Karen A. Shaw

Title/s:  Director of Graduate Legal Studies and Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing

Office #:  Corboy 1237

Phone: +1-312-915-7161



Karen Alicia Shaw is the Director of Graduate Legal Studies and is responsible for centralizing the administration, including the development and implementation of policies and procedures, for the graduate law programs.  Professor Shaw is also an adjunct professor teaching courses in legal research and writing and thesis preparation to attorneys from around the world within Loyola’s LLM degree program.  In addition, she teaches a specialized, first-year legal writing course that allows JD students to read, analyze, and apply legal authority to various health care fact scenarios.

After her legal studies, Professor Shaw held the position of program dean for medical billing and medical office administration degree and certificate programs at a Chicago business college where she further developed curriculum and academic policies as well as implemented and directed the college's academic assessment initiatives. She has also taught courses in health care insurance policy and medical law and ethics at the vocational training and business college levels.

She is currently pursuing an SJD degree through Loyola’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy. Her research focuses upon federalism and the interrelations between federal and state governments in addressing issues in health care policy - particularly for the needs of low income individuals.

Professor Shaw holds a BA degree in Communication Studies from DePaul University, a JD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she was an associate editor for the Journal of Law and Commerce, and an LLM degree in Health Law from Loyola.


BA, DePaul University, 1997
JD, University of Pittsburgh, 2000
LLM, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2001

Courses Taught

  • Legal Research and Writing I and II for Foreign Lawyers
  • Legal Writing I and II (Health Law Section)
  • M.J. Child and Family Law Seminar
  • Research and Writing on the Rule of Law, Rule of Law for Development Program