Honors Program

 

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What is the Honors Program? How does it benefit participants?
What does it look like in practice?
How do I get into the program?
How does the program compare to Top-Tier law schools in the U.S. News rankings? What do Honors Program students say about the program?

 

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What is the Honors Program?

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.

What does it look like in practice?

Honors students take selected courses in sections open only to them.

  • In the first semester of the first year, honors students participate in a special section of Christian Foundations of Law taught by Regent Law Dean Jeffrey Brauch.
  • Honors students enjoy a special honors section of at least one of the other firstyear common law doctrinal courses; e.g., Torts, Contracts, Property, or Civil Procedure.
  • Honors students also take select upperlevel courses in small, honors-only sections.

Honors students also enjoy special professional events.

  • Honors Program participants have been privileged to meet with prominent speakers, including Distinguished Professor of Law and Government and former United States Attorney General John Ashcroft and Distinguished Professor of Government and Leadership and retired United
    States Admiral Vern Clark.

How does the program compare to Top-Tier law schools in the U.S. News rankings?

Honors Program Student Profile (average statistics for participants 2011–2013)

Mean LSAT: 161.3
Mean UGPA: 3.64

Profile equivalent to schools ranked in U.S. News & World Report Top 25

 

Comparison of Objective Admissions Statistics
of Top-Tier Schools in VA

School1 LSAT (25%) LSAT (75%) UGPA (25%) UGPA (75%)
U of Virginia (7) 164 171 3.53 3.93
William & Mary (35) 161 166 3.45 3.84
Regent U Honors 159 164 3.48 3.92
Washington & Lee (24) 159 165 3.4 3.73
George Mason (39) 156 164 3.31 3.79
U of Richmond (58) 158 163 3.21 3.6

 

1Class entering 2012 – current U.S. News ranking in parentheses.

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 3.2
           LSAT 158-159 and UGPA 3.4
           LSAT 156-157 and UGPA 3.6

  • Admitted incoming students with an LSAT of 158 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.

What do Honors Program students say about the program?

"The Honors Program at Regent has been a wonderful way to connect with students from a wide variety of backgrounds who have similar goals and academic ambitions. It's an ideal way to create study groups and a learning environment that fosters the Christian academic prowess needed in the legal field today." – Rebecca Knight

"With smaller class sizes, the Honors Program has helped me connect with my classmates to a greater degree than I ever thought possible. The more in depth class discussion provided through the Honors Program, along with the opportunity to meet great leaders such as General John Ashcroft and learn from Dean Brauch, has both enriched and empowered my 1L experience at Regent University School of Law." – Nicole Tutrani

"The Law Honors Program has given me the opportunity to study subjects in a small classroom setting that really facilitates student/professor interaction and general camaraderie throughout the class. I was privileged to study Christian Foundations of Law and Property with an engaging and intellectually challenging group of people who have become some of my closest friends at Regent." – Ethan Stowell

 

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