Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Curriculum

JD/MA in Law & Comparative Education

To complete the JD/MA program, students must complete 65 Law credit hours plus 24 Education credit hours for a total of 89 credit hours. The JD and MA degrees are awarded concurrently upon the successful completion of degree requirements for both programs.

While this dual degree program has courses with a prescribed sequence, each follows the university's regular program.  All program requirements apply for each area as well as each school's broader policies and procedures.

Course Sequence

The curriculum provided below offers a suggested course sequence. Courses taken and their sequencing may vary, depending on course scheduling, availability, program requirements and student interest. Changes to this suggested curriculum may be made in consultation with the student’s advisor in the respective program.

First Year
Fall Semester Hours
LAW 110: Civil Procedure 4
LAW 150: Property 4
LAW 160: Torts 4
LAW 190: Legal Writing 2
Spring Semester Hours
LAW 120: Constitutional Law 4
LAW 130: Contracts 4
LAW 140: Criminal Law 3
LAW 194: Legal Writing 2
ELPS 455: Comparative Education 3
Second Year
Fall Semester Hours
LAW: Core Foundational Course^ 3-4
LAW: Core Foundational Course^ 3-4
LAW: Skills or Experiential Learning Course# 2
LAW 410: Advocacy 2
ELPS 420: Philosophy of Education or ELPS 410: Sociology of Education 3
RMTD 400: Research Methods 3
Spring Semester Hours
LAW: Core Foundational Course^
3-4
LAW: Skills or Experiential Learning Course#
2
LAW 461: Education Law & Policy+ 3
ELPS 420: Philosophy of Education or ELPS 444: History of American Education
ELPS Advanced Seminar Elective*
3
Third Year
Fall Semester Hours
LAW 414: Professional Responsibility 3
LAW: Core Foundational Course^ 3-4
LAW: Education Law Practicum (LAW 166) OR
ChildLaw Clinic (LAW 620) OR
Legislation & Policy Clinic (LAW 606)#
3-4
ELPS: Advanced Seminar Elective* 3
ELPS: Advanced Seminar Elective* or Additional RMTD Research Methods Course** 3
Spring Semester Hours
LAW: Elective 3-4
LAW: Elective 3-4
LAW: Skills or Experiential Learning Course# 2
ELPS: Advanced Seminar Elective* 3

* Students are required to take a minimum of two advanced seminar elective (depth area) ELPS courses specifically focused on comparative and international education. Possible courses include ELPS 458 International Education, ELPS 550 Globalization and Education. The two remaining ELPS advanced seminar electives may focus more broadly on cultural and educational policy studies issues and/or may be additional research methods courses (see below).

** In consultation with their advisor, students may choose to take additional research methods course(s) to assist with the thesis design and execution which takes place as an independent student project during the third year of study. Possible courses include RMTD 404 Educational Statistics and RMTD 420 Advanced Qualitative Research.

^ Courses that are highly recommended for JD students are: Administrative Law (LAW 221), Business Organizations (Law 270), Evidence (LAW 210), and Federal Income Tax (LAW 280).

+ JD students are required to take a Perspective Elective course prior to graduation. Education Law and Policy (Law 461) satisfies this requirement as do the other courses listed here.

# JD students are required to obtain a minimum of two credits in Skills courses (see list here). They must also earn a minimum of six credits in Experiential Learning courses, of which at least three credits must be earned through Live-Client Experience courses. The Education Law Practicum (Law 166), ChildLaw Clinic (LAW 620), and the Legislation & Policy Clinic (LAW 606) each count toward the Experiential Learning (Live-Client Experience) requirement. More information is provided here

See also