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Joint degree programs

McGill's Faculty of Law offers two joint programs in collaboration with the Desautels Faculty of Management and the School of Social Work: the MBA with integrated B.C.L./LL.B. and the MSW with integrated B.C.L./LL.B..

Candidates interested in pursuing either joint degree program must apply to, and be admitted by, both faculties. A negative response from one of the two programs does not mean an automatic refusal from the other faculty. Admission to the Faculty of Law is based on the same criteria used for applicants applying only to the Law program.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) with integrated Bachelor of Civil Law/Bachelor of Laws (BCL/LLB)

A joint MBA/Law program is offered by the Desautels Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Law. This joint program provides a small number of students the opportunity to pursue legal and administrative aspects of business. Successful candidates graduate with MBA, B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees, a trio that prepares them for careers in private and public enterprise, as well as government service.

Prerequisites for joint MBA/Law degree programs

Candidates are required to have previously completed an undergraduate degree in order to be eligible for admission to joint degree programs. Furthermore, students who wish to apply for the MBA/Law program also need a minimum of one year's employment experience following graduation in order to be admissible.

Finally, candidates should also indicate in their personal statement their reasons for wanting to pursue a joint degree.

Admission

Interested applicants can seek admission to the joint program concurrently, or once they have begun either the B.C.L./LL.B. or MBA programs.

Applicants making concurrent admissions must make separate applications to the Faculty of Law and the Desautels Faculty of Management. Admission to the Faculty of Law is made on the same criteria as though the applicant were applying only to the BCL/LLB program. Admission to the Desautels Faculty of Management depends upon among other things, the student's performance on the GMAT.

For more information for the MBA with integrated BCL/LLB program, see the Program Requirements on the 2011-2012 McGill Programs, Courses and University Regulations website. Website.

Program sequence

With concurrent admissions, students will undertake a first year of MBA courses only, followed by the B.C.L./LL.B. first-year program. In their third year, such students will complete their required second-year B.C.L./LL.B. courses in combination with electives from law and MBA Remaining required and elective credits in both programs will be completed in subsequent semesters. Students already in the MBA program can apply to the joint program during their first year in which case their program will follow the same pattern as previously described. Students already in the B.C.L./LL.B. program may apply to the joint program in their first or second year; in either case, they will have to complete their first two years of required B.C.L./LL.B. courses in consecutive years. Students should expect to complete the joint program in four to five years.

Students in the joint program must fulfill the following requirements: 51 MBA credits & 93 Law credits = Total 144 credits

Required Courses: 78 credits (24 MBA credits and 54 law credits*)

* See a detailed description of the B.C.L./LL.B. requirements.

N.B. WRIT 400D1/D2 Senior Essay (6) (Must be taken in last year - interdisciplinary topic, co-supervised by both faculties.)

Complementary Courses: 39 credits (15-27 credits in MBA and 12 credits from the Faculty of Law)

Electives: 27 credits from the Faculty of Law.

Students in the joint program must fulfill the 45-credit MBA Program with the following requirements:

MBA Required Courses

(18 credits)

MGCR 629 Global Leadership 1 Credits
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MGCR 650 Business Tools 2 Credits
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MGCR 651 Managing Resources 4 Credits
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MGCR 652 Value Creation 4 Credits
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MGCR 653 Markets and Globalization 4 Credits
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BUSA 614 Seminar in Law and Management 3 Credits
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MGCR 660 International Study Trip 6 Credits
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Complementary MBA Courses:

15-27 credits from a choice of 5 concentrations credits (each concentration is 15 credits):

  1. Finance
  2. Global Leadership
  3. Marketing
  4. Technology and Innovation Management
  5. General Management

0-12 credits chosen from 500 and 600 level courses offered by the Desautels Faculty of Management, for a total of 27 credits.

Contact

For more information from the Faculty of Law, contact the joint MBA/Law program liaison: pierre-emmanuel [dot] moyse [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Professor Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse).

To contact the Desautels Faculty of Management, see www.mcgill.ca/desautels/programs/mbalaw.


Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with integrated Bachelor of Civil Law/Bachelor of Laws (BCL/LLB)

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/LLB) 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 take three and a half to four years to complete the MSW/BCL/LLB program. It is possible, however, to complete the program in three years, by doing work for credit over the summer and by carrying heavier course loads throughout the program. The joint program leads to conferral of the BCL/LLB law degrees and the master's degree in social work.

Admission to the joint MSW/Law degree programs

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/LLB. 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.

In their personal statements, candidates should indicate their reasons for wanting to pursue this joint program.

Students considering undertaking the joint program are helpfully separated into two groups.

Group 1

This group consists of students who have a BSW, who are currently enrolled in a BSW program, or who are enrolled in the Qualifying Year for entry into the MSW program. Group 1 students should apply to the MSW and the BCL/LLB programs during the academic year immediately preceding their intended start date in the joint program.

Group 2

This group consists of students who do not have the academic background required for the MSW (see Admission Requirements for Entry into MSW). Students in this group follow a slightly different path. The key difference is that they need to take the Qualifying Year in Social Work to be eligible for the MSW program. They are advised to apply, during the academic year immediately preceding their intended start date, to the School of Social Work for the Qualifying Year and to the Faculty of Law for the BCL/LLB. If admitted to both, they should enroll in the Qualifying Year in Social Work and seek a one-year deferral of their admission to the law program. During the Qualifying Year, they should apply to the MSW. If the MSW admission requirements are met, they would then, in the following academic year, start the joint program. Students in Group 2 are not in the joint program until they are admitted into the MSW program. Alternatively, students may also choose to apply to law during the Qualifying Year in Social Work.

Program Sequence

Students enrolled in the joint program typically begin by completing the obligatory first year of the law program. In subsequent academic terms, they take a combination of law and social work credits.

Students in the joint program fulfill the following requirements:

Required Courses: 78 credits (30 credits Social Work + 48* credits Law). * See a detailed description of the BCL/LLB requirements.

Complementary Courses: 27 credits (12 credits from the Faculty of Law and 15 credits in Social Work)

Electives: 27 credits chosen from Faculty of Law courses

Note: Students in the joint program fulfill the 45-credit MSW Program with the following requirements:

Required Courses: Social Work (30 credits)

SWRK 650 Field Work Practicum 1 3 Credits
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SWRK 651 Field Work Practicum 2 3 Credits
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SWRK 660 Field Work Practicum 3 6 Credits
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SWRK 691 Soc Wk/Law Indep Study Project 12 Credits
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SWRK 653 Research Methods 1 3 Credits
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SWRK 643 Research Methods 2 3 Credits
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Complementary Courses: Social Work (15 credits)

15 credits of SWRK 500 or 600 level courses. Up to 6 graduate-level credits in total may be taken outside of the School of Social Work with academic advisor approval.

TOTAL MSW Credits: 45

For more information regarding admission to the MSW or other social work aspects of the joint program, contact the joint program liaison in the School of Social Work, david [dot] rothwell [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Professor David Rothwell).

For more information regarding admission to the the Faculty of Law or other law aspects of the joint program, contact the joint program liaison in the Faculty of Law, alana [dot] klein [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Professor Alana Klein).