Awarded an A+ for Best Value by The International Jurist (2017), the Master of Laws in American Legal Studies, offered online, on-campus, or as an online/on-campus hybrid*, is designed for graduates of accredited institutions outside the United States who have already earned a JD-equivalent law degree and want to pursue studies in American law. With this challenging degree, you will be able to learn the influences of law, policy, and government around the globe, meeting the significant demand by international lawyers for training in American law. If allowed by the administering jurisdiction, you may be qualified to sit for the bar examination in one or more states in the United States.**
* Courses taken through our host site at Handong International Law School (HILS) in South Korea will use the online/on-campus hybrid format.
** This degree is not structured to prepare students substantively to take an American bar exam. Students must inform themselves of the specific requirements of particular state bar examination and admission requirements.
Delivery Format: Online | On Campus | Online/On Campus Hybrid
Total Credit Hours Required: 30
Jurisprudential survey of the Christian foundations of Anglo-American law, including the development of higher/natural law thinking, higher law influence on the development of the common law, the rise of modern legal philosophies and the influence of Christian and secular worldviews on the development of American law.
Introduction to the law library and to the use of the full range of source materials available to lawyers and judges in the practice of law. Complete written projects designed to develop legal writing and research skills necessary for the practice of law.
Procedures and rules governing the process by which a civil lawsuit proceeds through the federal system, including the rules governing pleadings, claims by and against the defendant, pretrial discovery, summary judgment, judicial involvement in case management, the trial and appeal; joinder of claims and parties, and the preclusive effect of a judgment in one suit involving one or more of the same parties in a successive suit. Prerequisite: LAW 551 or LAW 851 (LL.M. students).
Survey of the law of agency and partnerships, corporations and other business structures. Study of: the law governing formation, control, liabilities, property, dissolution and disposition of partnerships; internal and external relations of partners; and close and public corporations, their origins, structure, rights and liabilities of management and shareholders.
Study of the law governing commercial transactions with primary focus on sales (Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), leases (Article 2A of the UCC) and the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).
Thorough study of the basic concepts of secured transactions (Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code) including scope, attachment, priority, perfection and remedies on default, plus an introduction to relevant bankruptcy concepts.
Designed to prepare graduating law students to pass the bar examination and practice law. Includes review and reinforcement of legal analysis and writing skills, and specific practice in analyzing and writing bar exam essay questions and answering multiple choice questions in the form of the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). Pass/Low Pass/No Pass.
(1) The philosophical and theological sources and nature of American law and justice; (2) the role of lawyers in the American justice system; and (3) jurisprudential thinking about what lawyers do, including select substantive legal issues.
Examines the history of the Constitution, the structure, power and limitations of each of the three branches of the federal government, the power and rights of the states, and the authority of local governments (cities and counties). Cross-listed with GOV 619 and MLAW 519.
Considers the Bill of Rights (including the delicate relationship between church & state, freedom of speech and freedom of worship), the rights of liberty, equal protection and due process arising from the 14th Amendment, and the subsequent rise and effects of judicial policy-making (including the “right to privacy,” the “right to intimate sexual choice,” and the “right to die”). Cross-listed with EHEA 508, GOV 620, and MLAW 620.
Authority and duties of lawyers in the practice of their profession as advocate, mediator and counselor, and of their responsibility to God, government, courts, bar and to their clients. The course focuses on the ABA and Rules of Professional Conduct and relevant state professional codes of professional responsibility.
Jurisdiction of federal and state courts and fundamental issues related to a plaintiff's ability to sue a defendant in a specific federal district, including subject matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction and venue.
The law pertaining to the nature of private property, both real and personal, including biblical principles relevant to property acquisition and ownership, personal property issues, donative transfers, the common law classification of estates and future interests, and concurrent estates. The law and biblical principles pertaining to the acquisition, ownership and use of real property; landlord-tenant law; easements; covenants and servitudes; transfers of interests in real property, including an examination of merchantable title, deeds, legal descriptions, conveyancing, recording systems and title assurance, adverse possession, and land use controls.
Required during the first semester of enrollment. Acclimates students to Blackboard, the platform from which online classes are launched.
On-Campus International Applicants
Fall: February 15
Spring: June 15
Please Note: International applicants who wish to study on campus have non-negotiable deadlines regarding I-20 issuance in addition to supplementary admission requirements. These requirements will change depending on several factors, such as citizenship or visa status. All applicants are responsible for the validity and completion of the documents before the due dates mentioned above.
Online and U.S. Applicants
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. International students who wish to apply to our online program will also be allowed the extended deadline.
Fall Term: August 1
Spring Term: December 1
*Early applications are strongly recommended for all applicants because priority consideration for admission, scholarship, and grant assistance from Regent Law are given to those who apply by the given semester deadline.
For more information regarding international students, please visit our International Student Admissions page.
Law School Admissions Criteria
The Regent Law 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:
Prerequisites for the LL.M. Program
In addition to the below list of application requirements, students seeking admission must possess the international equivalent of an ABA JD degree, must be in the process of completing such a degree, or must be able to prove that they are completing or presently hold a foreign law degree which qualifies, or will qualify, them to practice law in their home country or that they currently are, or will be, eligible for licensure abroad.
Once you have fulfilled the admission 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
1. Application for Admission
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.
2. $50 Application Fee
Option 1: Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee online during the application process, with personal check or by money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.
Option 2: Attend a graduate School of Law on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources, and waive your $50 application fee. RSVP Today!
3. Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary degrees completed from U.S.-based schools in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcripts to our Admissions Office by email to email@example.com using the subject line: LLM Application Pieces.
Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.
International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.
4. Letters of Recommendation
Please submit contact information for two references using our electronic Recommendation Request Form.
One recommendation must be from a former professor or instructor capable of evaluating your academic preparation for the type of degree you seek to complete with us. If it has been more than five years since your last schooling, a supervisor recommendation may be submitted in lieu of the faculty recommendation. You are welcome to submit more than one faculty recommendation, but please consider selecting professors who can address different aspects of your academic abilities.
A clergy recommendation must also be submitted. This may come from a minister, priest, or someone else who has the ability to evaluate your spiritual maturity and suitability for graduate study that will include a Christian integration.
Please use the Recommendation Request Form to provide us with contact information for each of your references. We will use this information to contact each of them and provide them with the appropriate recommendation form.
These forms may not be completed by family members.
5. Current and Thorough Resume
Please make sure your most current resume is properly uploaded through your application account, which you will create once you begin the online Regent School of Law application.
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. This will also be uploaded through your application account the same way your resume will be uploaded.
7. Additional International Applicant Requirements
On-Campus Program Applicants
Please refer to our International Admissions Checklist to make sure you have successfully completed the proper documentation and forms, along with your application.
For any further questions, please feel free to contact our office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or our International Students Office.
Online Program Applicants
Applicants for the online program are exempt from submitting some of the required items on the International Admissions Checklist. However, you are still held responsible for the validity and completion of your admissions packet. Please consult with your enrollment counselor and your online application portal for an accurate list of required application pieces. Also, while we encourage early applications, online applicants will have more flexibility with submitting application materials after the posted deadlines.
Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.
LL.M. tuition is $650 per credit hour*
· 24-credit-hour program is $15,600.
View estimated Cost of Attendance.
Cost Per Semester
$300 (per semester)
Council of Graduate Students (COGS)
$15 (fall and spring semesters only)
Health Center Fee
$45 (fall and spring semesters only)
Parking Fee (on-campus students)
$100 (per semester)
*Rates are subject to change at any time.
Not only does our program offer broad exposure to a wide range of American law topics, but it does so in the context of a Christian community of students, professors, and friends.
In addition to standard courses in American law, our comprehensive LL.M. curriculum allows students to take courses in many different areas, including but not limited to: corporate, commercial and transactional law; constitutional law; public law; alternative dispute resolution; intellectual property law; family law; and criminal law and procedure, among others.
We do more than just provide our students with a fully accredited legal education. We integrate a solid foundation of Christian faith and values into the curriculum, and we instill in our students the principles of excellence and integrity in every course we teach. Whether as judges, legislators, human rights advocates, or in public or private practice, our graduates make a difference wherever they are called to serve.
In addition to having a rigorous academic program taught by a distinguished faculty of Christian legal scholars, we are located on a beautiful campus just minutes from the beach, and we offer a diverse and supportive Christian community.
The School of Law may award partial assistance based upon academic promise and need. Courses offered at our HILS host site in South Korea are not eligible for financial aid. View full information regarding financial aid.
Although the primary purpose of this program is not bar exam preparation, some U.S. states allow attorneys from other countries who earn an LL.M. degree at an accredited U.S. law school to take the state bar exam. The eligibility requirements vary from state to state. It is the applicant's responsibility to determine if he/she would be eligible, after earning our LL.M. degree, to take an American bar exam. If an applicant is pursuing the LL.M. for the purpose of qualifying for a bar exam, he/she should investigate this issue thoroughly prior to committing to earn this degree. Please contact the relevant state bar officials to find out more information about bar exam eligibility.
Regent University is a subscriber of the Quality Matters (QM) Program. QM is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. There are three primary components in the Quality Matters Program: The QM Rubric, the Peer Review Process and QM Professional Development. The QM Rubric incorporates principles from Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Learning objectives, assessment and measurement, instructional materials, learner interaction and engagement, and course technology are critical components.
The Quality Matters process is designed to ensure that all reviewed courses will eventually meet expectations. The QM process is integral to a continuous quality improvement process. The QM Rubric is based on national standards of best practice, the research literature, and instructional design principles. The QM Rubric and process are designed to promote student learning.
All of the courses are indeed taught in English. This is necessary not only because the vast majority of American legal writing is in English, but also the fact that if the foreign law graduate taking the LL.M. program wants to take a bar exam, that exam will be in English and greater English proficiency is a necessity.
Regent's LL.M. in American Legal Studies seeks to develop the writing skills of its students. Every student must take a research and writing course which builds English proficiency, and for online students, all of their weekly posts using Blackboard are in English. Regent's online program is not a "diploma mill." Regent's program requires weekly written interaction between students and their professor, and is therefore more rigorous than similar programs.
LL.M. Learning Outcomes
Upon completing the LL.M. program, students will demonstrate:
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