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regent university school of law

law is more than a profession. it's a calling.

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?

Law is more than a profession. It’s a calling.

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Dean’s Message


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 of Law

Mission Statement

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. Our award-winning legal skills programs, which emphasize writing, negotiation, and trial and appellate advocacy skills, develop law students who regularly earn top honors at regional and national competitions.


Faculty members include former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, distinguished professor; scholars in the areas of constitutional law, evidence, family law and tax; and practicing attorneys with expertise in areas such as international business transactions and environmental law. With offices in Washington, D.C., and on campus in Virginia Beach, Va., the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is an integral part of the campus community, as is ACLJ Chief Counsel Dr. Jay Sekulow, distinguished professor. Students with the highest academic potential are invited to participate in the ACLJ Spring Semester Program in Washington, D.C. Our academic community is composed of local and national scholars, including juristin-residence Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leroy Hassell Sr.

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-seasons 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.”

Clinical, public interest and third-year practice programs allow students to work on actual cases and gain valuable hands-on experience while still in law school. Students enjoy study abroad opportunities in France, Israel, England, South Korea, Spain and China.

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.

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.

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.

Recent graduating classes have found employment within 9 months of graduation at or above the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) national average. As many as 11 percent of recent graduates secured prestigious judicial clerkships. 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 nearly $3 million, more than 70 percent of our students receive financial aid in the form of law school scholarships and grants. Regent Law sponsors, a comprehensive resource for prospective and current law students who believe that faith is central to law practice and study.


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.) 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.

LL.M. in American Legal Studies The LL.M. degree is designed for graduates of accredited institutions outside the U.S. who have already earned a J.D.-equivalent degree and want to pursue studies in American law. American law is rapidly becoming the common currency of business transactions worldwide, and it also influences law, policy and government around the globe. With our LL.M. program, Regent Law stands ready to meet the significant demand by international lawyers for such training. For more information about the LL.M. program and to apply, visit

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 Civil Procedure Constitutional Criminal Procedure Constitutional Law Contracts Criminal Law

Evidence Legal Analysis, Research & Writing Professional Responsibility Property Torts Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) I

The Regent Law curriculum provides curricular guides or "concentrations" to help students select the courses that will best prepare them for the type of practice they wish to pursue.

Regent Law Concentrations Virginia State Law Practice Preparation For those who intend to practice law in Virginia. Corporate, Commercial & Transactional For those preparing to practice businessrelated law or transactional law for individuals. Public Law For those who aspire to practice public interest or international law, or work in government or other public arenas. Litigation & Dispute Resolution For those preparing to practice civil or criminal litigation, or work in alternative dispute resolution. Family Law For those seeking to practice family law or estate planning. Theology, Philosophy & the Law For those who are interested in legal philosophy and its intersection with theology.

Tracy Hasse, Class of 2012 Air Force officer, Navy spouse, high school teacher, church administrator, future lawyer—after several exciting careers, Tracy Hasse is enjoying a long-awaited legal dream. “When I discovered Regent, my spirit soared, and I knew God had blessed me beyond what I could have asked for or imagined,” she says. “He used the amazing people at Regent to confirm that He had a place for me here.” Hasse has a heart for at-risk youth and tutors at a local juvenile detention center. What she observes both troubles and inspires her. “I see young people in detention seemingly unaware that there is a whole world outside open to them,” she says. “I don’t just want to apply BandAids to the problem, though. I’m inspired to launch an all-out assault.” After graduating from Regent, Hasse hopes to lay the foundation for a future family law and child advocacy practice providing legal services to low-income families. “So far I have loved every minute of law school at Regent,” she says. “Time and again the faculty do what's in our best interest to help us become the effective lawyers and Christian leaders we are called to be.”


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

Full-Time Program

Academic Success Program

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.

To help prepare our students for success in law school, we conduct a comprehensive, three-part program known as the Academic Success Program (ASP).

The ABA accreditation standards presently limit students to 20 hours of work per week when enrolled in more than 12 credit hours.

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.

First-Year Schedule Fall Semester (16 credit hours)

Spring Semester (15 credit hours)

Christian Foundations of Law Civil Procedure I Contracts I Legal Analysis, Research & Writing I Property I Torts I

Civil Procedure II Contracts II Legal Analysis, Research & Writing II Property II Torts II

Part-Time Program 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. Part-time students must enroll in a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester and must complete the same 90-credit-hour curriculum requirements as full-time students. Because they can take fewer hours each semester than full-time students, however, part-time students have increased flexibility to select courses that fit their scheduling needs.

First-Year Schedule Fall Semester (10-12 credit hours)

The Summer Program: An intensive, two-week 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.

Spring Semester (9-12 credit hours)

One-On-One Advising: ASP faculty members facilitate academic success through individual meetings and mentoring sessions.

Center for Advocacy Skills Training Composed of a number of academic programs, advocacy skills training and opportunities for hands-on legal experience, Regent Law’s Center for Advocacy connects classroom instruction with real-world experience while providing opportunities to integrate ministry within the legal profession. Legal Analysis, Research and Writing: Rigorous legal training rests on this foundation, a required course in both the fall and spring semesters for all firstyear students. 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.


Global Reach, Global Impact: International Programs

10 Regent Law has a remarkable global reach and impact. Our professors teach in countries as far ranging as India and Ireland, England and South Korea. We offer multiple opportunities to study abroad for ABA-approved course credit, and our Center for Global Justice equips students to rescue the enslaved, the poor and the downtrodden worldwide. These programs and initiatives, however, are more than just tools of higher learning. We view international study as part of our mission to engage the world through Christian legal thought and practice by serving others and by promoting justice on a global scale. 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 those 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 world’s poor and oppressed. In support of these initiatives Regent Law will fund up to 10 international internships per year.

Strasbourg, France International Human Rights Program Strasbourg is home to the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe. For more than ten 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. 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

Qur’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. Oxford, England Regent’s Robertson School of Government invites Regent Law students to participate in its Oxford program.* An important locale in the development of democracy and the rule of law, Oxford is a compelling place to investigate the multifaceted interactions of law, religion and international relations. Pohang, South Korea Regent Law has partnered with Handong International Law

*Regent’s Oxford program is not approved for course credit by the ABA.

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. As part of the ACLJ Spring Semester Program, Regent Law and the ACLJ offer select students the chance to study constitutional law, the courts and Congress in Washington, D.C., alongside practicing constitutional law experts. Students participate in the daily research and advocacy of the ACLJ in its office across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court.

“At Regent you can study constitutional rights in an environment that sucessfully defends them.”

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. Shantou, China In recent decades, China has established itself as a vital economic and diplomatic power. In the years to come, the demand for leaders with knowledge of China’s political structure, legal system and economy will increase. Regent has joined with Shantou University in Shantou, China to provide Regent students an opportunity to explore China’s culture and legal system firsthand. Madrid and Barcelona, Spain For those fluent in Spanish, immersion in legal studies at San Pablo University in Madrid or Abat Oliba University in Barcelona is an excellent way to learn European law and increase international marketability.

Dr. Jay Sekulow Chief Counsel, ACLJ Distinguished Professor of Law

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.

2010 2009

Winners of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) International Negotiation Championship and the 2010 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.



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Winners of the ABA Regional National Appellate Advocacy Competition (Moot Court) along with the National Black Law Students Association International Negotiation Championship.


Winners of the ABA National Negotiation Championship over 219 other teams.


Winners of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition over 151 other teams.

Trial Advocacy Awards Team Championships

Best Brief Awards

Best Oralist Awards


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


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


ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Washington, D.C., Region


William B. Spong Jr. Invitational Moot Court Tournament


Moot Court National Championship, University of Houston Law Center


ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Washington, D.C., Region

Moot Court Awards Team Championships

Best Brief Awards

Best Oralist Awards

Alternative Dispute Resolution & Client Counseling Awards National Awards

2010, 2008

National Champions – NBLSA International Negotiation Competition


National Champions – Robert R. Merhige Sr. National Environmental Law Negotiation Competition


National Champions – 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.


Ehud Barak

Al Gore

Former Prime Minister of Israel

Former Vice President of the United States

Paul Begala

The Honorable Leroy R. Hassell Sr.

Democratic Political Consultant and Former Advisor to President Bill Clinton

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia

Donna Brazile

Hugh Hewitt

Democratic National Committee Vice-Chair of Voter Registration and Participation

Radio Talk Show Host, Constitutional Scholar and Author

The Honorable Janice Rogers Brown

Mike Huckabee

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

Steve Forbes

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 occupies recently expanded and remodeled facilities on 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.

Tristen Cramer, Class of 2012 Tristen Cramer loves a good challenge, like the one she got as a student at Cornell. While academic excellence remained important to her as she began evaluating law schools, she also wanted a school that would support her passion for the pro-life movement and prepare her for a career defending the rights of the voiceless. “I was looking for two characteristics: academic rigor and community,” she says. “I felt that Regent was the only university that fully demonstrated both. As I considered Regent’s Christian foundations and the presence of the ACLJ on campus, it became clear that this was the place for me. I can’t imagine having gone anywhere else for law school.”


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

Distinguished Professor & Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft 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, however. They enjoy the collegial support and encouragement he gives to the next generation of legal leaders.

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.

Visiting Faculty Jurist-in-Residence The Honorable Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr., Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court Each year Jurist-In-Residence Chief Justice Hassell spends one week at Regent teaching classes, meeting with faculty and student leaders, and speaking at the university chapel. Attorney-in-Residence Randy Singer, Director of the Singer Civil Litigation Practicum 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.

Robert W. “Skip� Ash

Eleanor Weston Brown

James A. Davids

Asst. Prof. (2006): J.D., cum laude, 1997, Regent University School of Law; MIPP, 1981, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Olmsted Scholar, 1977-79, University of Zurich; B.S., 1972, United States Military Academy (West Point)

Assoc. Prof. (2003): LL.M. in Taxation, 1989, William & Mary Law School; J.D., 1985, T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond; B.A., 1981, University of Virginia

Assistant Professor of Government and Law in the Schools of Government and Law (2003): J.D., 1976, Duke University School of Law; B.A., 1973, Calvin College

John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General

Bruce N. Cameron

Eric DeGroff

Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law (2007): J.D., 1976, Emory University School of Law; B.A., 1973, with honors, Andrews University

Prof. (1994): J.D., 1989, Regent University School of Law; MPA, 1982, University of Southern California; B.A., 1971, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Kansas University

Distinguished Professor of Law and Government (2005): J.D., 1967, University of Chicago Law School; B.A., 1964, Yale University

17 James M. Boland

Douglas H. Cook

James J. Duane

Assoc. Prof. (1996): J.D., 1994, Regent University School of Law; Articles Editor, Regent University Law Review; MTS, 1975, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; B.A., 1969, Wheaton College

Prof. & Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs (1987): J.D., 1983, with honors, Ohio State University College of Law; B.A., 1978, magna cum laude, Miami University

Prof. (1991): J.D., 1984, cum laude, Harvard Law School; A.B., 1981, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard College

Jeffrey A. Brauch

Alice Curtis

Eugene C. Elser

Dean and Professor (1994): J.D., 1988, with honors, University of Chicago Law School; B.A., 1985, with distinction, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Assoc. Prof. (1998): M.A., 1983, Antioch University; J.D., 1980, Georgetown University; B.A., 1974, magna cum laude, Howard University

Prof. (1989): J.D., 1979, University of Tennessee College of Law; Ph.D., 1972, and M.A., 1970, Ohio State University; B.A., 1968, summa cum laude, Roberts Wesleyan College

Thomas C. Folsom

Bradley P. Jacob

Jennifer Lacey

Prof. (2002): J.D., 1978, Georgetown University Law Center; B.S.,1971, United States Air Force Academy

Assoc. Prof. (2001): J.D., 1983, University of Chicago Law School; B.A., 1980, summa cum laude, University of Delaware

Instructor, Legal Research & Writing (2009): J.D., 1998, Stanford Law School; B.A., 1995, University of Virginia

L.O. Natt Gantt II

Joseph N. Kickasola

Benjamin V. Madison III

Assoc. Prof., Assoc. Dean for Student Affairs & Dir. of Academic Success (2000): M.Div., 2000, summa cum laude, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; J.D., 1994, cum laude, Harvard Law School; A.B., 1991, summa cum laude, Duke University

Prof. (1985): joint appointment in the Schools of Government, Law and Divinity (2002); Ph.D., 1975, Brandeis University; National Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow, 1970-1971; M.A., 1969, Brandeis University; B.D., 1966, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia; B.A., 1962, Houghton College

Prof. (2003): J.D., 1985, William & Mary Law School; M.A., 1982, The College of William & Mary; B.A., 1981, Randolph-Macon College

Louis W. Hensler III

Janis L. Kirkland

Kathleen A. McKee

Prof. (1998): J.D., 1988, University of Chicago Law School; B.A., 1985, Bob Jones University

Instr. & Assist. Dir., Legal Research & Writing (1997): J.D., 1987, valedictorian, magna cum laude, T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond; B.S., 1976, The College of William & Mary

Assoc. Prof. & Dir. of Civil Litigation Clinic (1999): LL.M. in Labor Law, 1984, Georgetown University Law Center; J.D., 1977, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, Washington, D.C.; B.A., 1966, State University of New York at Albany

Michael V. Hernandez

Lynne Marie Kohm

James E. Murphy

Prof. (1992): J.D., 1987, University of Virginia School of Law; B.A., 1984, with high distinction, University of Virginia

John Brown McCarty Prof. of Family Law (1993): J.D., 1989, Syracuse University College of Law; B.A., 1980, State University of New York at Albany

Assoc. Dean for Admin. (1998): J.D., 1977, University of Oklahoma School of Law; B.A., 1974, University of Iowa


Charles H. Oates

Dr. Jay A. Sekulow

David Velloney

Prof. (1986): MSLS, 1997, Catholic University of America; J.D., 1967, Stetson University College of Law; B.A., 1963, University of Florida

Distinguished Professor (1994): Ph.D., 2004, Regent University; J.D., 1980, Mercer University School of Law; B.A., 1977, Mercer University School of Law

Assoc. Prof. (2008): LL.M. in Military Law, 2001, The Judge Advocate General’s School; J.D., 1994, Yale Law School;B.S., 1988, United States Military Academy (West Point)

C. Scott Pryor

Judge Robert M.M. Seto

David M. Wagner

Prof. (1998): M.A., 1997, Reformed Theological Seminary; J.D., 1980, University of Wisconsin; B.A., 1976, Dordt College

Prof. Emeritus (1998): LL.M. in Government Contract Law, 2001, The George Washington University; J.D., 1968, St. Louis University School of Law; B.S., 1962, St. Louis University

Prof. (1998): J.D., 1992, George Mason University School of Law; M.A., 1984, and B.A., 1980, Yale University

19 Christopher Rehn

Craig A. Stern

Gloria A. Whittico

Asst. Prof. (2008): J.D., 1996, Cornell Law School; MBA, 1988, Eastern College; B.A., 1982, Franklin and Marshall College

Prof. (1988): J.D., 1978, University of Virginia School of Law; B.A., 1975, cum laude, Yale University

Asst. Prof. & Assoc. Dir. of Academic Success (2008): J.D., 1982, University of Virginia School of Law; A.B., 1979, The College of William & Mary

Michael P. Schutt

Kimberly R. Van Essendelft

Assoc. Prof. & Dir., Institute for Christian Legal Studies (1993): J.D., 1987, with honors, University of Texas School of Law; B.A., 1984, cum laude, Stephen F. Austin State University

Instr., Legal Research & Writing (2006): J.D., 1996, William & Mary Law School; B.A., 1993, with distinction, University of Virginia

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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.

said. "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."

In November 2005, McDonnell was elected attorney general for the commonwealth of Virginia, a position he held until McDonnell's inaugural remarks provide a window into what February of 2009. Before that, he served in Virginia’s House Regent University School of Law means by its motto, "Law is of Delegates and practiced law as a prosecutor. more than a profession. It’s a calling." For McDonnell, part McDonnell believes the integration of faith and learning of being governor of Virginia is following a call to create within the Regent Law curriculum makes Regent an opportunity for its citizens. important institution of higher learning, and he credits the "As Virginians, we believe that government must help foster school with giving him the legal training he needed to fight for the policies that have made America a great nation. a society in which all our people can use their God-given talents in liberty to pursue the American dream," McDonnell

"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, 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.

In the past two years approximately 90 percent of Regent Law graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate programs within nine months of graduation. An impressive 85 percent of Regent Law’s February 2010 Virginia bar exam takers passed on the first try – the second highest pass rate among all Virginia law schools for that exam. 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 Walters '09 Clerk, Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court

The Office of Career & Alumni Services

Regent Law Alumni

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.

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 Law graduates have entered private practice, including the following law firms:

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.

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

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.


Maryland Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, PC 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

Regent Law students have been particularly successful in securing highly competitive judicial clerkships, including the following: United States Bankruptcy Courts United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, 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

Alumni Placement 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.

Regent Law alumni also serve as elected and appointed judges, including the following: General District Court Judge Virginia Beach, Virginia District Court Judge Norfolk, Virginia

Many Regent Law students, responding to a call in public interest or constitutional law, have served with the following organizations: Alliance Defense Fund American Center for Law and Justice

Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Judge Newport News, Virginia

American Family Association

Kelly Hawkins, Class of 2008

Community Defense Counsel

County Court Judge Ocala, Florida

Concerned Women for America

It is not uncommon for lawyers like Kelly Hawkins to hear that the stresses of their profession will drain even the most capable attorneys.

Superior Court Judge Kotzebue, Alaska

Free Congress Foundation Center for Law & Justice

Circuit Court Judge Pendleton, Oregon

Jubilee Campaign, USA

District Court Judge Dodge City, Kansas

Just Law International, Inc.

Court of Common Pleas Judge Mansfield, Ohio District Court Judge Lexington, North Carolina

Family Law Assistance Program Home School Legal Defense Association Judicial Watch, Inc. National Legal Foundation Oklahomans for Children & Family Samaritan House Southern Allegheny Legal Aid

However, because the idea that law is a calling and not just a profession permeated her legal education, Hawkins is well equipped to thrive in a difficult environment. “I was called to do this job long before law school,” she says. “Regent prepared me to keep Christ at the center of my calling, which is the only way I will ever avoid burning out.”

Tidewater Legal Aid

Class of 2009 Private Practice






Judicial Clerkship


Public Interest




> For the most recent alumni employment information visit

As the Deputy Attorney General for the Family Protection Unit in Mobile, Ala., Hawkins is responsible for prosecuting crimes involving child abuse and deals with harsh realities on a daily basis.

Hawkins believes her legal calling comes with a promise that God will not only prepare her for her daily duties but will also sustain her every effort. Her faith-based approach and hard work have won her recognition as an exceptionally successful child advocate. The Alabama legislature recently passed legislation that was later renamed the Kelly B. Hawkins Child Abuse Protection Act in recognition of her service in the area of child abuse prevention.


Campus & Community

Attending law school is a demanding endeavor, but Regent Law’s uniquely supportive environment and location in Virginia Beach, Va., help ease the pressures of obtaining a legal education.

24 Regent's supportive environment and beach location contribute to Regent Law being recognized by The Princeton Review as a top-ten law school for “Quality of Life.� Our students flourish in this warmly collegial atmosphere.

Fellowship 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.

Diversity Drawn from 49 states and over 500 academic institutions, Regent Law students hold degrees in an array of fields and are a diverse assemblage of talented individuals. Minority students comprise between 15 and 20 percent of the student body. 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.

Student Organizations 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

Alternative Dispute Resolution & Client Counseling Board (Negotiations) Student Bar Association Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Business Transactions Law Society (BTLS) Christian Legal Society (CLS)

Intellectual Property & Entertainment Legal Society International Law Society (ILS) Moot Court Board Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) Public Interest Law Advocates of Regent (PILAR) Trial Advocacy Board

Federalist Society

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 Beach’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 you’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 Pilot Online Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Hampton Roads Magazine


Regent Commons


Housing Regent student housing is available to single and married students in Regent Commons, and to married students and those with children in Regent Village. Both offer convenient locations in close proximity to the campus, as well as a variety of floor plans and amenities. For more information about on-campus housing options and to take a video tour, please visit 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.

Campus Visits The following websites provide helpful information about off-campus housing:

Apartment Guide Off-Campus Housing Guide

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 Yahoo! Real Estate Regent University Housing

Overnight Lodging 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 Please indicate that you plan to visit Regent University School of Law when making your reservation.

Directions 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 bachelor’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 Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). 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 or by calling 215.968.1001.

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Joshua Fan, Class of 2012 One of the reasons Maryland native Joshua Fan was attracted to Regent was the inclusion of devotions at the beginning of each class, something he never experienced as an undergraduate at Boston College.


“Classroom devotions have been even more impactful to me now that I’ve actually experienced them,” he says. “Hearing how law professors have personally integrated their faith into the practice of the law helps students interact with them on a more personal level. At Regent, law professors are approachable professionals who help students place their legal studies in the larger context of their life’s calling.” Fan's internship experiences underscore the larger context of his legal calling: helping to address urgent human rights problems around the world. He has worked with International Justice Mission–a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression–and has completed a summer internship with an immigration law firm. After graduating from Regent, Fan hopes to extend his global reach and impact with a government agency like the FBI, or as an attorney for the Department of Justice.


Selection Criteria

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 www. and 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 any time between October 15 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. All first-year students begin their legal education in August. 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

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 relies heavily upon comments contained in the required clergy/ spiritual life letter of recommendation when evaluating the applicant’s ability to be in harmony with the Regent University mission. By signing the 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 2009 Graduates of Regent Law*

Regent Law is known for its close and edifying community relationships and the positive effect they have on students’ intellectual and spiritual growth.

LSAT at or greater than 150

LSAT at or greater than 155

LSAT at or greater than 160






University Honor Code & Standards of Personal Conduct


*The 2009 national bar passage rate for all first-time takers from ABA-approved law schools was 83 percent.

Profile of the 2009 Entering Class Number of Applications. ............................................................................................... 873 Class Size............................................................................................................................... 162 Average LSAT....................................................................................................................... 153 Average GPA......................................................................................................................... 3.34 25/75th LSAT....................................................................................................................... 150/156 25/75th GPA......................................................................................................................... 3.07/3.71 Under-represented Races/Ethnicities. ................................................................... 15% Female Enrollment........................................................................................................... 49% Average Age. ........................................................................................................................ 25 Age Range............................................................................................................................. 20-61 Virginia Residency............................................................................................................ 30% Number of States Represented. ................................................................................ 39 Number of Academic Institutions Represented. .............................................. 125 Total number of J.D. Students. .................................................................................. 402

> Visit for the most recent bar passage rates and entering class statistics.

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 Standards 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. The Honor Code and Standards of Personal Conduct can be found at 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 School of Law, motivated by the Christian character of the university of which it is an integral part, recognizes the inherent value and dignity of all members of the human family. We value equal opportunity and seek racial, cultural, gender, and ethnic diversity. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, or status as a veteran or disabled veteran. The school maintains its Christian character, but does not discriminate on the basis of religion, except to the extent that applicable law respects its right to act in furtherance of its religious objective. We fully accept the teachings of the traditional biblical view with regard to sexual conduct outside the bonds of matrimony, and consistent with those teachings, the school does not discriminate purely on the basis of an individual’s professed sexual orientation, but only with regard to accompanying sexual conduct or other actions that undermine the university’s Christian character.



Joint Degree Program Options

Transfer & Visiting Students

Nondegree 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

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

• MBA (Master of Business Administration) • M.Div. (Master of Divinity) • M.A. in Communication • M.A. in Counseling • M.A. in Government • M.A. in Management • M.A. in Organizational Leadership • M.A. in Practical Theology

International Students 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 admissions/international.

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 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.


Scholarships and Grants Regent University and the School of Law are committed to recognizing and rewarding academic excellence. Regent Law awards approximately $3 million in scholarships and grants annually. In recent years, over 90 percent of law students received some type of federal aid, and over 70 percent received aid in the form of Regent scholarships and grants. Students not awarded financial assistance for the first year of law school may qualify for assistance in future years based upon academic performance.


Tuition - Fall 2010/Spring 2011* Incoming Students (per credit hour)����������������������������������������������������������� $1,025 Full Time (31 hours)������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $31,775 Part Time (23 hours)����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $23,575 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.

Ryan Haan, Class of 2012


Regent Law Scholarships, Grants and Awards*

University-Wide Endowed Scholarships

Academic Merit Scholarship

Azusa Scholarship

Black Law Student Association Award

Beazley Scholarship

Dean’s Scholarship

Dooner Scholarship

Jean B. James Award

Robertson Honors Scholarship

John W. McCormick Spiritual Leadership Prize

Stallings Scholarship

Public Service Grant Ramon N. West Memorial Award Regent Law Grant Sekulow Scholar Award The InterVarsity Christian Fellowship The Navigators Scholarship The Chi Alpha Scholarship The Campus Crusade Scholarship The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Scholarship

* Visit for a complete and current scholarship profile.

The School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Regent University is certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to operate campuses within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Regent University admits students without discrimination on the basis of race, color, disability, gender, religion or national or ethnic origin. 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. LAW096912

While it’s true that Ryan and his wife enjoy Regent’s beach location, it was the school’s emphasis on academic rigor, spiritual integrity and legal advocacy skills that led him to choose Regent Law. “As I considered law schools, I understood that if I wanted to have any legal success I would need strong academic and ethical foundations,” he says. “I knew that without these core skills, I would not be able to maintain my professional integrity.” After one year of legal studies, Regent’s academic excellence and supportive spiritual community have confirmed his belief in the integration of faith and law. Haan appreciates the lengths Regent students go to help one another succeed, and he believes that studying the law in a supportive community increases the amount of positive change he and his classmates will be able to affect over the course of their careers. “Classmates make it a point to help one another,” he says. “And our professors are genuinely interested in helping us master course content. Future clients are depending upon all of us to know the material, and Regent’s academic community ensures we will not let them down.”

If you are called to serve others through your faith and the practice of law, we invite you to apply for admission to Regent Law.


School of L aw Regent University School of Law Office of Admissions – RH 239 1000 Regent University Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23464-9800 Phone: 757.352.4584 Toll Free: 877.267.5072 Fax: 757.352.4139 Email: Website: Visitation Schedule:

The School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Regent University is certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to operate campuses within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Regent University admits students without discrimination on the basis of race, color, disability, gender, religion or national or ethnic origin. 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. LAW096912

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