The Social Work and Law Certificate is offered to students currently enrolled in the MSS program and explores the issues and professional challenges for practice in areas where law and social work overlap. Students learn the legal context of social work practice, acquire an understanding of the American legal system and develop competency in legal analysis in preparation for addressing the “socio-legal” dimensions of professional practice. Child welfare, mental health, housing, public interest advocacy, health, and immigration are a few illustrative areas where the law’s role in framing problems and intervention is all too apparent, and the Social Work and Law Certificate supplies a rigorous, practical foundation for work in these and other areas. The knowledge and skills acquired in this certificate program are relevant to practitioners at all levels – those who work with individuals, families or groups, or with communities or organizations, or in the policy and program development arena.
Students who are interested in the SWL Certificate Program must first obtain approval from the faculty coordinator, Dr. Raymond Albert, and then notify the Dean's Office of this academic plan by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Students must complete the following courses:
- Legal Process and Social Work (SOWK 584)
- Legal Research Strategies (SOWK 585)
Social Work and Law Special Project
The Social Work and Law Special Project is a capstone project, completed in conjunction with SOWK 585 and focuses on a topic selected by the student in consultation with Professor Albert, who supervises the completion of students’ work.
Contact for SWL Certificate: Raymond Albert | 610.526.2636