Practicing law isn’ t just a career:
IT’S A CALLING
Are you are setting out to make a difference in the world by fighting for the oppressed, being a voice for the voiceless, and advocating justice? We want to support you in that mission. At Liberty University School of Law, we have a smaller, more intimate environment that helps you grow in your convictions while immersing you in the tenets of law. Through our uniquely tailored program, youâ€™ll move beyond books and into courtrooms for the solid practical experience you need to make a difference right away.
At Liberty Law, we champion your success. We will equip you with the values, knowledge, and skills needed to inspire your peers, innovate your profession, and impact the world on the first day of your career. Join us and learn how Liberty Law can help you find your passion for law and your purpose for life.
B. K EI T H FAU LK N ER
Why LIBERTY LAW ? We prepare you to become a lawyer of distinction by developing skills and promoting a culture of unparalleled integrity to ensure you are ready to lead in your community. Our program will help you:
DEVELOP A CAREER
With an â€œA+â€? by preLaw Magazine for practical training and our 3rd consecutive year in the top ten for ABA Competitions by AmericanBar.org, we saw a 94% employment rate for 2019 graduates.
PA S S THE BAR
With an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, we helped our graduates achieve a 92% overall passage rate among first-time takers on the bar exam in 2019 and a 100% passage rate in 14 jurisdictions.
With generous scholarships and low tuition, we ranked in the top 10 among all law schools and 3rd among private law schools for lowest graduate debt by U.S. News & World Report.
E XPERIENCE L AW
If you’re seeking a quality education at a place where people share your faith and commitment, we invite you to join us for our Experience Law events or a private visit. At our Experience Law events, you can: • • • •
Attend class Meet faculty and staff Talk with current students Tour the law school
Visit Liberty.edu/Law/ExperienceLaw to learn more.
S T U D E N T O R I E N TAT I O N
If you can’t attend an Experience Law event, we’d still love to show you around. Please feel free to make an appointment for a private visit by calling (434) 592-5300. We know the transition into law school can be difficult. To help you succeed, we’ve developed our Systematic Approach to Integrated Legal Studies (SAILS) program. This required orientation helps you adjust to the challenges and demands of law school. During the SAILS program, you’ll hone your legal writing and reasoning skills and prepare to actively participate in class discussions. In addition, you’ll learn the following: • • • •
Basic legal terms Exam-taking strategies How to draft case briefs How to create outlines
Through the SAILS program, you’ll meet the faculty, get to know your classmates, and meet others who will support you throughout your first year. Your orientation schedule includes sessions taught by our faculty and optional activities as well as a community service project. The schedule also leaves time to address housekeeping issues like purchasing books, getting your Flames Pass, contacting the university’s IT HelpDesk, and registering your vehicle. 5
“It was important to me that my legal education involve more than theories and abstract principles; I wanted to be trained to practice law in the real world. Because the faculty at Liberty is composed of practitioners from a wide range of legal specializations, the Lawyering Skills program reflects the experience and priorities of seasoned lawyers.” IAN LAMONT
L AW YERING SKILLS
In our nationally ranked Lawyering Skills program, you’ll learn to communicate clearly, think critically, and provide practical legal solutions — skills that equip you to walk into any law office in the country and immediately make an impact. Our comprehensive, innovative, six-course program prepares you to communicate expertly, read thoroughly, write clearly, and speak persuasively.
Class of 2016, Business Owner and Entrepreneur
Liberty Law takes you beyond textbooks with a wide variety of opportunities to get real-life training. Through our recognized practical skills program, you can get hands-on experience through publishing opportunities, externships, competitions, and more.
For PRACTICAL TRAINING 2020
We’ll challenge your analytical and problem-solving skills through: • Litigation, mediation, and dispute resolution simulations • Drafting memoranda, pleadings, contracts, legislation, and communication documents • Taking depositions and making discovery requests • Engaging in oral argument and client interviewing sessions
“Liberty Law provides excellent internship, externship, and experiential learning opportunities to its students. As an alumna, I greatly benefited from opportunities that helped prepare me for my future as a criminal prosecutor, guardian ad litem, and practicing attorney in family and criminal law.” DEBRA BEALE
Class of 2007, Liberty University School of Law Alumna
EXTERNSHIPS AND INTERNSHIPS
Practice locally, regionally, or nationally in a variety of legal settings with Liberty Law’s comprehensive for-credit externship programs. Get real-world legal experience with externships in: • • • • •
Law Firms Business Organizations In-house Counsel Offices Government Agencies Nonprofit and Public Interest Organizations • Judicial Clerkships • Prosecution Offices • Public Defenders Offices
MOOT C O U RT TRIAL TEAM
Increase your understanding of utilizing the law to counsel clients while you develop interviewing, planning, and analytical skills by acting as an attorney in a simulated law office consultation. Experience the counseling process while interviewing clients for the purpose of discovering the facts, advising them about relevant law, providing options for proceeding, and helping them make informed decisions.
M E D I AT I O N
Learn to conduct effective opening statements, direct and crossexaminations, and closing arguments by competing in mock jury trials and competitions around the country. Discover how to craft an effective trial strategy and become proficient in the use of the rules of evidence by arguing both sides of an objection.
Understand and utilize the mediation process to serve your clients with excellence. Prepare for real-world mediation as you learn effective problemsolving techniques in competitions where you will represent clients in a mock mediation. Liberty Law is actively involved with the annual National Representation in Mediation competition sponsored by the ABA.
L I BERT Y L AW WINNERS
Recognized as one of the premier co-curricular activities available to all law students, judges and legal employers agree that Moot Court is the best activity to prepare you for the practice of law. Here you develop the analytical, writing, and appellate oral advocacy skills that are crucial to your legal career.
Build a résumé that will attract future employers by developing practical skills in oral advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and mediation by joining our competition teams.
• Liberty Law ranked in the top 10 in the nation for the past 3 years in ABA Competitions. • For the third consecutive year and the ninth time in program history, the 2019 Liberty University School of Law Moot Court team qualified to compete in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) finals.
CENTER FOR LEGAL WRITING
Achieve your full potential with the academic support program designed to help you with class preparation, class participation, and post-class review prior to taking law school examinations. The program offers one-on-one tutorials to help you absorb course material and apply classroom knowledge to law school examinations. You can also take workshops on case briefing, note-taking, time and stress management, outlining, and exam preparation.
Develop and enhance your writing techniques at the Center for Legal Writing to become a more persuasive communicator. Strong writing skills will benefit you at every turn of your academic and legal career.
At Liberty Law, we begin preparing you for the practice of law and the bar exam from day one. Our rigorous BARBRI orientation program empowers you to meet the demands of the classroom. While in law school, you will have access to study and preparation resources through BARBRI that get you ready for final exams. After completing your Juris Doctor, we continue with you on this journey by supporting you through BARBRI bar preparation and summer check-ins with faculty and staff.
“I can confidently say that Liberty University has been an exceptional place to pursue a legal education. The training I have received has been the most rigorous and challenging academic work I’ve ever undertaken. The mission, community, and overall support at Liberty University have been what I needed to thrive throughout my legal education.” HUGH JACKSON
Class of 2015, Deputy District Attorney at Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
Explore summer and fall externship opportunities in the Bedford and Lynchburg, Va., Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Offices. You’ll develop case strategy, conduct legal research, write motions and briefs, interview witnesses, and give oral arguments under the direct supervision of a former criminal prosecutor and a local commonwealth’s attorney.
INTELLECTUAL PR O PERT Y CL I N I C
Add real-life experience to your résumé with the Constitutional Litigation Clinic, where you can represent actual clients and share the responsibility of managing a case under the direct supervision of constitutional litigation attorneys. You’ll learn civil procedure, evidence, substantive constitutional law, law office management, ethics, and professional responsibility.
Help real clients solve intellectual property problems by assisting startup businesses, veteran-owned businesses, and Christian ministries with trademark, copyright, and trade secret issues. Intellectual Property (IP) students also have the opportunity to counsel on product naming, brand identification, protecting creative works (literature, music, movies, artwork, and software), and protecting client lists and other confidential information. The IP clinic is also certified by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for trademark practice.
VIRGINIA LEGAL AID CLINIC
CONSTITUTIONAL L I T I G AT I O N CLINIC
Take advantage of Liberty Law’s partnership with the Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) and gain courtroom experience under a third-year practice certificate while earning credit and gaining a greater understanding of pro bono, low bono, and legal aid work. Students have the opportunity to work on numerous legal issues, including Virginia landlord and tenant law, public benefits denials and terminations, the Virginia Employment Commission and unemployment law, debt collection and defenses, and permanent protective orders in domestic violence cases, while providing legal services to clients who could not afford counsel otherwise.
CENTER FOR CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CCPD) ACCESSIBLE, EXPERIENCED F A C U LT Y
We’re committed to helping you achieve your goals and fulfill your calling, which is why the Center for Career & Professional Development exists — to equip students and alumni with the tools essential for career development. Our program is designed to help you explore potential areas of employment, discover your employment preferences and obtain positions in those areas, and cultivate a lifelong commitment to professionalism and community service. Services include: • • • • • •
Individual counseling sessions Interviewing techniques and strategies Information regarding job fairs and networking strategies Mock interviews Résumé and cover letter preparation, review, and evaluation Information on law firms, corporations, clerkships, government agencies, and other employers • Software for posting of internships, externships, and postgraduate employment • Liberty Law Fellowship Program to provide monetary subsidy for summer internships and externships
We pride ourselves on the relationship we foster between students and faculty. Our professors serve students as mentors and role models. A community of scholars, our faculty are deeply committed to the search for knowledge through meaningful legal scholarship, but never at the expense of the academic success and professional development of each student. Students and alumni alike testify to our faculty’s success in merging exceptional academic training with support and encouragement.
“Perhaps Liberty Law’s greatest asset is its faculty, all of whom are second to none. Each one is a true scholar in his or her field, and each is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom, always ready to share with their students.” JOSHUA HETZLER
Class of 2015, Legislative Counsel at The Family Foundation
R . EDWIN BURNET TE,
Jurist in Residence
J O E L H E S C H,
The Honorable Ed Burnette spent 23 years practicing law at Edmunds & Williams, the oldest and largest law firm in the Lynchburg area. As an active member of the Virginia State Bar, Burnette held various positions during his years of practice and served as president from 1993-1994. In 2001, Burnette was appointed as a judge in the General District Court, and in 2015, he ascended to the bench of the Lynchburg Circuit Court. As Liberty Law’s first Jurist in Residence, he acts in an advisory role to both faculty and students, feeding into the classrooms and programming to continue Liberty Law’s success in training the next generation of law professionals.
A leading national expert in the area of fraud against the government and whistleblower reward programs, Joel Hesch spent over 15 years as a trial attorney with the Civil Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and led numerous fraud investigations affecting 20 different federal agencies. One of these False Claims Act cases settled for $641 million, while the combined recoveries for all his cases exceeded $1 billion and paid out more than $250 million in whistleblower rewards.
Professor of Law
Facilities That Reinforce Community
MOCK TRIAL C O U RT R O O M S
As part of Liberty University, Liberty Law is able to offer the amenities of a large campus while maintaining the intimacy of a much smaller school. To help make that sense of community a reality, weâ€™ve created a convenient, self-contained law campus (a). The main building includes classrooms, courtrooms, student organization offices, and the Ehrhorn Law Library.
Gain practical experience through mock trials held in specialized classrooms. These courtrooms feature a six-member jury box and are used for both lectures and competitions (b).
SUPREME C O U RT R O O M
You won’t find this anywhere else — the nation’s only exact replica of the U.S. Supreme Court bench. This 330-seat courtroom is used for Moot Court, law school Convocations, and special law-related events (c).
EHRHORN L AW LIBR ARY
A favorite study spot for students, the library features vast reference materials, including print, electronic, microform, and other non-book titles; a wealth of research databases; and its own interlibrary loan system. You’ll find study rooms, a computer lab, individual student carrels, and comfortable seating areas — making the library an important student resource (d).
“My time at Liberty Law was among the most pivotal of my life. I learned there that why you practice law — your motivation — is as important as how you practice law. Law practice is fundamentally about service — helping people with their most intimate problems in their most trying times. Liberty gave me not only the practical tools to succeed as an attorney but also a grounding faith that reminds me that practical, caring service is truly a higher calling.” TRIPP ISENHOUR
Class of 2008, Attorney and Counselor at Law at Caskie & Frost
“Liberty University School of Law takes a markedly different approach to the study of law than many other law schools. Of particular interest, we openly explore how conservative principles, capitalism, and Judeo-Christian values undergird the law’s foundation and liberty itself.” TORY L. LUCAS
DEEPLY ROOTED IN THE BIBLE
Professor of Law
We teach that the Western legal tradition is firmly established upon a foundation of faith because we believe the best lawyers possess both knowledge and character. We believe the law is best learned within the context of the Christian intellectual tradition and the integration of faith and reason, with Scripture standing alongside revered documents such as Magna Carta, the Justinian Code, and the Mayflower Compact. We value the biblical foundations on which the concept of law was built and incorporate those Christian values into our program to teach students how to integrate faith and ethics into their pursuit of justice. A legal education at Liberty, with its emphasis on faith, learning, service, and the search for truth, brings a sense of empowerment. Our students graduate with the ability to distinguish themselves with their work ethic, compassion, and honesty.
“One can be sophisticated and believe in God. Reason and intellect are not to be laid aside where matters of religion are concerned.” JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA
At Liberty Law, we’re committed to making sure you have a strong academic foundation that will drive you to become a confident and compassionate lawyer. We provide a quality legal education by integrating traditional courses of law with practical skills — all in a faith-based context. Liberty University School of Law is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the ABA, 321 Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, which can be reached at (312) 988-6738. Concentrations offered:
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Advocacy Appellate Advocacy Business Law Constitutional Law Family and Juvenile Law International Law Planning Property Taxation Trial Advocacy Wealth Management and Financial Planning
Expand your career options with an additional degree through Liberty University. With five dual degree programs to choose from, you can combine credits toward the completion of another graduate degree and earn both a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a master’s or doctoral degree in as little as three years. Programs include: • • • • •
Master of Arts in History (M.A.) Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (M.A.) Master of Arts in Public Policy (M.A.P.P.) Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
“Liberty Law is one of the only places in the world where future legal scholars, judges, and practitioners are trained to answer the challenges of the 21st century by learning Christian legal ideas that have served as a historical foundation for the creation of just and stable legal systems.” DR . YURI G. M ANTILL A
Professor of Law
THE HONORS PROGRAM M A STER OF L AWS (LL.M.) PROGRA M
Liberty Law enjoys a national reputation for academic excellence, service, and skills training. Our graduates positively impact numerous legal markets across the country. Our Honors Program enhances our legal education program and deepens its commitment to recruiting, developing, and placing high-performing students in the field of law.
“We have one of the most rigorous and demanding programs of legal education, I would argue, in the country. Our professors expect excellence out of our students, and our curriculum is designed to make students pursue excellence in everything they do.” DEAN FAULKNER
Take your passion for law global with advanced education in international law. The LL.M. in International Legal Studies from Liberty Law is an online, postgraduate degree program intended to enhance your career and help you apply your legal skills across the globe. This 24-credit-hour program provides a greater understanding of the international legal doctrines, ideas, and norms that influence legal practice in areas like trade, business, and human rights law. An LL.M. in International Legal Studies can help you pursue a career in: • Domestic and foreign policy • International legal practice • International organizations
At Liberty Law, we believe your investment in a quality legal education will last a lifetime, but your student debt shouldn’t. We’re committed to making your Liberty Law education affordable — our generous, merit-based scholarship assures that virtually every admitted student is awarded a scholarship.
To qualify for a full or partial scholarship award, you must be accepted into the School of Law, meet scholarship criteria, submit your confirmation deposit, and enroll in our J.D. program.
• Scholarships are awarded up to full tuition. • Scholarship awards are renewable for subsequent terms based on continued eligibility. • Law students can also apply for FAFSA and Grad PLUS loans.
As a scholarship recipient, you must accept any institutional aid and private grants for which you are eligible. Institutional and private grants, when combined with scholarships, cannot exceed tuition. If an excess occurs, your scholarship will be reduced.
At Liberty Law, we think that to be a well-rounded lawyer it’s important to maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit — and Liberty’s vast opportunities can help. Whether you’re looking for low-key relaxation, like a movie, or a more active adventure, like a hike to the LU monogram, there’s an option for you nearby. In addition to scheduling “de-stress” events throughout the year, Liberty also offers fellowship events, connects you with volunteer opportunities, and hosts weekly Convocations for spiritual growth. 21
The following steps are necessary to complete an application:
Register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
Submit your electronic application to Liberty University School of Law: • One letter of recommendation is required (will accept up to four) • Personal statement • All graduate and undergraduate official transcripts • Résumé (optional)
Check the status of your application. Once your application has been received and reviewed, you will receive a username and password, which will allow you to check the status of your application via Applicant Status Online (ASO), or you may contact the Admissions Office directly.
Interview with the Admissions Committee (case-by-case basis)
ACCEPT STEP 1
Sign and return the Admissions Acceptance Agreement
Sign and return the Scholarship Acceptance Agreement (if applicable)
Pay Confirmation Deposit ($300)
Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*
Claim Liberty University ID/Email
Complete Financial Check-In (FCI) after you have been registered for classes
*The FAFSA is only required if the student plans to take out federal student loans.
To learn more about Liberty Universityâ€™s mission to Train Champions for Christ, visit: Liberty.edu/Champions. 23