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Loyola University Chicago School of Law to Launch Rule of Law Program in Rome

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Loyola University Chicago School of Law to Launch Rule of Law Program in Rome
Practice-Oriented Master's Program Aims to Build the Rule of Law in Developing Countries

CHICAGO, February 1, 2011 - Loyola University Chicago's School of Law will launch a new one-year practice-oriented LLM program in Rule of Law for Development in September 2011. The program, which will be offered at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center in Italy, is supported by a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The new Master's of Law degree program, called PROLAW is designed to provide a transformative and empowering educational experience to qualified U.S. and international law students who aspire to become advisors working to promote the rule of law in developing countries and countries in economic transition.

"We are very grateful to the Gates Foundation for its support of the University and our Rule of Law for Development program in Rome," says Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president of Loyola University Chicago. "This program exemplifies our commitment to knowledge in the service of humanity, and we are enthusiastic about preparing graduates who will be uniquely equipped to promote the rule of law around the world."

PROLAW is a one-year program that offers legal training to law school graduates with an emphasis on the application of practical skills. From their first day on the job, graduates will be qualified to act as advisors in technical assistance projects, and in national initiatives undertaken by legal and judicial authorities in developing countries. The curriculum, which will connect theory to practice, will offer students the opportunity to develop the practical knowledge and skills required for rule of law advisors to succeed in the challenging environments of countries seeking to transform their legal systems and working toward the legal empowerment of their citizens.

To earn an LLM in Rule of Law for Development from Loyola University Chicago, students will be required to successfully complete eight three-credit courses in two academic semesters and to produce a major paper. "The launch of PROLAW underscores the commitment of Loyola University Chicago to the alleviation of poverty and to a vision of a world where respect for justice and human dignity are the norm," says William T. Loris, program director. "With the launch of PROLAW, law graduates from around the world wishing to use the privilege of their educations to join in that commitment will now have a program to help them do so."

Loris is a lawyer and alumnus of Loyola University Chicago's John Felice Rome Center. He studied law at Santa Clara University and served for more than 10 years in Africa and the Middle East as a legal advisor to USAID. He most recently served as Director General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), an inter-governmental organization based in Rome, Italy, which works to promote the rule of law and good governance in developing countries, countries in economic transition, and countries emerging from violent conflict.

"Bill Loris brings an extraordinary global perspective and palpable excitement to Loyola," says David Yellen, dean of the School of Law. "We're delighted to have someone with Bill's remarkable leadership and expertise join us in Rome to launch this important international program that will provide targeted education and training in rule of law development to lawyers across the globe."

For further information, please e-mail prolaw@luc.edu or visit the PROLAW website at LUC.edu/prolaw.

About Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola's School of Law has been educating students across the country and around the world for 100 years. The school offers full- and part-time Juris Doctor programs, with specialized certificates available in advocacy, child and family law, health law, international law and practice, and tax law. For attorneys pursuing advanced legal education, the school offers Master of Laws programs in advocacy, business law, child and family law, health law, and tax law. In addition, the school offers the Master of Jurisprudence for non-attorney professionals in business, child and family law, and health law, as well as two doctoral degrees focusing on health law and policy (SJD and DLaw).

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation's largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola's 11 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master's degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the "top national universities" by U.S. News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.