Dual Degree: Master of Social Work & Juris Doctor
The dual Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor (M.S.W. and J.D.) program is designed for those seeking to make a difference in the lives of individuals through direct legal and social interaction and intervention. The program provides students with a thorough grounding in social work and the law through academic instruction and practical application. The dual degree program requires that prospective students apply for and be accepted to both programs. To graduate, students must earn 131 total credit hours.
Students who successfully complete a program at BSL will be able to demonstrate:
- Legal and Law-Related Knowledge
- Knowledge of specific areas or aspects of substantive law, legal theory, or legal procedure
- Example: Acquiring knowledge of domestic / comparative / international / transnational legal doctrine and processes, jurisprudence, knowledge of legal theory, and statutory / regulatory law and processes.
- Analysis and Decision-Making
- Understand and develop solutions to legal problems
- Example: Analyzing, being creative or innovative, exercising practical judgment, problem solving, and reasoning.
- Policy Evaluation
- Draw connections between specific legal issues and policy contexts or values
- Example: Understanding or evaluating specific situations in light of fundamental principles and values such as equality, fairness, liberty, justice, or analytical orientations such as economics, public safety, or public policy.
- Professional Identity
- Responsibilities of lawyers to their profession and society
- Example: Demonstrating awareness of professional commitments to continued learning, community involvement and service, diligence, engagement, ethics, honesty, integrity, and dedication.
- Written professional communication for a variety of professional purposes
- Example: Creating written texts for different audiences and purposes, advocating, negotiating, analyzing, memorializing transactions, or disseminating knowledge.
- Oral Communication
- Using oral communication for a variety of professional purposes
- Example: Advising, advocating, counseling clients, influencing, listening, presenting information, speaking for professional purposes.
- Information Gathering and Processing
- Obtaining and assessing information about facts, law, procedure, and people
- Example: Fact finding, interviewing, researching, and sorting known information so as to identify what is important for particular purposes.
- Interpersonal Perspectives
- Emotionally intelligent engagement, team building, collaboration, cooperation, and leadership
- Example: Seeing the world through the eyes of others, resolving conflicts, empathizing, evaluating, mentoring, organizing and managing others.
- Client and Practice Management
- Skills required to ethically and effectively manage ethical, professional and business aspects of the legal profession
- Example: Building relationships with clients, members of the legal profession, and others, handling stress, identifying client or community needs, organizing one's own work, using technology and electronic media.
Graduates of the law school typically work as attorneys. A law degree is a prerequisite for admission to the bar in most states, and bar admission is required to engage in the practice of law. Law school graduates work in private law firms, business, government, non-‐profit, and academic settings. Possibilities include:
- Public Welfare Administrator
- Prison Administrator
- Probation or Parole Officer
- Executive Director of a Non-Profit
- Legal Aid Attorney
- Labor Attorney
- Family Law Attorney