Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law


LLM in Child and Family Law

Campus-Based with Online Options
LLM students have access to the most comprehensive set of courses in the area of child and family law at any US law school. These include classes in which students can deepen their knowledge of the law as it affects children and families, as well as courses focused on advanced skills development. The curriculum is delivered by a combination of full-time Loyola faculty and experienced practitioners in the field.

During their first semester in the program, all students are required to successfully complete a one-credit non-graded LLM Seminar as well as the foundational course, Child, Parent and State. This latter requirement may be waived in the discretion of the Center Director if a student has satisfactorily completed a comparable course in law school. 

Because the LLM degree program is intended to allow students the flexibility to design their own program of advanced study based on their particular interests, no other courses in the curriculum are required with the exception of the LL.M. thesis/capstone project requirement. Instead, LLM students work closely with faculty to fashion a curricular plan most suited to their educational and professional goals.

Online Option
Consistent with the goal of tailoring the program to individualized need, LLM students may also opt to take one or more courses in Loyola’s online Master of Jurisprudence program in children’s law and policy. Courses include child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, leadership development, family law, bioethics, and other options. For a description of the program and courses, please visit http://www.luc.edu/law/centers/childlaw/degrees/mj.html.