Certificate in Cultural Competence, Inclusion, and the Law

In a multicultural, globally connected world comes the need to understand and practice diversity, equity, and inclusion work in our daily and professional lives.

Designed for legal and nonlegal professionals, this fully online graduate Certificate in Cultural Competence, Inclusion, and the Law teaches DEI through the lens of children and family law, corporate compliance law, health law, and equity-building tactics in the legal field.

Our Commitment to You

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  1. Examine the processes that turn a problem into a legislative solution, including how to move a bill into law.
  2. Analyze discreet elements of emerging corporate governance principles, such as climate change; sustainability and emission standards for environmental, workers and human rights; equality and fairness and diversity and inclusion for social and board independence; fair compensation and ethics; and compliance for governance.
  3. Develop an understanding of the interrelationship between law and bioethics and the role of bioethics in the development of current laws, policies, and practices in the United States.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of equity literacy and how social justice works in conjunction with legislative issues.
  5. Interpret the relationship between corporate compliance and the emerging corporate governance principles known as Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG).


To successfully complete the Certificate in Cultural Competence, Inclusion, and the Law, one must complete 4 courses/8 credit hours. This program features three entry terms (spring, summer, and fall), and you can control your rate of pursuit by completing one course per term or stretching your studies over two or three terms. The program is offered exclusively online.

Course Options

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and the Law
  • Introduction to Legislative and Policy Advocacy
  • ESG, Environmental, Social, and Governance
  • Bioethics & Social Justice

Tuition and Fees

The School of Law and Loyola's Office of Student Financial Assistance are committed to helping you secure the necessary financial resources to make your legal education at Loyola affordable.

Admission and Application

To apply for the Certificate in Cultural Competence, Inclusion, and the Law program, you must possess a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.


Dates and Deadlines

Fall Term

Application Deadline

August 1

Spring Term

Application Deadline

December 1

Summer Term

Application Deadline

April 1


How does a certificate impact my admission to a degree program?

Completion of the certificate does not guarantee admission to the degree programs. You must amend your certificate application materials and provide additional references and statements of purpose to be considered for admission to a degree program.

Can I transfer my graduate certificate credits into a degree program?

If admitted to one of Loyola’s Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) programs, you would be eligible to transfer all or some (depending on the degree program you’d seek application to) of the credit hours completed as part of your certificate program towards the degree.

What can I expect from the online learning experience?

Loyola’s online courses are taken by professionals from a number of industries, including banking, marketing, health care, and higher education. Students join the program at various points in their careers, and each student brings a unique background to our programs.

To learn more about state and international authorization of programs, please refer to our State and International Authorization page. To learn more about the accreditation of Loyola University Chicago and its schools, as well as information about professional licensure, visit our Accreditation page.