Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

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

Format: Campus

Program Description:

More than half the world's population live outside the rule of law. The Master of Laws (LLM) in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) is designed to prepare students to become rule of law advisors, particularly in countries that are developing, in economic transition, or recovering from violent conflict.

The PROLAW LLM is a practice-oriented degree program for law graduates and lawyers offered at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy. Living and studying in Rome, you'll receive the advanced hands-on training and skills you need to inspire, lead, and manage efforts to strengthen both the rule of law and prospects for national development in your country and geographical region.

Upon graduation with an LLM 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; 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;
  • 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; and
  • 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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