Supporting the spectrum
Clinical psychologist Barbara Bear pursues an MJ in Children's Law & Policy to better serve kids in court.
Advocating for children and families
Loyola's renowned Civitas ChildLaw center celebrates 25 years
Loyola’s internationally recognized Civitas ChildLaw Center balances classroom learning with a wide range of hands-on experiential opportunities. These offerings, the most comprehensive available at any school in the country, equip students with interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills to advocate on behalf of vulnerable children and families in both the litigation and policy realms.
Child Law is a legal specialty focused on laws, policies, and practices that affect children and their families, including:
Beyond these basic needs, children around the world are now ensured fundamental human rights. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines these enshrined rights as protection, provision, prevention, participation. This global recognition involves all forms of advocacy in support of children’s well-being, anywhere in the world. And it is key to our center's vision.
The Civitas ChildLaw Center is committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work, including client representation, policy development, teaching, scholarship, programming and student, staff and faculty support.
Loyola’s ChildLaw Center prepares law students, lawyers, and other leaders to be effective advocates for children. To accomplish this mission, we:
The Civitas ChildLaw Center is organized to carry out its mission:
We are pleased to offer a Certificate in Child & Family Law for JD students, an MJ in Children’s Law & Policy, an LLM in Child and Family Law, and a Certificate in School Discipline Reform. These programs are designed to prepare law students, attorneys, and other professionals to defend and advocate for children in need.