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Pursue your Juris Doctor (JD) degree part-time at Regent University, Virginia Beach.

Juris Doctor (J.D.) – Part-Time

Pursue Your Career Goal

The Part-Time Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program is a flexible option for professionals who wish to remain employed while they study law part time. You will complete the same rigorous program as full-time students and learn from the same law professors, but because part-time students take fewer hours each semester compared to full-time students, you have increased flexibility to select courses that fit within your personal and professional schedules. Students in our part-time law program will generally be able to earn their J.D. in four to five calendar years. To apply for this program, applicants need to check the box on the application indicating part-time study and submit an addendum explaining their reason for wanting to participate in the part-time program. The Admissions Committee will consider all factors when deciding whether to admit an applicant to the part-time program.

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Determine Your Credit-Hour Capacity

Enroll in a minimum of 8 credit hours and a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester.

Sharpen Your Legal Skills

Focus on legal analysis, writing, and problem solving.

Advance Your Knowledge

Explore classic texts in history, philosophy, and theology, and gain an appreciation of the biblical foundations of the law and legal institutions of the United States.

LEARN FROM THE BEST

Regent Law was ranked among Top 5 in the Nation for Interesting Professors (Teaching) and Top 35 in the Nation for Academic Experience by The Princeton Review, 2020.

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On completing the J.D. program, you will be able to:

  • Apply your knowledge in legal areas such as contracts, civil procedure, property and family mediation.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in criminal law and constitutional criminal procedure.
  • Apply appellate advocacy skills.
  • Demonstrate sound legal analysis, legal research, and problem solving.

Career Opportunities

  • Administrative law/regulated industries
  • Constitution and public law
  • Corporate and commercial law
  • Family law
  • Health law
  • Intellectual property
$144Thousand
Mean annual wage for lawyers Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

Jurisprudential survey of the foundations of law, including the development of higher and natural law theories, the influence of higher and natural law and Christian principles on the development of Anglo-American law, and the rise and influence of modern legal philosophies.

Introduction to the lawyer’s roles and responsibilities; duties to God, clients, courts, and bar, ethical and moral challenges; and development of a moral code and ethical decision-making framework. Includes assessment of students’ God-given gifts, consideration of how their strengths intersect with legal opportunities, and how to pursue a professional calling. Pass/No Pass.

The principles controlling the performance and breach of contracts, rights of third parties, as well as additional consideration of remedies for breach of contract.

Civil liability resulting from breach of duties arising from common law as distinguished from duties imposed by contract or criminal law, focusing especially upon negligence, invasion of privacy, and defamation.

Introduction to the law library and to the use of the full range of source materials available to lawyers and judges in the practice of law. Complete written projects designed to develop legal writing and research skills necessary for the practice of law.

Introduction to the law library and to the use of the full range of source materials available to lawyers and judges in the practice of law. Complete written projects designed to develop legal writing and research skills necessary for the practice of law.

Procedures and rules governing the process by which a civil lawsuit proceeds through the federal system, including the rules governing pleadings, claims by and against the defendant, pretrial discovery, summary judgment, judicial involvement in case management, the trial and appeal; joinder of claims and parties, and the preclusive effect of a judgment in one suit involving one or more of the same parties in a successive suit. Prerequisite: LAW 551 or LAW 851 (LL.M. students).

The law and biblical principles pertaining to the acquisition, ownership and use of real property; landlord-tenant law; easements; covenants and servitudes; transfers of interests in real property, including an examination of merchantable title, deeds, legal descriptions, conveyancing, recording systems and title assurance, adverse possession, and land use controls.

Application Deadline:

Applications for the Juris Doctor law degree are accepted between September 1 and July 31.

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  • 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 March 1, 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 $500 tuition scholarship 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 part-time J.D. degree seating availability information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4584 or lawschool@regent.edu.

Application for entry into Regent Law is available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website until July 31.

Please carefully note the following information as you begin your law school application process.

Admissions Criteria for J.D. 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 for the part-time J.D. degree, 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 J.D. Program

All J.D. 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: 155
  • GPA: 3.45

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.

2. $50 Application Fee

Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

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 several times throughout the year. Visit the LSAC website to view future LSAT dates.

Generally, applicants are advised to schedule the LSAT several months prior to their anticipated enrollment in law school.

An 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.

Regent University is a host site for the LSAT, and provides study materials and 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 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.

7. Additional International Applicant Requirements

Please refer to our International Admissions Checklist to make sure you have successfully completed the proper documentation and forms, along with your application. J.D. applicants must obtain at least a 100 on Internet section of the TOEFL.

For any further questions, please feel free to contact our office by email at lawschool@regent.edu or our International Students Office.


Note: If you’re considering part-time law degree programs, please note that all items submitted as part of the law school application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Part Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts (MA)$6756$4,05030$20,250
Master of Laws (LLM)$6506$3,90030$19,500
Juris Doctor (JD)$1,20011$13,20090$108,000

Full Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts (MA)$6759$6,07530$20,250
Master of Laws (LLM)$6509$5,85030$19,500
Juris Doctor (JD)$1,20015$18,00090$108,000

Total Cost of Attendance 2019-20
Full-time JD (Fall/Spring Combined)

Resident & Non-Resident
Books & Supplies$2,000
Board$5,400
University Fees$1,500
Program Fees$1,020
Loan Fees$440
Personal$5,040
Room$8,100
Transportation$3,600
Tuition$36,000
Total$64,040

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750 (per semester)
Student Bar Association$80 (per semester)
Bar Preparation Program Fee$430 (per semester)**

Part Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts (MA)$6756$4,05030$20,250
Master of Laws (LLM)$6506$3,90030$19,500
Juris Doctor (JD)$1,20011$13,20090$108,000

Full TIme

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts (MA)$6759$6,07530$20,250
Master of Laws (LLM)$6509$5,85030$19,500
Juris Doctor (JD)$1,20015$18,00090$108,000

Total Cost of Attendance 2019-20
Full-time JD (Fall/Spring Combined)

Resident & Non-Resident
Books & Supplies$2,000
Board$5,400
University Fees$1,400
Program Fees$860
Loan Fees$440
Personal$5,040
Room$8,100
Transportation$3,600
Tuition$37,200
Total$64,040

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$700 (per semester)
Student Bar Association$80 (per semester)
Bar Preparation Program Fee$430 (per semester)**

*Rates are subject to change at any time.
**To be fully vested and eligible to receive the bar preparation review course upon graduation for no additional cost other than postage, a $250 refundable materials deposit, and state sales tax. J.D. students must pay the $430 fee for all of the first six consecutive semesters of their enrollment, including summer sessions.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the Juris Doctor (J.D.) 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.

Noah Dipasquale, J.D., Class of 2017

“I spent a summer as a Regent Center for Global Justice intern, working on immigration issues, and contributing to a win for three asylum cases. This confirmed a distinct calling on my life to seek justice and advocate for the oppressed.”

Emily Arthur, J.D., 2015

“Regent attracts very talented students, and I was continually challenged by the academic excellence and career ambition of my classmates.”

Elizabeth Oklevitch, J.D., 2014

“"At Regent, it was 'law first' and then we talked about how the law is influenced by the spiritual and moral side—that was a valuable lesson I'll always be thankful to Regent for providing."”

Elizabeth Beavers, J.D., 2012

“Without funding for a law degree, I was ready to give up on my dream. Then, Regent contacted me about their honors program and a full-ride scholarship. I said, 'All right, God; I guess this is your answer. I’m going.'”

Joe Addink, Juris Doctor (J.D.), 2019 Associate District Attorney, Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office

“Most of my practice is devoted to cybersecurity or litigation related to information and privacy law. My goal is to carry forward the standard of excellence I learned at Regent. This will help me continue to influence and advance cybersecurity law to solve problems that we haven’t even thought about yet.”

Shawn Tuma, Juris Doctor (J.D.), 1999 Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Partner, Spencer Fane LLP Dallas, Texas