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University of Dayton School of Law Launches New Certificate in Social Justice Law for LL.M., M.S.L. Programs

Beginning in the fall of 2019, the University of Dayton School of Law will launch a new certificate in Social Justice Law for its Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.) programs in American and transnational Law.

"This certificate aligns perfectly with the University of Dayton's strategic vision to serve the common good," said Tan Boston, director of the University of Dayton School of Law's LL.M. and M.S.L. programs. "The goal is to produce graduates who can both envision and create legal structures that advance fairness, dignity and basic human rights for all. We hope to attract attorneys and other professionals who are passionate about using the law to produce positive social change."

The certificate, comprised of classes in international human rights, civil rights enforcement, immigration, Constitutional law, and critical race and feminist legal theory, is designed to prepare graduates for roles as advocates for social justice in nonprofit, government and private settings.

"This is an exciting opportunity to shape and cultivate social justice leaders for the future," said Shelley Inglis, executive director of the University of Dayton Human Rights Center. "The Human Rights Center's location within the law school creates unparalleled opportunities for students to participate in cutting-edge fieldwork and scholarship. I welcome students in this new certificate program to engage with the Human Rights Center, where they can apply their emerging knowledge and skills."

The LL.M. and M.S.L. programs are open to domestic and international graduates, lawyers and non-lawyers, who would like to learn how to use the law as an instrument for positive social change. The LL.M. program is for those who hold a first degree in law. The M.S.L. program is for college graduates who have earned at least a bachelor's degree and whose fieldwork would be enhanced by a graduate-level degree. These 24- to 30-credit degree programs can be completed in nine months as a full-time student or up to four years as a part-time student.

The School of Law is accepting applications for all of its LL.M. and M.S.L programs for the fall semester that will begin in late August and the winter semester that will begin in early January. For more information, visit llm_msl/index.php.

For more information, contact Tan Boston, director of the University of Dayton School of Law's LL.M. and M.S.L. programs, at 937-229-4606.

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