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Center for Ethical Formation

Center for Renewal Studies


Thought Leadership

The Center's faculty publish and present on the topic of professional identity formation nationwide. The Center also fosters scholarly inquiry into the pedagogy of moral formation, that is, how law professors can learn to teach within both cognitive and affective paradigms. The Center also provides continuing legal education (CLE) courses on ethical formation and the legal profession.

Curricular Components

Course Coursework. Core courses such as “Christian Foundations of Law” introduce students to classic texts on the nature of the law and legal ethics.

Ethical Formation. All courses, where possible, encourage students to produce critical reflection on value conflicts and ethical dilemmas, encouraging students to go beyond simply “learning the rules” of ethical practice.

Critical Reflection. Every class includes an extra period of reflection designed to explore the dynamics of moral formation and ethical legal practice in the context of virtue ethics, Natural Law, and within the biblical narrative.

Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers (ETL)

Regent is a member of Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers (ETL), a selective consortium of 24 law schools under the auspices of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS). ETL's goal is to facilitate and encourage best practices in legal education in order to train new lawyers to the highest standards of competence and professionalism. Learn more here.