Rule of law underlies all political, economic, and social goods. To overcome today’s development challenges—violence, infringements of human rights, environmental destruction, poverty and hunger—rule of law is essential. Likewise, it is crucial to supporting commerce, attracting investment, and achieving economic growth. Rule of law is central to realizing the United Nations’ integrated 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.
Loyola’s Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) program is a unique academic and experiential learning program that prepares students for jobs in the U.S. and abroad in the growing rule of law and development field, allowing for wide-ranging career options in the public, private, civil society and academic sectors. In addition to acquiring fundamental rule of law knowledge and skills, you will also gain a large international network and exposure to real-world challenges through experienced practitioner faculty members and an engaged alumni network. The diverse group of students follow the program together as a cohort, creating a positive environment for sharing diverse experiences and learning.
ONE-YEAR GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS
The program consists of one-year Master of Laws (LLM) and Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) degrees in Rule of Law for Development. The LLM program is for those applicants with a first degree in law. The MJ program is for applicants with a first degree in a different subject.
You will gain deep knowledge of the theory and practical skills necessary to work in the complex rule of law arena in developed, developing, or emerging countries. The program is taught by renowned rule of law and development practitioners, who bring their experiences in the field to life during the courses. A final capstone project draws on all of the coursework, enabling students to partner with outside organizations to devise solutions to actual rule of law problems. Following the taught program, many students choose to undertake an internship during the summer with leading rule of law organizations.
Using state-of-the-art technology, the program offers innovative online study to students worldwide, providing flexibility for busy professionals. Students are encouraged to join the optional immersion experience at Loyola’s campus in Rome, Italy in Spring 2023 subject to easing of Covid-19 restrictions. The Rome immersion experience offers the chance for enhanced exchanges with fellow students in the cohort, field visits, and additional mentoring and networking opportunities.
ACCESS TO AN ENGAGED ALUMNI NETWORK
PROLAW graduates become members of a large and engaged alumni network of over 200 rule of law professionals from over 60 countries. 97% of PROLAW alumni are currently employed in various legal, policy, development and management positions within international and regional co-operation organizations and development banks, national authorities and public justice institutions, non-governmental organizations, law firms and corporations, and as faculty and researchers for universities and think tanks. PROLAW alumni are passionate about the impact they have in inspiring, leading, and managing efforts to strengthen both the rule of law and prospects for national development in their country and geographical region. Alumni stay connected with each other and with PROLAW, supporting students with individual mentoring throughout the program.
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