The Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor (MSW/JD) 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 Suzanne Dworak-Peck 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 Year: Complete the first year JD program of study.
Second Year: Begin taking course requirements in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, which includes the required courses outlined in the Social Work (MSW) section of the catalogue. Students will also begin to take department core courses specific to the MSW in either the AMHW, SCI or CYF department. Students will be advised into the appropriate courses.
Third Year: Complete the second year JD program.
Fourth Year: Complete the remaining required MSW courses, per advisement, and the final semester of the JD program in the spring.
The law school gives credit for the third semester in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck 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).