Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

LLM in Child and Family Law

The practice of child and family law has become significantly more complex in recent years as the definition of family has expanded, the concept of children’s rights has emerged, and the law has struggled to keep pace. This legal concentration allows students to engage in comprehensive study in child law trial practice and legislation, international rights for children, adoption law, and domestic violence.

Intended for graduates of U.S. and foreign law schools, the program is tailored to meet individual students’ backgrounds and interests, and offers graduate students an opportunity to work closely with faculty who are nationally recognized for their work in the field.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Masters of Laws (LL.M.) in Child and Family Law will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of legal rules and procedures in the fields of child and family law.
  • Conduct complex and specialized legal research and analysis.
  • Engage in scholarship that contributes to greater understanding of law and policy as it affects children and families. 
  • Produce a research paper, scholarly article or other work product that demonstrates expertise in one or more specific areas of child and family law and policy.
  • Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of child development and family dynamics and how these factors influence child and family law and policy. 
  • Gain a greater comparative perspective on issues facing children and families in a global environment.
  • Comprehend the historical, socio-economic and cultural context in which child and family laws, policies and practices are developed and implemented.
  • Identify and articulate areas in which laws and policies should be improved to promote positive outcomes for children, families and communities.
  • Appreciate the unique legal and ethical needs and circumstances of child and adolescent clients.
  • Exercise proper professional responsibilities to clients and/or the legal system.