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Loyola University Chicago



Unique Approach

The PROLAW® curriculum includes theory, but is practice-oriented. The learning outcomes are based on an analysis of the actual tasks that rule of law advisors typically do. A research and writing component 
generates publishable works, which will contribute to the growing body of scientific literature on rule of law and its promotion. Learning assessment focuses on application of the relevant knowledge and skills in accordance with pre-established and published criteria. One course will be offered on-line from Chicago.

Each subject approached through case studies examining a range of substantive areas. Thus, 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 prominent in the curriculum. 

A visiting lecturers' series supplements the core curriculum. Visiting lectures from many parts of the world with experience and perspectives in rule of law work spend up to two days each with the PROLAW® students. This builds greater understanding of the range of rule of law work currently underway and sparks interest in focused areas of rule of law practice. Representatives of the United Nations, the international financial institutions, leading NGO's and individual development experts and practitioners are taking part in the series.


The program also aims at establishing a network of institutional links to help students secure rule of law advisory positions or internships after successful completion of the program.


Courses Offered

Fall Semester

Comparative and Ethical Lawyering for the Rule of Law (3 credits) 
History, Theory and Practice of Law for Development (3 credits) 
Theory and Practice of Assessments in Rule of Law Advising (3 credits)
Thesis Research and Writing on the Rule of Law (3 credits) 

Spring Semester

International Development Architecture (3 credits)
Advising for Economic, Social and Institutional Reform (3 credits)
Project Management (3 credits) 
Design of Rule of Law Programs and Proposal Preparation (3 credits) 
Rule of Law Thesis Supervision and Completion (3 credits)

Visiting Lecturer Series

The PROLAW Visiting Lecturer Series supplements the curriculum of PROLAW. Loyola University Chicago has invited rule of law professionals from development agencies, non-governmental organizations and other universities to share their experiences with future rule of law leaders and the rule of law community at large. Click here for more information.


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