Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

MJ in Children's Law and Policy

The Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) is an online degree program for professionals who work with children and families in a variety of disciplines and fields of practice, including social work, education, health care, and the justice system. The two-year part-time master's degree program is designed to provide individuals with a firm understanding of law and policy as they affect children and families and to prepare graduates for leadership positions in their fields. The program is offered online through Loyola's nationally-recognized Civitas ChildLaw Center, making it possible for professionals throughout the U.S. and around the globe to pursue a graduate degree in children's law and policy.

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Learning Outcomes

Each course in Loyola’s M.J. in Children’s Law and Policy curriculum has its own unique learning objectives.  Upon successful completion of the M.J. degree, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Comprehend the basic structure of the American legal system, including the allocation of power among the branches of the federal government and between the federal and state governments.
  • Describe the legal relationship among children, families and the state.
  • Be familiar with substantive and procedural laws of relevance to child-serving professionals.
  • Engage in various forms of legal research, including electronic research. 
  • Analyze statutes, rules and cases in the field of child and family law.
  • Write analytically sound and persuasive documents (letters, memoranda, reports, etc.) appropriate to the goals of child-serving professionals.
  • Understand and apply professional leadership skills.
  • Identify and articulate areas in which laws and policies should be improved to promote better outcomes for children and families.

The US Department of Education requires any institution offering distance education/online programs to students outside of its home state to acquire authorization from the states in which students reside. Regulations vary from state to state. While Loyola University Chicago is authorized, exempt or pursuing authorization in most states, some restrictions apply. Please see our State Authorization page for the most up-to-date information.

Loyola University Chicago is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.