PASSION for LAW PURPOSE for LIFE
Liberty University School of Law exists to equip future leaders in law with a superior legal education in fidelity to the Christian faith expressed through the Holy Scriptures.
Practicing law isn’t just a career, IT ’S A CALLING. 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. You need a law school that supports you in that mission. At Liberty University School of Law, we aren’t like every other law school. We provide 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, we provide experiential learning opportunities where you’ll move beyond books into actual courtrooms for solid practical experience that will enable you to start making 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 the 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. KEITH FAULKNER, DEAN
WHY LIBERT Y LAW? • Superior legal education • Distinctly Christian • Exceptional skills training • Affordable tuition • Highly successful competition teams
“ 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. MANTILLA Associate Professor of Law, Director of Online Programs and Global Initiatives 4
KNOWLEDGE HONOR EXCELLENCE AS YOU CHAMPION THE TRUTH.
COURSE OVERVIEW FIRST YEAR • Civil Procedure I and II • Contracts I and II • Foundations of Law I and II • Lawyering Skills I and II • Property I and II • Torts I and II
SECOND YEAR • Business Associations • Constitutional Law I and II • Criminal Law • Criminal Procedure • Evidence • Lawyering Skills III and IV • Professional Responsibility
ACADEMICS 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.
In our nationally recognized 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 rigorous curriculum is just one reason why our May 2017 graduates achieved an 88 percent overall passage rate on the July bar exam and a 100 percent passage rate on the bar exam in 13 other states.
• Taxation of Individuals
THIRD YEAR • Lawyering Skills V • Lawyering Skills VI • Wills, Trusts, and Estates
• Entertainment Law
• Law Review
• Accounting for Lawyers
• Estate Planning
• Legal History
• Administrative Law
• Adoption Law
• Family Law
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Advanced Appellate Advocacy
• Federal Jurisdiction
• Prosecution Clinic
• Advanced Bar Studies
• First Amendment Law Seminar
• Public Policy Lawyering Skills
• Advanced Criminal Procedure
• Health Law Survey
• Public Policy Survey
• Advanced Research and Writing
• Immigration Law and Policy
• Race and the Law
• Advanced Trial Advocacy
• Independent Study
• Real Estate Transactions and Development
• Appellate Advocacy
• Insurance Law
• Real Property Litigation
• International Business Transactions
• Basic Uniform Commercial Code
• International Human Rights
• School Law Seminar
• Bioethics and the Law
• International Law
• Securities Regulation
• Business Planning
• Israel and Middle Eastern International Law and Policy
• State and Local Government
• Judicial Clerkship Externship
• Taxation of Estates and Gifts
• Conflict of Laws
• Constitutional Litigation Clinic • Criminal Law Externship
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• Trial Team
• Land Use and Zoning
• Virginia Civil Procedure
• Law and Economics
• Virginia Criminal Procedure
• Law of Nonprofits
• Virginia Practice
• Law Office Management
• Employment Law
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• Directed Research in Law and Policy
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• Children and the Law Seminar
• Child Abuse and the Law
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LAWYERING SKILLS AT LIBERTY LAW, we integrate the theory behind the law with the skills necessary to apply it effectively. Our comprehensive practical skills curriculum is an innovative, six-course program that prepares you to add extraordinary value wherever you practice law. Youâ€™ll develop expert communication skills as you learn to read comprehensively, write clearly, and speak persuasively.
Weâ€™ll challenge your analytical and problem solving skills through litigation and dispute resolution simulations. You'll also be put to the test in litigation and planning tracks that are woven throughout your law school curriculum.
Liberty Law Success Story Captain Aaron Pike Class of 2013, United States Air Force Thanks to the many experiential learning opportunities Captain Aaron Pike found at Liberty Law, he graduated with a passion for law and a purpose for life, joining the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Air Force. He currently serves as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate and credits Liberty Law with preparing him to achieve his calling. “I chose Liberty Law because I didn’t want your typical liberal arts education,” he said. “I wanted an education that focused on Christ-centered values, where I’d be taught by professors who have my same beliefs and convictions. At Liberty Law, I found professors who really care about your success and opportunities that ensure you are practice-ready on day one of your career. I don’t hesitate to say I made the right decision.”
CONCENTRATIONS ADVOCACY LEARN HOW TO REPRESENT CLIENTS EFFECTIVELY. Your career as an advocate begins
with a broad background in pretrial litigation and discovery and alternative dispute resolution to prepare you to advocate for a client in any setting.
LEARN HOW TO APPEAL A CASE.
LEARN HOW TO SUCCEED AS A PROSECUTOR, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY, OR PUBLIC DEFENDER.
A Certificate of Concentration in Appellate Advocacy requires expertise in both oral and written advocacy, which you will achieve through training and practical experience in your very first year.
BUSINESS LAW LEARN HOW TO ADVISE CLIENTS ON STARTING, BUYING, MANAGING, AND CLOSING OR SELLING ANY TYPE OF BUSINESS. Gain the skills necessary to become a
successful business law practitioner by studying: • Corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies
“ For any law student focused on advocacy, I highly recommend pursuing one or more externships in a judge’s chambers. Working for a trial or appellate judge provides an invaluable perspective on what does and does not constitute advocacy.” BEN WALTON Class of 2010; Attorney at Germer Beaman & Brown PLLC; Law Clerk, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
• Federal income taxation of individuals and businesses • Commercial paper and secured transactions
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW LEARN HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY PROTECTING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOMS. We believe the Founding Fathers
intended the federal government to have specific but limited powers — here you’ll learn how to argue for limits on jurisdiction and to protect individual rights.
In addition to this comprehensive curriculum, you can participate in the Criminal Law Society and take advantage of summer externship and clinical opportunities.
FAMILY AND JUVENILE LAW LEARN HOW TO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT BY REPRESENTING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. You’ll focus on defending children
within the juvenile justice system, placing children in adoptive homes, and prosecuting abusers. Gain practical experience through externships with family law attorneys, prosecutors, and judges and train to volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
INTERNATIONAL LAW LEARN HOW TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN TODAY’S INCREASINGLY INTERCONNECTED GLOBAL ECONOMY,
where knowledge of international legal norms is more important than ever. At Liberty Law, you will be equipped to engage in international normative relations by studying under professors who have global and multicultural expertise.
“ Advocacy is the heart of what we do as lawyers. We advocate. Whether representing a client in court, drafting a contract for a client, or testifying before a government body, our job is to advocate.” PROFESSOR SCOTT E. THOMPSON
“ Liberty Law faculty approaches constitutional law and all areas of law from a biblical worldview, which best encompasses and explains the Constitution as it was originally intended.” SCOTT COPELAND Class of 2015, Attorney at Brigham Property Rights Law Firm, PLLC 11
PLANNING LEARN HOW TO IMPLEMENT EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS IN REAL ESTATE, BUSINESS PLANNING, AND BROAD-BASED TAXATION. Once you’ve finished coursework in
business associations, estate planning, taxation, and and related subjects, you’ll be able to handle a wide array of transactional and planning assignments.
“ The planning concentration represents the pinnacle of our tax, transactional, and planning curriculum at the law school. Consequently, a student who performs well in this concentration will be equipped to serve clients and add value in many transactional contexts.” TIM TODD Class of 2010, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Law
LEARN HOW TO APPLY THE TECHNICAL INTRICACIES AND PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS OF TAX LAW. You’ll explore
the areas of federal taxation typically encountered in law practice, including individual income tax, business taxation, and estate and gift taxation. You’ll have the opportunity to put your knowledge to practical use, as this concentration requires students to complete 15 hours of service in Liberty Law’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
TRIAL ADVOCACY LEARN HOW TO SKILLFULLY CONDUCT A JURY TRIAL. In your second year, you’ll begin to
PROPERT Y LEARN HOW TO APPLY THE PRINCIPLES OF PROPERTY LAW AS YOU STUDY THE OWNERSHIP, POSSESSION, USE, TRANSFER, AND REGULATION OF REAL PROPERTY.
In your first year, you’ll study property law, which establishes a base for elective courses that are required for this concentration. Explore the conflicts that arise due to issues with real estate development disagreements, private property owners’ assertion of rights, and government regulations of private property ownership in advanced courses. 12
learn the skills needed to try a case before a jury. This comprehensive program includes courses in trial advocacy, evidence, and other trial-related subjects, along with opportunities to engage in more intense training with the Trial Team.
“ I loved the property concentration and everything it had to offer. It is a small, hands-on environment, making it more conducive to learning.” JOHN MAGHAMEZ Class of 2015, Associate Attorney at Gilbert, Bird & Weston and President of Crown Endeavors, LLC
“ The business, taxation, and planning concentrations deal with an immense amount of very specific law. However, when you have highly knowledgeable professors who can communicate difficult topics with clarity and precision, taking this route through law school is incredibly rewarding.” JONATHAN BARBER Class of 2015, Founder of the Barber Power Law Group
WEALTH MANAGEMENT AND FINANCIAL PLANNING LEARN HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN SOPHISTICATED AND HIGH NET WORTH PLANNING ENGAGEMENTS. Coursework will
prepare you to handle the complex legal aspects of business planning, succession planning, asset protection planning, and insurance planning. It will also equip you to add immediate value in a business or estate planning setting.
AT LIBERTY LAW, you’ll gain the skills necessary to handle a lawsuit from the initial interview all the way through the trial phase. Our goal is for every one of our students to graduate with the confidence required to be a successful litigation attorney.
SINCE LAW IS MORE THAN SETTLING DISPUTES, we teach that proper planning for
In our Litigation Track, you’ll learn to:
In our Planning Track, you’ll learn to:
• Direct and cross-examine witnesses
• Counsel clients
• Draft pleadings
• Draft and analyze contracts
• Engage in oral argument
• Draft client advisory letters
• Interview clients
• Draft estate planning documents
• Make discovery requests
• Draft legislation
• Perform other essential litigation tasks
• Draft wills and trusts
• Prepare jury instructions
• Mediate disputes
• Request appeals
• Search legal titles
• Take depositions
• Write real estate agreements
• Write memoranda
clients is essential to avoid unnecessary litigation. In our Planning Track, you’ll discover how to draft documents related to sales contracts, real estate transactions, business associations, and legislation.
DUAL DEGREES SYNERGIZE YOUR LAW DEGREE and expand your career options with an additional degree through Liberty University. With eight 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: • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) • Education Specialist (Ed.S.) • 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.) • Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (M.Ed.)
“I was immediately interested in the school’s hands-on Lawyering Skills program. I was really interested in a program that continued on through all six semesters. So far, I have been able to draft briefs, motions, statutes, and operating agreements, while also engaging in moot court tournaments, negotiations, a client interview, and oral arguments for a motion.” ERIKA LUKENBILL Class of 2016, Judicial Law Clerk at the Virginia Court of Appeals
MASTER OF LAWS (LL.M.) PROGRAM 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
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION ACCREDITATION 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 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, (312) 988-6738.
FACILITIES THAT REINFORCE COMMUNITY 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. The main building includes classrooms, courtrooms, and the Ehrhorn Law Library.
MOCK TRIAL COURTROOMS 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.
SUPREME COURTROOM 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 Convocations, and special law events.
EHRHORN LAW LIBRARY 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. Youâ€™ll find study rooms, a computer lab, individual study carrels, and comfortable seating areas â€” making the library an important student resource. 19
ACCESSIBLE, EXPERIENCED FACULT Y AT LIBERTY LAW, YOU’RE MORE THAN A NUMBER.
We pride ourselves on the relationship between students and faculty. Our professors devote substantial time to serving students as professional mentors and spiritual role models. All faculty have open-door policies and value opportunities to consult with students one-on-one. A community of scholars, they are deeply committed to the search for knowledge through meaningful legal scholarship, but never at the expense of their devotion to championing the academic success and professional development of each student. Liberty Law professors have held various esteemed positions, such as: • Authors • District attorneys • Experienced trial lawyers • JAG attorney • Nonprofit leaders • State law clerks
“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
• Federal law clerks • State appeals court and administrative law judge • State attorney general Students and alumni alike testify to our faculty's success in merging exceptional academic training with support and encouragement.
FIGHTING FOR FAITH Rena M. Lindevaldsen, Professor of Law At Liberty Law, youâ€™ll have the opportunity to learn from Rena Lindavaldsen. While Senior Litigation Counsel to Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and traditional family values, Rena Lindevaldsen was an integral part of numerous cases representing Child Evangelism Fellowship. One such case led to the first reported decision affirming the right of public school teachers to lead Bible clubs at school, after school hours. As part of the legal team, Lindevaldsen also defended before the Supreme Court the right of McCreary County to display the Ten Commandments in a county building.
SHINING A LIGHT Joel Hesch, Professor of Law 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. 21
“ At Liberty University School of Law, your faith will be fortified by examining the law and going back to its source, the Word of God.” MICHELLE PROTZMAN Class of 2017, Student Bar Association Chaplain
FAITH FOLLOW GODâ€™S CALLING WHEREVER IT MAY LEAD.
LAW THATâ€™S DEEPLY ROOTED IN THE BIBLE WE TEACH that the Western legal tradition is firmly established
upon a foundation of faith. 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. A legal education at Liberty, with its emphasis on faith, learning, service, and the search for truth, brings a sense of empowerment that will last throughout your legalÂ career.
FAITH THAT BUILDS CHARACTER WE BELIEVE the best lawyers possess both knowledge and character. 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. Our students graduate with the skills that will help them succeed in multiple areas of law, and they distinguish themselves with their work ethic, compassion, and honesty.
â€œOne can be sophisticated and believe in God. Reason and intellect are not to be laid aside where matters of religion are concerned.â€?
BELIEFS THAT GUIDE US Prayer Mentoring We know that law school can be a challenge, academically and in other ways, so we commit to helping each and every student with this important transition through prayer mentoring. We want to ensure you are prayed for and with, loved, and discipled. Your mentor will reach out to you as soon as you arrive on campus, connecting you to a local church and giving you the spiritual support you need throughout your time at Liberty. We want to encourage you in your walk with the Lord so that your relationship with Him is stronger on the day of graduation than on the day you arrived at Liberty Law.
JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA
Recognized as Devout Liberty Law is consistently ranked first among Christian law schools in preLaw magazine, a National Jurist publication. The magazine annually evaluates religiously affiliated law schools and ranks the schools based on their commitment to faith.
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“ At Liberty University School of Law, you are surrounded by an incredibly supportive community and given amazing opportunities that really develop you into a world-class lawyer. Your professors are truly invested in your success and work to ensure that you graduate practice-ready. I’ll begin working in a federal clerkship position in Washington D.C. upon graduation, and I am confident that with the education, experiential learning opportunities, support, and mentorship that I received, I’ll be able to have a great impact wherever I go.” WHITNEY RUTHERFORD Class of 2017, Chair of the Moot Court Board, Managing Editor of the Liberty University Law Review
PROFESSIONALISM DISCOVER THAT LAW IS MORE THAN A CAREER – IT’S A CALLING.
CENTER FOR CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CCPD) YOUR LIBERTY LAW EXPERIENCE will start with knowledge, but that’s just the beginning. We’re also 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 advancement program is designed to help you cultivate a lifelong commitment to professionalism and community service.
Services include: • Individual counseling sessions • Interviewing techniques and strategies • Job fairs • Practice interviews • Résumé preparation, review, and evaluation • Information on law firms, corporations, clerkships, government agencies, and more. Liberty Law graduates have gone on to work for: • Virginia Court of Appeals • Supreme Court of Alabama • U.S. Army • Wells Fargo Bank • Prison Fellowship Ministries 28
â€œ 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.â€? IAN LAMONT Class of 2016, Business Owner and Entrepreneur
â€œ Liberty Law provides excellent 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. Now, serving as the Director of Externships at the School of Law, I have the privilege of connecting students with beneficial externships and professional relationships that allow them to utilize the skills and knowledge they have gained throughout their law school experience.â€? DEBRA BEALE Class of 2007, Liberty Law Externship Director for the Center for Career & Professional Development
EXPERIENCE BE THE VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS AND FIGHT FOR THE OPPRESSED.
CENTERS AND CLINICS CENTER FOR PROSECUTION FIND IN-DEPTH INSTRUCTION at the Center for
Prosecution, the nucleus for prosecution law education and training resources, which are available to students, state and federal prosecutors, and law enforcement personnel. Engage in roundtable discussions and workshops based on current criminal justice and prosecution law topics.
CENTER FOR TRIAL ADVOCACY GET HANDS-ON TRAINING in all areas of courtroom practice with our Center for Trial Advocacy. With your newly acquired trial skills, you may be qualified to compete in regional and national trial and arbitration competitions.
CONSTITUTIONAL LITIGATION CLINIC* Develop a discipline of lifetime service through participation in a variety of pro bono programs that include Street Law® and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Build confidence for yourself and others by sharing law, civic knowledge, and life skills with the disadvantaged and underserved in your community.
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 law, law office management, ethics, and professional responsibility.
LIBERT Y CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DEVELOP YOUR PASSION for humanitarian issues through the Liberty Center for International Human Rights Law. The center focuses on the restoration and integration of the Christian perspective of human dignity as the foundation for the advocacy of fundamental human rights, including the right to life, the right to family, and the right to religious liberty.
PROSECUTION CLINIC* EXPLORE SUMMER AND FALL EXTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES in the Bedford, Va., Commonwealth's
Attorney’s Office. 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 attorney. *In conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
• Deepen your understanding of discrete areas of law through research and writing.
LIBERTY LAW TAKES YOU BEYOND TEXTBOOKS with a wide variety of
• Participate in the leadership and management of the organization.
opportunities that can help you gain experience in the field of law while still a student. In addition to getting real-life training through our recognized practical skills program, you can get hands-on experience through our publishing opportunities, externships, competitions, and more.
• Develop analytical, research, and writing skills through writing notes and comments.
Get prepared for your future law career and hit the ground running when you graduate from Liberty Law. Through our experiential learning options, you'll develop skills in the following areas:
Not only will participation in Law Review challenge you to reach your full potential in legal thinking, researching, writing, and editing, it may help you optimize your career potential as well. Liberty Law graduates who participated in Law Review have a 97 percent bar passage rate on their first attempt. Participation in Law Review is often a requisite for the most sought-after positions after law school.
• Legal thinking • Research • Speaking • Writing
LAW REVIEW EXCEL ACADEMICALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY by participating in Law
Review. Be part of this exclusive group of students who achieve and maintain academic excellence and demonstrate an ability to analyze and write well. 34
As a member of Law Review, you’ll work under the guidance of the law faculty to:
• Edit and publish scholarly writings, such as articles, essays, and lectures, by members of the legal profession and academy, as well as student-written pieces.
Liberty Law students graduate practice-ready. They leave Liberty with the skills needed to make immediate contributions that will impact the world.
EXTERNSHIPS GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE IN DAY-TODAY PRACTICE while delving deeper into a
particular legal field or area of interest. Practice locally, regionally, or nationally in a variety of legal settings with Liberty Law’s comprehensive forcredit externship programs. Get real-world legal experience with externships in: • Business • Constitutional law • Finance
Explore Washington, D.C., build connections, and gain valuable experience with our Washington Fellowship. This program offers students for-credit externship opportunities in placements across our nation’s capital, such as Capitol Hill, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Through the Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) program, Liberty Law also pays for housing for approved externships to ensure our students can participate in these important career-building opportunities.
• International law • Judicial clerkships • Media and entertainment • Prosecution • Public defense • Public policy
CLIENT COUNSELING INCREASE YOUR UNDERSTANDING of preventive law and counseling while you develop interviewing, planning, and analytical skills. If you meet the qualifications to compete in client counseling competitions, you’ll act 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 a proceeding, and helping them make informed decisions.
COMPETITION OPPORTUNITIES DEVELOP THE PRACTICAL SKILLS YOU NEED in specialized areas like oral advocacy,
alternative dispute resolution, and mediation by joining our competition teams. Prepare yourself for your career and develop the kind of résumé that will attract future employers. 36
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR ) SHARPEN THE CRITICAL SKILLS you need for alternative dispute resolution under conditions that simulate the demands you'll face in practice. Gain lifelong, valuable legal skills in negotiations, mediation, and client counseling.
UNDERSTAND AND UTILIZE the mediation process to serve your clients with excellence. Prepare for real-world mediation as you learn effective problem-solving 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.
BUILD THE CONFIDENCE and the
COMPETE IN MOCK JURY TRIALS and
knowledge you need to master the law in any situation with the Moot Court, recognized as one of the premier co-curricular activities available to all law students. Develop the analytical, writing, and oral advocacy skills that are crucial to your legal career. Judges and legal employers agree that Moot Court is the best activity to prepare you for the practice of law.
competitions around the country and receive intensive training in all aspects of trial advocacy. Participating on the Trial Team will hone your communication, organizational, and analytical skills, as well as your trial technique. You will learn to conduct effective opening statements, direct and cross-examinations, and closing arguments. 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.
LIBERTY LAW WINNERS • In 2017, Liberty Law’s Trial Team placed second at the ABA Regional Arbitration Competition, earning them a place at the ABA National Arbitration Competition where they advanced all the way to the semifinals. • The Moot Court Team swept the 2017 Notre Dame National Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Religious Freedom, winning the championship title along with best brief and best oralist.
â€œ The law school community is noticeably engaged in meaningful service opportunities that benefit our local community through various service organizations and partnerships that are mindful of students' rigorous academic requirements." STEPHen Huff Class of 2017
COMMUNITY DEFY STEREOTYPES AND INSPIRE CREATIVITY.
STUDENT LIFE 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. Liberty Flames Spend a Saturday rooting for the Liberty Flames Football team as it competes at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level. Join your fellow fans at the expanding Williams Stadium, ranked a best stadium by Sports Network.
Campus Recreation Staying healthy or blowing off steam — no matter what your motivation is, we’ve got some fun waiting for you. Keep moving with a variety of activities through our Campus Recreation department — from paintball, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting trips to chess and video game tournaments. Student Activities Connect with your friends, your campus, and your culture through the over 100 events provided by Student Activities during the school year. Enjoy concerts, move nights, trail races, trips, and other events. 41
SPORTS AND OUTDOOR LIFE EMBRACE YOUR ACTIVE SIDE with Libertyâ€™s array of
recreational options. Flex your muscles at the LaHaye Recreation & Fitness Center, shoot a few hoops at the indoor basketball courts, kick around a soccer ball, show off your forehand on the tennis courts, even scramble up the rock climbing wall. If thatâ€™s not your style, try out the Olympic-sized pool, glide around the ice center, or work out at the cardio and weightlifting facilities. If winter sports are more to your liking, visit the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, a year-round snowless skiing, snowboarding, and tubing slope. Or join a team and participate in one of Liberty's many intramural sports.
SITES OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA, the home of Liberty University, is
nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Youâ€™ll be surrounded by the majesty of nature in historic Central Virginia, just a short drive from attractions such as Poplar Forest, Red Hill, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, and Monticello. You can hike on 50 miles of trails on Liberty Mountain, relax at Smith Mountain Lake, or fish on the James River.
COMMUNIT Y INVOLVEMENT AS CHAMPIONS FOR CHRIST, we believe
service to others is a crucial part of our vision for a stronger community. Chances are, you’re in law school because you want to make a difference. Our service opportunities will help you achieve that mission. You may find yourself advocating for children, preparing taxes, assisting in the prosecution of sex traffickers, or working with under-resourced teens. Whatever your service, you’ll walk away sharing our belief that the power of the law can change the world.
PARTNERSHIP WITH COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (CASA) OVER 600,000 CHILDREN pass through the
NATIONAL COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE (CASA) ASSOCIATION In 2017, Liberty Law was the title sponsor for the CASA of Central Virginia Superhero Run, because "every child needs a hero, but abused children need superheroes!"
foster care and family court systems a year. At Liberty Law, you’ll have the chance to help abused and/or neglected children find safe and loving homes through advocacy. Working through CASA, you’ll shepherd children through foster care, making sure they aren’t lost in the system or end up in inappropriate homes.
A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE MAKE YOUR HOME IN LYNCHBURG and you’ll have access to
its rich history, natural beauty, and low cost of living. The nation's capital, with its cultural resources and history, are an easy drive from Lynchburg. Lynchburg is: • One of the best small cities in which to live (Money) • One of the best adventure towns in the U.S. (National Geographic) • One of the best places for business and careers (Forbes) • One of the nation's safest areas (FBI) • Affordable — the cost of living is seven and a half percent lower than the national average (Forbes) To learn more about local housing options, visit Liberty.edu/LUApartmentFinder
“ 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 in 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
SUPPORT SEE HOW IGNITING YOUR PASSION FOR WISDOM IS OUR MISSION.
ACADEMIC SUPPORT 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.
CENTER FOR LEGAL WRITING SKILLS LEARNED at the Center for Legal Writing can help you
develop and enhance your writing techniques to become a more persuasive communicator. Strong writing skills will benefit you at every turn of your academic and legal career.
STUDENT ORIENTATION WE KNOW THE TRANSITION from undergraduate/graduate
studies, or another career, into law school can be difficult. To help you transition successfully, we’ve developed our Systematic Approach to Integrated Legal Studies (SAILS) program. This required orientation helps you with the challenges of adjusting to law school and its demands. 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 also learn the following: • Basic legal terms • Exam-taking strategies • How to draft case briefs • How to create case outlines Through the SAILS program, you’ll meet the faculty, get to know your classmates, and meet the mentors who will support you throughout your first year. Your orientation schedule includes sessions taught by our faculty and optional activities with your mentors. The schedule also leaves time to address housekeeping issues like purchasing books, getting your Flames Pass, contacting the university’s IT Help Desk, and registering your vehicle.
“ 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 Associate Professor of Law
OPPORTUNITY EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES WHEN YOU CHALLENGE YOUR PERSPECTIVES.
We want to make the application, selection, and matriculation process as simple as possible. Your initial application is free through LSAC.org and must be completed by mid-July. If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at (434) 592-5300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an international applicant and English is not your native language, you’ll need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You must also have all academic credentials evaluated and translated by a credential evaluations services recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. We also request an affidavit of financial support. For a list of international student requirements, please visit Liberty.edu/Law/International-Students.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Registration for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score Personal statement Two letters of recommendation Résumé (optional) All undergraduate and graduate transcripts
“ Given all of the opportunities that Liberty University School of Law provides, the value of your education is remarkable. The cost is much more manageable than other schools, so I’ve done everything I wanted to do without graduating with the burden of enormous debt. And, upon graduation, I already had a job as a federal law clerk lined up, so I was able to pursue my passion immediately.” WESLEY VORBERGER Class of 2017
VALUE INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE BY INVESTING IN YOUR EDUCATION.
FINANCIAL AID 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 — we have one of the lowest tuition rates among private law schools so our graduates walk away with lower-thanaverage debt. Our generous merit-based scholarship assures that virtually every admitted student is awarded a scholarship. • Scholarships are awarded up to 100 percent of tuition. • Scholarship awards are renewable for subsequent terms based on continued eligibility. • Law students can also apply for FAFSA and Grad PLUS loans.
SCHOLARSHIPS 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. As a scholarship recipient, you must accept any institutional 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.
LIBERTY WE FIND A PASSION FOR LAW AS WE FIND OUR PURPOSE FOR LIFE
CHOOSE LIBERT Y CHOOSE THE LAW SCHOOL THAT WILL CHAMPION YOUR PASSION FOR LAW AND PURPOSE FOR LIFE. IF YOU’RE SEEKING A QUALITY EDUCATION at a place where people share
your faith and commitment, we invite you to join us for one of our Experience Law events or a private visit. At our Experience Law events, you can: • Attend class • Meet 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
• Talk with current students • Tour the law school Visit Liberty.edu/Law/ExperienceLaw to learn more. 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.
To learn more about Liberty University’s mission to train Champions for Christ, visit: Liberty.edu/Champions.
WE CHAMPION your PASSION and PURPOSE
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