Two-Year Accelerated Juris Doctor
- Bradley Knox, J.D. '94
Aflac, VP and Counsel
for Federal Affairs
"Regent's unique dedication to
vigorously incorporating a
Biblical worldview into the
standard coursework forced me
to think beyond the text
and toward incorporating
into everyday problem-solving."
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On-campus Degree Overview
Regent Law understands the unique challenges facing today’s aspiring lawyers who want to become equipped to address the most pressing issues of our time. We have responded by offering the Juris Doctor (J.D.) in an accelerated, two-year format.
Accelerated J.D. students will have the added benefits of saving considerable time and living expenses while pursing the program and entering the job market one year sooner than students in a traditional three-year program—all while earning the same rigorous legal education taught from a Christian worldview that is focused in the key areas of Torts, Contracts, Property, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Business Associations, and Evidence.
Accelerated J.D. Program Highlights
Credits: 90 credit hours
Format: Offered entirely on our Virginia Beach campus
Results: Juris Doctor degree
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Features: At Regent Law, students have the opportunity to earn academic credit by studying and observing the law in action in international settings, and applying the law hands-on through the Center for Advocacy Skills' externships and clinical opportunities, internships through the Center for Global Justice, and internships at the American Center for Law and Justice.
Two-year Course Schedule (Students entering the Accelerated Program begin in May)
Summer I: 13 credits (Christian Foundations of Law, Constitutional Law I, Criminal Law, and Evidence)
Fall I: 15 credits (Civ Pro I, Contracts I, LARW I, Property I, Torts I, Con Law II)
Spring I: 15 credits (Civ Pro II, Contracts II, LARW II, Property II, Torts II)
Summer II: 14 credits (10 credits plus required legal externship)
Fall II & Spring II: 33 credits
Upon completion of all program requirements and passing of the Bar Examination, Juris Doctor graduates will be 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.
Integration of Faith and Law
Faith-law integration is exemplified by "Christian Foundations of Law," a required course introducing students to the historical and philosophical roots of English and American law. The course encourages students to ask: "Why?" "Why do we enforce contracts?" "Why do we punish crime?" "Why do we forbid the taking of life, liberty, and property without due process of law?"
By exploring a multidisciplinary breadth of classic texts in history, philosophy, and theology, full-time and part-time students gain an appreciation of the Biblical foundations of the law and legal institutions of the United States.
Admissions Criteria for Accelerated J.D.
- Requires at least a 152 LSAT, a 3.0 cumulative UGPA, and other indicators of high academic promise.
- Applications and supporting documents should be submitted via the LSAC website. Priority consideration date for the two-year program is January 15. Late applications are considered on a space-available basis until May 1. Students admitted to the program must submit an enrollment agreement and seat deposit no later than May 10.
- It is recommended that applicants take the October or December LSAT preceding the desired May enrollment. The February test somewhat disadvantages applicants given that the test scores are not released until March. February test takers should communicate directly with the Admissions Office to establish special arrangements for expedited processing of late application documents.
- Applicants must submit an addendum in their application addressing their reasons for seeking enrollment in an accelerated, rigorous program of study. The admissions committee will be looking for a commitment to disciplined, intensive legal study.
- International students may not begin on-campus study in the summer term, and therefore, are ineligible for this program. We invite international students to apply for our fall semester, full-time program.