LLM in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW)

More than half the world's population live outside the rule of law. The Master of Laws (LLM) in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) is designed to prepare students to become rule of law advisors, particularly in countries that are developing, in economic transition, or recovering from violent conflict.

The PROLAW LLM is a practice-oriented degree program for law graduates and lawyers offered at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy. Living and studying in Rome, you'll receive the advanced hands-on training and skills you need to inspire, lead, and manage efforts to strengthen both the rule of law and prospects for national development in your country and geographical region.

Our commitment to you

Upon graduation with an LLM in Rule of Law for Development from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values:


You will understand how the rule of law develops in society; legal methods and concepts employed when carrying out rule of law initiatives; the role and practices of domestic and international institutions in establishing and maintaining the rule of law; current frameworks for sustainable development, the environment and the rule of law; and the dynamic relationship between models of governance and the rule of law.


    You will be able to:
  • Conduct research on rule of law and development topics and carry out assessments of rule of law problems
  • Draft documents relating to rule of law and development
  • Develop a conceptual framework or theory of change to create optimal sequencing of legal reform for development
  • Support the implementation of rule of law initiatives which take into account varied legal cultures and systems
  • Guide rule of law initiatives and economic activity that are consistent with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
  • Develop and manage rule of law programs, projects and national initiatives that employ appropriate methods and project management tools
  • Prepare funding proposals for rule of law projects
  • Advise on how applicable institutional and legal frameworks facilitate or place limitations on rule of law initiatives
  • Devise and apply strategies for effective international and inter-organizational engagement and cooperation for rule of law and governance development in conflict prevention, reducing state instability, and peacebuilding

Professional Values

You will be able to inspire, lead, and manage efforts to strengthen the rule of law and prospects for national development, considering the interests of all stakeholders, incorporating diverse viewpoints, being willing to accept iterative progress, and respecting equality and human rights.

By the numbers








You'll complete all onsite courses at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy from September to February. After this, you’ll complete two online courses from March to April and your capstone project requirement by July 14 from your home country through online interaction with your project advisor.

Fall Term

  • Fundamentals of Public International Law
  • Fundamentals of International Economic Law
  • History, Theory and Practice of Law for Development
  • Theory and Practice of Assessments in Rule of Law Advising
  • Research and Writing on the Rule of Law

Spring Term

Required Courses

  • Comparative Law
  • Design of Rule of Law Programs and Proposal Preparation
  • Rule of Law Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • International Development Architecture

Elective Courses

  • Sustainable Development through International Commerce and Investment
  • Rule of Law in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
  • Access to Justice
  • International Environmental Law

Summer Term

  • Rule of Law Capstone Project
Degree Requirements

To earn a PROLAW LLM, you must complete 27 credit hours of coursework, including eleven courses and a major rule of law capstone project. Visit our Registrar for a complete list of degree requirements, academic calendars, and registration process. You may access full course descriptions through our student information system through guest access.

The curriculum is supported by the PROLAW Visiting Lecturer Series with prominent rule of law professionals.


To apply to the program, you must possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or the international equivalent as well as a primary law degree. Additionally, you should demonstrate an interest or experience in rule of law and governance matters through past work or volunteer experience.

July 1: Application deadline, fall enrollment only


Ermias Kidanemariam


“The way courses are organized allowed me and my colleagues with different backgrounds to share personal experiences that enriched our classroom learning.”

Emily Patterson


“The program focuses on both the theoretical aspects of development and how to design effective and sustainable development programs.”

Nertil Berdufi


“A degree in Rule of Law is ideal for a lawyer seeking to become the change they want to see in their country.”

Tuition and Fees

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

As part of our commitment, we offer several awards to qualified, admitted students.


As an international student, can I practice law with the LLM degree?

International students with an LLM degree cannot practice law in the United States or sit for the bar examination with this degree. If you received a law degree from outside the United States and are thinking about becoming an attorney licensed to practice in the United States, we suggest you research attending law school to get a Juris Doctor (JD) degree.

Who are my classmates?

Loyola’s LLM program attracts a diverse student population. It is comprised of attorneys with practice experience and/or experience in the rule of law field. You will join a network of impressive alumni from 50 countries around the globe.

Where do students live?

Most students live in long-stay residences or private apartments close to campus, which is in the Balduina district of Monte Mario. This location is close to public transportation, providing a short, 20-minute ride to the Vatican City or an easy, 40 minute trip to downtown. Within walking distance are grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, salons, a convenience store, a post office, banks and ATMs, and other small businesses.