MJ in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW)

Applying the rule of law in a country undergoing economic growth requires thinking more globally. The Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) will provide you with the foundational knowledge and skills required to become a rule of law innovator and leader in your country and geographical region.

The PROLAW MJ is a practice-oriented degree program for non-lawyers at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy. Living and studying abroad is an opportunity for you to get the hands-on training to work as advisors in promoting the rule of law in economies in transition and developing countries.

Our commitment to you

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


You will understand the central features, branches and notions of law and the evolution of legal systems, 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, using legal terminology and reasoning
  • 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

  • Legal Systems and Methods
  • 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

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

Degree Requirements

To earn a PROLAW MJ, you must complete 30 credit hours of coursework, including twelve 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.


To apply for the PROLAW MJ program, you must possess a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. You must also demonstrate a professional connection to the subject area through: two years of professional experience; current employment in a closely related industry; or documented evidence of academic and professional preparation demonstrating an intention to pursue professional opportunities involving the rule of law.

  • July 1: Fall Enrollment Application Deadline


Brian Majani


“Loyola’s program is taught by experts in the field who provide practical, hands-on training when approaching issues affecting rule of law.”

Josephine Nwaelugo


“The MJ in Rule of Law for Development is what I needed to help countries in conflict transition into a stable democracy.”

Stephen Elifas Makule


“It would not be far-fetched to say that Loyola’s Rule of Law for Development program is helping to improve society as a whole.”

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. 


Who are my classmates?

Loyola’s MJ program attracts a diverse student population from around the world. It is comprised of professionals with experience in the rule of law field.

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.