McGill University - Faculty of Law

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Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), Bachelor of Civil Law/Bachelor of Laws (B.C.L./LL.B.)

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Faculty:Faculty of Law
Field of Study:Law (LL.B, J.D., B.C.L.)
Social Work
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $5,691
National: $10,924

Careers:Managers in Social, Community and Correctional ServicesLawyersJudges


The School of Social Work and the Faculty of Law offer a Master of Social Work (MSW) with integrated Bachelor of Civil Law/Bachelor of Laws (BCL/JD) designed to transcend academic boundaries in social justice issues. Lawyers and social workers often operate in the same fields, whether in public policy, child protection, family law, poverty law, or domestic violence situations, yet each profession has been constrained by internal limitations. This joint program is animated by the conviction that studying in these two professions simultaneously will offer students an enriched perspective. Joint degree students graduate with a valuable blend of theoretical understanding, legal training, and interpersonal skills that will prepare them for, among other career options, practice or policy work.

Concretely, taking the joint program allows students to obtain three degrees with a reduced overall number of credits. The joint MSW (non-thesis option)/Law program requires students to complete 132 credits (45 credits in MSW, 87 credits in Law). Students should expect to complete the joint program in four to five years. The joint program leads to conferral of the BCL/JD law degrees and the master's degree in social work. Students in the Law/MSW or LAW/MBA program cannot take courses outside the Faculty of law, beyond the MSW/MBA courses listed in the joint Programs.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Students intending to undertake this joint program proceed by submitting separate applications to the School of Social Work and to the Faculty of Law. It is necessary to fulfill the respective admissions requirements for the MSW and the integrated BCL/JD. For example, students must have the requisite academic background in social work for the MSW and they must be passively bilingual as required by the law program. A negative response from one program does not mean an automatic refusal from the other. For the MSW program admissions information, please refer to the School of Social Work’s website.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Work Experience

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 20, 2022