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Loyola University Chicago’s PROLAW Program Receives Supplemental Grant from the Gates Foundation

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Loyola University Chicago’s PROLAW Program Receives Supplemental Grant from the Gates Foundation

 

CHICAGO, August 30, 2012—Loyola University Chicago is pleased to announce that the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has provided the School of Law with a supplemental grant of $700,000 to further support its one-year practice-oriented LLM program in Rule of Law for Development. The Foundation’s initial contribution of $1.1 million supported the program’s launch at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy in September 2011.

This Master of Laws degree program, called PROLAW, is designed to provide a transformative and empowering educational experience to qualified international law students who aspire to become advisors working to promote the rule of law in developing countries and countries in economic transition. PROLAW’s inaugural class of 25 extraordinary rule of law leaders from countries around the world graduated in May. “We are very grateful to the Gates Foundation for its continued support of the University and our Rule of Law for Development program in Rome, which is preparing students with a passion for, and commitment to, law to help create a more just society,” said Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president and CEO of Loyola University Chicago.

PROLAW is the first one-year program of its kind to offer legal training to law school graduates with an emphasis on the application of practical skills. From their first day on the job, graduates will be qualified to act as advisors in technical assistance projects, and in national initiatives undertaken by legal and judicial authorities in developing countries. The curriculum, which connects theory to practice, offers students the opportunity to develop the practical knowledge and skills required for rule of law advisors to succeed in the challenging environments of countries seeking to transform their legal systems and working toward the legal empowerment of their citizens.

“The success of PROLAW underscores the commitment of both Loyola University Chicago and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the alleviation of poverty and to a vision of a world where respect for justice and human dignity are the norm. The unique PROLAW program provides law graduates from around the world wishing to use the privilege of their educations to join in that commitment,” said William T. Loris, program director.

Loris is a lawyer and alumnus of Loyola University Chicago’s Rome Center. He most recently served as Director General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), an inter-governmental organization based in Rome, Italy, which works to promote the rule of law and good governance in developing countries, countries in economic transition, and countries emerging from violent conflict.

Classes for academic year 2012–13 will begin in Rome in early September. For more information, please contact us at prolaw@luc.edu.

About Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola’s School of Law has been educating students across the country and around the world for 100 years. The school offers full- and part-time Juris Doctor programs, with specialized certificates available in advocacy, child and family law, health law, international law and practice, and tax law. For attorneys pursuing advanced legal education, the school offers Master of Laws programs in advocacy, business law, child and family law, health law, rule of law for development, tax law, and two programs in international law. In addition, the school offers an online Master of Jurisprudence for non-attorney professionals in business and corporate governance, child and family law, and health law, as well as two doctoral degrees focusing on health law and policy (SJD and DLaw).

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries 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 10 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, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top 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, visitLUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.

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