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Law graduates interested in the rule of law can get a taste of the la dolce vita through a new LL.M. program in Rome. Starting next fall, Loyola University Chicago School of Law will offer an LL.M. degree in the rule of law, geared toward lawyers who want to promote legal systems in developing countries. The program, called Prolaw, will be supported in part through a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. That money will pay for both programming and student scholarships, said Dean David Yellen. “Because this is located in Rome, it will be convenient for lawyers in developing countries around the world,” Yellen said. “It’s quite a unique program.” With the exception of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law’s LL.M. in democratic governance and rule of law, there is no other program that specifically seeks to train attorneys to address legal and judicial matters in developing countries, Yellen said. Loyola’s program will be geared primarily toward non-U.S. attorneys, and will prepare them for careers with governments undergoing judicial reforms, development organizations, international financial institutions such as the World Bank, the United Nations and nongovernmental organizations focused on judicial issues. Prolaw will be headed by William Loris, the former director general of the International Development Law Organization, a Rome-based intergovernmental organization that promotes the rule of law in developing countries. “With the launch of Prolaw, law graduates from around the world wishing to use the privilege of their educations to join in that commitment will now have a program to help them do so,” Loris said. Administrators expect to enroll between 15 and 20 students during the inaugural year and expand to about 30 students in the future. Contact Karen Sloan at [email protected] .

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