M.A. Admissions Criteria & Important Dates

In admission of students, Regent University School of Law provides a preference for persons adhering to its religious purpose.

The Admissions Committee begins the application-review process after the Office of Admissions has received all required items.

M.A. Admissions Criteria

The Admissions Committee seeks applicants who will bring a range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to the Regent University School of Law.  The Master’s in Law program seeks highly motivated students and professionals who appreciate the educational benefits and professional development opportunities a graduate legal-based education offers. Each of the following will be evaluated to assess an applicant’s potential for success and mission fit with the program.

  • A complete Regent University Master’s in Law graduate application.  Click here to apply.
  • Two recommendations, including a Faculty Recommendation and either a Clergy/Spiritual Life Recommendation (strongly preferred) or an Employer/Professional Associate Recommendation are required.  Recommendations from family members are discouraged.  Click here to access the required electronic recommendation forms and specific instructions.
  • A current and thorough résumé which provides details of your education, employment and activities.  Please list your extracurricular, community, or other activities in the order of importance to you.  Give a brief description of your involvement, including any special responsibilities or leadership positions held.  Submit résumé to lawmasters@regent.edu.
  • The Personal Statement represents an example of your writing proficiency and an opportunity to demonstrate your fit for the Regent University School of Law.  Click here for instructions.  Submit Personal Statement to lawmasters@regent.edu.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all universities attended.  A grade-point average of 3.0 or above is especially encouraged.  A bachelor's degree (in any field) from an institution accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or a regionally accredited, post-secondary institution is required. 

An official transcript from each institution you have attended is required. We are excited to offer you the service of requesting transcripts on your behalf using our Transcript Request Form.

* Please be aware that it usually takes about one month to process a Transcript Request Form and receive a transcript from the issuing institution. It is ultimately the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all transcripts are received by Regent University. With this timeline in mind, we do not suggest using this service within one (1) month of a term start date.  Instead, contact the issuing institution directly and request transcripts to be sent to:

Regent University
Attn: Enrollment Support Services
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

  • Graduate school entrance exams (i.e. GRE, LSAT, or GMAT) are not required; however, applicants who have taken a graduate school entrance exam are encouraged to have their official scores sent directly to Regent University by the testing agency.

International Students

  • International Students require additional documentation once admitted into the program.  Click here for International Student Admission & Residency Requirements.
  • English Proficiency is a requirement for all students enrolled in Regent University.  International students from countries where English is not the primary language must take the TOEFL®, PTE Academic® or the IELTS® exam to demonstrate proficiency. 

The tests may be waived by the program director in the following circumstances:

  • Non-native speakers who hold degrees or diplomas from postsecondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g., the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand);
  • Non-native speakers who have successfully completed at least a two-year postsecondary course of study in which English was the language of instruction;
  • Transfer students from institutions in the United States or Canada whose postsecondary academic course work was favorably evaluated in relation to its demands and duration;
  • Non-native speakers who have taken the TOEFL® or PTE Academic® test within the past two years and whose scores met Regent standards;

If English is not the primary language of your country and you would like to request a waiver of the English proficiency exam based on one of the above categories, email lawmasters@regent.edu with your request and rationale. 

Click here to apply!

Important Dates for M.A. Applicants

Applicants are typically notified of an admission decision approximately two weeks after the file becomes complete.
U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents:

  Fall 2014 Spring 2015
Priority Application Deadline March 1 August 1
Academic Acceptance Deadline June 1 November 1
Enrollment August 18 January 5

International Applicants:

  Fall 2014 Spring 2015
Application Deadline February 15 June 15
Academic Acceptance Deadline March 15 July 15
Enrollment August 18 January 5

Click here to apply!