to be able to effectively utilize the problem-solving strategies and techniques of both disciplines.
- To provide the core curriculum of each profession while enabling students to focus on areas of knowledge and practice which correspond to their professional goals.
- To facilitate integration of the two disciplines through field experience. The second field placement will be supervised by an LICSW.
- To prepare practitioners who have a commitment to a human condition that is free from violence, oppression, and discrimination, and that protects and promotes the development of all people.
In the Boston College School of Social Work students must choose a specialized practice method: clinical practice or macro practice. Clinical students focus on practice directly with individuals, families, and groups in dealing with personal, interpersonal, and social problems. Macro students develop specific knowledge and skills to achieve change in organizational and community settings.
Prior to entering the third year, students will choose a field-of-practice concentration from one of the following areas: Children, Youth Families; Health Mental Health; Older Adults Families; or Individualized. Dual degree students are not eligible to take the Global Practice concentration because of the required full-time Spring field placement, but they are eligible to take Global Practice concentration courses as part of an Individualized Concentration.