Developing in-depth knowledge of social and legal systems. Improving understanding of organizational and human behavior. Implementing changes to improve the lives of individuals and communities. It's how our graduates lead the charge to improve social policy and law. Through our dual degree program, students earn a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the SUNY Buffalo Law School and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the UB School of Social Work. The collaborative program reduces the total time and credits compared to completing each degree separately.
The practicum consists of two components:
These two components must be successfully completed in both semesters in order to get credit for the Foundation Field Education Placement. A minimum of 434 clock hours (420 on-site hours) is required to complete Field Instruction I and II (171 clock hours for Field Instruction I and 263 clock hours for Field Instruction II).
If you receive a grade below B- in SW 520 Interventions I or SW 505 Theories of Human Behavior and Development, you cannot continue into SW 551 and will need to repeat SW 520 or SW 505 (or both), together with SW 550 the following Fall. You will have to re-register in SW 550 the following Fall and complete a full foundation placement of 420 hours.