Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

MJ Degree FAQs

No, you do not need to be in a certain profession. Applicants for the online M.J. degree, however, must have at least two years of experience in a field related to children and/or families.

No. M.J. graduates may not practice law nor sit for a bar examination with this degree. If you are thinking about becoming an attorney, we suggest that you thoroughly research attending law school to get a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. The admissions process for the J.D. program at Loyola is completely separate from that for the M.J. Program.

No. The American Bar Association guidelines do no permit M.J. courses to be applied towards the J.D. degree.

The skills and knowledge gained with Loyola's online M.J. degree can be used to open and improve career opportunities in every area of practice that affects children and families. Most Loyola graduates will use their online M.J. degree to complement and significantly enhance previous work and life experiences. The program is designed to help students develop leadership skills that will equip them to assume management positions within their organizations consistent with their career objectives.

Unlike campus-based programs, students are able to take advantage of the program without having to relocate to Chicago. Online learning is also flexible, convenient, and geared toward each student's own schedule and needs. And distance learning is student-centered. Students have regular contact with faculty and other students through e-mails, chat rooms, discussion boards, and instant messaging. Assignments are turned in and returned with in-depth feedback to the student's home page within days. Student services are available with the click of a mouse. Finally, online education is grounded in adult learning theory, making it an excellent learning medium for busy professionals.