Certificate in Social Justice

To obtain the certificate, students must complete both a doctrinal and experiential component for a minimum of 14 total credit hours.  The experiential component requires that students complete the equivalent of one academic year of supervised legal work addressing the needs of the poor and marginalized.  The doctrinal component focuses on the legal and policy frameworks that structure rights and access for the poor and marginalized.

a. Required Experiential Components (7-10 credit hours)

  1. One semester of LAW L897 Clinical Seminar–Live Client Clinic (5 hrs.)
  2. One semester of any of the following)
    LAW L833 Street Law
    LAW L886 Environmental Law Seminar–Environmental Policy Advocacy
    LAW L897 Clinical Seminar–Live Client Clinic
    LAW L900 Academic Externship (2 hrs.)
    LAW L924 Human Rights Advocacy Project
    LAW L976 Environmental Law and Policy Lab
  3. 50 hours of public service work, which must be pre-approved by Professor Judson Mitchell.  Public service work is broadly defined to include work performed for a stipend, in addition to pro bono work.  Pro bono hours completed to satisfy the Law and Poverty requirement may also be used to satisfy this certificate. All public service work towards the certificate requirement, both compensated and uncompensated, must be reported through the Pro Bono Reporting database, online at http://loyolalawtech.org/probono/.  

b. Required Doctrinal Component (4-8 credit hours)

  1. LAW L781 Law and Poverty or LAW L782 Law and Poverty Seminar (2 hrs.)
  2. One of the following pool courses (2-3 credit hours)
    LAW L782 Law and Poverty Seminar: Tax and Social Justice
    LAW L802 Law and Education Seminar
    LAW L820 Employment Discrimination
    LAW L832 Immigration and Citizenship Law
    LAW L834 Environmental Justice
    LAW L839 Civil Rights Actions Under Section 1983
    LAW L855 Child Advocacy Seminar
    LAW L862 Criminal Law Seminar: Minorities in the Criminal Justice System
    LAW L877 Constitutional Law Seminar: Race and the Law
    LAW L884 International Law Seminar: Human Rights Advocacy in the U.S.
    LAW L885 Gender Law in Practice
    LAW L911 Introduction to American Indian Law: Overlapping Jurisdictions
    LAW L932 Immigration Law Seminar
    LAW L955 Advanced Constitutional Law–14th Amendment
  3. An additional pool course if a student completes less than 10 credit hours under the experiential component.

c. Performance

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in the Certificate courses and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher to receive the Certificate.