Juris Doctor (JD) — Honors Program

School of Law

The Juris Doctor (JD) degree, offered exclusively on campus, is academically excellent and competitive with law schools nationwide. Regent Law's Honors Program provides exclusive academic and professional experiences to select entering students and those who have performed near the top of their first-year law school class.

  • In the first semester of their first year, honors students participate in a special section of Christian Foundations of Law.
  • Honors students enjoy a special honors section of at least one of the other first-year common law doctrinal courses, such as Torts, Contracts, Property, and Civil Procedure.
  • Honors students also take select upper-level courses in small, honors-only sections. 
Along with all Regent Law students, those in the Honors Program also may:

Career Opportunities: After passing the bar examination, 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 non-refundable $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 fall and spring.       

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 or 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.

JD tuition is $1,140 per credit hour*

  • First-year, full-time program is $34,200 (30 credit hours)
  • First-year, part-time program is $26,220 (23 credit hours)

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Student Fees

Cost Per Semester


$250 (per semester)

Student Bar Association

$60 (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)

$20 (fall and spring semesters only)

Parking Fee (on-campus students)

$100 (per semester)

 *Rates are subject to change at any time.


How does the Honors Program benefit participants?

  • Honors Program participants take classes with other high-performing students and enjoy a high level of in-class intellectual engagement.
  • Honors Program classes are smaller than classes at most law schools, which enables faculty members to engage students at an enhanced level.
  • Honors Program participants enjoy greater curricular flexibility by having fewer required courses during the second and third years.
  • Honors students have secured clerkships and internships at the Supreme Courts of Texas and Virginia, United States Federal District Courts, state Courts of Appeal and trial courts, various U.S. Attorney's Offices, the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, the FBI, and private firms and organizations nationwide. Out of approximately 200 ABA-approved law schools, in 2013, Regent Law placed behind only four schools (Harvard, Yale, the University of Virginia, and Notre Dame) in the number of interns accepted to the prestigious Blackstone Fellowship, and all of the interns were Honors Program students.

How do I get into and stay in the program?


Admitted incoming students with the following minimum LSAT/UGPA are offered admission to the Honors Program:

LSAT 160 and UGPA 3.0

LSAT 158-159 and UGPA 3.2

LSAT 156-157 and UGPA 3.4

LSAT 155 and UGPA 3.6

Admitted incoming students with an LSAT of 155 and above and other strong academic indicators may also be considered for admission to the Honors Program.

Rising second-year students can enter the Honors Program by finishing in the top 15% of their class at the end of the first year of law school. All students must maintain a law school GPA of 3.0 to continue in the Honors Program.

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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