Regent University School of Law opened its doors in 1986 and has grown as a close-knit community of Christians and scholars. Today, the school offers a Juris Doctor (JD) in a traditional three-year, two-year accelerated and part-time formats, as well as a JD Honors Program; an online LL.M. in Human Rights and LL.M. in American Legal Studies, and an M.A. in Law. Additionally, thousands of Regent Law alumni practice law across the United States and in more than 20 countries. These capable men and women are distinguishing themselves as judges and judicial clerks, partners and associates in law firms, mayors and legislators, and in positions with government agencies and public interest organizations.
With a proven record of producing practice-ready, purpose-driven graduates who impact the world, Regent Law offers a unique combination of:
Regent University School of Law's Center for Advocacy trains students in the legal skills of negotiation, trial advocacy, and appellate advocacy, developing competition teams that are among the top teams in the nation. To date, these Regent teams have won more than 90 national and regional championships, best brief, and best oralist awards. View our full list of awards.
Ranking in the top 10 of all American law schools by The Princeton Review, Regent Law faculty members have extensive practice experience and have published several leading law treatises, and, in 2015 alone, have influenced the direction of the law in anti-human trafficking citations in two states and have had 78 code citations strongly impacting the Federal Rules of Evidence; 143 journal citations 10 court opinion citations and 101 treatise citations. What truly sets them apart is their commitment, as Christian legal scholars, to integrate faith thoroughly in and outside the classroom and to mentor the next generation of lawyers.
Regent Law Professor James Duane's 5th Amendment lecture, "Don't Talk to the Police," has over 8 million views on YouTube. It was featured by BusinessInsider and the hit series "Making of a Murderer" and led to two law review articles that were downloaded more than 1,000 times in less than 10 days."
Professor Duane leads his students in the charge to become powerful voices and innovative minds in the field of law and is just one of our outstanding faculty who is creating a national presence that impacts our law, culture and legal education.
Center for Global Justice, Human Rights & the Rule of Law
The Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law was founded in 2010 due to the increasing number of Regent Law students believing God had called them to a legal career in human rights. The center equips Christian advocates to promote the rule of law and seek justice for the world's downtrodden—the poor, the oppressed, and the enslaved—and serves and supports those already engaged in such advocacy. The center's internship grant program helps students secure summer internships in the human rights field all over the world. The center also sponsors human rights courses and special events, and its student staff completes legal projects for human rights organizations.
American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is one of our nation's most influential public interest law firms. Headed by Chief Counsel Dr. Jay Sekulow the ACLJ operates on the Regent campus, providing law students with unparalleled opportunities to participate in current religious and civil liberties cases. Law students also have the opportunity to enroll in elective courses taught by Dr. Sekulow, and other ACLJ attorneys also teach as part of the constitutional law course curriculum.
Center for Advocacy
The Regent University School of Law's Center for Advocacy equips the next generation of legal advocates with skills in trial and appellate advocacy, legal writing, negotiation, and mediation, developing competition teams that are among the top teams in the nation. In fact, Regent Law's advocacy teams have won more than 90 national and regional championships, best brief and best oralist awards. View the full list of highlights and awards. Through the Civil Litigation Clinic, students manage real client cases from inception to conclusion. The nationally recognized Advocacy Skills Boards, as well as practicums and externships, also helps students develop fundamental skills to fulfill their legal callings with excellence.
Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform
The Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform is committed to developing students' professional identities. The center's goal is to produce lawyers who have an understanding of the nature and purpose of the legal profession and are committed to the ethical practice of law. To that end, the center has developed the Mentor Program to facilitate the ethical Christian character formation of Regent Law students. Our mentors represent a variety of practice and geographical legal communities around the country, but each seeks to support and encourage the center's mission of fostering our students' professional identity formation.
Regent Law Alumni
Regent Law graduates have a global impact, with more than 200 alumni working in more than 20 nations around the world.
International Study Opportunities
Regent Law students have the opportunity to study abroad in Kampala, Uganda; Pohang, South Korea; and Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.
Regent's Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law offers summer stipends for internships around the world in human rights and rule of law advocacy.