Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

Curriculum

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.

In addition to formal courses, attorneys may represent child clients through the Child Law Clinic and assist in the editing of the Children's Legal Rights Journal, a journal produced jointly between Loyola and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. Externship opportunities are available in Chicago's large child advocacy community. Candidates are able to meet local and national leaders in children's advocacy through a bi-weekly symposia series sponsored by Loyola's Child Law Center.

Students complete a total of 24 credit hours for this degree which comprise 21 credit hours of course work and a 3 credit hour LLM thesis paper. Full time students complete 24 credit hours over one academic year and part-time students complete 24 credits over two academic years. 

Campus Based with online options: 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 click here.

Fall Required Courses

Credit Hours

Child, Parent, and State

2

LL.M. Seminar – Child Law

1

 

Spring Required Courses

Credit Hours

LL.M. Paper (Thesis)

3

 

Students may choose from the following elective courses for remaining credit hours

Elective Courses

Credit Hours

Advanced Domestic Relations Law Practicum

4

Advanced Domestic Relations Law Practicum II

2

Child Law Clinic

3 - 4

Child Law Trial Practice Intensive

3

Children’s Legal Rights Journal

1

Children’s Legal Rights Journal Editorial Board

1 - 2

Children’s Legal Rights Journal Senior Editors

1 - 2

Child Law Directed Study

1 - 3

ChildLaw Graduate Externship

1 - 3

Child Law Independent Research

1 - 2

Child Law Trial Practice

3

Education Law and Policy

3

Education Law Practicum

1 - 3

Family Law

3

Family Law Practicum

1

Fundamentals of School Law

2

Human Trafficking in the United States:  Special Issues Concerning Children

2

Interdisciplinary Seminar on Domestic Violence

3

Juvenile Justice Seminar

2

Labor and Employment Law in the Education Workplace

2

Law and Poverty

3

Mediation Seminar

2

Policy Practicum:  Issues in ChildLaw

1 - 3

Special Education Dispute Resolution

1

Special Education Law and Advocacy

2

Student Disciplinary Hearing Workshop

1

Street Law

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can review a full list of courses offered by clicking here.