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Juris Doctor (JD) — Part-Time

The Part-Time Juris Doctor (JD) degree, offered exclusively on campus, give you the option of taking courses during the day or evenings. The part-time program is a flexible education option for professionals who wish to remain employed while they study law part-time. You will complete the same rigorous program as full-time students and learn from the same law professors, but because part-time students take fewer hours each semester compared to full-time students, you have increased flexibility to select courses that fit within your personal and professional schedules. Part-time law school students will generally be able to earn their JD in four to five calendar years.

  • Enroll in a minimum of 8 credit hours and a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Focus on legal analysis, writing and problem solving.
  • Explore classic texts in history, philosophy and theology, and gain an appreciation of the biblical foundations of the law and legal institutions of the U.S.

Career Opportunities: Upon completion of all program requirements and passing of the bar examination, accelerated Juris Doctor program graduates are eligible for positions involving administrative law/regulated industries, constitution and public law, corporate and commercial law, family law, health law, intellectual property, international law, legal theory and history, legal history, litigation, property/real estate, taxation, wills and trusts.

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Delivery Format: On Campus

Total Credit Hours Required: 90

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

 Application Deadline:

 Priority Application Date: February 1.

(Applications are accepted between September 1 and June 1 or until the class is filled.)

  • International Applicants: encouraged to apply by January 15

For seating availability information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4584 or lawschool@regent.edu.

Applications for entry into Regent Law for the 2016-2017 academic year is available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website until June 1, 2017.

Please carefully note the following information as you begin your law school application process.

Admissions Criteria for JD Degree

The Regent Law admissions committee seeks to do more than simply enroll those with the greatest academic potential. We admit men and women who demonstrate academic ability, as well as a commitment to the university’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:

  • Academic achievement (GPA, course rigor and institution(s) attended)
  • LSAT scores
  • Mission fit
  • Responses to the questions in the application for admission
  • Career accomplishments
  • Skills relevant to the practice of law

Prerequisites for the JD Program

All JD applicants should possess a bachelor's degree from an approved college or university prior to beginning their legal studies. The Admissions Committee does not recommend any single major or undergraduate field of study, but welcomes majors ranging from political science to engineering, and from biblical studies to psychology.

Once you have fulfilled the admission requirements listed in the application process below, you may be contacted for an admissions interview, which is by invitation only.

Admissions Decisions

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.


Juris Doctor Application Process

All admissions materials should be submitted using the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) service.

1. Application for Admission

Applicants should apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). If you have any technical difficulty in using the online application, please contact LSAC's Help Desk at 215.968.1393. Shortly after Regent receives your LSAC electronic application, we will email you a login and pin number that allows you to check your application status online.

2. $50 Application Fee

Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee online.

3. Official Transcripts

Submit all official transcripts from all institutions you have attended to LSAC. If accepted to Regent Law prior to the completion of your bachelor's degree, an official degree-posted transcript must be submitted to Regent Law School prior to matriculation.

4. LSAT Scores

All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The LSAT is offered four times annually: June, September/October, December and February. Generally, applicants are advised to schedule the LSAT several months prior to their anticipated enrollment in law school.

An applicant's performance on the LSAT is a very important factor in the application review process. The LSAT score is carefully weighed in light of the many other parts of the applicant's admissions file and in conjunction with the overall profile for the incoming class. The admissions committee relies heavily upon the highest score when an applicant has taken the LSAT more than once, but all scores will be reviewed. Applicants scoring below 152 may be encouraged to retest.

A variety of test-preparation materials and courses are available. Regent Law offers an LSAT Prep Workshop each spring and fall.

5. Letters of Recommendation

You may arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. It is expected that the faculty letter of recommendation will come from a professor who taught the applicant a substantive course pertaining to the major or concentration of study. A second recommendation letter should come from your clergy or spiritual leader (someone who is capable of commenting on your spiritual character), or from an employer, commanding officer or other professional. The committee prefers that the clergy recommendation form be completed by your pastor, associate pastor or other church/ministry leader. Recommendations from a friend or family member are discouraged. Regent-specific forms are preferred (see below).

  • Faculty Recommendation: Applicants who have been out of school for five or more years may substitute a General Recommendation. (A traditional letter of recommendation format is acceptable as is LSAC's Letter of Recommendation Service.)
  • Clergy/Spiritual Life Recommendation: Regent strongly encourages applicants to submit a Clergy/Spiritual Life Recommendation from a pastor, spiritual leader or someone who can comment on the role of faith in the applicant's life. (Applicants are strongly encouraged to use Regent's Clergy/Spiritual Life Recommendation Form.) If this is not possible, applicants may substitute a General Recommendation from an employer. If this is not possible, submit a General Recommendation from someone else who can speak to the applicant's character and other qualifications for legal study.
  • General RecommendationThe General Recommendation Form is a preferred format for employers or character references, though a traditional format is also acceptable.

6. Current and Thorough Résumé

7. 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.

 

Note: All items submitted as part of the law school application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

 

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is:

JD tuition is $1,140 per credit hour*

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Student Fees

Cost Per Semester

Technology

$250 (per semester)

Student Bar Association

$60 (per semester)

BARBRI Fee

$430 (per semester)**

Council of Graduate Students (COGS)
(on-campus students)

$15 (fall and spring semesters only)

Health Center Fee
(Traditional and On-Campus Housing Students)

$45 (fall and spring semesters only)

Parking Fee (on-campus students)

$100 (per semester)

* Rates are subject to change at any time.

** To be fully vested and eligible to receive the BARBRI bar review course upon graduation for no additional cost other than a $250 refundable materials deposit and state sales tax., JD students must pay the $430 fee for all of the first six consecutive semesters of their enrollment, including summer sessions.

The Juris Doctor may be combined as a joint degree with the following programs: MBA, M.A. in Organizational Leadership, M.A. in Communication or M.A. in Journalism; M.A. in Practical Theology, M.Div., M.A. in Government, MPA, M.A. in Counseling.

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