Advancing fairness, equity, and justice
Loyola’s Curt and Linda Rodin Center for Social Justice builds upon the School of Law’s unwavering commitment to social justice. We strengthen and develop several leading programs that advance fairness, equity, and justice within the Law School and in marginalized communities throughout Chicago. We're committed to helping students learn how the law can be a tool for justice, and to embrace social justice work as a life-long commitment through their public interest legal careers, pro-bono activities, and in their communities.
Director: Kate Mitchell
Loyola’s clinical programs provide learning opportunities for our students to use their professional skills to serve the most vulnerable members of our communities, while gaining invaluable real-life practical training as student clinicians and agents for social change.
Specifically, the Center supports the following clinics, programs, and initiatives:
- Child Law Policy Institute and its Legislation and Policy Clinic
- Civitas ChildLaw Clinic
- Education Law & Policy Institute
- Health Justice Project
- Experiential Learning
- Center for Public Interest
Annually, the Center offers three Curt and Linda Rodin Social Justice Fellowships to law students to develop the skills needed to work with underserved individuals and communities through litigation, legislative and policy reform, or other work that strengthens communities.
While issues of social justice are addressed throughout the School of Law curriculum, nine Loyola faculty and staff members have been recognized as Curt and Linda Rodin Professors of Law and Social Justice for their work on behalf of underserved individuals and marginalized communities. These professors serve a leadership role in mentoring students and providing meaningful teaching, scholarship, and advocacy in this area.
We are pleased to offer a Certificate in Public Interest for JD students. This certificate is designed to prepare you to represent underserved population and protect legal rights of those in need.