Juris Doctor (JD)

The Juris Doctor – JD law degree – available in 3-year, part-time, and accelerated formats, is academically excellent and competitive with law schools nationwide. Our Moot Court Program is ranked in the Top 5 nationally* and our bar passage rates place us among the best in the nation*. Our internationally recognized faculty and robust advocacy skills training program will equip you with knowledge of the law in key areas and provide strategic bar exam preparation for licensing in any jurisdiction across the country. Regent Law students are uniquely equipped to practice law with honesty, integrity, and Christian values.

Students in the JD program will receive:

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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 *Top 5 Moot Court Program nationally – Report of University of Houston Law, 2016; 95% Overall Bar Passage Rate (#1 Among Virginia Law Schools), Virginia Bar Exam, July 2017; Class of 2017: 100% Bar Passage Rate (Honors Graduates); 100% Bar Passage Rate in 11 States; 86% Bar Passage Rate Nationwide; 88% Bar Passage Rate, Uniform Bar Exam.

 

Delivery Format: On Campus

Total Credit Hours Required: 90

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Deadline:

Applications for the Juris Doctor law degree are accepted between September 1 and June 1 or until the class is filled.

  • Early Commitment Program: Regent Law’s Early Commitment Program (ECP) is a binding decision program with exclusive benefits for those who commit to enroll at Regent Law by January 31, if admitted. Accepted students choosing to enroll under the Early Commitment Program are eligible to receive enhanced scholarship opportunities, priority consideration for Faculty Scholar Fellowships and a book stipend for the first year of law school. Once admitted to this program, the applicant must withdraw all other law school applications and may not initiate applications to any other law schools.
  • 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 2017-2018 academic year is available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website until July 31, 2018.

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.

Medians

  • LSAT Score: 154
  • GPA: 3.33

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.

A JD law school 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 154 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. Letter(s) of Recommendation

  • Applicants must submit at least one Academic Recommendation, even if the degree was earned online. Applicants who have been out of school for five or more years may substitute a General Recommendation.
  • In addition to the Academic Recommendations(s), Regent strongly encourages applicants to submit a Spiritual Recommendation from a pastor, spiritual leader, or someone who can comment on the role of faith in the applicant’s life.
  • Applicants may also submit a General Recommendation, which would be from an employer, if possible.
  • Applicants should not submit more than four letters of recommendation.
  • Recommendations should be sent to LSAC using the Letter of Recommendation (LOR) Service.

6. Personal Statement

The admissions committee attaches significant importance to the applicant's personal statement. The statement, a typed essay of 500 – 1,000 words, 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.

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is:

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

Technology

$300 (per semester)

Student Bar Association

$80 (per semester)

BARBRI Fee

$430 (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)

$45 (fall and spring semesters only)

Parking Fee (on-campus students)

$100 (per semester)

* Rates are subject to change at any time.

** To be fully vested and eligible to receive the BARBRI bar review course upon graduation for no additional cost other than a $250 refundable materials deposit and state sales tax., JD students must pay the $430 fee for all of the first six consecutive semesters of their enrollment, including summer sessions.

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

JD Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the JD program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of substantive and procedural law and the biblical underpinnings of law.
  • Demonstrate sound legal analysis, legal research, and problem solving.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in legal contexts, both orally and in written form.
  • Articulate the decision-making framework by which the student will make ethical decisions in the practice of law.
  • Perform the skills needed for one entering the legal profession to be able to participate competently and ethically in the legal profession.
  • Create a strategic plan for the student's career path and to follow God's call.

Joint Degree Options

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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