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Loyola University Chicago to Expand Rule of Law
for Development Program in Rome
Innovative New Master of Jurisprudence Program
for Non-lawyers 
Will Advance Social Justice Mission

CHICAGO, January 4, 2017—Loyola University Chicago has announced the expansion of the School of Law’s Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) program offered at the University’s John Felice Rome Center in Rome, Italy. The program will now include a one-year practice-oriented master’s degree program for non-lawyers.

PROLAW’s Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) in Rule of Law for Development, which will be offered beginning fall 2017, will run in tandem with Loyola’s Master of Laws (LLM) in Rule of Law for Development. The new MJ program is designed to support and strengthen the efforts of international professionals who do not have law degrees and currently work or aspire to work as advisors promoting the rule of law in transitional economies and developing countries.

Launched in 2011, PROLAW is a unique program that provides practical training to advance social justice through effective, sustainable governance and improved rule of law. Now in its sixth year, PROLAW has trained 104 legal professionals from 44 countries to be among the most qualified and well-prepared rule of law leaders in their countries and geographical regions.

“The launch of the new MJ in Rule of Law for Development reflects Loyola’s longstanding belief that establishing and strengthening the rule of law requires a multidisciplinary effort,” said William T. Loris, PROLAW program director. “We could not be more pleased to expand our program offerings to qualified individuals who will help to strengthen Loyola’s worldwide network of outstanding rule of law innovators and leaders.”

To earn an MJ in Rule of Law for Development from Loyola University Chicago, students must complete 30 credit hours of on-campus coursework at the University’s John Felice Rome Center and a major rule of law capstone project in their home countries. PROLAW MJ students will take most classes with PROLAW LLM students and be required to complete an intensive foundational course on law and legal methods.

Applications for the 2017-18 academic year are now being accepted. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in an area of relevance, as well as professional experience in rule of law for development work is required. To learn more or apply, visit LUC.edu/prolaw.

About Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola’s School of Law has been educating students across the country and around the world for more than 100 years. The school offers full-time and weekend Juris Doctor programs, with specialized certificates available in advocacy, child and family law, health law, international law and practice, public interest law, and tax law. For attorneys pursuing advanced legal education, the school offers Master of Laws programs in advocacy, child and family law, rule of law for development, tax law, and international law for foreign lawyers, as well as online programs in business, global competition law, and health law. In addition, the school offers online Master of Jurisprudence programs for non-attorney professionals in business, child and family law, health law, and global competition law. The school also offers two on-campus doctoral degrees focusing on health law and policy (SJD and DLaw). To learn more about the school, visit LUC.edu/law or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaLaw.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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