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M.A. in Law — Criminal Justice

The Master of Arts in Law is designed for working students who wish to study law for professional advancement and for students seeking a practical academic credential to increase their marketability as they launch their career. You will be grounded in foundational legal contexts, taught through a Christian worldview, so you can better understand the laws that affect your career. The concentration in Criminal Justice is offered online (with limited on-campus course selection). Strengthen your credentials with foundational legal coursework in criminal and constitutional law, constitutional criminal procedure, juvenile law, legislation and human rights.

  • Choose coursework from juvenile law and international trafficking to constitutional law and criminal pretrial practice, according to your area of interest.
  • Compliment your degree with courses in civil liberties, family law and national security.

Career Opportunities:

  • Nonprofit Advocacy
  • C-Level Leadership
  • National Security
  • Mediation

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Delivery Format: Online or Online/On Campus Hybrid

Total Credit Hours Required: 30

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Deadlines: 2017-2018 Semester

Session

Application Deadline

Session Start Date

Session A

Monday, July 31st

Monday, August 21st

Session M

Monday, August 28th

Monday, September 18th

Session B

Monday, October 2nd

Monday, October 23rd

Session C

Monday, December 19th

Tuesday, January 16th

Session T

Monday, January 29th

Monday, February 12th

Session D

Monday, February 26th

Monday, March 19th

Session E

Monday, April 23rd

Monday, May 14th

Session F

Monday, June 4th

Monday, June 25th

Note: On-campus international applicants must meet a fall semester application deadline of February 15 with an academic acceptance deadline of March 15 or a spring semester application deadline of June 15 with an academic acceptance deadline of July 15.

Regent Law admits students with academic promise and calling who are serious about the critical roles they will assume upon graduation. If you have decided to earn your master's degree in law, we make applying to graduate school easy.

Admissions Criteria

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

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

Admissions Requirements

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. LSAT and GRE not required for admission to our program.

Admissions Decisions

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, with most applicants being notified within two weeks of the date that the application and all supporting documents are received by the Admissions Office.


How to Apply to Graduate School - M.A. in Law Application Process

1. Application for Admission

Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

2. Application Fee

Option 1: Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process, via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or 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

Regent University's Office of the Registrar is requesting your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution. We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript in order to gain you an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: LAW Master's Application Pieces.

4. Current and Thorough Resume

Submit a current and thorough resume; which provides details of your education, employment and activities. Please list your extracurricular, community, or other activities in the order of importance to you. Give a brief description of your involvement, including any special responsibilities or leadership positions held. Submit resume to LawMasters@regent.edu.

5. Personal Statement

The Personal Statement is an example of your writing proficiency and an opportunity to demonstrate your fit for the Regent University School of Law.

Instructions for Writing Your Personal Statement

The Personal Statement represents an occasion to demonstrate your fit for the M.A. Program and an example of the level of your writing proficiency. To assist us in your evaluation, please respond to the following questions in a Word document. Your answers will be reviewed by the admissions committee in conjunction with the other items required for the application.

Guidelines

  • Strive for clarity and specificity
  • One and a half (1.5) space
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Responses should follow the word limit assigned for each question
  • Responses should not be listed on separate pages but on one continuous document
  • Include your full name in the header or footer of every page

Personal Statement Questions

  1. What is the foundation of your beliefs and values, and how do these beliefs and values affect your career aspirations? (Approx. 250 words)
  2. What is your current church involvement, including attendance, worship, ministries, and other activities? (Approx. 150 words)
  3. Why did you choose the master’s programs to which you are applying, including Regent’s M.A. in Law? (Approx. 150 words)
  4. Why are you pursuing a Master of Arts in Law, and how do your beliefs and values affect your career aspirations? (Approx. 250-500 words)

Submit the Personal Statement as a Word document to LawMasters@regent.edu

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

 

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

Master of Arts in Law tuition is $650 per credit hour*    

  • 30-credit-hour program is $19,500.

View estimated Cost of Attendance.

Student Fees

Cost Per Semester

Technology

$300 (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.

 

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