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Regent Law Earns ABA Reaffirmation of Accreditation and Appoints New Dean

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (June 7, 2022) — Regent University School of Law has received a reaffirmation of accreditation from the American Bar Association. Regent Law is also welcoming a new dean this month.

“Accreditation from the American Bar Association reflects Regent’s rigorous, high-quality legal education,” said Dr. William L. Hathaway, executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Regent University. “This reaffirmation further validates our commitment to providing the highest-quality academic experience for our law students.”

This announcement comes on the heels of another significant external affirmation for Regent Law. In March—for the first time in school history—U.S. News & World Report recognized Regent University School of Law among its top 147 ranked law schools.

The Regent University Board of Trustees also announced that it has appointed a new dean of the law school. “We are thrilled to welcome Bradley J. Lingo as dean of the Regent University School of Law,” said Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, founder, chancellor & CEO of Regent University. “Under his proven leadership and extraordinary legal expertise, Regent Law will continue to provide the finest legal education to prepare students who are purpose-driven and practice-ready.”

Lingo is a graduate of Harvard Law School and was a partner in King & Spalding’s Trial and Global Disputes practice before joining the Regent Law faculty in 2019. In 2020, he co-founded the Robertson Center for Constitutional Law, where he has worked with students and faculty on several U.S. Supreme Court matters and authored numerous articles. He also served as the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs.

“The opportunities at Regent Law have never been better, and our school has never been stronger,” said Lingo. “There’s never been a more exciting time to be at Regent. I am honored and humbled to serve as dean, and I look forward to building on our incredible momentum.”

“Words cannot adequately express my appreciation and gratitude to the Regent Law community,” said Mark Martin, former dean of Regent Law and former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. “My three years at Regent have truly been a blessing for me and my family.”

Regent University is grateful to Mark Martin for his years of service. During his tenure, Regent Law welcomed numerous distinguished faculty, increased student enrollment, launched new degree programs, received national awards, and became officially ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

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About Regent University

Founded in 1977, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university with more than 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 areas of study including business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Regent University is ranked the #1 Best Accredited Online College in the United States (, 2020), the #1 Safest College Campus in Virginia (YourLocalSecurity, 2021), and the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Program in Virginia for ten years in a row (U.S. News & World Report, 2022).

About Regent Law

Regent Law’s more than 4,465 graduates practice law in all 50 states and over 20 countries and include 38 currently sitting judges. The school offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) in three-year and part-time formats, an online M.A. in Law, an online M.A. in Financial Planning & Law, an on-campus and online LL.M. in Human Rights and LL.M. in American Legal Studies, and an online Bachelor of Arts in Law.