Juris Doctor (J.D.) Application Requirements
Fall: June 1*
*Early applications are strongly recommended. Priority consideration for admission, scholarship and grant assistance from the School of Law is given to those who apply by February 1.
We are, however, pleased to receive applications from February LSAT takers. Such applicants should submit their application and indicate the date of their future test administration. We will hold such files until we receive February test scores.
The admissions committee seeks to do more than simply enroll those with the greatest academic potential. We admit men and women who have demonstrated both academic ability as well as a commitment to the school's mission as a Christ-centered institution.
The admissions committee, comprised of faculty members, associate deans, and the Director of Admissions, evaluates applicants according to the following criteria:
- Academic achievement (GPA, course rigor, and institution(s) attended)
- LSAT scores
- Mission Fit
- Responses to the questions in the application for admission
- Career accomplishments
- Skills relevant to the practice of law
Applicants should possess a bachelor's degree from an approved college or university prior to beginning their legal studies. The Admissions Committee does not recommend any single major or undergraduate field of study, but welcomes majors ranging from political science to engineering, and from Biblical studies to psychology.
Once you have fulfilled the admissions requirements listed in the below application process, you may be contacted for an admissions interview, which is by invitation only.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, with most applicants being notified within three weeks of the date that the application and all supporting documents are received by the Admissions Office.
J.D. Application Process
All admissions materials should be submitted using the the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) service.
1. Application for Admission
Applicants should apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). If you have any technical difficulty in using the online application, please contact LSAC's Help Desk at 215.968.1393. Shortly after Regent receives your LSAC electronic application, we will email you a login and pin that allows you to check your application status online.
2. $50 Application Fee
Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee online.
3. Official Transcripts
Submit official, degree-conferred transcripts from all institutions attended prior to matriculation.
4. LSAT Scores
All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The LSAT is offered four times annually: June, October, December and February. Generally, applicants are advised to schedule the LSAT at least six-nine months prior to their anticipated August enrollment in law school.
An applicant's performance on the LSAT is a very important factor in the application review process. The LSAT score is carefully weighed in light of the many other parts of the applicant's admissions file and in conjunction with the overall profile for the incoming class. The admissions committee relies heavily upon the highest score when an applicant has taken the LSAT more than once, but all scores will be reviewed. Applicants scoring below 150 are encouraged to retest.
5. Letters of Recommendation
Arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. It is expected that the faculty letter of recommendation will come from a professor who taught the applicant a substantive course pertaining to the major or concentration of study. A second LOR is required from your clergy or spiritual leader (someone who is capable of commenting on your spiritual character) or from an employer, commanding officer, or other professional. The committee prefers that the clergy recommendation form be completed by your pastor, associate pastor, or other church or ministry leader. Recommendations from a friend or family member are discouraged. Regent-specific forms are preferred (see below).
- Faculty Recommendation. Applicants who have been out of school for five or more years may substitute a General Recommendation. (A traditional letter of recommendation format is acceptable as is LSAC's Letter of Recommendation Service.)
- Clergy/Spiritual Life Recommendation. Regent strongly encourages applicants to submit a Clergy/Spiritual Life Recommendation from a pastor, spiritual leader, or someone who can comment on the role of faith in the applicant's life. (Applicants are strongly encouraged to use Regent's Clergy/Spiritual Life Recommendation Form.)
If this is not possible, applicants may substitute a General Recommendation from an employer. If this is not possible, submit a General Recommendation from someone else who can speak to the applicant's character and other qualifications for legal study.
- General Recommendation. The General Recommendation Form is a preferred format for employers or character references, though a traditional format is also acceptable.
6. Current and Thorough Resumé
7. Personal Statement
The admissions committee attaches significant importance to the applicant's personal statement. The statement can provide the committee with insights into the applicant's passion and motivation for studying law, his or her commitment to receiving a legal education that integrates Christian principles and ethics, and knowledge of special skills and abilities developed through employment experiences.