Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

Campus Students


Loyola’s Civitas ChildLaw Center was established in 1993, at a time when the nation and legal profession were coming to grips with the reality that children are developmentally different than adults and in need of specialized representation and advocacy.

Until the founding of the Civitas ChildLaw Center, however, no law school offered a comprehensive program of study for law students and lawyers who sought the kind of child-centered legal training that is the foundation for high quality, ethical representation for child clients. Twenty years later, the ChildLaw Center has established a national reputation for excellence in legal education and advocacy for children and families. For additional information on the development of children’s law as a legal specialty and the establishment and mission of the Civitas ChildLaw Center, please click here‌.