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By providing you with access to the accumulated knowledge of the international development community and building your skills in using such information, you can play a stronger leadership role in influencing the future development of the rule of law in your country and thereby exercise the kind of ownership over the rule of law agenda, which policy frameworks such as the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness contemplate.

The curriculum focuses on the skills and knowledge, which legal professionals need to have when advising on rule of law issues. Normally, legal professionals have in-depth knowledge of law and practice in specific practice areas in a single jurisdiction. They are not prepared for the complexities of advising domestically or across borders or legal systems on matters relating to legal reform. PROLAW® aims to provide that preparation.

There exist some graduate programs, which provide their students an opportunity to develop a high level of theoretical and academic understanding of law and development issues. But, there are no programs that focus on precisely what rule of law advisors actually do in practice and how they do it. In this regard PROLAW® is unique and the first of its kind.

Only holders of first law degrees from recognized universities from anywhere in the world may apply.

Prior experience and or demonstrated interest in rule of law matters will reflect positively on the applicant. The language of instruction is English. Therefore, applicants will be expected to demonstrate sufficient proficiency. Please see the Apply Now section for details.

Our career services program supports students in establishing a network of institutional links, which will help students secure rule of law advisory positions or internships.

The various US states and the District of Colombia have jurisdiction over admission to the practice of law. Successful passage of a bar examination by such jurisdictions remains a common basic requirement. The PROLAW® curriculum would not, by its nature, be generally relevant to the preparation for such examinations.

Limited full and partial scholarships may be made available to exceptionally qualified admitted students. Students are encouraged to seek additional funding from external sources.


1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660 · 773-274-3000

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