MJ/LLM in Rule of Law for Development
PROLAW is a unique program that provides practical training to advance social justice through effective, sustainable governance and improved rule of law. Loyola University Chicago School of Law offers two master’s degree programs in Rule of Law for Development at Loyola’s campus in Rome, Italy, which reflects Loyola’s belief that establishing and strengthening the rule of law requires a multi-disciplinary effort.
The Master of Laws (LLM) in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW LLM) is a program for current lawyers. The Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW MJ) is a program for professionals who do not have law degrees and currently work, or aspire to work, as advisors promoting the rule of law in transitional economies and developing countries. PROLAW provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills required to become the most qualified rule of law innovators and leaders.
The PROLAW LLM is a degree program that requires 27 academic credit hours comprising 9 courses and a rule of law thesis of publishable quality. The program also offers 1 elective course. You will complete all courses at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Rome, Italy from September to April, and then complete your thesis requirement by July 31 each year from your home countries, through online communication with a thesis supervisor.
The PROLAW MJ is a degree program that requires 30 academic credit hours comprising 10 courses and a major rule of law capstone project. You will complete all courses at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Rome, Italy from September to April, and then complete your thesis requirement by July 31 each year from your home countries, through online communication with a thesis supervisor.
While the LLM and MJ students attend most of the courses in the program together, the MJ curriculum includes a specially tailored course on basic introduction to law and legal methods, which provides the background necessary for success in the other courses. This course also considers the different levels of preparation in law of the two degrees. The course requirements for papers, exams, and projects are tailored to each group.
For more information, visit the PROLAW website at LUC.edu/prolaw.
• Applicants must possess a first degree in law from an accredited institution;
• Applicants must demonstrate an interest or experience in rule of law and governance matters
• Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in English. Loyola University Chicago is an equal opportunity educator/employer.
• Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in an area of relevance such as development, international relations, political science, economics, engineering, or management.
• Applicants must be able to demonstrate a professional connection to rule of law development matters through at least one of the following:
Two years of relevant professional experience in rule of law or governance strengthening matters
Current employment in a governmental, international, or nongovernmental organization or academia with documented responsibility or supervisor’s assurance of prospective involvement in rule of law or governance strengthening matters
Documented evidence of academic and professional preparation that demonstrates a longstanding intention to pursue professional opportunities involving rule of law or governance strengthening matters
• Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in English.
• A completed online application available at gpem.LUC.edu/apply
• Official transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work. For the PROLAW LLM, transcripts must verify completion of a bachelor’s degree and a primary law degree (e.g., JD or LLB). For the PROLAW MJ, transcripts must verify completion of a bachelor’s degree (e.g., BA or BS)
• Two letters of recommendation
• A 1–2 page statement of purpose
• A resume outlining work experience, education, professional or academic achievements, or any other relevant information
• A personal interview may be required.
The following documents are required, in addition to those listed above, for those who may fall into these categories:
• An official TOEFL or IELTS score report for international applicants. This requirement is waived for those applicants who come from, or have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a recognized institution in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and all U.S. permanent residents. Applicants must submit the transcripts of the relevant degree for which the waiver is based on. Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree in English in a country other than those listed above may submit a waiver request along with certification from the institution that the language of instruction is English. A personal interview may be required.
• International applicants or U.S. residents who completed school abroad are required to submit non-U.S. transcripts to one of the following; the Educational Perspectives (edperspective.org), the Educational Credential Evaluators (ece.org) or the Law School Admission Council (lsac.org) for evaluation of credentials. The general evaluation report must show that an applicant’s non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree to be considered for admission.
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