Rule of Law for Development Program

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, rule of law is essential to supporting commerce, attracting investment, and achieving economic growth. Rule of law is central to the attainment of the United Nations’ integrated 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.​

The Rule of Law for Development Program (PROLAW) prepares professionals to advance the rule of law throughout society and across sectors, at home and abroad. The rule of law field continues to grow in importance, allowing for varied career options in international organizations and financial institutions, governments, NGOs, public justice institutions, law firms and other corporations, and academia.


PROLAW is taught at Loyola University Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center. Rome is Italy's capital city, a G8 country, and a major hub for international organizations and diplomacy. The city was the location for major international treaty negotiations including those creating the International Criminal Court and the European Union.

The Rome location provides opportunities for PROLAW students to develop valuable networks with leading development and humanitarian relief organizations headquartered in Rome, as well as other Italian and European professionals and institutions.


Our degree programs are designed to make you practice-ready as a rule of law professional. We offer both LLM and 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.

Loyola’s rule of law curriculum covers both foundational and skills-based courses on rule of law. The curriculum is supplemented by annual conferences and the Rule of Law Visiting Lecturer Series by leading professionals who share their experiences in the field. The learning culminates in a rule of law capstone project. At the end of the program, students are able to inspire, lead and manage efforts to strengthen the rule of law and prospects for national development.

Campus Address

Loyola University Chicago
John Felice Rome Center
Via Massimi, 114-A
00136 Rome, Italy