Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law


What is a Master of Laws (LLM) in Child and Family Law?

The Master of Laws (LLM) in Child and Family Law is an advanced graduate degree that allows concentrated study in child law trial practice and legislation, international rights for children, adoption law, domestic violence, and many other specialized areas in child and family law.

Do I need a law degree?

Candidates for an LLM degree must possess a JD degree or its equivalent. LLM applicants who received their JD degree from a non-ABA accredited institution must be admitted to practice law in their state and/or country to qualify for LLM admission.

Do I have to be a member of the Bar?

While most LLM candidates are members of the Bar, being a member of the bar is only required for those who received their JD degree from a non-ABA accredited institution.

How long is the program?

For full-time students, the program is one academic year beginning in August during the Fall Semester and ending in May during the Spring semester.  For part-time students, the program is two academic years.

Does this program have an online option?

Yes.  Consistent with the goal of tailoring the program to individualized need, LLM students may also opt to take one or more courses in Loyola’s online Master of Jurisprudence program in children’s law and policy. Courses include child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, leadership development, family law, bioethics, and other options. For a description of the program and courses, please visit http://www.luc.edu/law/centers/childlaw/degrees/mj.html.

What are the application deadlines?

All application documents should be received by July 1.  Admitted students will begin the program in August during the fall semester. 

What is required to be submitted with the LLM application?

LLM applicants must submit: a resume, transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants who are admitted to practice law must be in good standing in all jurisdictions in which they are a member of the bar.

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other entrance exam required?

No, the LLM degree programs do not require a GRE or other entrance examination.  However, please note:  Either an official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for international applicants. This requirement is waived for those who have completed a four-year bachelor’s, or a master’s degree program in the U.S. Applicants holding a non-U.S. bachelor's degree and wishing to apply for a waiver must submit U.S. transcripts that show that they have also earned a U.S. master's degree. The language test is also waived for those who are from, or who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a recognized institution in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, at which the language of instruction is English. Also, International applicants or U.S. residents who completed school abroad are required to submit non-U.S. transcripts to the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), www.ece.org, for evaluation of credentials. The general evaluation report must show that an applicant’s non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

Does Loyola provide financial assistance?

All eligible LLM students may apply for federal financial assistance.  Contact Loyola’s Financial Aid Office for more information.

How do I apply?

Please complete the application on our website. We look forward to your application!