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School of Education

M.A./J.D. in Cultural & Educational Policy Studies


This dual degree program offered by the School of Law and the Cultural and Educational Policy Studies program of the Graduate School focuses on the legal right of children to an education. This program will produce legal experts who have a grasp of global issues as they relate to education by joining Loyola's expertise in international issues of education with expertise in the legal right of children.

Comparative Law is the study of differences and similarities among the legal systems of nations. Comparative Education applies the intellectual tools of history and the social sciences to understanding international issues of education. The importance of these comparative fields has increased enormously in the present age of internationalism, economic globalization, and democratization. This joint program brings together the two fields of Comparative Law and Comparative Education in behalf of international advocacy for children's right to an education.


  • The dual-degree program makes it possible to earn both J.D. and M.A. degrees simultaneously and in a much shorter time than if the two degrees were pursued independently.
  • Students who complete the requirements for the dual degree in Comparative Law and Education will also receive an additional credential: the Certificate in International Law and Practice. The Certificate will appear as an official honor on the J.D. recipient's record. Students who earn the Certificate signal to prospective employers, universities and funding agencies that they are uniquely qualified to study or practice in the arena of international and comparative law.
  • Enjoy the support of two prestigious centers and their network of accomplished faculty and distinguished alumni throughout their professional careers:
    The Civitas ChildLaw Center (CCC)
    The Center for Comparative Education (CCE)
  • Have the option to live and study two blocks from Chicago's Magnificent Mile in the Rev. Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J., Residence Hall


More Information

To learn more about the J.D./M.A. dual-degree program, contact:


School of Education
820 N. Michigan Ave., Lewis Towers 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
312.915.6800 ยท SchlEduc@luc.edu

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