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


This dual degree program with the School of Education and the School of Law is for legal professionals who want to be effective advocates for social justice, driven by enhanced expertise in crafting educational policy that benefits all students.


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 commence effective advocacy, informed policymaking, and social justice-informed work in either the legal or education profession.




You will understand the knowledge bases of the counseling professions, as well as the social-cultural contexts of human development, and apply this expertise in an ethical, reflective, and culturally-responsive manner.




You'll achieve all the learning outcomes of both the JD and the MEd degree, which includes developing expertise in a focused area of educational practice (domestic or global). You'll evaluate research, appreciate the contribution of empirical inquiry to the solution of applied problems, and apply research findings. You'll also gain experience working in diverse, real-world settings through an engaged learning internship experience.


Professional Values


You will understand and engage with policy as advocates, leaders, analysts, researchers, activists, educators, and lawyers committed to social justice and equity in our local and national educational systems.



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. Pursuing this dual degree allows you to earn both degrees at a much lower cost and in less time than if you enrolled in them 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.

Sample Course Sequence

The following curriculum is tentative; we anticipate some adjustments as faculty availability permits, especially in regard to the third year offerings.


First Year


Fall Semester Hours (14)

  • LAW 110: Civil Procedure
  • LAW 150: Property
  • LAW 160: Torts
  • LAW 190: Legal Writing

Spring Semester Hours (16)

  • LAW 120: Constitutional Law
  • LAW 130: Contracts
  • LAW 140: Criminal Law
  • LAW 194: Legal Writing
  • ELPS 420: Philosophy of Education

Second Year


Fall Semester Hours (16-18)

  • Law school core foundational course
  • Law school core foundational course
  • Skills or experiential course
  • LAW 410: Advocacy
  • ELPS 405: Introduction to Educational Policy Analysis
  • ELPS 410: Sociology of Education

Spring Semester Hours (14-15)

  • Law school core foundational course
  • Skills or experiential course
  • LAW 461: Education Law & Policy
  • RMTD 400: Introduction to Educational Research
  • ELPS 444: History of American Education

Third Year


Fall Semester Hours (12-14)

  • LAW 414: Professional Responsibility
  • Law school elective
  • Education Law Practicum or ChildLaw Clinic or Legislation and Policy Clinic
  • RMTD 404: Statistical Analysis

Spring Semester Hours (14-16)

  • Law school elective
  • Law school elective
  • Law Professional Skills
  • 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. The above sequencing of law courses in the second and third years is tentative and can be adjusted with faculty advisor approval.
  • 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, specifically focused on comparative and international education. Possible courses include ELPS 458: International Education and ELPS 550: Globalization and Education. The two remaining ELPS advanced seminar electives may focus more broadly on cultural and educational policy studies issues and/or may be additional research methods courses.

In consultation with their advisor, students may choose to take additional research methods course(s) to assist with the thesis design and execution, which takes place as an independent student project during the third year of study. Possible courses include RMTD 404: Educational Statistics and RMTD 420: Advanced Qualitative Research.

Courses that are highly recommended for JD students include: LAW 221: Administrative Law, LAW 270: Business Organizations, LAW 210: Evidence, and LAW 280: Federal Income Tax.

JD students are required to take a Perspective Elective course prior to graduation. Education Law and Policy (Law 461) satisfies this requirement as do the other courses listed here.

JD students are required to obtain a minimum of two credits in Skills courses (see list here). 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. The Education Law Practicum (Law 166), ChildLaw Clinic (LAW 620), and the Legislation and Policy Clinic (LAW 606) each count toward the Experiential Learning (Live-Client Experience) requirement. More information is provided here.


Tuition and Financial Aid


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.




To learn more about the MEd/JD dual-degree program, 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