Transforming scholarship into a syllabus
Loyola law profs bring their specialized research expertise into the classroom
Loyola Associate Professor of Law Stephen Rushin has spent years researching police reform and crime prevention. So, when he teaches his Police Accountability course, he starts with deep expertise—and brings it to life in the classroom.
“The research I do isn’t just adjacent to what I teach; it’s what I teach,” says Rushin, who uses a wide array of empirical methodologies to study how legal changes and remedies influence the behavior of judges and police officers. “Almost every topic we cover in this course is something I’ve examined in depth.”
Loyola law students benefit from the specialized scholarship of Rushin and other law professors who embed their research into their teaching. In multiple areas ranging from juvenile justice to food and drug law to human rights in the global economy, Loyola’s outstanding faculty members share their own research findings in the classroom—and their students react enthusiastically.
“You can see Professor Rushin’s passion for his subject as he shares his own research in the field,” says Kimaya Davis, a 3L who took the Police Accountability course this fall and is planning a career in criminal justice reform. “He brings his whole self to the classroom space all the time.”