Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

Why Loyola Rule of Law

Loyola’s Rule of Law for Development Institute has rapidly become an internationally recognized center dedicated to the education of rule of law leaders and policy makers. The Institute equips legal and development professionals with the knowledge and practical skills needed to inspire, lead, and manage efforts to strengthen law and institutions to further national development, through graduate degree programs, lectures, conferences, seminars and publications. Courses and lectures are taught by practitioner-experts with deep multi-jurisdiction experience in supporting national initiatives aimed at improving the rule of law. The Institute offers two master’s degree programs (the PROLAW LLM and MJ programs) for students with law or other first degrees, and currently enjoys an impressive alumni network of 110 students from 50 countries across the globe including North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. The Institute is directed by William T. Loris, a former director general and co-founder of the International Development Law Organization.

The comprehensive rule of law curriculum covers both foundational and skills-based courses on rule of law, and the learning culminates in a rule of law capstone project. Students will become proficient in rule of law assessment methods, program design and management, as well as strategy to provide actionable advice and guidance in such key areas as conflict prevention, peace building and anti-corruption, gender equity, and environmental sustainability. The curriculum is supplemented by a visiting lecturer series by leading professionals who share their experiences in the field.  Additionally, students can enhance their learning experience outside the classroom by completing an internship at an international organization. By the end of their studies, students will have a deep familiarity with the process of developing and implementing rule of law and development programs, which they can immediately put into action following graduation.  Students who successfully complete our programs are by definition practice-ready.