Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

ChildLaw Career Opportunities


Child and family law attorneys work in a wide variety of practice areas and settings. They are hired by national, state and local public and private agencies, private firms, not-for-profit legal services and advocacy organizations, health care and educational institutions, and philanthropic organizations to provide direct representation to clients, help formulate policy and legislation, teach, and otherwise advocate for children and families. Depending on their chosen career path, attorneys for children and families practice in the areas of civil, criminal, and/or administrative law. Although most child and family law attorneys are employed domestically, some work in the area of international children’s rights.The legal job market has changed rapidly in recent years, making it increasingly important for students to take full advantage of opportunities to position themselves for their chosen career. This includes immersing themselves in Loyola’s curriculum and extracurricular activities, engaging actively with faculty, working collaboratively with the staff of the Office of Career Resources and Office of Financial Aid, and networking with child and family law attorneys and professional organizations. To aid students in this process, we have prepared a Planning Guide for JD and LLM Child and Family Law Students.Loyola’s faculty and staff are committed to assisting all students in their job search through a combination of advising, mentorship, counseling and outreach.


Career Counseling
Any Loyola JD or LLM student interested in finding employment in the practice area of child and family law after graduation should actively seek out curricular and career counseling from Loyola’s faculty and the Office of Career Services. To make an appointment to speak with a member of Loyola’s child and family law faculty, please contact the Center’s Program Coordinator or stop by the ChildLaw Center, Corboy Law Center, 25 East Pearson, 11th Fl., Chicago, IL 60611. To make an appointment to speak with a representative of the Office of Career Services, please visit its website or office, located on the 13th Floor of the Corboy Law Center. International LLM students should consult with the Office of Foreign and International LLM law programs.