Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

Faculty and Staff

Karen A. Shaw

Title/s: Director of Graduate Legal Studies

Office #: Corboy 1237

Phone: +1-312-915-7161

E-mail: kshaw@luc.edu


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.  Ms. 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 LL.M. degree program.  In addition, she teaches a specialized, first-year legal writing course that allows J.D. students to read, analyze, and apply legal authority to various health care fact scenarios.

After her legal studies, Ms. 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 S.J.D. 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.

Ms. Shaw holds a B.A. degree in Communication Studies from DePaul University, a J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she was an associate editor for the Journal of Law and Commerce, and an LL.M. degree in Health Law from Loyola. 


B.A., DePaul University, 1997
J.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2000
LL.M., Loyola Chicago, 2001

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