The Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work (JD/MSW) dual degree program is a four-year program. Students are required to complete 121 units of course work, including 76 units in the USC Gould School of Law and 45 units in the USC School of Social Work.
To earn the JD, all students (including dual degree students) must complete 35 numerically graded law units at USC after the first year. The associate dean may make exceptions to this rule for students enrolled in law school honors programs. Students must apply to both programs prior to matriculation. The program of study is as follows:
First and Second Years: Complete both the first year JD program of study and MSW course work in foundation, field and core courses specific to the AHA, COBI or CYF departments.
Third Year: Complete the second year JD program.
Fourth Year: Complete the the remaining required core department and field courses and one semester of field instruction and the final semester of the J.D. program in the spring.
The law school gives credit for the third semester in the School of Social Work, while the latter recognizes law courses as substitutions for a one-semester practice course, special topics courses, a third semester of social policy and one semester of field instruction (for which a clinical law semester is substituted).