Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

Vision, Mission and Core Competencies

Educate.  Advocate.  Lead.

developing servant leaders to advocate for children and families 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Jurisprudence in Child Law and Policy is to provide professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the legal system and the law, combined with the skills, insights and leadership capacities needed to become dynamic advocates for the rights, welfare and well-being of children and their families. 


We envision the Master’s Program as the preeminent  interactive online learning community of faculty and students that draws diverse and dedicated students from around the country and the world to address together the evolving societal and legal issues facing children and families. Alumni of the program, in servant leadership positions, will be change champions—professionals with knowledge of the legal system and with the skills and leadership capacities developed in the program to make positive changes in the lives of children and families.

Core Competencies

At the completion of Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Master of Jurisprudence in Child Law and Policy Program, students will be well versed in the societal and legal issues facing children and their families.  They will be able to translate this knowledge into concrete change and policies.  They will possess the following core competencies which will also provide coherent learning outcomes across the curriculum:

  • Knowledge:  Students will be able to: 
    • Explain the legal and societal issues facing children and families
    • Describe the legal systems, processes and procedures in child law
    • Explain the relevance of stages of child and adolescent development to the laws in child protection and family law.
    • Analyze policy issues affecting children and families
    • Support policy positions based on well-founded research in the field.
  • Communication:  Students will develop oral and written communication skills that:
    • Deliver information in a clear and effective manner
    • Apply multiple perspectives to solving problems using frameworks that promote good decision making
    • Craft persuasive oral and written arguments to a particular audience:  decision-makers, government officials, news media, policy-makers, funding agencies,  and to the general public
  • Advocacy:  Students will become advocates who:
    • Confidently present recommendations, opinions and positions within a  decision making framework
    • Utilize knowledge and communication skills to further develop the objectives of clients and organizations that promote the welfare of children and families.
    • Build coalitions to support change
  • Leadership:  As change champions, students will grow as they:
    • Learn to weigh differing perspectives on an issue
    • Discover their own leadership qualities and identities
    • Define areas of leadership potential in their professional lives.
    • See themselves as agents of change and learn how to effect change in families, organizations,  in child welfare policy and in the law