Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

Career Prospects

How Can PROLAW Enhance My Career?

PROLAW develops leaders to advance social justice across the globe, through effective, sustainable governance and rule of law reform by providing their students with the specialized theory, skills, and understanding they need to address the complex challenge of reforming and strengthening governance and the rule of law in countries that are developing, in economic transition, or recovering from violent conflict.

2017 Employment Survey Outcomes

The 2017 PROLAW Alumni Survey showed that 97% of PROLAW graduates are employed after graduation. 28% returned to work in their own governments (ministries, judiciary or public justice institutions) in North and South America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. 35% are working around the world in rule of law advocacy and governance development as part of international organizations, peacekeeping missions and non-government organizations. The remaining PROLAW students are making a difference as professors, researchers and legal and corporate practitioners in their home countries and abroad.

2017 PROLAW Alumni Survey



Note: alumni from first 5 cohorts, excluding five students that did not reply to the survey

Career Services To Support You

To support career development, our faculty will mentor you individually by advising on career options, relating opportunities, refining and aligning students’ academic focus with career objectives, and making appropriate professional introductions. We provide workshops with experienced human resource professionals from international organizations on writing curriculum vitae, cover letters, and interviewing skills to prepare you for the job market. We also help students find internships with international organizations and can provide some assistance to facilitate those experiences. Upon graduation, you will enter a family of Loyola rule of law for development practitioners. We stay in ongoing contact with our alumni, and offer career support, networking, collaborative opportunities, and mentoring.

Rule of Law for Development Internship Program

Under the Rule of Law for Development Internship program, staff and faculty give guidance to students with respect to finding internship opportunities with organizations which carry out rule of law and development work. These internships generally take place after the course-work phase of the program in Rome is finished. Several internship scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to help fund living costs.‚Äč Previous students have in the past enjoyed internships at the large development organizations based in Rome, such as the International Development Law Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and UNIDROIT; as well as at other large organizations internationally such as the Organization of American States and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in Washington DC, the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, the African Union in Addis Abeba and the European Public Law Organization in Athens. Students have also undertaken internships at foreign embassies and development consultancy firms in Rome, as well as at NGOs around the world.