Regent University School of Law opened its doors in 1986. Today, the school offers a Juris Doctor (JD) in traditional, two-year accelerated and part-time formats, an online LL.M. in Human Rights and LL.M. in American Legal Studies, and an 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 (2011-2015).
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:
For the entering 2015 class:
Entering Class Size: 85
25th Percentile: 3.00
50th Percentile: 3.29
75th Percentile: 3.55
25th Percentile: 149
50th Percentile: 152
75th Percentile: 154
Minority Enrollment: 27%
Female Enrollment: 54%
Average Age: 49% of students are 25-34
No. of States Represented: 22
No. of Countries Represented: 5 (Canada, Romania, Russia, South Korea & the U.S.)
No. of Academic Institutions Represented: 76
The first-year academic attrition average for 2014-15 is 16%.
Over the last five years (2011-2015):
Taking the LSAT
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. In turn, these early test takers can expect to receive a decision from the committee by early February if all other required documentation has been received.
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. Applicants to the Two-year Accelerated program are encouraged to take the October or December LSAT.
The committee considers all scores when an applicant has taken the LSAT more than once, though the highest score is heavily weighted.
Applying to Regent Law
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.
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 and applicants to the Two-year Accelerated Program are encouraged to apply by January 15. For seating availability information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4584 or email@example.com.
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.
Getting Accepted to Regent Law
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.
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.”
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 Service outcomes.
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.
All students are invited to participate in the academic support services provided by the law school under the direction of Professor and Director of Academic Success Natt Gantt and Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director 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.
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
95 percent of students received scholarships and grants 2015-16.
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|
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