Regent University School of Law opened its doors in 1986. Today, the school offers a Juris Doctor (JD) in three-year and part-time formats, an on-campus LL.M. in Human Rights and an on-campus and online LL.M. in American Legal Studies and M.A. in Law. Additionally, thousands of Regent Law alumni practice law across the United States and in more than 20 countries. These capable men and women are distinguishing themselves as judges and judicial clerks, partners and associates in law firms, mayors and legislators, and in positions with government agencies and public interest organizations.With a proven record of producing practice-ready, purpose-driven graduates who impact the world, Regent Law offers a unique combination of:
For JD students, we offer the following programs and centers:
All of these elements not only equip our students to earn top honors in regional, national and international competitions, but prepare our graduates to consistently do well on the bar exam.
Regent Law’s Bar Pass Rates
You are bright, motivated, and interested in law, and you want to pursue an education that will prepare you to be an attorney with a passion for justice who will make a lasting impact on the world. So, why Regent Law?
Of the more than 200 fully accredited law schools in the United States, Regent Law offers a unique combination of a Christ-centered mission, a first-rate faculty and academic program, and high levels of student satisfaction.
Mission—Old and New, National and Global: Our mission is to place our students and graduates strategically around the world. Grounded in the best of the old and the new, we lay a foundation of first principles of law, the Western Legal and Common Law traditions, and American Constitutionalism, while equipping students with the contemporary knowledge base and skills necessary to thrive in any law-related discipline.
Scholars: Regent Law faculty members are experienced and highly credentialed with law degrees from schools such as Harvard, Chicago, Virginia, Duke, Georgetown, and, of course, Regent. Our distinguished faculty includes former United States Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, Dr. Jay Sekulow. Other faculty members have taught at, among other schools, Harvard Law and William & Mary Law. While our faculty have extensive practice experience and have published several leading law treatises, what truly sets them apart is their commitment, as Christian legal scholars, to integrate faith thoroughly in and outside the classroom and mentor the next generation of lawyers.
Academic Quality: Regent Law’s comprehensive and skills-intensive curriculum prepares students to enter the law field of their choice. A recent study* shows that Regent Law has done the best job of any law school in Virginia at increasing its graduates’ likelihood of success on the Virginia bar exam. Additionally, Regent Law was named to the list of 2015 Best Law Schools for Bar Exam Prep and 2015 Best Law Schools for Practical Training by the National Jurist.
Our academic centers reflect the belief that education must be holistic and extends beyond the classroom.
Furthermore, Regent Law’s innovative and successful Honors Program has attracted highly credentialed applicants. The members of the first Honors Program graduating class had a 92.3% first time bar passage rate, with more than a quarter securing a judicial clerkship.
Student Satisfaction: Our talented student body is vibrant, motivated, welcoming, and highly satisfied with their Regent Law experience. Based on a survey of all American law students, the Princeton Review has ranked our faculty in the top 10 in the country for three consecutive years. Additionally, the most recent national Law School Survey of Student Engagement revealed that, for all variables surveyed, our students expressed satisfaction consistently significantly above—and often more than double—the national average.
Impactful Alumni: Regent Law includes an extensive network of accomplished alumni in the legal profession around the world, including judges, legislators, in-house counsel of major corporations, a Harvard Law lecturer, a William & Mary Law faculty member, the executive director of the American Center for Law & Justice, a senior adviser to a 2016 Presidential Campaign, an associate general counsel for the University of Virginia, and numerous JAG Officers. Our graduates are at the center of prominent litigation, including arguing successfully before the United States Supreme Court. Also, Regent Law recently ranked in the top 25% of law schools for graduates who obtained judicial clerkships.
I invite you to learn more about the Regent Law difference and contact us if you have any questions. If you are ready to be challenged, stretched, equipped, and sent out to impact the world, we welcome you to become a lifelong member of the Regent Law team.
Michael V. Hernandez, J.D.
Dean and Professor
* The National Jurist ranked Regent Law as one of the top 17% of law schools with graduates whose bar pass rates out-performed their incoming LSAT scores. PreLaw Magazine, NAT’L JURIST, Spr. 2015, Vol. 8, No. 4 at 40, 41.
Purpose Driven, Practice Ready
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (NIV)
At Regent University School of Law, academic excellence, coupled with an emphasis on spiritual integrity, educates a different kind of lawyer, uniquely prepared to practice law. Here you will not only be trained to practice law, but you will be well-equipped to enter the legal profession as a fully integrated lawyer with a thorough knowledge of the law, the practice skills to put that knowledge to use, and the character necessary to succeed with integrity.
Our commitment to faith-law integration is woven into our curriculum, as our faculty, dedicated to Christ’s call both personally and professionally, provide a caring and nurturing environment in which students gain an understanding of the foundations of law and learn to develop the ethical and moral code required for the recognition and resolution of ethical dilemmas. Additionally, students are encouraged to explore the call of God on their lives, the gifts God has given them and discover how this translates into the practice of law.
It is through our rigorous legal education in the context of a supportive Christian community, that our students are equipped to be purpose driven, practice ready graduates with the confidence and spiritual integrity to seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God as Christian leaders who will change the world.
Regent University serves as a center of Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a biblical perspective and global context, equipping Christian leaders to change the world. These values permeate the law school. Our mission is to provide an excellent legal education from a Christian perspective, to nurture and encourage our students toward spiritual maturity, and to engage the world through Christian legal thought and practice.
The law school mission includes:
Applying to Regent Law
For the entering 2017 class:
Entering Class Size: 93
33% Enrollment Increase Over Previous Year
34% Qualified to Enter Our JD Honors Program
25th Percentile: 3.10
50th Percentile: 3.33
75th Percentile: 3.58
25th Percentile: 150
50th Percentile: 154
75th Percentile: 156
Minority Enrollment: 33%
Female Enrollment: 55%
Average Age: 27
No. of States Represented: 22
No. of Countries Represented: 4
No. of Academic Institutions Represented: 67
The admissions committee includes several members of the faculty, an associate dean, and the director of admissions. Typically, the Admissions Office begins reviewing applications for fall admission in late December. The committee admits on a “rolling” basis. Once the committee convenes, applicants should receive a letter of decision within approximately three weeks from the time the file is complete.
The admissions committee places significant importance on the Personal Statement section of the application. Applicants are expected to submit a well-reasoned personal statement or essay, evidencing the applicant’s writing, grammar, and thinking skills in 500-1000 words. The essay may assist the admissions committee to understand additional skills, abilities, and life experiences, which the applicant would bring to the incoming class. The essay may also reveal a sense of the candidate’s motivation for studying law at Regent University. This motivation (or calling) is a very important issue for members of the admissions committee.
Interviews are not required, although the admissions committee may contact an applicant as part of the committee’s decision-making process. If an interview is requested by the committee, it is likely that the interview can be accomplished by telephone.
Regent Law has an Early Commitment Program (ECP). This binding decision program offers exclusive benefits for those who commit to enroll at Regent Law by January 31, if admitted. Accepted students choosing to enroll under the Early Commitment Program are eligible to receive enhanced scholarship opportunities, priority consideration for Faculty Scholar Fellowships and a book stipend for the first year of law school. Once admitted to this program, the applicant must withdraw all other law school applications and may not initiate applications to any other law schools.
After the ECP deadline, our priority application date is February 1, though applications are accepted between September 1 and June 1 or until the class is filled. International applicants are encouraged to apply by January 15. For seating availability information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4584 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants are welcome to submit addenda with their applications including grade or LSAT-explanation statements addressing situations in which the applicant has overcome significant cultural, economic, familial, or other challenges.
Members of the admissions committee believe that the best time to take the LSAT is in the fall or in December. By sitting for either of these two early LSAT administrations, an applicant will be assured that his or her admission file will be in the first round of files reviewed by the committee.
Applicants who take the October, December, or February LSAT can be assured of receiving full consideration for both admission and scholarship assistance. Applicants who sit for the June LSAT may be admitted if there are remaining seats in the class when the June scores become available.
The committee considers all scores when an applicant has taken the LSAT more than once, though the highest score is heavily weighted.
The admissions committee evaluates the following:
The Committee carefully weighs each applicant’s LSAT score in light of the many other parts of the applicant’s admissions file in conjunction with the desired overall profile for the incoming class. The committee relies heavily upon the highest score when an applicant has taken the LSAT more than once, but all scores will be reviewed. Applications from prospective students with LSAT scores of 150 and above and undergraduate GPAs of 3.0 and above are especially encouraged, as the law school has seen that such students are likely to succeed in law school and also likely to pass the bar exam on their first attempt.
Applicants accepted to the law program are expected to deposit and register for classes the year in which they are accepted to the law school. On a case by case basis, a student may be granted a one-year deferment, prior to Orientation, generally due to a medical, financial, military, or unique family circumstance.
Accepted students who need to request deferment must submit a written request outlining the reasons for the deferment request before June 1.
A joint degree student who begins his/her studies at Regent in the other school is automatically granted a one-year deferment to the law school. Students granted deferment must submit an abbreviated admissions application update, including the character and fitness statement as formal reapplication. This will be required of the student prior to matriculation the next year to ensure that no substantive changes have occurred. Joint degree students must meet “Satisfactory Academic Progress” at the end of the spring term in order to matriculate into the law school.
Individuals not granted deferment may reapply as a new applicant at a later time. Since the law school financial aid budget is established yearly, students who have been granted deferment must reapply for financial aid for the year in which they plan to matriculate. Scholarships and/or awards granted previously by the law school may not necessarily apply. Deferred applicants are encouraged to reapply for financial aid concurrent with the abbreviated admissions application update.
We encourage all prospective students to schedule a visit to our campus. We believe that a visit to the Regent community will reveal significant information about the mission of the school and your potential place within our community. The invitation to visit Regent is a standing one and can be geared toward individual schedules or one of our informative admissions events.
Bar Exam and Jobs
Our most current bar passage rates are:
Regent’s first-time bar takers (all states) in the Class of 2016 passed at an average rate of 81.2%. The national average for all first-time takers for all states is 69% according to the 2016 Report published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
The Career Services strategy is designed to meet the needs of law students in each year of study. The program includes individualized counseling, self-assessment, a general investigation of career opportunities and specific career search techniques, along with assistance in professional development materials. A job bulletin board announces openings for internships, clerkships, associate positions, and other law-related opportunities. It also promotes numerous judicial clerkships available nationwide. View Career Services outcomes.
The first-year academic attrition average for 2016-17 was 10%
The law school has no mandatory curve in terms of grade distribution, but it has adopted a B/B-norm (2.7-2.9) for all first-year courses and a B/B+ norm (2.9-3.1) for most upper-level courses. View our grading policy.
All students are invited to participate in the academic support services provided by the law school under the direction of Associate Professor of Law Gloria Whittico. As a part of the application process, the admissions committee identifies selected students to participate in the Academic Success Program if those students possess a strong likelihood of success in law school but would especially benefit from an extended orientation due to their LSAT score, undergraduate GPA, or other factors, such as their undergraduate major or the length of time since they have been enrolled in an academic program. The Summer Program is not a performance-based or trial admissions program. All participants are expected to continue with their studies in the fall semester.
A spirit of cooperation and support is evident in the students and faculty. Because of the unique mission of Regent Law, students pray for, encourage, and support one another. Professors genuinely care for their students, both professionally and personally. This positive environment is reflected in student satisfaction and The Princeton Review top 10 recognition of Regent’s “Quality of Student Life.”
Regent is a private school, so tuition is the same for Virginia and non-Virginia residents.
For 2015 graduates: Approximately $80,529
There are scholarship and grants available. Awards are primarily merit-based. Generally, law school awards are automatically assessed based upon the entirety of the admissions file. University endowments require a scholarship application and the deadline for submitting the applications and supporting documents is March 1 each year.
Scholarships are available for first-year students (1Ls) and are based upon the entirety of the accepted student’s admissions file to include undergraduate GPA, LSAT, personal statement, letters of recommendation, etc.
In order to qualify for federal loans students must not have defaulted on a student loan in the past (Stafford Loan eligibility) and must not have adverse credit history (Grad-PLUS loan eligibility). Students should check their credit reports (www.annualcreditreport.com) to ensure their reports do not reflect adverse credit.
Federal financial aid allows for loan assistance for room, board, fees, books, and other expenses. However, scholarships and grants cannot exceed the cost of tuition.
A full tuition scholarship only includes the cost of tuition. Assistance for room, board, fees, and other expenses is available through federal loans.
$693/mo. for single student on-campus housing (assumes a roommate). Our housing team also provides an off-campus referral service for families and singles. regent.edu/housing
For the 2016-17 academic year, 95 percent of students received scholarships and grants.
Academic merit scholarships begin at LSAT of 156 and UGPA of 3.0.but other scholarships and grants may be available for leadership, public service, and other factors.
Review credit reports for adverse credit.
Yes. Regent Law offers a Yellow Ribbon $8,000 matching award.
Regent University School of Law’s Center for Advocacy trains students in the legal skills of negotiation, trial advocacy, and appellate advocacy, developing competition teams that are among the top teams in the nation. To date, these Regent teams have won more than 90 national and regional championships, best brief, and best oralist awards.
|COMPETITION AWARD HIGHLIGHTS|
Typically, the month before graduation from law school, most students are thinking about final exams and graduation ceremonies while anticipating preparation for the bar exam – but not Regent University School of Law students Chelsea Mack and Natasha Delille. From April 15-23, these two third-year law students participated in – and won first place – at the Third Annual Ukrainian Student Summit held at the Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs.
This year’s competition consisted of 22 teams from Ukraine, Poland, Romania and the United States. In keeping with the summit’s goal of proposing ideas for encouraging the development and sustainability of democracy, each team was tasked with creating a presentation addressing “The Challenge to Democracy in Increasing Globalization.”
Regent University School of Law’s (LAW) Price Media Moot Court Team is keeping up with the arguments of its predecessors – on Friday, January 27, the team once again advanced to the international rounds in Oxford England. The team competed at the Americas Region of the Price Media tournament in New York City, New York, where LAW students Pamela Dodge (’17), Courtney Marasigan (’17), and Kate Sawyer (’17), coached by LAW professor Jeffrey Brauch, took home the second-best brief in the Western Hemisphere.
At the close of the 2015-2016 Moot Court competition season, Regent University School of Law ranked fifth in the nation for Best Moot Court Program by the annual report of the University of Houston Law. Law schools that rank within the top 16 are invited to Houston in January 2017 to participate in the national championship. Regent ranked above schools such as the University of Virginia, Baylor University Law School, Colombia University Law School, and Duke University Law School to qualify for the competition.
Regent Law team members Glenn Reynolds ’16, Courtney Marasigan ’17, and Alexandra McPhee ’17 – coached by LAW assistant professor Tessa Dysart – won the Charleston Moot Court Competition. Reynolds earned the title “best oralist” for the final round of the competition.
Regent Law’s moot court team of Jessica Rigsbee ’17 and Chelsea Harkins ’17 finished second-place overall at the Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition at the University of Richmond. The team was coached by LAW professor Eric DeGroff.
At the J. Gibbons Moot Court Competition at Seton Hall Law in Newark, New Jersey, Regent’s moot court team achieved the title of “quarterfinalists.” Kathleen Knudsen ’16, Renee Knudsen ’16, and Andrew Butler ’16 were coached by LAW professor James Duane. R. Knudsen earned the title of “best oralist”; Butler took home the “second-best oralist” honor.
Each January, the top 16 Moot Court programs in the United States are invited to participate in the annual Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship at the University of Houston. Regent was selected to participate after being ranked 8th in the nation by the University of Houston Law Center at the conclusion of the 2015 competition season. During the competition January 28-29, students Renee Knudsen, Palmer Horst, and Marie Dienhart defended their way to second-place in the nation, just behind Georgetown as they competed with teams from schools such as Southern Methodist University, New York University and Texas Tech University. The Regent team also took home the award for best brief.
The Regent Law Team of Christy Hurst, Palmer Hurst and Sandra Alcaide won first place at Regional Rounds in the Americas of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in New York City. The team won the best brief, and Alcaide earned the marks for best oral advocate. This is the second year in a row that a team from Regent has swept the competition. They will advance to the international championship rounds of the competition at Oxford University March 30-April 2nd, the same competition where Regent’s team placed second in the world in 2013.
Regent University’s School of Law was ranked in the top 10 for Best Moot Court Program in the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship rankings by the University of Houston Law Center. Regent was ranked 8th among 202 American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools in the United States, placing above schools such as Harvard School of Law, Yale School of Law and New York University School of Law.
Regent University School of Law teams are continuing their victorious arguing streaks at various competitions in the United States. Earlier in February, two Regent Law Moot Court teams competed at the George Washington School of Law Religious Freedom Moot Court competition. Out of the 28 teams competing, both of Regent’s School of Law teams continued to the semi-final rounds. Paul Shakeshaft ’15 was awarded the title of Best Oralist throughout the competition.
On Saturday, Feb. 1, 2015, third-year Regent Law student Jessica Krentz ’15, along with her teammates Lindsey Brower ’15 and Carly Havens ’15 took home first prize in the regional round of the Price International Moot Court Competition Americas Regional in New York City.
2015 TOURO LAW CENTER NATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION IN LAW & RELIGION:
On March 28-29, 2014, Regent students competed in the fourth annual Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition at Elon University. The team, consisting of Regent law students Tiffany Bennett, Chelsea Schlittenhart and Jaclyn Walliser, advanced in the rounds from 25 participating teams and into the semifinal round. During the competition, Bennett, Schlittenhart and Walliser also won the Best Brief Award for Petitions’ Brief. The team lost by one point during the semifinal rounds to the winning team from Southwestern Law School.
While exhibiting excellence in the classroom throughout their three years of law school is important to the legal profession, another vital component of training to become a lawyer is writing, researching and defending an argument. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, Regent Law assistant professor Tessa Dysart led her team of 3L students, Drew Cziok, Chelsea Schlittenhart and Andrew Stevener through the 2014 National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition. The team finished in second place overall in the competition hosted by George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.
2014 TOURO LAW CENTER NATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION IN LAW & RELIGION:
2ND PLACE | BEST ORALIST
|ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Charleston Moot Court Competition
New York Bar Association National Moot Court Competition
Price Media Law Moot Court Programme
George Washington University Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition
Touro Law Center National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion
Cardozo/BMI Moot Court Competition
Federal Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition
J. Braxton Craven Moot Court Competition
Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition
Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition
Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship, University of Houston Law Center
William B. Spong, Jr. Memorial Moot Court
National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition
Sutherland Cup Moot Court Competition
Billings, Exum, and Frye National Moot Court Competition
Regent University National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, East Region
National Entertainment & Communications Law Competition
|ABA Negotiation Competition
Liberty University Government Contracts Negotiation Competition
Robert R. Merhige, Sr., National Environmental Law Negotiation Competition
NBLSA International Negotiation Competition
ABA Client Counseling Competition
ABA Representation in Mediation Competition
VA Mediation Network Mediation Competition
National Trial Competition
Stetson National Pre-trial Advocacy Competition
Capitol City Challenge Trial Competition
Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition
ABA Labor and Employment Law Competition
Most women who want both a career and a family wrestle with feelings that they have to sacrifice one for the other. After nearly 20 years on the faculty at Regent Law, Lynne Marie Kohm, a happily married mother of two, proves that professional mothers can have the best of both worlds.
As the John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law, Kohm dedicates her legal career to family restoration.
It was not until God taught her to view family law as a means of restoring families instead of ripping them apart that Kohm began to realize her passion for the field.
“We approach family law very differently at Regent. It is an opportunity to restore families rather than to make money as a divorce lawyer,” states Kohm. “Your clients can become reconciled and restored in their family because of Christ and what Christ can do through a Christian lawyer.”
Kohm’s passion for family law was not the only aspect of her legal career that was unexpected. A legal career itself came as a surprise to the would-be missionary.
“I had already raised all my support as a missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ and was sitting in a John Whitehead biblical worldview class when I had an overwhelming sense that God said, ‘You need to go to law school,’” reflects Kohm. “I prayed about it and spoke with my directors who said ‘Do what you’re called to now and if the law is God’s call, it will remain.’”
Three years later, she knew the call was still there.
Five years after graduating from law school Kohm and her husband Joseph moved to Virginia Beach, where he began pursuing his JD at Regent. Kohm was interviewing with a number of law firms when her husband set her up with an interview to teach at Regent.
“I was six months pregnant, and when the dean offered me a part-time position, I realized that would be more suitable for me. I did not plan on teaching, but once I began, I started seeing the influence you can have and the discipleship opportunities.”
So how does she balance her professional life—complete with numerous publications, television appearances, and world travel as a guest lecturer—with her family life?
“The key is priorities: Master, mate, mission. If you’re called to be a spouse and parent, your legal calling shouldn’t be at the expense of your marriage and children. That doesn’t mean you slack off on the job, but proper priorities keep multiple mission callings in perspective. Always above all, is a daily, moment-by-moment relationship with God. He is your restorer and your highest calling.”
Associate Professor Gloria Whittico describes her legal calling as a ministry with a twofold mission: “To get the right people to Regent and to make sure that all of them know that law is a possibility.”
After graduating cum laude from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy, Professor Whittico felt well-prepared to excel as a student at the University of Virginia School of Law. Once there, however, she found the academics more difficult than she anticipated.
Professor Whittico persevered with support from Christ and her family, graduating from UVA Law, passing the bar exam, and enjoying a successful legal career. She worked for IBM and Starbucks before joining Regent as a faculty member and director of Regent Law’s Academic Success Program.
Reflecting on the ups and downs of her legal journey, Professor Whittico finds that her experiences help her interact with students with a greater depth of understanding. She has a special affinity for underrepresented students from underserved backgrounds, particularly those who do not have the support she received from her family.
“I believe the Lord gave me this specific legal experience so that when I’m sitting in my office working with students who are doubtful, concerned, and frightened, I would know what it was like,” she says. “I like to think I had it all planned, but I didn’t. He did.”
Read more about Professor Whittico’s professional experience.
Professor Bruce Cameron, Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law, brings decades of experience working at the forefront of litigation surrounding compulsory unionism and Right to Work issues to Regent Law.
Professor Cameron is a distinguished attorney with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc., and is considered a pioneer in the area of religious liberty for employees whose faith prohibits them from supporting labor unions. He focuses his professional and scholarly activities on advocating for religious and political freedom for employees of faith, a topic that continues to receive media attention.
Professor Cameron teaches Religion in the Workplace, Public Sector Labor Law, and administers the Right to Work Practicum. He also publishes on the topics of religion, constitutional law, the rights of religious dissenters, and labor law. He appears frequently on television and radio shows, including programs such as Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. With 30 years of experience litigating religious freedom and constitutional law cases in the employment context, he never lost a Title VII religious accommodation case in court.
Read more about Professor Cameron’s professional experience.
A personal and professional crossroads after 15 years in government work led Professor Eric DeGroff to Regent Law, initially as a student in the school’s first enrolling class.
“I had always felt that what I did for a living was not closely tied to who I was as a person,” he says. “I was excited about the concept that there were men and women here at Regent who had been successful professionally and were committed to teaching others how to integrate their faith and profession.”
Professor DeGroff graduated, spent five years practicing environmental law, and became a full-time faculty member, teaching property and school (educational) law, and coaching Regent’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Board negotiation teams.
“Over the years, the things that excited me about Regent remain the same, but the opportunities available to students now are so much broader than when I was a student—it’s like night and day,” he says. “While the school has changed and improved in many ways, I still see the same commitment in both the faculty and the students to serve people and to serve the Lord.”
He also notes that Regent Law maintains its unique emphasis on teaching the historical and biblical foundations of the American legal system.
“If we don’t understand why the legal system is the way it is, we will be susceptible to any kind of argument about what direction it ought to go,” he says.
One area of deep concern for Professor DeGroff is the declining freedom of parents to direct the training and education of their children, particularly the rights of parents, children, and teachers to express their faith within the public school system.
“Freedom of religion requires the intergenerational transfer of values,” says Professor DeGroff. “To the extent that our laws prevent parents from making choices for their children in the public schools, the public schools interfere with this transfer.”
Despite his concerns, Professor DeGroff finds cause for hope among the students of Regent Law, whom he considers to be the best part of his job.
“It’s rewarding seeing who they are now, looking at some of the things they accomplish when they graduate, and watching them make a real difference doing a long list of things I could never do!” he says.
Yet, it is what Professor DeGroff does do at Regent Law makes all the difference.
Read more about Professor DeGroff’s professional experience.
“I didn’t plan on being a law school academic,” says Regent Law Professor L.O. Natt Gantt. “I wanted to be a car designer or an architect, and my first love has always been psychology.”
Raised in a Christian home in small town South Carolina, Professor Gantt graduated from Duke University and decided to forego graduate study in psychology based on his father’s advice: “Son, go where you feel you can do the most good.”
“I felt that was a call towards public service and the law,” says Professor Gantt. “When I got accepted to Harvard Law School, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.”
After clerking for one year for a federal judge and practicing law for two years in Washington, D.C., Professor Gantt earned his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Remaining in practice part time during seminary made him wonder what the Lord was preparing him for professionally.
Through a series of unique circumstances that he describes as “very directed,” Professor Gantt was led to Regent Law, where he uses both his theological and legal backgrounds to fulfill his vocational calling and challenges students to do the same.
“Hoping that you are impacting lives for the Lord, encouraging students to maximize the gifts God has given them, and helping them fulfill the calling that God has placed on their lives are the most rewarding parts of my job,” says Professor Gantt.
As a professor, associate dean of instructional & curricular affairs, and co-director of the Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform, Professor Gantt is dedicated to preparing students to be successful professionals.
Alumna Adeline Allen knows the Professor Gantt well and describes him as a person of integrity.
“At orientation, I was blown away by his commitment to the Lord and to excellence in all he does,” she says. “He doesn’t take his job lightly or do it shoddily. Professor Gantt is real, available, and a caring advocate.”
In addition to fulfilling his role as a model and counselor for students, Professor Gantt is also concerned about elevating the generally poor view of lawyers and the legal profession.
“Producing graduates who want to see the profession changed and want to bring integrity, professionalism, and a moral approach to the practice of law is what’s going to change the image,” he says.
With Professor Gantt’s influence and service, Regent Law is well on its way to reshaping the field into one that prioritizes ethics and professionalism.
Read more about Professor Gantt’s professional experience.
A true intellectual and academician, professor and director of the Honors Program, Craig A. Stern attributes his career at Regent Law and more than two decades of teaching and scholarship, to Providence. After all, who but God could weave together such a unique personal story?
Raised in a Jewish home in Cleveland, Professor Stern earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University in three years. During college, his exposure to classical Christian literature and fellow students who were believers eroded his intellectual prejudices against Christianity. At the same time, he grappled with inconsistencies in his Jewish faith.
Mental and spiritual satisfaction came to Professor Stern during his first year at University of Virginia School of Law. His friendship with a fellow Yale graduate and Christian sparked a nine-month theological debate that eventually led to his conversion.
Professor Stern’s final obstacle to faith in Christ was his reservation about renouncing his Jewish heritage, a reservation that was relieved after reading Corrie Ten Boom’s Tramp for the Lord. Ten Boom explains to a man with similar fears that Jews who embrace Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, fulfill Judaism. The mark of Professor Stern’s true scholarship was his ability to recognize truth regardless of its source.
The same God who drew Professor Stern to Himself also directed him to Regent Law. Professor Stern’s job on Capitol Hill brought him face to face with Regent’s founding dean who invited him to teach a course at the law school years later.
“I found the place very exciting and the students very good,” Professor Stern says. “I was quite impressed!”
In 1989, Professor Stern continued as adjunct professor while working as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He joined the Regent Law faculty full-time one year later. Currently, he teaches upper level courses, chairs the admissions committee and coordinates Regent’s partnership with Emanuel University in Romania. He also directs Regent Law’s Honors Program.
Professor Stern finds the fit between his calling and his job as a rigorous legal scholar and educator very rewarding. The fit has kept him here and made him one of Regent’s intellectual pillars.
“I’ve stayed through the bumps and twists because it really is a wonderful place where I can exercise the ministry God has called me to with wonderful colleagues and great students,” he says.
Professor Stern also stays because the mission of Regent Law has remained the same: to train legal minds from a Christian perspective.
“The practice of law is a ministry to which God calls people as much as He calls people to be preachers, evangelists, and elders,” says Professor Stern. “Regent equips students really well to practice as Christian lawyers. It also changes the lives of the students while they’re here, making a difference in their spiritual life, their community life, and their understanding of calling.”
Read more about Professor Stern’s professional experience.
“Faith can mitigate against paralysis in times of crisis when it is not possible to obtain all the salient pieces of information,” said former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.
When terrorists struck New York City and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Ashcroft, a former Missouri governor, senator, and state attorney general who served with President Bush as the nation’s Attorney General for four years, was charged with the daunting task of charting an effective response.
He also implemented comprehensive policy changes that bolstered security for the American homeland.
“We didn’t know whether this was an initial attack and additional assaults of one kind or another would follow,” he says. “We were concerned something else might happen, and we were working desperately to make sure that we did everything possible to prevent it. And, if something were to happen, that we would be better prepared to respond constructively.”
Under Ashcroft’s leadership, the nation’s law enforcement agencies were furnished with additional tools that greatly enhanced counter-terrorism efforts. The policy changes activated by the USA Patriot Act enabled federal officials to apply certain surveillance practices against suspected terrorists that were previously applied against organized crime and drug deals. The legislation won overwhelming approval in both houses of Congress.
General Ashcroft is credited with having overseen a remarkable period of safety and security in the months and years following the attacks. Under his watch, nearly 200 individuals associated with terrorist-related investigations were convicted. Ashcroft, now a distinguished professor of law and government at Regent University, endeavors to impart important lessons of leadership to his students.
He also emphasizes the role of faith in decision making.
“Making decisions with complete information is reserved to classrooms and theory,” he states. “When the nation is under attack, you have to make decisions absent the kind of comfort that comes from knowing all the facts. And in that event, you have to have a lot of faith in the people with whom you’re working, and you have to trust God to help you make successful decisions.”
Ashcroft is excited to be a part of the Regent Law faculty because it gives him greater latitude to pursue the truth than is commonly available in a secular environment.
“[At Regent] God is not placed off limits,” he says. “The integration of all truth is the business of philosophy and education and the reason for Regent’s existence.”
Read more about General Ashcroft’s professional experience.
Lindsey Gilman, JD ‘17
B.A., Arizona State University
Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona
“After visiting during the Preview Event, I knew that Regent is where I am supposed to attend law school. Regent’s faculty, vision, general atmosphere, and picturesque landscape embody what I always believed a law school should encompass. I was given the privilege to speak with Dr. Sekulow from the American Center for Law and Justice over the phone when I was still unsure of where to attend law school. The phone call left me with no doubt that Regent’s principles align with my own.”
Mark Martinez, JD ‘17
B.A., University of North Texas
Hometown: Glen Rose, Texas
“I spent a few years working for a non-profit advocating for at-risk youth. I felt I was hardly making a dent in helping clients overcome systemic barriers, so I transitioned into “ministry.” However, I met a wise man along the way who challenged my limited understanding of ministry. He said, “Ministry is not what you do, like preach or plant a church, but it is who you are. Once you know who you are, everything you do is ministry.” This paradigm shift helped me realize that I have the greatest impact on society when I live out the role God created me for. Doing so has led me to law school.”
David M. Rief, JD, M.A. ’13
Associate Attorney, Cauley Pridgen, P.A.
Kinston, North Carolina
“I went to law school with the goal of working in municipal law. At Regent, I found a joint degree program that was a perfect fit. With an additional year of online classes, I was able to earn both a JD and a Master of Arts in Government. This combination provided me with a deeper understanding of the interplay between law and politics, increased my credibility as a government attorney, and helped me secure a successful and rewarding career while making a difference in the lives of my neighbors and surrounding communities.”
Andrew Kartchner, JD ’13
Deputy District Attorney, Klamath County District Attorney’s Office, Medford, Oregon
“I make it my personal mission to show the legal world that Regent offers a top-notch legal education and produces lawyers who are highly skilled in their profession and have integrity in their conduct. My goal is to inspire every attorney, judge, and client I meet to seek out Regent alumni when they are looking to hire a lawyer.”
Maxwell Thelen, JD ’12
Associate Attorney in Commercial and General Casualty Litigation, Drew, Eckl & Farnham; Captain, Judge Advocate General Corps, Georgia Army National Guard
“I am very grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to serve as Judge Manion’s law clerk. Seeing the fedeCapral appellate judicial process firsthand has been an unparalleled learning experience. I believe that Regent prepared me for this job through opportunities to hone my writing and research skills in core classes and on the Regent Law Review. Most importantly, the culture at Regent helped me to learn to work humbly, diligently, and excellently and to live with the same grace I have received.”
Adeline Allen, JD ’11
Assistant Professor, Trinity Law School, Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois
“I love teaching; I sense I am really living out my legal calling. So much of my teaching style and philosophy is modeled after that of Regent Law deans and professors. I love equipping my students for their calling with the gift of teaching the Lord has given me.”
Nathaniel Pierce, JD ’08 & Gabriel McCoy, JD ’11
Founding Attorneys, Pierce/McCoy
In March 2013, Nat and Gabe launched Pierce/McCoy in the Waterside Area of Downtown Norfolk. They have established their firm as one that integrates honesty and integrity into a field characterized by aggressive hard work. When advising clients, Nat and Gabe prioritize principled and ethical counsel, and allow their faith to be a guiding factor in how they shape their firm.
Lina Sophat, LL.M. in American Legal Studies ’11
Associate, Corporate Law, Bun & Associates
Phnom Pehn, Cambodia Legal Advisor, Bun & Associates
“One of the things Lina enjoyed most about Regent Law was its devoted community of faculty and students who genuinely cared about each other. “I had always prayed about going to a Christian law school. My experience at Regent exceeded my expectations.”
Kristen Jurjevich, JD ’10
Associate Attorney, Business Law and Litigation, Pender & Coward Attorneys and Counselors at Law
Virginia Beach, Virginia
“Regent really prepares students to face the legal field’s constant changes. The professors teach you how to research. Even though I never took business law classes that might be helpful now, I’ve been given the tools to find the answers I need.”
Shaheryar Gill, LL.M. in American Legal Studies ’09
Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice
Norfolk, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
“Regent Law is a memorial for me because the faculty and staff are dedicated to not only to academics, but also humility, truth, and justice. They helped shape me into the faithful servant that God has called me to be.”
Kyle Westaway, JD ’07
Founding Partner, Westaway & Co.
Writer, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and Huffington Post
Lecturer, Harvard Law School
“My time at Regent was pivotal for me, not just due to the quality legal education, but because it gave me a space to truly consider my calling. It was at Regent where I was able to consider how I could play my small role in the social justice movement.”
Bobby Maddox, JD ’01
Of Counsel Attorney, Kemp Smith Attorneys at Law
El Paso, Texas
“One thing I want to stress to any prospective law student is this: you’re at a time of life where there are a lot of unknowns about your future that may seem pretty scary. Seek God first always, and trust Him to guide you in the path He wants to take you on. That may include a calling to serve Him as an attorney or a legal advisor. As part of its overt and clear commitment to raise up Christian leaders to change the world, Regent provides an environment that indeed encourages its students to abide in Christ, but it will also take your active commitment to abide in Christ for your legal calling to truly be fulfilled in your life, if indeed that is what God is calling you to do.”
James M. Smith, JD ’98
Founding Attorney, Smith Law Group, LLC
“I found that studying the law under professors like Craig Stern and James Duane developed in me a love for the law and the Lawgiver that other schools choose to ignore. I’m not only a better lawyer for it; I’m a better husband, father, and follower of Christ for it as well.”
E. Todd Wilkowski, JD ’98
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Baker Concrete Construction, Inc.
“I was absolutely impressed with Regent and the caliber of people I met. There’s an amazing spirit about Regent when you walk on the campus. You just feel God’s peace there. Unlike other law schools, there is no ‘zero sum’ mentality. At Regent, students encourage each other to do their best and fully prepare to fulfill their vocation rather than compete against each other.”
“One of my greatest joys in life is to mentor and develop young people so they can successfully discern God’s calling on their life and glorify Him by serving Him in the legal sector with their unique gifts and talents.”