RALEIGH – Campbell Law School and the NC State University Department of Social Work have announced the establishment of a new dual degree. The new program allows students to pursue and obtain a Juris Doctor at Campbell Law and a Master of Social Work at NC State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences simultaneously. The JD/MSW marks Campbell Law’s eighth dual degree offering, including the fourth with NC State. With approval from the University accrediting body, SACSOC, anticipated this spring, students should be able to enroll in this program in the fall of 2018.
“More and more prospective applicants who have a social work background are asking about how to combine their interests in this area with a law degree, with the hope of having a major impact on social policy,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “This is our answer.”
“We are pleased to partner again with Campbell Law to provide students the opportunity to obtain high levels of expertise in law and in social work,” said NC State College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Jeff Braden. “This dual JD/MSW degree approach is a well-respected model around the country. And it’s fully in keeping with NC State’s ‘think and do’ mantra.”
The JD/MSW program will prepare successful graduates for a diverse range of careers in law, government, nonprofit organizations, teaching, and research. Graduates will be poised to make significant impacts and contributions towards the legal and social welfare of citizens, and will have the ability to identify and address problems faced by individuals, families, and communities. The program enables students to earn both degrees in four years of full-time study, rather than the usual five. Students must apply and be accepted to both universities. They will typically spend the first two years of study at Campbell Law, the third year at NC State, and the fourth year back at Campbell Law.
Campbell Law offers eight dual degree programs – four with Campbell University and four with NC State University – in an effort to provide students with maximum exposure and preparedness for a wide assortment of career opportunities in the fields that continue to shape the economy.
In addition to the JD/MSW, Campbell Law also offers a Juris Doctor/Master of Accounting with NC State University’s Poole College of Management, a Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration with both NC State University’s Poole College of Management and Campbell University’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, a Juris Doctor/Master of Public Administration with NC State University’s School of Public & International Affairs, a Juris Doctor/Master of Trust & Wealth Management with Campbell University’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, a Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Public Health with Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences ,and a Juris Doctor/Master of Divinity with Campbell University’s Divinity School.
NC State’s Department of Social Work is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. As one of the university’s largest colleges, it has more than 4,300 students, offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, 12 master’s degrees, and five doctoral programs, and 39,000 alumni. The college encompasses communication, English, foreign languages and literatures, history, interdisciplinary studies, philosophy and religious studies, public and international affairs, psychology, social work, sociology, and anthropology. The university has offered degrees in social work for more than 30 years.