Master of Laws Application Requirements
Application Due Dates*
*Please note that the online LL.M. in American Legal Studies will not be offered for Fall 2014 but will resume in Spring 2015. The on-campus LL.M. in American Legal Studies remains available for Fall 2014.
Fall term applications should be submitted by February 15, preceding the desired August enrollment. Spring term applications should be submitted by June 15, preceding the desired January enrollment. U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents who do not have foreign transcripts to be evaluated and authenticated may be granted additional time to complete their applications.
*Early applications are strongly recommended because priority consideration for admission, scholarship, and grant assistance from Regent Law are given to those who apply by the given semester deadline.
Note: International applicants who wish to study on campus have non-negotiable deadlines regarding I-20 issuance in addition to supplementary admissions requirements. These requirements will change depending on several factors, such as citizenship or visa status. For more information, please visit our International Students Admissions page.
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 and 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 attended)
- Career accomplishments
- Skills relevant to the practice of law
- Responses to the questions in the application for admission
- Mission fit
Applicants should possess a J.D.-equivalent degree and must be able to prove that the degree qualifies them to practice law in their home country or that they are eligible for licensure.
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.
LL.M. Application Process
All admissions materials should be submitted using the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) service.
1. Application for Admission
Applicants must 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
Applicants must subscribe to the LL.M. Document Assembly Service and submit copies of all undergraduate, graduate, and law/professional school transcripts to LSAC. After acceptance and prior to matriculation, applicants must also submit official, degree-conferred transcripts from all institutions attended for the Regent student record.
International students must also subscribe to the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service via the LSAC website. International students must also meet English Proficiency standards set by the law school.
4. 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 recommendation letter 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.
5. Current and Thorough Resumé
6. 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.
Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.