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 Human Rights is offered on campus. Gain the tools you need to seek justice and serve as an advocate for those who are oppressed and vulnerable in the United States and around the world. You will have access to Regent's Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law, and opportunities to participate in global projects and internships with established international human rights organizations.
Delivery Format: On Campus
Total Credit Hours Required: 30
Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF
Explores the role of the various U.S. intelligence agencies in assessing foreign and domestic terror threats, developing effective counterterrorism strategies and thwarting terrorist aggression. Topics include intelligence collection and analysis, domestic vs. foreign intelligence, uses and limits of intelligence for counterterrorism, ethical issues in intelligence and intelligence oversight and reform.
American legal system and the skills necessary to succeed in that system, including reading cases and statutes, analyzing legal issues, and researching selected topics of American law.
Research skills and instruction in legal writing, analysis, and brief writing. Prerequisite: MLAW 552.
Students work with professor on projects relating to the nature and regulation of policy making regarding children's issues, including current issues pending before state legislative and regulatory decision making bodies.
Citizenship, acquisition and maintenance of major immigrant and non-immigrant classifications; admission into and exclusion or deportation from the U.S.; and structure and procedures of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Board of Immigration Appeals, Department of State and Department of Labor.
Learning experience that allows research and evaluation of subject matter or conduct other comparable academic activities with minimum faculty guidance.
Students interested in public interest law may serve as externs with the local legal aid program and nonprofit organizations that have a legal division. For students who enroll in the legal aid externship, there is a classroom component in which lawyering skills such as factual investigation, interviewing, case analysis and litigation strategy are discussed. The legal aid classroom component introduces students to the areas of substantive law in which the legal aid program represents clients, e.g. landlord/tenant law, consumer law and government benefits. Hours spent in the classroom component do not substitute for the hours necessary to fulfill the externship requirement on site at the placement
The functions, powers, and processes of both legislative bodies and administrative agencies. Includes issues of representative theory, legislative organization and procedure, and interaction of the legislature with other branches of government plus the constitutional limitations and roles of administrative agencies.
Examines the history of the Constitution, the structure, power and limitations of each of the 3 branches of the federal government, the power and rights of the states, and the authority of local governments (counties and cities). Cross-listed with GOV 619.
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 LAW 820.
Study of the laws and legal principles applicable to exempt organizations. Topics covered include the legal structure and organization of nonprofits, issues of taxation and tax-exempt status, government regulation of exempt organizations and potential liability arising from the conduct of a ministry.
Focus on the foundations and common law doctrines of criminal law and modern statutory provisions.
Focus on the limitations imposed on law enforcement activities by the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
The criminal law that applies across international borders, including key international criminal law tribunals from Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court and the substantive law of international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Cross-listed with LAW 709.
This seminar provides students an analysis of national security topics. Among the topics which may be covered are national security and the role of law, theoretical approaches to national security and world order, development of the international law of conflict management, the use of force in international relations, the laws of wars and neutrality, war crimes, the international law of intelligence collection, the control of international terrorism, American security doctrine and nuclear weapons. Cross-listed with GOV 640.
Historical look at how our legal system has treated the issue of race and how our government has treated various races. Cross-listed with LAW 747.
The law of evidence and the rules governing its admission and exclusion and the policies and theories underlying the evidentiary system.
Develop legal negotiation skills through participation in simulated negotiations. Negotiation exercises are video-taped for review and faculty critique and evaluation. Classroom discussion is devoted to examining and applying theoretical and practical strategies of negotiation. Cross-listed with GOV 631.
Discussion of balancing the government's responsibility to defend the body politic and its parallel duty to safeguard the rights of individuals. Exploration of the tensions of achieving security and freedom from Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus to Bush's detention of terrorist combatants.
Constitutional, Statutory, and Regulatory implications regarding issues such as drug enforcement and capital punishment in the context of the principle of the equal protection of the law for all Americans. Cross-listed with LAW 605.
Comparative overview of children's rights law and practice, including interdisciplinary perspectives on childhood, Convention on the Rights of the Child, child labor, child slavery and trafficking, adoption, provision rights, and gender and sex discrimination issues.
Rule of law principles and how to apply the principles to form and fortify the legal culture and institutions in developing nation-states. How economic structures, the security environment, and cultural and religious views impact law-making and enforcement. Cross-listed with LAW 710.
Addresses the questions of the universality of human rights, including the right of life, the right to death, rights of the child, women's rights, religious freedoms, the rights of third-world countries and the export of Western values to Eastern societies.
Application Deadlines: 2016-2017 Semester
|Session||Application Deadline||Session Start Date|
|Session A||Monday, August 8th||Monday, August 22nd|
|Session M||Monday, September 5th||Monday, September 19th|
|Session B||Monday, October 10th||Monday, October 24th|
|Session C||Monday, December 19th||Monday, January 9th|
|Session T||Monday, January 23rd||Monday, February 6th|
|Session D||Monday, February 27th||Monday, March 13th|
|Session E||Monday, April 24th||Monday, May 8th|
|Session F||Monday, June 5th||Monday, June 19th|
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Personal Statement Questions
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*
View estimated Cost of Attendance.
Cost Per Semester
$250 (per semester)
Council of Graduate Students (COGS)
$15 (fall and spring semesters only)
Health Center Fee
$20 (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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