The William S. Boyd School of Law and the UNLV School of Social Work offer a dual Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work (JD/MSW) degree program that allows students admitted to both programs to pursue the two degrees concurrently.

Visit the UNLV School of Social Work website for more information.

Credit Requirements
Pursued individually, the JD requires the completion of 89 credit hours and the MSW requires the completion of 63 credit hours. The dual MSW/JD degree requires the completion of 80 law credit hours and 54 social work credit hours, as 9 hours of law courses are accepted toward the MSW and 9 hours of social work courses are accepted toward the JD.

Application & Matriculation
Dual degree students receive the JD degree and the transfer of MSW credits only when both degree programs are completed. A dual degree student who does not finish the MSW degree will be able to count just six credits of MSW or other graduate course work toward the JD degree.

Applicants to the JD/MSW degree program must apply for, and gain admission to, both the Boyd School of Law JD program and to the School of Social Work MSW program, respectively.

Applicants must include a statement in each application indicating the desire to pursue the dual JD/MSW degree.

While applications from current students in either program will be considered, students normally should seek and satisfy admission to enter both programs upon entering the university. However, petitions requesting admission to the dual JD/MSW program from students at more advanced stages in either program will be considered.


MSW Core Required Courses: 54 credits
Social Welfare Policy I and II 6
Social Work Research I and II 6
Social Work Practice I 3
Social Work Practice II 3
Human Behavior I 3
Contemporary Issues in Diversity 3
Foundation Field Practicum I and II* 6
DP or MCP Concentration Field Practicum I and II** 6
Upper-level writing-intensive course (one of various courses)  
Additional Advanced Practice Required courses 15
Capstone Seminar 3
* Foundation Field Practicum at Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic (in Child Welfare, Capital Defense or Juvenile Justice).
**Law Externship accepted for Social Work Field Practicum at approved sites including Congressional, Judicial, and Legislative sites.
JD Required Courses: 43 credits
Civil Procedure/Alternative Dispute Resolution I 4
First Year Elective 3
Constitutional Law I 3
Constitutional Law II 3
Contracts 4
Criminal Law 3
Evidence 3
Lawyering Process I 3
Lawyering Process II 3
Professional Responsibility 3
Property 4
Torts 4
Third Semester Lawyering Process Course 3
Directed Electives at Law School: 12 credits
Administrative Law 3
Alternative Dispute Resolution Survey 3
Bill of Rights in Law and Regulation 2-3
Bioethics and the Law 2-3
Business Organizations 3-4
Child, Parent, and the State 2-3
Children in Society: Selected Problems 2-3
Child Welfare Clinic 1-6
Civil Rights Litigation 3
Congressional Externship 6
Criminal Procedure Adjudication 3
Criminal Procedure Investigation 3
Disability Law 3
Domestic Violence and the Law 3
Education Law and Policy 2-3
Employment Discrimination Law 3
Employment Law 3
Family Law 3
Federal Income Tax 3
Feminist Jurisprudence 2-3
First Amendment Rights 3
Government & Public Interest Externship 1-12
Health Care Liability and Quality Regulation 3
Health Care Organization and Finance 3
Immigration Clinic 1-6
Immigration Law 3
International Human Rights Law 2-3
Interviewing Counseling and Negotiations 3
Judicial Externship 3-6
Juvenile Justice Clinic 1-6
Juvenile Law 2-3
Land Use Regulation 3
Law and the American Indian 3
Law and Social Justice 3
Legislative Externship 1-12
Mediation 2-3
Negotiation 2-3
Seminar in Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation & the Law 2-3
* Students in the JD/MSW program must successfully complete at least 12 credits from the above list.
Free Electives at Law School: 25 credits
Students in the JD/MSW program must complete 25 other credits of "free" electives at the law school. These free electives may come from the list of directed electives or from any other elective offered at the law school. Students anticipating practice in a certain area are encouraged to refer to the Course Planning Guide in the Law School Student Policy Handbook for suggested course sequences.