Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

Applying for Admission


The Civitas ChildLaw Center offers a number of degree and program options for students, attorneys, and child-serving professionals. Applicants should carefully note the deadlines and start dates for each specific program. Early applications are advised. Applications are complete and ready for review once all supporting documentation has been submitted.

JD (Juris Doctor) Degree
All students pursuing a Loyola JD degree have access to a rich and interdisciplinary set of opportunities to enhance their knowledge of child and family law, develop essential lawyering skills, edit a national publication for child welfare professionals, earn credit for externships/internships, and network with child advocates locally, nationally and globally. Students who take a certain number of courses in the child and family law curriculum may earn a certificate of concentration.

Information about the application process for the JD program is available here.

Master of Laws (LLM) Degree 
Intended for graduates of US and foreign law schools, this degree is tailored to meet the individual background and interests of students and emphasizes interdisciplinary learning, advanced skills training, scholarly research on legal issues affecting children, and international perspectives on children’s rights. International students may now receive an LLM in International Law with a concentration in child and family law.

Information about the application process for LLM program is available here.

Online Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) Degree in Children’s Law and Policy
The only program of its kind in the nation, the M.J. program is specially designed to given professionals in social work, education, health care, psychology, law enforcement and other disciplines a better understanding of the law and an ability to function more effectively in the legal system on behalf of children and families. The online format is intended to provide a flexible adult learning environment for busy professionals.

Information about the application process for the M.J. program is available here.

Juris Doctor (JD) Dual Degrees
JD students may pursue a dual degree in social work, comparative education, political science, and business. Students must be admitted to both programs and are normally able to graduate with both degrees in a shorter period than if they pursued each degree separately.

Information about the application process for JD dual degrees is available at Law Admissions

Master of Jurisprudence/Master of Social Work (MJ/MSW) Dual Degree
MJ students may receive a dual MJ/MSW degree in four years of concentrated study. The MJ degree is online, while the MSW is a campus-based program offered by Loyola’s School of Social work. Students must apply and be accepted by both programs.

Information about the dual MJ/MSW program is available here.

Non-Degree Programs for Individuals and Groups 
We are dedicated to providing lifelong education to attorneys and child and family-serving professionals. We are pleased to now offer individuals the flexibility of taking our cutting-edge online courses as a student-at-large. Courses can be taken either for credit or no credit. Our online courses are available to all experienced attorneys and health care professionals (except those listed as "for attorneys only" or “with permission”) based on availability and class size. Loyola University Chicago School of Law alumni may also take campus courses subject to approval and availability.

Information about non-degree programs for individuals and groups is available here.