regent university school of law
law is more than a profession. it's a calling.
L aw i s m or e t h a n a p r of e s si on . I t â€™s a c a l l in g .
A Higher Call We believe eternal principles of truth and justice inform the way we should teach, study and practice law.
Regent offers a rigorous legal education within the context of a Biblical worldview, recognizing that the legal profession is a call to a much higher service.
Are you called to something nobler, something greater?
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here was a time when lawyers were known as counselors-at-law. They were trained not just for a job, but also for a higher service. At Regent University School of Law that time still exists. To send out more lawyers today is not enough. Our society needs men and women who are called to something higher, something greater. Regent Law exists to equip men and women like you who choose to respond to that call. We desire to train counselorsat-law who will serve as trusted advisors and community leaders. Part of that training is to equip you with the skills you need to be an excellent attorney. We have an outstanding and rigorous writing program. Our Center for Advocacy provides superb training in the legal skills of negotiation, trial advocacy and appellate advocacy, and we have seen the fruit of those outstanding programs. Indeed, as you will read in the following pages, our competition teams are among the best in the nation, and our graduates pass the bar and find employment with considerable success.
But training in legal skills alone is not enough. What makes Regent different from most law schools approved by the American Bar Association is that we thoroughly integrate a Christian perspective into the classroom. We are committed to the proposition that there are truths—eternal principles of justice—informing the way we should practice law and truths about the law itself. We believe character matters. We talk openly about how an attorney can display attributes such as integrity and humility in a profession that can challenge both. And we discuss not only what the law is but also where it came from and what it ought to be. As you consider a calling to law, I encourage you to consider a legal education that recognizes the critical role the Christian faith should play in our legal system and your professional life. I trust that in so doing, you will be drawn to Regent for your legal studies.
“We’re not just creating more lawyers; we’re creating a different kind of lawyer.” Jeffrey A. Brauch, Dean Regent University School of Law
Jeffrey A. Brauch Dean and Professor, School of Law
Our mission is to provide an excellent legal education from a Christian perspective, to nurture and encourage our students toward spiritual maturity, and to engage the world through Christian legal thought and practice.
Our mission includes:
The education and training of students to become excellent lawyers within the standards of the legal profession.
The grounding of students in the Biblical foundations of law, legal institutions and processes of conflict resolution; the recognition of questions of righteousness in the operation of law; and the pursuit of true justice through professional legal service.
The nurturing and encouragement of other law students, practicing lawyers, judges, legislators, government officials, educators and others to recognize and seek the Biblical foundations of law, legal institutions and the processes of conflict resolution;to recognize questions of righteousness in the operation of the law; and to pursue true justice through professional legal service.
The nurturing and encouragement of students to become mature Christians who exercise the gifts of the Holy Spirit and display the fruit of the Holy Spirit in their personal and professional lives.
We are a nondenominational academic institution that welcomes students of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds who wish to study law from a Christian perspective. Regent Law was fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) in 1996, allowing students to sit for the bar examination in any jurisdiction in the nation. Students have the option of enrolling in our accelerated 2-year, 2.5 year, traditional 3-year, or part-time J.D. programs.
The Honors Program provides select students who are entering law school or have performed at the top of their law school class with exclusive academic and community experiences in areas integral to becoming Christian lawyers and Christian leaders. Ninety-eight percent of Regent Law students evaluate their entire educational experience as “good” or “excellent,” compared to the national average of 79 percent (2012 Law School Survey of Student Engagement [LSSSE]). Our faculty of Christian legal scholars—from noted institutions such as Harvard, Yale and the University of Chicago—are deeply committed to students’ academic and spiritual success. Distinguished faculty include former U.S. Attorney John Ashcroft and ACLJ chief counsel Dr. Jay A. Sekulow. The Center for Global Justice equips students to leverage the rule of law in ending human rights abuses worldwide through funded international internships, coursework, and human rights-related programming.
Introduction We couple academic excellence with an emphasis on spiritual integrity, educating a different kind of lawyer, uniquely prepared to practice law. Our academic program begins with solid legal skills preparation. First-year courses include those that examine the Christian foundation of law and impart crucial skills in legal analysis, research and writing. Second- and third-year students enjoy opportunities for externships, hands-on legal work and international study abroad programs. Graduates post impressive first-time bar passage rates. Our students enjoy an exceptional degree of access to faculty members. In addition to their own legal education and experience in the practice of law, they have answered Christ’s call both personally and professionally. Their dedication to serving others contributes to a caring and nurturing environment, one of the hallmarks of a Regent Law education.
Campus life encompasses more than the pursuit of an academic education. Regent Law is a true community where students from diverse backgrounds come together, united by their legal calling and their desire to make a lasting difference. Situated in southeastern Virginia, the Regent campus enjoys a mild, coastal, four-season climate, and the region offers students an array of social, recreational and cultural activities. In recent national surveys of law school students, The Princeton Review has recognized Regent Law as a top-ten for “Best Quality of Life.” Regent Law was fully accredited by the American Bar Association in 1996. In a relatively short time, our alumni have earned a reputation that reflects the solid legal training and Christian principles that are our bedrock. Regent Law graduates—in private practice, judicial clerkships, government and corporate positions, and public service organizations—arrive at their first jobs with remarkable maturity and the ability to be productive right away. Moreover, they secure employment at rates at or above recent national averages. Students who are academically qualified and possess a sincere desire to receive a legal education with a foundation in everlasting principles of justice are invited to apply to Regent University School of Law. We offer a rigorous legal education in the context of a supportive Christian community, preparing our students to succeed at much more than a profession. We equip them to fulfill a calling.
Our Center for Advocacy’s legal skills programs emphasize writing, negotiation, trial and appellate advocacy skills, and develop law students who regularly earn top honors at regional and national competitions. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and ACLJ chief counsel Dr. Jay A. Sekulow, distinguished professor, are integral to the campus community. Clinical, public interest and third-year practice programs allow students to work on actual cases and gain valuable handson experience while still in law school. Students enjoy international study opportunities in France, Israel, England, South Korea, Spain, China and Uganda. Recognized by The Princeton Review as a top-ten law school for “Best Quality of Life,” Regent Law facilitates students' learning in a caring and nurturing environment. Our alumni—servant leaders practicing in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and several foreign countries— include public servants such as Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell '89. With a financial aid program of over $4 million, over 80 percent of our students receive financial aid in the form of Regent scholarships and grants; over 90 percent of our students receive assistance through other forms of aid.
Academics In a close-knit community of scholars, our students receive rigorous legal training plus the added benefit of a Christian perspective through which to view the law.
“J.D., plus” – a description coined by Professor Bradley Jacob—aptly summarizes the integration of faith and law in our academic curriculum and community.
To those prospective students who may ask whether a legal education at Regent Law is more heavily weighted toward Christian philosophy than it is to practice, the answer is no. Our students receive rigorous legal training with the added benefit of a Christian perspective through which to view the law. Our students are required to take courses that balance analytical skills with the practical written and oral skills vital to success in the everyday practice of law. Regent Law’s legal research and writing program and advocacy skills boards ensure that our graduates are fundamentally sound attorneys. Each law class is longer than the ABA requires in order to accommodate a period of prayer and devotion. Whether led by students or faculty, this time can be used as a teaching moment or for corporate worship, and is a welcome contrast to the reception that public affirmations of Christ might receive elsewhere. Many graduates of Regent Law describe their academic experience here as “life-changing.” In a unique environment where talking openly about the Christian faith is welcomed, they cherish memories of an excellent legal education, outstanding professors and supportive classmates.
Degree Programs Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Full-Time J.D. Program (3 yrs.)
Part-Time J.D. Program (4-5 yrs.)
Regent Law students must complete a total of 90 credit hours for the Juris Doctor degree. All courses taken during full-time students’ first year and part-time students’ first two years are required courses.
Full-time students will graduate in three calendar years by enrolling in courses in the fall and spring semesters. All first-year classes meet Monday through Friday during the morning and afternoon hours. Classes taken during the second and third years may meet in the day or evening. The ABA accreditation standards presently limit students to 20 hours of work per week when enrolled in more than 12 credit hours.
Part-time students take courses with full-time students, but at a more flexible pace. Part-time students who desire to be employed for more than 20 hours per week, or for other reasons need a more flexible schedule, will generally be able to earn their J.D. in four to five calendar years.
Accelerated J.D. Program (2 yrs.) Students study full-time for six consecutive terms starting in early June. After the first summer, accelerated-program students study the same curriculum with the same professors enjoyed by students in the traditional threeyear full-time program. Learn more at regent. edu/accjd.
First-Year Schedule Fall Semester (16 credit hours) Christian Foundations of Law
Students can also earn a J.D. in 2.5 years by taking courses during the summer and increasing their fall/spring credit hours.
First-Year Schedule Fall Semester (10-12 credit hours) Spring Semester (9-12 credit hours) For more information on enrollment requirements see regent.edu/lawacademics.
Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Legal Studies - On Campus & Online
Civil Procedure I Contracts I Legal Analysis, Research & Writing I Property I Torts I
Spring Semester (15 credit hours) Civil Procedure II Contracts II Legal Analysis, Research & Writing II Property II Torts II
American law is now the common currency of business transactions worldwide, influencing law, policy and government around the globe. Regent University School of Law’s on-campus or online LL.M. in American Legal Studies meets the need for international attorneys who wish to be trained in American law. Designed for graduates of accredited institutions outside the U.S. who have already earned a J.D.-equivalent law degree, Regent’s LL.M. offers students a rigorous academic experience plus the unique benefit of studying American law from a Christian perspective. With Regent’s online LL.M. in American Legal Studies program option, students can earn an exceptional legal degree without the added expense of leaving home, job or family to study abroad. Learn more at regent.edu/llm.
David Velloney, Professor J.D., Yale Law School; LL.M., Army JAG School “I recognize from my time at Yale the importance of academic rigor in any law school experience,” Professor David Velloney says, “and Regent turns out some of the best and most well-prepared trial attorneys in the country – bar none.” After a successful career in the Pentagon, Professor Velloney began looking for opportunities to teach and was drawn to Regent’s mission and focus on the integration of faith and law. He works within Regent’s Center for Advocacy to train students in the intricacies of civil and criminal trials, emphasizing the practical legal skills necessary for success in practice and in the courtroom. “Our students are not only academically excellent and possess the character traits we would expect of Christian attorneys, but they also have the skills they need to immediately have an impact as successful practitioners in real-word legal practice,” he says.
Areas of Specialization Administrative Law/Regulated Industries • Administrative Law • Environmental Law • Immigration Law & Procedure • Legislation
Clinical and Legal Skills • Advanced Appellate Advocacy I & II • Advanced Legal Research & Writing • Advanced Trial Practice • Appellate Advocacy • Civil Litigation Practicum • Client Interviewing & Counseling • Drafting Contracts • Family Mediation • General Mediation • Independent Study • Judicial/Governmental Externship • Law Practice Management • Law Practice Technology • Legal Aid/Nonprofit Externship • Litigation Clinic • Negotiations • Professional Responsibility • Remedies • Right to Work Practicum • Trial Practice Constitutional Law and Public Law • Administrative Law • Bioethics • Conflict of Laws • Constitutional Criminal Procedure • Constitutional Law I & II • Crime & Punishment
• Federal Courts • First Amendment Law • Gender & the Law • Human Rights, Civil Liberties & National Security • International Human Rights • Jurisprudence • Land Use Planning • Legal Aid/Nonprofit Law Externship • Legislation • Religion in the Workplace • Right to Work Practicum • Race & the Law • School Law • State & Local Government
Corporate and Commercial Law • Admiralty • Bankruptcy • Business Associations • Business Planning • Corporate Tax • Drafting Contracts • Entertainment Law • International Business Transactions • Mergers & Acquisitions • Partnership Tax • Products Liability • Securities Regulation • Sports Law • UCC I (Sales) • UCC II (Secured Transactions) • UCC III (Negotiable Instruments, Payment Systems & Credits) • Criminal Law & Procedure
• Constitutional Criminal Procedure • Crime & Punishment • Criminal Law • Criminal Pre-trial Practice
Family Law • Elder Law • Family Mediation • Juvenile Law • Mediation Health Law • Bioethics • Health Care Law • Insurance Intellectual Property • Copyright Law • Patent Law • Trademark & Unfair Competition Law International Law • Conflict of Laws • Immigration Law & Procedure • International Human Rights • International Business Transactions • International Human Trafficking • International Comparative Law • International Law Legal Theory and History • Biblical Law • Crime & Punishment • Gender & the Law • Jurisprudence
Legal History • Origins of the Western Legal Tradition • Qur’anic Law • Race & the Law Litigation • Advanced Appellate Advocacy I & II • Advanced Legal Research & Writing • Advanced Trial Practice • Civil Litigation Practicum • Civil Pre-trial Practice & Procedure • Criminal Pre-trial Practice & Procedure • Evidence • Litigation Clinic • Negotiations • Remedies • Trial Practice Property/Real Estate • Environmental Law • Land Use Planning • Real Estate Transactions & Skills Taxation • Corporate Tax • Estate & Gift Tax • Individual Federal Income Taxation • Nonprofit, Tax-exempt Organizations • Partnership Tax Wills and Trusts • Estate & Gift Tax • Estate Planning • Fundamentals of Estate Planning • Wills, Trusts & Estates
Academic Programs Traditional foundation courses are required of all students and provide the necessary background for bar examinations in jurisdictions throughout the United States. All students are also required to take an upper-level course to enhance their oral advocacy or mediation skills and an upper-level course to develop their skills in legal writing.
Core Academic Program Courses Business Associations Evidence Civil Procedure Legal Analysis, Research & Writing Constitutional Criminal Procedure Professional Responsibility Constitutional Law Property Contracts Torts Criminal Law Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) I
Academic Success Program
Center for Advocacy Skills Training
To help prepare our students for success in law school, we conduct a comprehensive, three-part program known as the Academic Success Program (ASP).
Composed of a number of academic programs, advocacy skills training and opportunities for hands-on legal experience, Regent Lawâ€™s Center for Advocacy connects classroom instruction with real-world experience while providing opportunities to integrate ministry within the legal profession.
The Summer Program: An intensive, twoweek class for selected entering students develops critical reading, analytical, study and test-taking skills in the period immediately before the standard academic orientation for all students.
Legal Analysis, Research and Writing: Rigorous legal training rests on this foundation, a required course in both the fall and spring semesters for all first-year students.
Study Skills Workshops: Held during the school year, topics include techniques for briefing cases, outlining courses, solving legal problems, and preparing for and taking law school exams. One-On-One Advising: ASP faculty members facilitate academic success through individual meetings and mentoring sessions.
Advocacy Skills Boards and Teams: The Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Board provide students with valuable practice in negotiation, oral advocacy, brief-writing and trial-preparation skills. Membership depends on academic achievement, and competitions take place on interscholastic, intramural, regional and national levels. Hands-On Legal Work: The Civil Litigation Clinic, the Singer Civil Litigation Practicum and the National Right to Work Practicum offer students real-life experience working under the immediate supervision of a seasoned attorney. Externships give students the opportunity to earn academic credit for work performed in a variety of nonprofit practice settings.
Honors Program Our Honors Program provides select incoming law students with exclusive academic and community experiences in areas integral to becoming Christian lawyers and Christian leaders. Honors Program participants take classes with other high-performing students and enjoy a high level of in-class intellectual engagement. All of our students, including those in the Honors Program, benefit from smaller class sizes than is typical at most schools, including those in the top tier. The results of this vibrant and personal academic community can be seen in our graduatesâ€™ bar passage rates, which comfortably exceed the national average. Learn more at regent.edu/lawhonorsprogram.
Global Reach, Global Impact: International Opportunities
Center for Global Justice,Human Rights, and the Rule of Law The Center for Global Justice equips students to exercise the law in ending global human rights abuses. It also provides resources and support to ministries, organizations and individuals who are fighting to rescue the poor and needy among us. Students interested in international and human rights law have the opportunity to do hands-on legal research and advocacy internships while being trained and equipped as advocates for the worldâ€™s poor and oppressed. In support of these initiatives, Regent Law funds over 20 international internships each year.
> Learn more at regent.edu/globaljustice.
International Study Opportunities Strasbourg, France: International Human Rights Program
Strasbourg is home to the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe. For more than 10 years, Regent Law has partnered with the European Center for Law and Justice to offer students direct access to legal institutions and leaders in Strasbourg, internationally considered the intellectual center of human rights law and policy. The program's faculty includes former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.
Uganda is a central location to various human rights initiatives in East Africa, including an International Justice Mission branch based in Kampala, the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Uganda Human Rights Commission, and the Uganda Human Rights Tribunal.
Jerusalem and Haifa, Israel Our summer program in Israel offers an opportunity to study current issues of international law as they apply to the modern state of Israel and compare and contrast the Biblical and Qurâ€™anic concepts of war. Students visit the Supreme Court of Israel, the Knesset and a military court on the West Bank;they swim in the Dead Sea, enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee and observe Shabbat prayers at the Western Wall.
Students enjoy coursework in African Human Rights at Uganda Christian University (UCU) along with opportunities to observe local community legal empowerment initiatives firsthand.
American Center for Law and Justice The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is a premier national public interest law firm specializing in constitutional law and the defense of religious and civil liberties. ACLJ chief counsel Dr. Jay Sekulow, a nationally recognized constitutional advocate, has appeared before the United States Supreme Court 13 times in defense of constitutional freedoms. Regent Law’s relationship with the ACLJ allows students a competitive opportunity to apply for paid and unpaid positions assisting ACLJ attorneys. It also provides students with extraordinary opportunities to participate in historic projects such as the ACLJ’s unanimous (9-0) Supreme Court victory in the First Amendment case Pleasant Grove City v. Summum.
“At Regent you can study constitutional rights in an environment that sucessfully defends them.” Dr. Jay Sekulow Chief Counsel, ACLJ Distinguished Professor of Law
Pohang, South Korea Regent Law has partnered with Handong International Law School in Pohang, South Korea, for nearly a decade. Handong is truly a sister school, living out its motto “Why not change the world?” by teaching law from a Christian perspective. Student and professor exchanges enrich both schools and have paved the way for a unique joint publication, Regent Journal of International Law. China, Spain and England Students also have the opportunity to participate in semester programs at Shantou University in Shantou, China;San Pablo University in Madrid and Abat Oliba University in Barcelona, Spain;and in a summer program at Oxford University sponsored by the Robertson School of Government at Regent University. *Regent’s Oxford program is not approved for course credit by the ABA.
Dr. Jay Sekulow, a respected defender of religious freedom and an accomplished judicial advocate, brings nationally recognized expertise to the Regent Law faculty and provides current students with unparalleled opportunities to contribute to the most important legal cases of our time. As chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Sekulow has argued several landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court that have since become part of the legal landscape in the area of religious liberty litigation. In Westside School District v. Mergens, Sekulow cleared the way for public school students to form Bible clubs and religious organizations on their school campuses. In Lamb's Chapel v. Center Moriches School District, he defended the free speech rights of religious groups, ensuring that they be treated equally with respect to the use of public facilities. And, most recently, in Pleasant Grove City v. Summum, Sekulow's argument resulted in a unanimous First Amendment decision clearing the way for governments to accept permanent monuments of their choosing—including Ten Commandments monuments—in public parks. Regent Law students assisted Sekulow in preparing and researching the brief and arguments in this landmark decision.
Competitions & Awards Each year, Regent Law students have the opportunity to sharpen their legal writing, oral advocacy and negotiation skills by competing in a variety of moot court, mock trial and negotiation competitions across the country. Our students have been extremely successful in competitions at both the regional and national levels.
Winners of the 2012 ABA Regional Negotiation Competition. Top 8 finish, out of 191 teams, at the National Moot Court Competition; 2nd & 5th Place finishes at the ABA National Negotiation Competition (only school to send two teams to the final round).
Winner of the William B. Spong Jr. Moot Court Invitational Tournament Best Oralist Award.
2010 2009 > For a complete list of recognitions and awards visit regent.edu/lawawards.
Winners of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) International Negotiation Championship and the TYLA National Trial Competition Regional Championship.
Winners of the William B. Spong Jr. Invitational Moot Court Tournament and the Mehrige National Environmental Law Negotiation Competition.
Alternative Dispute Resolution & Client Counseling Awards Team Championships
Regional Champions – ABA Negotiation Competition
National Champions – NBLSA International Negotiation Competition
National Champions – Robert R. Merhige Sr. National Environmental Law Negotiation Competition
National Champions – ABA National Negotiation Competition
In 2012, Regent's Moot Court team finished as one of the top-eight teams out of a field of 191 teams nationwide at the National Moot Court Competition.
Moot Court Awards Team Championships
Best Brief Awards
Best Oralist Awards
William B. Spong Jr. Invitational Moot Court Tournament
William B. Spong Jr. Invitational Moot Court Tournament
ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition – Regional Champions (Two Regent teams advanced to National Championship rounds.)
ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition – National Champions
2011 Billings, Exum, and Frye National Moot Court Competition
ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Washington, D.C., Region
2008 William B. Spong Jr. Invitational Moot Court Tournament
William B. Spong, Jr., Moot Court Invitational Tournament
Moot Court National Championship, University of Houston Law Center
ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Washington, D.C., Region
TYLA National Trial Competition Regional Champions
Stetson University National Pre-trial Advocacy Competition
Stetson University National Pre-trial Advocacy Competition
Stetson University National Pre-trial Advocacy Competition
Stetson University National Pre-trial Advocacy Competition
Trial Advocacy Awards Team Championships Best Brief Awards Best Oralist Awards
In 2012, two teams from Regent placed among the top-five teams in the American Bar Association (ABA) National Negotiation Competition.
Distinguished Guests Regent University continues to host distinguished guests and speakers from diverse backgrounds and experiences. From former vice president of the United States Al Gore, to Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, Regent consistently brings a wide spectrum of world leaders to campus to speak directly to issues affecting the Regent Law community.
Former Prime Minister of Israel
Former Vice President of the United States
The Honorable Leroy R. Hassell Sr.
Democratic Political Consultant and Former Advisor to President Bill Clinton
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
Democratic National Committee Vice-Chair of Voter Registration and Participation
Radio Talk Show Host, Constitutional Scholar and Author
The Honorable Janice Rogers Brown
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Former Governor of Arkansas and Republican Presidential Candidate
Admiral Vern Clark (USN, Ret.)
Veryl V. Miles
Former Chief of Naval Operations, United States Navy
Dean of The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
The Honorable Andrew P. Napolitano
President and Chief Executive Officer, Forbes Inc.; and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes magazine
Former New Jersey Superior Court Judge
Dr. Robert P. George
The Honorable Clarence Thomas
Cyrus Hall McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Law Library Regent’s Law Library—recently expanded and remodeled—occupies the entire third floor of the University Library building immediately adjacent to Robertson Hall, where all law classes are held.
Library patrons may access electronic legal research resources essential to legal research via wireless connection or through LAN ports. The traditional print collection is supplemented with continuing subscription access to a growing collection of electronic resources; specialized topical resources and e-journals are made available via the Internet. Regent Law librarians—most of whom hold both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Library or Information Science—are
experienced and committed professionals who meet the research needs of students as well as those of the faculty and members of the local bar. The Law Library’s physical collection of over 395,000 volumes and equivalents is continually maintained and updated. Significant scholarly materials are available for research in public policy and law, religion and law, international law, constitutional law, and legal history. In addition, the Law Library holds several
special collections, including several rare scholarly resources.
Over 395,000 volumes and equivalents.
The Founders Collection—the law library of an early American law school—numbers more than 1,000 volumes spanning four centuries and includes numerous historical early American and British imprints of treatises, reports, and state and federal materials. The Bunche Collection contains over 400 pieces, many signed, from the personal library of Ralph Bunche, 1950 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Statutes and digests of all 50 states and three U.S. territories. Complete National Reporter System and all cases prior to the reporter system. Material for research in state and federal legislative history and unique special collections.
Sarah Chang, Student “I approached the law school application process with a lot of hesitation and uncertainty—and prayer,” Chang says. “I didn’t want to go somewhere where I wouldn’t be able to learn about how to glorify God through the law. And then I heard about Regent.” Coming from the University of Florida, Sarah says she initially had difficulty adjusting to Regent’s smaller class sizes. Yet, it was Regent’s close-knit Christian community and deeply committed faculty that confirmed for her that Regent was the law school that could best prepare her to fulfill her legal calling. “When Professor Charles Oates asked to hear my life’s story so that he could learn how he could pray for me, I knew Regent was where I belonged."
Distinguished Faculty As a Regent Law student, you will receive a rigorous legal education from faculty members deeply committed to your academic and spiritual success. Our graduates will tell you that the influence of their professors continues well after they leave Regent for careers in private practice, business, government, judicial clerkships and public interest organizations. 16 Regent Law faculty members were educated in some of the nation’s finest undergraduate universities and law schools. They are excellent legal scholars, practitioners and professors. They publish in legal journals, perform pro bono work and address issues of social justice. They are active in the emerging sphere of international law. For all their legal expertise and experience, what ultimately makes our faculty so important to our students is their accessibility. Mindful of their duty to serve others as well as God, Regent Law professors balance the exacting discipline of a legal education with a friendly and supportive commitment to students' success. Students find that when they leave Regent Law they possess a foundation in legal learning and skills that supports them throughout their careers. They also remember an essential lesson taught by every professor: Law is more than a profession. It’s a calling. And that makes all the difference to our graduates and those they serve.
Former Attorney General Ashcroft is excited to be a part of the Regent Law faculty because it gives him greater latitude to pursue the truth than is commonly available in a secular environment. As distinguished professor of law and government, Ashcroft imparts invaluable lessons of leadership to his students while emphasizing the role of faith in decision making. He teaches from experience. When terrorists attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, Ashcroft was charged with charting an effective legal response to the attacks and oversaw a remarkable period of national safety and security afterwards. “When the nation is under attack you have to make decisions absent the kind of comfort that comes from knowing all the facts,” he says. “And in that event, you have to have a lot of faith in the people with whom you’re working, and you have to trust God to help you make successful decisions. Faith can mitigate against paralysis in times of crisis when it is not possible to obtain all the salient pieces of information.” Regent Law students benefit from more than Ashcroft’s expertise and wealth of experience at the highest levels of government. They enjoy the collegial support and encouragement he gives to the next generation of legal leaders.
Distinguished Faculty Dr. Jay Sekulow, a respected defender of religious freedom and an accomplished judicial advocate, brings nationally recognized expertise to the Regent Law faculty and provides current students with unparalleled opportunities to contribute to the most important legal cases of our time.
Randy Singer, Attorney-in-Residence and director of the Singer Civil Litigation Practicum, is a veteran trial lawyer, critically acclaimed author and ministry leader. Singer teaches "Faith, Ethics and the Practice of Law," and directs Regent’s Singer Civil Litigation Practicum.
John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General
Bruce N. Cameron
James A. Davids
Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law: J.D., Emory University School of Law; B.A., with honors, Andrews University
Assistant Professor of Government and Law in the Schools of Government and Law & Director of LL.M. in American Legal Studies: J.D.; Duke University School of Law; B.A., Calvin College
James M. Boland
Assoc. Prof.: J.D., Regent University School of Law; Articles Editor, Regent University Law Review;MTS, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; B.A., Wheaton College
Asst. Prof.: J.D., Duke University School of Law; B.A., University of Nevada
Instructor: J.D., Regent University School of Law; B.A., summa cum laude, Hillsdale College
Distinguished Professor of Law and Government. J.D., University of Chicago Law School; B.A., Yale University
17 Jeffrey A. Brauch
Douglas H. Cook
Dean and Professor: J.D., with honors, University of Chicago Law School;B.A., with distinction, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Prof. & Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs: J.D., with honors, Ohio State University College of Law;B.A., magna cum laude, Miami University
Prof.: J.D., Regent University School of Law; MPA, University of Southern California;B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Kansas University
Eleanor Weston Brown
James J. Duane
Assoc. Prof.: LL.M. in Taxation, William & Mary Law School; J.D., T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond; B.A., University of Virginia
Assoc. Prof.: M.A., Antioch University; J.D., Georgetown University; B.A., magna cum laude, Howard University
Prof.: J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School; A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard College
Michael V. Hernandez
Lynne Marie Kohm
Asst. Prof.: J.D., Harvard Law School; B.A., Willamette University
Prof.: J.D., University of Virginia School of Law; B.A., with high distinction, University of Virginia
John Brown McCarty Prof. of Family Law: J.D., Syracuse University College of Law; B.A., State University of New York at Albany
Thomas C. Folsom
Bradley P. Jacob
Benjamin V. Madison III
Prof.: J.D., Georgetown University Law Center; B.S., United States Air Force Academy
Assoc. Prof.: J.D., University of Chicago Law School; B.A., summa cum laude, University of Delaware
Prof.: J.D., William & Mary Law School; M.A., The College of William & Mary; B.A., Randolph-Macon College
L.O. Natt Gantt II
Joseph N. Kickasola
Kathleen A. McKee
Assoc. Prof., Assoc. Dean for Student Affairs & Dir. of Academic Success: M.Div., summa cum laude, GordonConwell Theological Seminary; J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School; A.B., summa cum laude, Duke University
Prof., joint appointment in the Schools of Government, Law and Divinity: Ph.D., Brandeis University; National Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow; M.A., Brandeis University; B.D., Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia; B.A., Houghton College
Assoc. Prof. & Dir. of Civil Litigation Clinic: LL.M. in Labor Law, Georgetown University Law Center; J.D., Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, Washington, D.C.; B.A., State University of New York at Albany
Louis W. Hensler III
Janis L. Kirkland
James E. Murphy
Prof.: J.D., University of Chicago Law School; B.A., Bob Jones University
Instr. & Assist. Dir., Legal Research & Writing: J.D., valedictorian, magna cum laude, T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond; B.S., The College of William & Mary
Assoc. Dean for Admin.: J.D., University of Oklahoma School of Law;B.A., University of Iowa
Dr. Jay A. Sekulow
Asst. Prof.: J.D., Georgia State University College of Law; Editorial Board, Georgia State University Law Review; B.A., Rhodes College
Distinguished Professor: Ph.D., Regent University; J.D., Mercer University School of Law; B.A., Mercer University
Assoc. Prof.: LL.M. in Military Law, The Judge Advocate Generalâ€™s School; J.D., Yale Law School;B.S., United States Military Academy (West Point)
Charles H. Oates
Judge Robert M.M. Seto
David M. Wagner
Prof.: MSLS, Catholic University of America;J.D., Stetson University College of Law B.A., University of Florida
Prof. Emeritus: LL.M. in Government Contract Law, The George Washington University;J.D., St. Louis University School of Law;B.S., St. Louis University
Prof.: J.D., George Mason University School of Law;M.A. and B.A., Yale University
19 C. Scott Pryor
Craig A. Stern
Gloria A. Whittico
Prof.: M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary; J.D., University of Wisconsin; B.A., Dordt College
Prof.: J.D., University of Virginia School of Law;B.A., cum laude, Yale University
Asst. Prof. & Assoc. Dir. of Academic Success: J.D., University of Virginia School of Law;A.B., The College of William & Mary
Michael P. Schutt
Kimberly R. Van Essendelft
Assoc. Prof. & Dir., Institute for Christian Legal Studies: J.D., with honors, University of Texas School of Law; B.A., cum laude, Stephen F. Austin State University
Instr., Legal Research & Writing: J.D., William & Mary Law School; B.A., with distinction, University of Virginia
> Visit regent.edu/lawfaculty for more information.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell '89 Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell ’89 (Law and Government), a member of Regent Law’s charter class, is just one of over 2,500 law alumni serving as lawyers in public and private practice, judges, legislators, elected officials, and human rights advocates around the world.
create it. Where opportunity is limited, we must expand it. Where opportunity is unequal, we must make it open to everyone."
In November 2005, McDonnell was elected attorney general for the commonwealth of Virginia, a position McDonnell's inaugural remarks provide a window into what he held until February of 2009. Before that, he served Regent University School of Law means by its motto, "Law is in Virginia’s House of Delegates and practiced law as a prosecutor. more than a profession. It’s a calling." For McDonnell, part of being governor of Virginia is following a call to create McDonnell believes the integration of faith and learning opportunity for its citizens. within the Regent Law curriculum makes Regent an important institution of higher learning, and he credits the "As Virginians, we believe that government must help school with giving him the legal training he needed to fight foster a society in which all our people can use their Godfor the policies that have made America a great nation. given talents in liberty to pursue the American dream," McDonnell says. "Where opportunity is absent, we must
"Where opportunity is absent, we must create it. Where opportunity is limited, we must expand it. Where opportunity is unequal, we must make it open to everyone."
Alumni Graduates of Regent Law benefit from the rigorous legal training that prepares them to succeed in legal environments of every description. In addition to a thorough grounding in legal skills, our alumni possess a comprehensive understanding of the Christian foundations of law, resulting in ethical, principled legal counsel.
21 Regent Law alumni practice with distinction across the United States and in countries around the world. They are engaged across the spectrum of law: in private practice, in government and various branches of the United States military, in businesses both large and small, in judicial clerkships, in public interest organizations and academia, and as elected officials. As they move on to successful careers, our alumni continue to support the school by remaining connected to current students and assisting them in their career planning and job searches.
Regentâ€™s first-time Virginia Bar exam pass rate for 2012 graduates, including both the Feb and July bar exams, was 81.5%. The overall Virginia Bar exam first-time passage rate was 72.5%.Regentâ€™s first-time bar exam passage rate for 2011 graduates, all states, was 82.3%. The national average, all states, was 79%. As important as those statistics are to prospective students, they are only one measure of a legal education at Regent Law. Another, even more important, is our alumni's commitment to making a difference in the world by serving others through excellence tempered with humility and grace.
Rhonda Kinard, Alumna Assistant Commonwealthâ€™s Attorney, Virginia
The Office of Career & Alumni Services From the beginning of the first year of law school, the Office of Career & Alumni Services provides students with guidance in the areas of professional development and employment. After graduation, the office continues to assist alumni as they develop satisfying careers in the legal profession. Career & Alumni Services maintains an extensive resource library containing materials for preparing professional résumés, drafting cover letters, researching job opportunities and identifying professional networking strategies. Students are provided career planning guides to address their needs in each year of study. Additionally, workshops and individualized counseling sessions allow students to learn about career options, identify career interests and areas of personal strength, and develop networking and interviewing skills.
Regent Law Alumni Our graduates have entered private practice in law firms throughout the United States. Regent Law alumni also serve as elected and appointed judges. Regent Law students have been particularly successful in securing highly competitive judicial clerkships. Many students have also served in organizations devoted to public interest and constitutional law issues. For a recent listing of alumni placement, visit regent.edu/lawcareerservices. Regent Law graduates have entered private practice, including the following law firms: Alabama Balch & Bingham, LLP
Pennsylvania Spector Gadon & Rosen, PC
Arizona Shughart Thomson & Kilroy, PC
South Carolina Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
California Bonne, Bridges, Mueller, O’Keefe & Nichols Jones Day
Tennessee Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry, PLC
Florida Fowler Rodriguez & Chalos Indiana Ice Miller Iowa Otto & Lorence Law Firm
Kansas Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP Kentucky Clark & Ward Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, PLLC Maryland Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, PC
Attorneys and judges from the Hampton Roads area and members of the law faculty routinely participate in panel discussions and presentations on judicial clerkships, governmental positions, private firm employment, public interest employment and nontraditional career options. An important avenue for connecting law students with local judges and practitioners is the James Kent American Inn of Court, an amalgam of judges, lawyers, law professors and students that holds programs on ethics, legal studies and professionalism to improve the practice of law. At Regent, the James Kent American Inn of Court invites a select number of third-year students to join as student members and provides networking opportunities with members of the bar in a nonlegal setting.
Missouri Shook, Hardy & Bacon Michigan Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, DeNardis & Valitutti New Jersey Cooper Levenson, PA North Carolina Katten Muchin Rosenman Morris York Williams Surles & Barringer Ohio Keating Muething & Klekamp
Texas Cooper & Scully, PC Kemp Smith, LLP Winstead Sechrest & Minick, PC Virginia Covington & Burling George Yates & Assoc. Glasser & Glasser, PLC Hirschler Fleischer Huff, Poole & Mahoney, PC Hunton & Williams Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, PC Kaufman & Canoles Kirkland & Ellis, LLP McKenna Long & Aldridge Midkiff, Munice & Ross, PC Morgan Lewis Oliff & Berridge, PLC Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, LC Patton Boggs, LLP Pender & Coward Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC Taylor & Walker, PC Vandeventer Black, LLP Willcox & Savage Williams Mullen Wolcott Rivers Gates Wisconsin Reinhart Boerner Van Deuran Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, SC
Many Regent Law students, responding to a call in public interest or constitutional law, have served with the following organizations:
Regent Law students have been particularly successful in securing highly competitive judicial clerkships, including the following:
Regent Law alumni also serve as elected and appointed judges, including the following: Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Judge Virginia Beach, Virginia
Alliance Defense Fund
United States Bankruptcy Courts
General District Court Judge Virginia Beach, Virginia
American Center for Law and Justice
United States Court of Appeals: Third Circuit Fourth Circuit Fifth Circuit
Eighth Circuit Tenth Circuit Eleventh Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims United States District Courts State Supreme Courts: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington Nationwide: Family Courts Juvenile & Domestic Relations Courts State Courts of Appeals State Circuit Courts State District Courts
District Court Judge Norfolk, Virginia Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Judge Newport News, Virginia
American Family Association Community Defense Counsel Concerned Women for America
District Court Judge Lexington, North Carolina
Family Law Assistance Program
District Court Judge Goldsboro, North Carolina
Free Congress Foundation Center for Law & Justice
District Court Judge Sanford, North Carolina
Home School Legal Defense Association
County Court Judge Ocala, Florida Court of Common Pleas Judge Mansfield, Ohio District Court Judge Dodge City, Kansas Circuit Court Judge Pendleton, Oregon Superior Court Judge Kotzebue, Alaska
Jubilee Campaign, USA Judicial Watch Inc.
Kyle Westaway, Alumnus Alumnus, social entrepreneur, and Harvard Law School lecturer Kyle Westaway is a self-proclaimed “southern boy” from Knoxville, Tennessee. However, from his home base in Manhattan, he’s carving out a global impact larger than he ever could have expected. Kyle is a solo practitioner who primarily represents artists, entrepreneurs, and activists and believes in the power of the market to create positive social and environmental change.
Just Law International Inc. National Legal Foundation Oklahomans for Children & Family Samaritan House Southern Allegheny Legal Aid Tidewater Legal Aid
Class of 2011 Practice Area Distribution
Regent Law, in conjunction with the Office of Career & Alumni Services, continues to build successful professional and personal relationships with members of the legal community nationwide. As a result of these relationships, Regent Law students obtain interviewing and networking opportunities with prominent employers in Virginia and throughout the nation.
47 Law Firm
While still a student at Regent, Westaway co-founded the campus chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM), a national agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. He has since launched Biographe - a sustainable style brand that employs and empowers survivors of the commercial sex trade - and co-founded, Westaway Law, an innovative Brooklyn, Ny. law firm that counsels social entrepreneurs.
24 Business or Industry %
12 Government %
Westaway’s unique legal calling is inspired by God’s call to care for the disenfranchised and downtrodden.
7 Public Interest %
5 Judicial Clerkship %
5 Academic %
0 Military %
> Statistics are accurate at time of printing. For the most recent alumni employment information visit regent.edu/lawcareerservices.
“Basically, for me, it’s clear that God has a special interest in the poor and oppressed, and we in a rich western nation have the resources to do something about it,” said Westaway.
Campus & Community
Attending law school is a demanding endeavor, but Regent Lawâ€™s uniquely supportive environment and location in Virginia Beach, Va., help ease the pressures of obtaining a legal education. Students flourish in Regentâ€™s caring community, coastal climate and collegial academic atmosphere.
At Regent Law, students, faculty and staff share an abiding commitment to support one another. This is a challenging environment for legal learning, but not a place for fierce rivalry. We promote personal bests and applaud individual success in a spirit of humility and service to others. Our academic community represents a broad cross-section of the body of Christ, and we pray for each other in a genuine spirit of Christian fellowship.
Regent Law is a nondenominational academic institution that welcomes students of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds who wish to study law from a Christian perspective. Regent Law students have come from hundreds of academic institutions nationwide with degrees in an array of fields. Minority students comprise approximately 15 percent of the student body.
From student governance to moot court competitions, involvement in student organizations adds an extra dimension to the academic experience by providing opportunities for growth, personal enrichment and fellowship. Extracurricular student groups at Regent serve as a forum for students who share common interests and religious beliefs. These student groups frequently sponsor social, recreational and professional activities.
Student governance rests with two organizations: the Student Bar Association (SBA) and the Council of Graduate Students (COGS). The Student Bar Association provides governance only to Regent Law, while the Council of Graduate Students serves all Regent graduate schools. Both organizations serve as liaisons between members of the law school and university administration.
Law Student Organizations For a complete listing, visit regent.edu/laworgs.
Alternative Dispute Resolution & Client Counseling Board (Negotiations) regent.edu/adr Student Bar Association regent.edu/sba Black Law Students Association (BLSA) regent.edu/blsa Business Transactions Law Society (BTLS) regent.edu/btls Christian Legal Society (CLS) clsnet.org
Intellectual Property & Entertainment Legal Society regent.edu/ipels International Law Society (ILS) regent.edu/ils Moot Court Board regent.edu/mootcourt Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) regent.edu/pad Public Interest Law Advocates of Regent (PILAR) regent.edu/pilar Trial Advocacy Board regent.edu/trialad
Federalist Society regent.edu/fedsoc
Scholarly Publications Three law journals provide students with an opportunity to enhance their legal research and legal writing skills:
Virginia Beach & Hampton Roads Just a short drive from our campus, the Virginia Beach waterfront stretches some 35 miles from Chesapeake Bay beaches to the oceanfront resort area and the border of North Carolina. Energetic in warm weather months, relaxing in the off season, Virginia Beachâ€™s oceanfront offers a welcome respite from your studies. The city is part of the larger metropolitan area known as Hampton Roads, which encompasses southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Within the area youâ€™ll discover a wealth of attractions and activities. Residents enjoy quiet parks and vibrant downtowns, cultural offerings ranging from opera to outdoor festivals, and restaurants of all descriptions. The following websites provide helpful information about the area:
Regent University Law Review A semiannual forum for articles written from a Christian worldview that address timely legal issues. Regent Journal of International Law Founded in 2000, this is the first Christian scholarly publication dedicated to issues of international law. Regent Journal of Law & Public Policy Founded in 2008, this journal provides a forum for articulating the intersection of law and public policy from a Christian perspective.
City of Virginia Beach vbgov.com Pilot Online hamptonroads.com/pilotonline Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce hamptonroadschamber.com Hampton Roads Magazine hamptonroadsmagazine.com
26 Housing Regent student housing is available to single and married students in Regent Village. The Village offers a variety of floor plans and amenities, and is conveniently located close to campus.
Campus Visits The following websites provide helpful information about offcampus housing:
Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus and participate in one of the many visitation programs hosted by the Office of Admissions. To schedule a visit, please call 757.352.4584 or email email@example.com.
> For a list of visitation programs, visit regent.edu/lawvisitation.
apartmentguide.com Those interested in off-campus housing will find numerous apartment complexes, town homes and beach properties in the area. More than 30 apartment complexes are located within a 10-minute drive of campus. Housing applications are accepted from admitted candidates. Many houses, apartments, beach cottages and condos are also available in the vicinity of the university, with varying prices and amenities from which to choose.
Off-Campus Housing Guide
regent.edu/offcampus Yahoo! Real Estate
realestate.yahoo.com Regent University Housing
> For more on-campus housing information and a video tour, visit regent.edu/housing.
The Founders Inn and Spa offers luxurious but affordable accommodations adjacent to the Regent University campus. Reservations may be made by calling 800.926.4466 or by visiting foundersinn.com. Please indicate that you plan to visit Regent University School of Law when making your reservation.
By car: Take I-64 East to Exit 286B Indian River Road to Regent University Drive, bear right and continue to the third campus entrance where a sign identifies Robertson Hall. The campus is less than a two-hour drive from Richmond, Va.; four hours from Washington, D.C.; an hour and a half from the Outer Banks of North Carolina;and three hours from Raleigh/Durham. By plane: The campus is 15 minutes from Norfolk International Airport and less than 45 minutes from Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.
Admissions & Financial Aid Regent Law admits students with academic promise and calling who are serious about the critical roles they will assume as future attorneys, elected officials, and client advocates at home and abroad.
If you are academically qualified and you desire to receive a rigorous legal education within the context of a Biblical worldview, we invite you to apply. Applicants for admission should possess a bachelorâ€™s degree from an approved college or university prior to beginning their legal studies. The Admissions Committee recommends no particular major or undergraduate field of study. The committee welcomes applications with majors ranging from political science to electrical engineering and from Biblical studies to psychology. All applicants for admission must take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The LSAT is offered four times annually: February, June, September/October and December. Applicants are encouraged to take the fall or December LSAT prior to their desired entry into Regent Law. Admission may be offered to candidates who take the February or June LSAT, although these applicants may be disadvantaged because of the limited remaining enrollment opportunities in the entering class. Registration materials for the LSAT may be requested online at lsac.org or by calling 215.968.1001.
> Visit regent.edu/lawadmissions to apply.
Beau Hoffman, Student Shippensburg University graduate Beau Hoffman brings to Regent Law the same competitive drive one would expect of a life-long athlete and college football player.
Yet for Hoffman, law school is more than an opportunity to compete against other law students on his way to a rewarding career. Instead, he sees his legal calling as a chance to live out the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “My goal is to provide a complete and competent defense to every individual regardless of their charge,” he says.” This is what Jesus did for me and what I want to do in turn.” After a summer internship spent in his hometown District Attorney’s office in Lewisburg, Pa., researching and writing legal briefs, observing court proceedings, and interacting with local judges and attorneys, Hoffman looks forward more than ever to the rest of his legal journey. Hoffman offers encouragement to those who feel they might not fit the law school mold yet sense a call to law. “I wouldn’t consider myself a 'typical' law student,” Hoffman says, “I'm just being obedient. If you feel God calling you to do something, follow Him. God doesn't call the equipped. He equips the called.”
The Admissions Committee welcomes applicants from all Christian denominations and non-Christians who desire to study at Regent in light of our Christian mission. Given Regent University’s unique mission as a Christian institution, applicants are asked to carefully read the Philosophy of Education section of the Community Life Form (included in the application materials at regent. edu/lawapply) and the Regent Law mission statement.
The Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant in terms of his or her LSAT score, overall GPA, grade trends, the rigor of courses completed, the competitiveness of the institution attended, comments from faculty, recommendations as related to the applicant’s performance, and future potential as a member of the legal profession.
Strong academic credentials are crucial, but Regent Law also places significant importance on the Personal Statement and recommendations. The Personal Statement gives the Admissions Committee insight into the student’s motivation for studying law and reveals his or her desire to receive a legal education integrated with Christian principles.
Timelines Applicants who wish priority consideration for admission and scholarship or grant assistance from Regent University School of Law are encouraged to apply by February 1, although applications for admission may be submitted anytime between September 1 and June 1 for the fall semester. After June 1, applications will be considered on a space-available basis. Early application is encouraged, since enrollment in the first-year class is limited. First-year fall-term students begin their legal education in August; two-year program students begin their studies in early June. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, with most applicants being notified within two to three weeks of the date that the application and all supporting documents are received by the Office of Admissions. For information on LL.M. application deadlines and international student procedures, please visit regent. edu/llm.
For applicants who have completed a graduate degree, the Admissions Committee will consider performance at the graduate level in addition to the undergraduate record. For applicants who have been out of college for several years, the Admissions Committee will give increased consideration to the professional and personal accomplishments since the time of graduation. Applications from prospective students with LSAT scores of 150 and above and undergraduate GPAs above 3.0 are especially encouraged, as Regent Law has evidence that such students are likely to succeed in law school and pass the bar exam on their first attempt. The Admissions Committee also places significant importance on the applicant’s personal statement. The Regent-specific statement provides the committee with insight into the applicant’s motivation for studying law, his or her commitment to receiving a legal education that integrates Christian principles and ethics, and knowledge of skills and abilities developed through employment experiences. Additionally, the committee highly values the spiritual life letters of recommendation when evaluating applicants’ mission harmony with Regent University. By signing the required Community Life Form, applicants are stating that they understand the principles upon which the university was founded and agree to receive a graduate education that integrates these Christian precepts.
First-Time Bar Passage Rate for 2011 Graduates of Regent Law* LSAT at or greater than 150
LSAT at or greater than 155
LSAT at or greater than 160
Regent Law is known for its close and edifying community relationships and the positive effect they have on students’ intellectual and spiritual growth.
University Honor Code & Standard of Personal Conduct
* Regent’s 2011 nationwide first-time bar takers (all states) passed at an average rate of 82.3%. The national average for all testers, all schools, was 79%.
> *Statistics accurate as of the first week of class. See our FAQs at regent.edu/lawadmissions for the most recent bar passage rates and class profile.
Profile of the 2012 Entering Class* Number of Applications................................................................................................. 1,111 Class Size............................................................................................................................... 142 Average LSAT....................................................................................................................... 155 Average GPA......................................................................................................................... 3.29 25/75th LSAT....................................................................................................................... 151/158 25/75th GPA......................................................................................................................... 2.97/3.61 Under-represented Races/Ethnicities..................................................................... 15% Female Enrollment........................................................................................................... 54% Average Age.......................................................................................................................... 26 Age Range............................................................................................................................. 19-51 Virginia Residency............................................................................................................ 34% Number of States Represented.................................................................................. 38 Number of Academic Institutions Represented................................................ 97 Total number of J.D. Students.................................................................................... 418
These relationships result from faculty, staff and students conducting themselves in a Christ-like and professional manner, and maintaining a lifestyle marked by integrity and involvement in the campus community. The University’s Honor Code and Standard of Personal Conduct outline Regent’s expectation that students will conduct themselves in accordance with the Code, living lives accountable to God and fellow students and in accordance with Biblical standards of personal conduct. We expect incoming students to be familiar with and adhere to all of the guidelines in the University Honor Code and Standard of Personal Conduct to help ensure and promote the well-being of both themselves and other members of the law community. The Honor Code and Standard of Personal Conduct can be found at regent.edu/ lawhonorcode. We expect incoming students to be familiar with and adhere to all of the guidelines in the University Honor Code and Standards of Personal Conduct to help ensure and promote the well-being of both themselves and other members of the law community.
Nondiscrimination Policy Regent University strives for a diverse student body. In advancing equal access to applicants and students in all opportunities, programs, and facilities to the University in accordance with applicable federal and state laws, Regent University does not discriminate against applicants for enrollment or students on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, gender, age, marital status, or disability. In admission of students, Regent University School of Law provides a preference for persons adhering to its religious purpose.
Joint Degree Program Options
Transfer & Visiting Students
Law students enrolled in either the full- or parttime program may obtain another graduate degree (listed below) in addition to the Juris Doctor (J.D.). Joint degree students are able to obtain the J.D. and another graduate degree in significantly less time than would be required if the two degrees were pursued separately. Individuals interested in the joint degree program must meet all admissions criteria specific to each academic program:
Students who have completed one full year of law school at another accredited institution, and who are in good standing and eligible to continue at that law school, may apply for admission as a transfer student. Students who have completed two full years of law school at another accredited institution, and who are in good standing and eligible to continue at that law school, may apply to Regent as a visiting student upon confirmation that all work completed at Regent will be accepted by the law school from which the applicant will graduate. For additional information, please visit regent.edu/lawapply.
Lawyers or other professionals who would like to increase their knowledge in specialized and changing fields of law may apply for admission as a nondegree student. The admission requirements and process for nondegree applicants are similar to those of first-time applicants. Additional requirements are outlined in the application instructions at regent.edu/lawapply.
• MBA (Master of Business Administration)
• M.Div. (Master of Divinity)
International students are required to meet specific admission and seat-deposit requirements in addition to those required of citizens of the United States. The visa classification and academic background determine the nature of the requirements. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the Office of Admissions receives all required documents by published deadlines for the entering fall class. Deadlines, forms and detailed information are available at the international student website at regent.edu/ admissions/international.
• M.A. in Communication • M.A. in Counseling • M.A. in Government • M.A. in Organizational Leadership • M.A. in Practical Theology • M.A. in Public Administration
Deferment Applicants accepted to the law program are expected to pay the deposit and register for classes in the year in which they are accepted. On a case-by-case basis, a student may be granted a maximum one-year deferment, generally due to a medical, financial or unique family circumstance. Joint degree students who begin studies at Regent in another school are typically granted a one-year deferment to Regent Law upon request. Students wishing to apply for deferment must submit a written request.
Financial Aid & Tuition
Regent University and the School of Law are committed to recognizing and rewarding academic excellence. Regent Law awarded over $4 million in scholarships and grants to the Fall 2012/Spring 2013 student body.
Scholarships and Grants In recent years, over 90 percent of law students received some type of federal aid, and over 80 percent received aid in the form of Regent scholarships and grants. Regent Law students typically finance their law school education through a combination of personal and family resources, income from employment, educational loans, grants and scholarship assistance. Additionally, some students secure on-campus graduate assistant positions to supplement their income.
> Visit regent.edu/lawfinances for additional information.
Tuition - Fall 2012/Spring 2013* Incoming Students (per credit hour)�����������������������������������������������������������$1,095 Full Time (31 hours)����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $33,945 Part Time (23 hours)����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $25,185 Books & Supplies (approximately per year)������������������������������������������� $1,480 Estimated University & Program Fees (per year)����������������������������������� $972
*Figures are accurate at the time of printing. Contact the Office of Admissions for current tuition information.
Regent Law Scholarships, Grants & Awards
University-Wide Endowed Scholarships
Academic Merit Scholarship
Black Law Student Association Award
Jean B. James Award
Robertson Honors Scholarship
John W. McCormick Spiritual Leadership Prize
Public Service Grant Ramon N. West Memorial Award Regent Law Grant Sekulow Scholar Award The InterVarsity Christian Scholarship The Navigators Scholarship The Chi Alpha Scholarship The Campus Crusade Scholarship The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Scholarship
> Visit regent.edu/lawfinances for a current scholarship profile and renewal criteria.
Gloria Whittico, Assistant Professor of Law, Associate Director of Academic Success Professor Gloria Whittico describes her calling to law as a ministry with a twofold mission: "To get the right people to Regent, and to make sure that all of them know that a career in law is attainable." As an underrepresented student and the first in her family to pursue a graduate education, Whittico overcame numerous obstacles on her way to a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a successful legal career with IBM and Starbucks. Now, as a professor and Associate Director of Regent Law's Academic Success Program (ASP), Whittico equips the next generation of lawyers to courageously pursue their legal callings with excellence and integrity. "I believe the Lord gave me my specific life experience so that when I'm sitting in my office working with students who are doubting, concerned, and frightened, I would know what it was like. I'd like to think I had my legal journey planned, but I didn't," she says.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
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Phone: 757.352.4584 Toll Free: 877.267.5072 Fax: 757.352.4139 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The American Bar Association (ABA) fully approves the School of Law. The Council of the Section of Legal Accreditation and Admissions to the Bar, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312.988.6738. Regent University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associates, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Regent University. Regent University admits students without discrimination on the basis of race, color, disability, gender, religion, or national or ethnic origin. LAW121177