Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

MA/JD 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.

Program benefits

  • Earn JD and MA degrees simultaneously in a much shorter time than if the two degrees were pursued independently.
  • Receive an additional credential, the Certificate in International Law and Practice, which will appear as an official honor on the JD 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) and The Center for Comparative Education (CCE).
  • Have the option to live and study two blocks from Chicago's Magnificent Mile in the Loyola's Baumhart Hall.

To learn more about the JD/MA dual-degree program, contact:

  • Miranda Johnson, Associate Director, Education Law and Policy Institute; Attorney, Civitas ChildLaw Institute
    Phone: 312.915.7952
    E-mail: mjohnson11@luc.edu
  • Dr. Noah Sobe, Graduate Program Chair, Cultural & Educational Policy Studies
    Phone: 312.915.6954
    E-mail: nsobe@luc.edu

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