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In Spring 2003, Syracuse University introduced the nation’s first joint degree in law and disability studies. The J.D./M.S.Ed. with a concentration and Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Disability Studies from the Cultural Foundations of Education program at the School of Education is a unique program that offers students the opportunity to obtain both a law degree and a masters in education in just three years. Similarly, the J.D./M.S.W., from the School of Social Work of the College of Human Services and Health Professions, allows students to obtain a law degree and a masters degree in social work in three years. 

J.D./M.S.Ed.
 


In Spring 2003, Syracuse University introduced the nation’s first joint degree in law and Disability Studies. The J.D./M.S.Ed. with a concentration in Disability Studies from the Cultural Foundations of Education program at the School of Education is a unique program that offers students the opportunity to obtain both a law degree and a Masters in education in just three years.

Students accepted into the College of Law complete their first year of law school and apply to the joint degree program through the School of Education in the early spring of their first year of law school. Students must be in good academic standing in the law school to be considered for the joint degree program. Upon acceptance into the joint degree program, students may begin taking any combination of law and graduate classes, including summer classes offered by both the College of Law and the School of Education, as well as courses offered by other colleges at Syracuse University such as the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, College of Human Services and Health Professions, and The College of Arts and Sciences.

After students complete their first year of required courses in the law school, both the College of Law and the School of Education have few required classes for the joint degree program. Students work closely with professors in the College of Law as well as the School of Education to tailor the degree program to meet each student’s specific interest in disability law, policy and education. Students are encouraged to take classes in other schools and departments on campus that offer classes related to Disability Studies, policy, and law.

SAMPLE J.D./M.S.Ed. SCHEDULE 

The following program is intended to illustrate a joint degree academic schedule. This schedule may not be appropriate for every student and individuals may wish to take different or additional classes. Students should consult their academic advisors regarding specific classes in which they may be interested and how these classes fit into their overall academic program. 

1L Year

1st Semester

 

 2nd Semester

 
Contracts

5

Property

5

Torts

5

Criminal Law

3

Civil Procedure

4

Constitutional Law I

3

LCR

2

Legislation and Policy
elective

3

    LCR

2

















Total: 32  
 

Summer (between 1L and 2L Years)

Advanced Legal Research

2

Professional Responsibility

3

Lawyer as Negotiator

3

Introduction to Qualitative Research
(School of Education)

3

OR  
Summer Legal Externship

3






















Total: 44

2L Year

1st Semester   2nd Semester  
Issues in DisAbility (School of Education)

3

Disability Studies course(School of Education)

3

Social Policy and Disability (School of Education)

3

Disability Studies Seminar (School of Education)

3

Constitutional Law

3

Trial Practice

3

Administrative Law

3

Evidence 4
LCR

2

Family Law 3
Externship or Clinic**   Externship or Clinic**  



 
 
























Total: 74

3L Year

1st Semester   2nd Semester  
Commerical Transcations

4

Corporations

4

Disability Law

3

New York Civil Practice 3
Decedent’s Estates  Wills and Trusts

3

Disability Law (writing requirement) 3
School of Education class or Independent Study   School of Education class or Independent Study  
School of Education class   School of Education class
(if no Education class taken 1st summer)
 
Externship or Clinic **   Externship or Clinic **  

 





























Total: 104***


As an alternative, students should also consider taking School of Education Maymester classes during their second summer or taking summer classes, particularly in the School of Education, to lessen their class load during their 3L year. Law classes which are typically offered during summers include:

  • Constitutional Law II 
  • Evidence 
  • Trial Practice 
  • Advanced Legal Research 
  • Professional Responsibility 
  • Lawyer as Negotiator

(Note that Constitutional Law II and Professional Responsibility must be taken during the 2L year and that Evidence is a prerequisite for Trial Practice.)

*All School of Education classes are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

**Students would benefit from participating in either an externship or clinic during their law school career. Because space in both externships and clinics are limited, these credits have not been figured into the sample schedule. Students are highly encouraged to apply for one or both of these programs. Note that externships are 5 credits and clinics are either 3 or 6 credits.

***Students only need 96 credits to graduate (72 for the J.D. and 24 for the M.S.Ed.); however, these classes merely represent a selection of classes students may take.

****For the Master’s degree, students need not limit their class choices to classes within the School of Education. Classes taught by Steve Taylor, Doug Biklen, Beth Ferri, and Nancy Mudrick, would likely satisfy degree requirements. Contact Steve Taylor for specific questions.

J.D./M.S.W. 

Syracuse University now offers a joint J.D./M.S.W. in Social Work from the School of Social Work in the Falk College. This program offers students the opportunity to obtain both a law degree and a Master's in Social Work in just three years.

Students accepted into the College of Law complete their first year of law school and then apply to the joint degree program through the School of Social Work in the early spring of their first year of law school. Students must be in good academic standing in the law school to be considered for the joint degree program. The Masters in Social Work does not require a GRE. Upon acceptance into the joint degree program, students may begin taking any combination of law and graduate social work classes, including those offered by both the College of Law and the School of Social Work in the summer, as well as courses offered by other colleges at Syracuse University such as the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, School of Education, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

After students complete their first year of required courses in the law school, both the College of Law and the School of Social Work have few required classes for the joint degree program. Students work closely with professors in both colleges to tailor the degree program to meet each student’s specific interest in disability law, policy and social work, while meeting the requirements of 72 credits in the College of Law and 48 credits in the School of Social Work (only 30 credits required for students with Advanced Standing). Students are encouraged to take classes in other schools and departments on campus that offer classes related to disability studies, policy, and law.

Sample J.D./M.S.W. Schedule
 

The following is intended to illustrate a joint degree academic schedule. This schedule may not be appropriate for every student, and individuals may wish to take different or additional classes. Students should consult their academic advisors regarding specific classes in which they may be interested and how these classes fit into their overall academic program. 

 

1L Year

1st Semester   2nd Semester  
Contracts

5

Property

5

Torts

5

Criminal Law

3

Civil Procedure

4

Constitutional Law I

3

LCR

2

Legislation and Policy
Elective

3

    LCR

2

 




















Total credits:  32

 

Summer (between 1L and 2L Years)

Advanced Legal Research

2

Professional Responsibility

3

Lawyer as Negotiator

3

Summer Legal Externship

3

 
















Total credits: 42 (cumulative)

 

2L Year

1st Semester   2nd Semester  
Soc Welfare Policy/Services*

3

Applied Research in Social Work

3

Persons in Social Context

3

Human Div.: Race, Ethnicity, Gender

3

Fundamentals of Social Work Practice I

3

Fundamentals of Social Work Practice II

3

Field Instruction I 3 Field Instruction II

3

Constitutional Law 3 Education Law

3

LCR 2 Externship or Clinic**  
Externship or Clinic**      

 































 

Summer (between 2L and 3L Years)

6 credits Social Work
6 credits Law

 










 

3L Year

1st Semester

 

2nd Semester

 
Field Instruction III   Field Instruction IV  
6 credits Social Work 6 3 credits Social Work 3
Disability Law 3 Advanced Disability Law 
(writing requirement)
3
Externship or Clinic**   Evidence 4
    Externship or Clinic**  

 


























Law classes which are typically offered during summers include:

  • Constitutional Law II
  • Evidence 
  • Trial Practice 
  • Advanced Legal Research 
  • Professional Responsibility 
  • Lawyer as Negotiator

(Note that Constitutional Law II and Professional Responsibility must be taken  during the 2L year and that Evidence is a prerequisite for Trial Practice.) 

Students need between 102 and 120 credits to graduate (72 for the J.D. and 30-48 for the M.S.W.); however, these classes merely represent a selection of classes students may take.

*All School of Social Work classes are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

**Students would benefit from participating in either an externship or clinic during their law school career. Because space in both externships and clinics are limited, these credits have not been figured into the sample schedule. Students are highly encouraged to apply for one or both of these programs. Note that externships are 5 credits and clinics are either 3 or 6 credits. 

QUICK LINKS FOR STUDENTS

  • For information about the Disability Law and Policy Program, please contact: Professor Arlene Kanter, Co-Director, Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies, Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York 13244-1030, (315) 443-4582 (voice and tty), email kantera@law.syr.edu 
  • For information on Cultural Foundations of education (M.S.Ed.) and the Disability Studies Program (CAS), contact Professor Steven J. Taylor, Co-Director, Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies, Syracuse School of Education, 805 S. Crouse Avenue, Syracuse, New York 13244-2280, (315) 443-3851 (voice), email staylo01@syr.edu
  • For information regarding accommodations when visiting the College of Law, please contact Office of Admissions in the College of Law, 315-443-1962, admissions@law.syr.edu  
  • For information regarding accommodations when visiting the School of Social Work or the School of Education, please contact: Office of Disability Services, 804 University Avenue, Suite 309, Syracuse, New York 13244-1120, Phone: 315-443-4498, TDD/TTY: 315-443-1372, Fax: 315-443-1312, Email: odssched@syr.eduhttp://www.disabilityservices.syr.edu 
  • For more information on the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies, contact Arlene Kanter (kantera@law.syr.edu) or Steven Taylor (staylo01@syr.edu), Co-Directors, Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies.
  • For specific information about your degree requirements and guidelines in the College of Law, please contact: JoAnn Larkin, Registrar, Office of Student Services, Suite 444, Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York 13244-1030, (315)443-1109, jalarkin@law.syr.edu
  • For information about graduate admissions at the School of Social Work, contact Adrienne Renfroe at 315-443-5550 or inquire@hshp.syr.edu.
  • For more information on the School of Social Work’s M.S.W., go to http://hshp.syr.edu/schools/social/academics/grad/
  • If you have questions about the graduate admissions process at the School of Education, please contact Liza Rochelson or Traci M. Washburn, Graduate Admissions Recruiters, School of Education, via email at gradrcrt@syr.edu.