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PROLAW Overview

What is PROLAW?

PROLAW is a Master of Laws (LLM) in Rule of Law for Development. This unique program, now in its fourth year, develops leaders to advance social justice across the globe, through effective, sustainable governance and rule of law reform.  PROLAW is taught at Loyola University Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy.

The vision behind PROLAW

* Effective, accountable governance and adherence to the rule of law is essential for peace, stability, and security.

* Establishing the rule of law and undertaking legal reforms are core governance functions.  Outside experts can support countries pursuing better governance, but change must come from within.  

* Overreliance on external experts to drive reform can lead to over dependence in transitioning and developing countries and to opportunities to evade responsibility for outcomes.

* Successful rule of law assistance requires advisers who are trained to act as high level technical experts, and who are also prepared to be effective advocates and leaders for change, capable of mobilizing leaders and reformers to strengthen institutions and foster a culture of accountability.

* Preparing advisers who can help to establish effective governance and development of (or strengthening) the rule of law requires an innovative, transformative educational approach.

LOYOLA’s response

To pursue its vision, Loyola University Chicago School of Law developed a practitioner-focused, one-year LLM degree program that provides students with the specialized theory, skills, and understanding they need to address the complex challenge of reforming and strengthening governance and the rule of law in transitioning and developing nations.


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