Infusing legal issues into the social work curriculum

Sandra Kopels, Nora S. Gustavsson

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    This article addresses the need for social work students to understand basic legal concepts and their application in social work. It begins with a review of recent literature on teaching law within the social work curriculum. It then reports on the authors' April 1991 survey of accredited MSW programs, which showed that few schools require MSW students to study law, but that curricula have little room to expand. Finally, the article describes a flexible approach to infusing legal content into existing social work courses by focusing on six legal precepts: the definition and regulation of practice; client issues; privacy; advocacy; conflict/liability; and precedents.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)115-125
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Social Work Education
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1996

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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