Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Master of Jurisprudence in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW)


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Jurisprudence in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Applying the rule of law in a country undergoing economic growth requires thinking more globally. The Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) will provide you with the foundational knowledge and skills required to become a rule of law innovator and leader in your country and geographical region.

The PROLAW MJ is a practice-oriented degree program for non-lawyers at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy. Living and studying abroad is an opportunity for you to get the hands-on training to work as advisors in promoting the rule of law in economies in transition and developing countries.

Upon graduation with an MJ in Rule of Law for Development from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values:

You will understand how the rule of law develops in society; legal methods and concepts needed to carry out rule of law initiatives; the role of global and international institutions in establishing and maintaining rule of law; current frameworks for sustainable development and the rule of law; and the relationship between democracy, governance, and the rule of law.


You will be able to:

  • Conduct research on rule of law development topics and carry out assessments of rule of law problems, and organize, format, and draft memoranda and other documents to advise
  • Develop a conceptual framework or theory of change to create optimal sequencing of legal reform for development;
  • Support the implementation of rule of law initiatives which take into account varied legal cultures and systems
  • Guide specific rule of law initiatives to support the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals
  • Develop rule of law projects that include key international development project management tools and monitoring and evaluation plans of rule of law initiatives
  • Advise on how applicable institutional and legal frameworks affect the way in which rule of law advisory work can be undertaken
  • Devise and apply strategies for effective international and inter-organizational engagement and cooperation for rule of law and governance development in conflict prevention, reducing instability, and peacebuilding
  • Design, implement and lead projects with institutional partners to further the rule of law

Professional Values
You will be able to inspire, lead, and manage efforts to strengthen the rule of law and prospects for national development, including maintaining respect in dealing with all stakeholders, incorporating diverse viewpoints, willingness to accept iterative progress, and respect for human rights.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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