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Combine expertise in children's rights and education law with a deep understanding of educational policy

 

This dual degree program between the School of Education and the School of Law prepares graduates to be effective advocates for social justice, equipped with legal knowledge and expertise in crafting and analyzing educational policy.

Our commitment to you

 

Upon graduation with a dual MEd and JD degree from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to conduct effective advocacy, sound policymaking, and social justice-informed work in either the legal or education profession. 

Knowledge

 

While also gaining comprehensive exposure to curriculum in children’s rights and education law, you will gain extensive knowledge about domestic or international education policy. As you do so, you will learn to analyze educational policies from competing perspectives. You will also consider and apply humanities and social science perspectives that pertain to issues and questions in educational policy and practice. You will become a critical consumer of others’ research so that you can facilitate the use of educational research to guide education policy formation and implementation. Finally, you will gain knowledge that will guide your own policy-oriented research.

Skills

 

You'll achieve all the learning outcomes of both the JD and the MEd degrees.  In the MEd program, you will acquire skills in the areas of social justice-oriented policy research and analysis, so that you will be able to formulate, analyze and implement policies and educational policy that responds to pressing social justice issues.

Professional Values

 

You will demonstrate commitment to social justice by engaging with your peers, professors, and community to understand and engage with education policy and practice. Throughout your coursework, you will discuss the role of pluralism in democracies and other political systems, the effects and intersections of race, nationality, immigration status, class, religion, gender identity and presentation, sexuality, disability, veteran status, and other identities on educational aims, and issues of global citizenship or cosmopolitanism. You will be expected to critically engage with one another, texts, and ideas in an effort to address systemic inequality and to advance social justice.

Program Faculty

Our dedicated Cultural and Educational Policy Studies Faculty are experts in their fields who will support students throughout each stage of the program.

 

 

Curriculum

To complete the JD/MEd program, students must complete 65 Law credit hours and 24 Education credit hours, for a total of 89 credit hours. The JD and MEd degrees are awarded concurrently upon the successful completion of degree requirements for both programs. By pursuing this dual degree, you will earn both degrees at a much lower cost and in less time than you would if you enrolled in each program independently.

While this dual degree program has courses with a prescribed sequence, each follows the university's regular program. All program requirements apply for each area as well as each school's broader policies and procedures.

More information about this program can be found in the CEPS Graduate Programs Handbook.

Sample Course Sequence

The following curriculum is tentative. Students work with their academic advisors to customize their roster of law and education policy courses. 

The sequencing of law courses in the second and third years is tentative and can be adjusted with faculty advisor approval.

First Year

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
  • LAW 110: Civil Procedure
  • LAW 150: Property
  • LAW 160: Torts
  • LAW 190: Legal Writing I (incl. LAW 190: Legal Research)
  • LAW 424: Professional Identity Formation
  • LAW 120: Constitutional Law
  • LAW 130: Contracts
  • LAW 140: Criminal Law
  • LAW 194: Legal Writing II
  • RMTD 400: Introduction to Educational Research

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
  • LAW: Core Foundational Course
  • LAW: Core Foundational Course
  • LAW: Skills or Experiential Learning Course
  • LAW 410: Legal Writing III
  • ELPS 405: Introduction to Educational Policy Analysis
  • ELPS 410: Sociology of Education
  • LAW: Core Foundational Course
  • LAW: Skills or Experiential Learning Course
  • LAW 461: Education Law & Policy
  • RMTD 404: Statistical Analysis
  • ELPS 444: History of American Education

Third Year

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
  • LAW 414: Professional Responsibility
  • LAW: Core Foundational Course
  • LAW: Education Law Practicum OR ChildLaw Clinic OR Legislation and Policy Clinic
  • ELPS 420: Philosophy of Education
  • LAW: Elective
  • LAW: Elective
  • LAW: Skills or Experiential Learning Course
  • ELPS 412: Urban Analysis
    • In place of ELPS 412, students may take one of the following:
      • ELPS 510: Seminar in the Sociology of Education
      • ELPS 514: Sociology of Teaching
      • ELPS 516: The School as Organization
      • or another course or seminar as offered
  • RMTD 406: Program Evaluation

Recommendations for Course Selection

Students are required to take a minimum of two advanced seminar elective ELPS courses in their depth area. For students focused on comparative and international education, the core course is ELPS 455: Comparative and International Education.

Possible advanced elective courses include:

  • ELPS 458: International Education
  • ELPS 550: Globalization and Education
  • in addition to other courses that may be offered. 

JD students are required to take a Perspective Elective course prior to graduation. Education Law and Policy (Law 461) satisfies this requirement. They also must take Professional Responsibility prior to graduation. It is highly recommended that JD students take Administrative Law, Business Organziations, Evidence, Federal Income Tax, and rigorous writing courses.

JD students are required to obtain a minimum of two credits in Skills courses. They must also earn a minimum of six credits in Experiential Learning courses, of which at least three credits must be earned through Live-Client Experience courses. Each count toward the Experiential Learning (Live-Client Experience) requirement. More information is available regarding degree requirements for JD students and experiential learning options.

  • LAW 166: The Education Law Practicum
  • LAW 620: ChildLaw Clinic
  • LAW 606: Legislation and Policy Clinic

Admission Requirements

Interested in applying? Check out the MEd/JD Cultural and Education Policy Studies application requirements.

CONTACT: 
  • For application related questions, contact: Brittney Marshall, Enrollment Advisor
  • For program structure and academics questions, contact:
    • Dr. Kate Phillippo, Graduate Program Director and Program Chair, Cultural & Educational Policy Studies
      Phone: 312.915.6910
      E-mail: kphillippo@luc.edu
    • Miranda Johnson, Director, Education Law and Policy Institute
      Phone: 312.915.7952
      E-mail: mjohnson11@luc.edu

Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships

The School of Education and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable. You can learn more on the Financial Assistance page.