What do you know? Jurisprudence exams test knowledge of laws and rules

Date: September 14, 2018

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Though the practice of social work is similar across North America, each jurisdiction creates the laws and rules that regulate the profession. It’s no surprise, then, that social workers in more than a dozen jurisdictions in North America must pass a jurisprudence exam or otherwise demonstrate knowledge of the laws under which they are licensed. Familiarity with laws and rules helps protect the public by making sure social workers know important information specific to the jurisdiction where they plan to practice.

The exam or course might cover topics like the role of the board in licensing, investigation, and discipline of social workers; where to find the legal codes that govern social work practice; licensee scope of practice; renewal requirements; continuing education sources; reasons for license revocation; ethical conduct; electronic practice guidelines; license verification; procedures for licensure; and staying informed about regulatory board news.

Practice mobility sometimes depends on meeting new requirements in a new jurisdiction. Social workers wishing to add a license should get smart about how they might need to demonstrate understanding of jurisprudence. ASWB resources help social workers find the regulatory board websites they need.

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