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Robertson Hall, which houses Regent University's law school in Virginia Beach, VA.

Regent Law Recognized as Top 5 in the Nation for Public Policy

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (February 21, 2022) — Regent University School of Law was recently recognized as Top 5 in the Nation for Public Policy, alongside Duke, Georgetown, and Harvard law schools, by preLaw magazine. Regent also received an A- for International Law from preLaw for 2022. 

“We are honored to be acknowledged among some of the nation’s most respected law schools,” said Mark Martin, dean of Regent University School of Law. “Regent Law is firmly committed to challenging students academically while also providing meaningful outlets for them to gain practical legal experience in the areas they are passionate about and that help those in need.”  

One such outlet is the school’s Center for Global Justice, through which students are immersed in public policy and human rights work and developed as practice-ready, purpose-driven lawyers. The Center for Global Justice, which will celebrate its 12th anniversary this year, equips students to use the law to seek justice for the oppressed and supports those already engaged in such advocacy.  

Executive director of the center and Regent Law professor Jeffrey Brauch explained that select students interested in the rule of law, international law, and human rights are given the opportunity to engage in hands-on legal research and advocacy internships while being trained as advocates. Since 2010, 183 interns and 100 student staff members have contributed approximately 63,011 hours of pro bono work (estimated value: $4.7 million in legal work). 

Through the Center for Global Justice, students receive generous grants to complete summer internships all over the world. Students intern with leading human rights organizations like International Justice Mission, Shared Hope, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, and Advocates International, to combat human trafficking and other human rights abuses and secure religious liberty. Interns have served 65 organizations in 16 states and 26 countries.  

“Law school is so much more enjoyable when you find outlets to engage in what you are most passionate about,” said Abbey Hayes, a second-year Regent Law student. Hayes has already taken trips overseas in partnership with the center and plans to return to work in a Ugandan prison over spring break. 

Regent Law’s J.D. program teaches students public policy and foundations in law beginning their first year of law school. “Concerns over the justice of public policy are driven largely by the concerns of our students,” said Brad Lingo, associate dean for academic affairs and executive director of the Robertson Center for Constitutional Law. “A vast majority of them have a sense of purpose and a calling to serve.” 

To learn more about Regent Law, visit regent.edu/law

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About Regent University   

Founded in 1978, 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 (Study.com, 2020), the #1 Safest College Campus in Virginia (YourLocalSecurity, 2021), and the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Program in Virginia for 10 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 of Law ranks in the top 11 percent of all law schools for graduates obtaining judicial clerkships and ranked 20th in the nation for Ultimate Bar Passage in 2019. 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 an on-campus and online LL.M. in American Legal Studies.