Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Rule of Law Development, LL.M.


Philip H. Corboy Law Center

Lewis Towers Suite 630

Chicago, IL 60626

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

LL.M. - Rule of Law Development

Format: Campus

Program Description:

PROLAW™ is a one academic year LLM program offered by the School of Law at Loyola's campus in Rome, Italy. PROLAW™ provides its students with the specific knowledge and skills they need to become qualified and effective rule of law advisors in national and internationally sponsored initiatives to improve the rule of law in developing countries, countries in economic transition and countries recovering from violent conflict. Although the course gives students sound understanding of theory, it is first and foremost practice-oriented. The degree consists of 27 academic credits. At present, except for Rome residents, only a full time option is available. Our inaugural class started in September 2011 with classes finishing in April 2012. Students are expected to complete a thesis by the following October. In order to give the students an opportunity to develop expertise in one or more of the substantive areas of rule of advisory work, courses have been organized around substantive contexts, which are commonly the subject of rule of law initiatives. Thus, while the learning outcomes of all the courses are aimed at enabling graduates to perform certain tasks which rule of law work entails, topics such as judicial reform, achievement of gender equality, civil and penal law reform, commercial law reform, legal empowerment of the poor, aid for trade, climate change preparedness, human rights and financing of justice reform will be used to contextualize the curriculum. A visiting lecturer program complements the curriculum and provides an opportunity for PROLAW™ students to dialogue with rule of law practitioners from around the world about their institutions and work. Representatives of the United Nations, the international financial institutions, leading NGO's, and individual development experts and practitioners take part in the series.


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

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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