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 II6
Social Work Research I and II6
Social Work Practice I3
Social Work Practice II3
Human Behavior I3
Contemporary Issues in Diversity3
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 courses15
Capstone Seminar3
* 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 I4
First Year Elective3
Constitutional Law I3
Constitutional Law II3
Criminal Law3
Lawyering Process I3
Lawyering Process II3
Professional Responsibility3
Third Semester Lawyering Process Course3
Directed Electives at Law School:12 credits
Administrative Law3
Alternative Dispute Resolution Survey3
Bill of Rights in Law and Regulation2-3
Bioethics and the Law2-3
Business Organizations3-4
Child, Parent, and the State2-3
Children in Society: Selected Problems2-3
Child Welfare Clinic1-6
Civil Rights Litigation3
Congressional Externship6
Criminal Procedure Adjudication3
Criminal Procedure Investigation3
Disability Law3
Domestic Violence and the Law3
Education Law and Policy2-3
Employment Discrimination Law3
Employment Law3
Family Law3
Federal Income Tax3
Feminist Jurisprudence2-3
First Amendment Rights3
Government & Public Interest Externship1-12
Health Care Liability and Quality Regulation3
Health Care Organization and Finance3
Immigration Clinic1-6
Immigration Law3
International Human Rights Law2-3
Interviewing Counseling and Negotiations3
Judicial Externship3-6
Juvenile Justice Clinic1-6
Juvenile Law2-3
Land Use Regulation3
Law and the American Indian3
Law and Social Justice3
Legislative Externship1-12
Seminar in Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation & the Law2-3
* 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.