#1 among Virginia law schools for Bar passage rate, July 2017
Class of 2017: 100% Bar Passage Rate (Honors Graduates)
Top 5 Moot Court Program nationally – Report of University of Houston Law, 2016
Regent's Juris Doctor (JD) law degree is academically excellent and competitive with law schools nationwide. We will prepare you to become an excellent lawyer — one who is thoughtfully educated in the law, thoroughly trained in legal skills, and professionally formed to provide meaningful, caring counsel to your clients and others. You will also learn how the law can be used to improve the human condition, and learn how it can be used to help change the world for the better. Regent Law had the highest overall bar passage rate among all eight Virginia law schools in both July 2017 and February 2018. Available in 3-year, part-time, and accelerated formats, our JD program is grounded in Christian values and taught by an internationally recognized faculty.
Our law school's JD Honors program provides exclusive academic and professional experiences to select entering and first-year students. The JD – Global program provides an opportunity for foreign law students and lawyers to transfer credit from their non-U.S. law school, earn their American JD, and be eligible to sit for the bar exam in the U.S. in as little as two years.
Advance in your career and expand your earning opportunities.
Develop practical lawyering skills through clinical practice, including a civil litigation clinic, legal research and a partnership with the American Center for Law and Justice.
Enjoy opportunities including internships with the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law.
On Campus in Virginia Beach
Various Joint Degree Options
On completing the Juris Doctor (JD) degree, you will be able to:
After passing the bar examination, JD graduates are eligible for positions in areas such as:
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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/Low Pass/No Pass.
History and development of the common law of contracts; the principles controlling the formation, enforcement, and avoidance of contracts; as well as preliminary consideration of remedies for breach of contract.
The principles controlling the performance and breach of contracts, rights of third parties, as well as additional consideration of remedies for breach of contract.
Introduction to the foundations and common law doctrines of criminal law and modern statutory provisions. Required for the Virginia Third-Year Practice Certificate. J.D. student prerequisite: LAW 511.
Civil liability resulting from breach of duties arising from common law as distinguished from duties imposed by contract or criminal law, focusing especially on intentional torts.
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.
Jurisdiction of federal and state courts and fundamental issues related to a plaintiff's ability to sue a defendant in a specific federal district, including subject matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction and venue. Not available to LL.M. students.
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 pertaining to the nature of private property, both real and personal, including biblical principles relevant to property acquisition and ownership, personal property issues, donative transfers, the common law classification of estates and future interests, and concurrent estates.
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.
Learning experience that allows research and evaluation of subject matter or conduct other comparable academic activities with minimum faculty guidance. Guidelines are published in the law school’s Policies and Procedures Manual. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 552 and 553.
Students directly experience and participate in the practice of law by working without remuneration under the supervision of a practicing attorney or judge in a government office, judicial chamber, nonprofit organization, or private firm, with oversight by a full-time faculty member. Prerequisites: Approval required. Pass/Low Pass/No Pass.
Survey of the law of agency and partnerships, corporations and other business structures. Study of: the law governing formation, control, liabilities, property, dissolution and disposition of partnerships; internal and external relations of partners; and close and public corporations, their origins, structure, rights and liabilities of management and shareholders. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 521 and 522. LAW 541, 542, 551, and 554 are recommended but not required. Co-requisite: LAW 603.
Study of the law governing commercial transactions with primary focus on sales (Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), leases (Article 2A of the UCC) and the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 521 and 522.
Thorough study of the basic concepts of secured transactions (Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code) including scope, attachment, priority, perfection and remedies on default, plus an introduction to relevant bankruptcy concepts. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 521, 522, 561 and 562. LAW 621 is recommended but not required.
Study of limitations imposed on law enforcement activities by the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution as applied to the States via the 14th Amendment. Procedurally, the course considers the criminal justice process from investigation through arrest and initial court appearance. J.D. student prerequisite: LAW 683. LAW 684 is recommended but not required.
Develop written and oral appellate advocacy skills through appellate brief-writing and participation in simulated oral arguments. Teaches how to present clear and persuasive arguments to appellate judges. Prerequisites: LAW 551, 554, 552 and 553.
Study of the law of evidence, the rules governing its admission and exclusion and the policies and theories underlying the evidentiary system. Subject matter areas include order of proof, relevance, judicial notice, real and documentary evidence, hearsay, competence, presumptions, privilege, impeachment and rehabilitation of witnesses. Required for the Virginia Third-Year Practice Certificate. Prerequisites: LAW 551 and 554.
Develop courtroom skills of process and persuasion through simulated civil and criminal cases. Emphasis is on opening statement, direct and cross-examination and closing argument. Be involved in class exercises conducting these aspects of trial practice. Prerequisites: LAW 511, 521, 522, 541, 542, 551, 554, 561, 562, and 652.
Develop legal negotiation skills through participation in simulated negotiations. Negotiation exercises are video-taped for review and faculty critique and evaluation. Classroom discussion is devoted to examining and applying theoretical and practical strategies of negotiation. J.D student prerequisites: LAW 511, 521, 522, 541, 542, 551, 552, 553, 554, 561, and 562.*
This traditionally graded course presents an overview of the history of mediation and introduces students to the process, value, limitation, and skills for third-party intervention in the settlement of non-family law conflicts consistent with Christian principles and professional codes of ethics, especially those for mediators in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Through literature, case review, discussions and simulations, the student explores biblical conflict resolution, the nature of conflict, reconciliation, conflict management styles, communication skills, and mediation theory and practice to develop skills a general mediator needs to facilitate a constructive resolution of conflict and help heal relationships if feasible. Prerequisites: LAW 511, 521, 522, 541, 542, 551, 554, 561, 562, and 655.
This classroom and live client course provides students with “hands-on experience” in representing clients before administrative and judicial fora in matters. Students have direct responsibility for the management of a case from the initial interview to conclusion of representation under supervision of a licensed attorney. They also gain knowledge and skills in interviewing, fact-gathering, identifying and applying law to case facts, diagnosing a client’s problems, developing case strategy, drafting legal instruments, assessing professional competence and responsibility in the attorney-client relationship, preparing for and conducting trials and negotiation and settlement. Coursework encompasses civil procedure, evidence, substantive law, law office management, ethics and professional responsibility. May be repeated for a total of up to 6 credit hours. Prerequisites: LAW 511, 521, 522, 541, 542, 551, 552, 553, 554, 561, 562, 652, permission of Instructor, and Virginia Third-Year Practice Certificate.
Exploration of client interviewing and counseling in the practice of law. Designed to help students: (1) improve their interpersonal and legal skills; (2) acquire effective client interviewing and counseling skills; and (3) consider the attorney-client relationship, different models of counseling, and the moral and ethical considerations that can arise when attorneys work with clients. Prerequisites: LAW 511 and completion of two semesters of law school.
General introduction to the law and legal regulation of family associations. Focuses on the relationships of husband and wife, parent and child and, in that context, assists in developing a thorough understanding of biblical, historic and contemporary legal principles and rules governing the family and other intimate relationships. Probes contemporary topics related to law and the family in light of current legal and cultural settings. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 521, 522, 561 and 562. Cross-listed with MLAW 661.
Introduction to the basic legal principles of intestate succession; to the execution, construction, revocation and interpretation of wills; to the creation of trusts; to the fiduciary administration of trusts and estates; and to the acquisition of the basic legal principles of transferring family wealth. Prerequisites: LAW 521, 522, 561 and 562.
This traditionally graded course presents an overview of the history of mediation and introduces students to the process, value, limitation, and skills for third-party intervention in the settlement of family and non-family conflicts consistent with Christian principles and professional codes of ethics, especially those for mediators in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Through literature, case review, discussions and graded simulations, the student explores biblical conflict resolution, the nature of conflict, reconciliation, conflict management styles, communication skills, family systems, the restructure of family roles and relationships during divorce, parenting plans, domestic violence, support, and the theory and practice of family mediation to help develop skills a mediator needs to facilitate a constructive resolution of family conflict and help heal relationships if feasible. Prerequisites: Completed Course Application, Instructor Consent, LAW 511, 521, 522, 541, 542, 551, 554, 561, and 562. LAW 661 and LAW 655 are strongly recommended, but not required.
Study of principles of U.S. constitutional law, in both historical and contemporary contexts. Subject matter areas include: the biblical, philosophical, historical and political background of the U.S. Constitution; judicial review; the distribution and separation of governmental powers in the U.S. federal system, with emphasis upon the federal commerce, taxing and foreign affairs powers; and intergovernmental relations. Prerequisite: LAW 511 and completion of one semester of law school.
Continuation of the study of principles of U.S. constitutional law, in both historical and contemporary contexts. Subject matter focuses on the First and Fourteenth Amendments, with emphasis on due process, equal protection, freedom of speech and press, and free exercise and non-establishment of religion. Prerequisite: LAW 683.
Examination and analysis of the authority and duties of lawyers in the practice of their profession as advocate, mediator and counselor, and of their responsibility to God, to government, to the courts and the bar and to their clients, including a study of the ABA Rules of Professional Conduct. Required for the Virginia Third-Year Practice Certificate. Prerequisites: LAW 511 and completion of two semesters of law school. LAW 521, 522, 531, 541, 542, 551, and 554 are recommended but not required.
Provides students interested in employee rights in the context of compulsory unionism, public interest law, and litigation the opportunity to work with the litigation staff of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. Sixty hours of research, writing, and litigation support are required per credit hour. Students can choose their preferred projects but must complete at least one long-term research project if they want the course to satisfy the rigorous written skills requirement. Students also must sign a client confidentiality agreement. Prerequisites: LAW 511, 552, 553, and completion of two semesters of law school. Recommended but not required: LAW 683 and 684. Pass/Low Pass/No Pass.
Extension of Trial Practice. Complete rigorous formal preparation and subsequently serve on a team that competes in an interscholastic trial competition. Develop understanding of opening statements, closing arguments, evidentiary objections, offers of proof, the introduction of demonstrative evidence, trial tactics, trial preparation, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, and trial strategies generally. Prerequisites: LAW 654 and membership on an interscholastic trial advocacy team.
Extension of Advanced Trial Practice I. Complete rigorous formal preparation, building on skills developed in Advanced Trial Practice I, and subsequently serve on a team that competes in an interscholastic trial competition. Develop advanced understanding of opening statements, closing arguments, evidentiary objections, offers of proof, introduction of demonstrative evidence, trial tactics, trial preparation, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, and trial strategies. Prerequisites: Law 744 and membership on an interscholastic trial advocacy team.
Based on the civil procedure of the Commonwealth of Virginia and examines the various courts, statutes and rules. Primary concentration on titles 8.01, 16.1 and 7.1 of the Code of Virginia. Prerequisites: LAW 551 and 554.
Members of an academic law review or journal that has been approved by the faculty are eligible to receive credit for writing a publishable law review article, comment or note and substantially assisting the board of their review or journal. The Constitution of each review or journal provides the standards, approved by the faculty, which govern this credit. Prerequisites: LAW 552 and 553.
Seminar that exposes a deeper understanding of the skills and materials of electronic legal research. Emphasizes the development of practical, useful skills and equipping students for clerking and other work experiences. Produce weekly written assignments dealing with different research materials and a topical research guide. Prerequisites: LAW 552 & 553.
The law and techniques of contract formation and drafting. Provides experience in the imaginative thinking that a lawyer must pursue in integrating the expressed and implied agreements of the parties to a contract. Provides opportunities to learn to create legal documents that express the agreement not only clearly, but also in a manner that defies any contrary interpretation. Enrollment limited by instructor. J.D. prerequisites: LAW 521, 522, 552 and 553.
Builds on first-year Civil Procedure by contrasting the state procedure of the state in which the student plans to practice with the Federal Model. Concentrates on key procedures in handling a case in the courts of the state in which the student intends to practice, traps that competent lawyers in the state in question would know, and readiness to practice in the state in question. Prerequisite: LAW 652.
Extension of Appellate Advocacy. Independently research and write a significant portion of a moot court team’s brief; members of each team will then pool their independent work and complete the entire brief for competition. Additionally, present practice oral arguments in class and have the opportunity to serve as judge for classmates. Earn one, two, or three credits. Prerequisites: LAW 650 and membership on an interscholastic moot court team.
Extension of Advanced Appellate Advocacy I. Independently research and write a significant portion of a moot court team’s brief; members of each team will then pool their independent work and complete the entire brief for competition. Additionally, present practice oral arguments in class and have the opportunity to serve as judge for classmates. Earn one, two, or three credits (maximum of five credits when combined with LAW 778). Prerequisites: LAW 778 and membership on an interscholastic moot court team.
Designed to develop students’ analytical skills and reinforce understanding of foundational substantive legal principles in preparation for the Multistate Bar Examination. Pass/Low Pass/No Pass.
Designed to develop students’ analytical and writing skills in preparation for all components of the bar examination. Pass/Low Pass/No Pass.
Study of the theories of the application of laws involving domicile and citizenship and, in transactions having elements in more than one state, the choice of governing law in such fields as property, contracts, torts and family law. Prerequisites: LAW 511, 521, 522, 541, 542, 551, 554, 561, 562, and 683.
Students will experience the practice of law and develop professional skills by working without remuneration off campus under the direct supervision of one or more attorneys, in governmental offices, or in a judicial or other approved placement. May also include a classroom component. May be repeated for academic credit, up to a total of 5 credit hours. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 511, 521, 522, 541, 542, 551, 552, 553, 554, 561, and 562. Pass/Low Pass/No Pass.*
The law pertaining to the nature of private property, both real and personal, including biblical principles relevant to property acquisition and ownership, personal property issues, donative transfers, the common law classification of estates and future interests, and concurrent estates. 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.
Applications for the Juris Doctor law degree are accepted between September 1 and July 31.
For seating availability information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4584 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application for entry into Regent Law for the 2018-2019 academic year is available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website until July 31, 2019.
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:
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.
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 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 will be offered seven times from June 2018 – June 2019:
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.
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
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. JD applicants must obtain at least a 100 on Internet section of the TOEFL.
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 2019-2020 academic year is:
JD tuition is $1,200 per credit hour*
Cost Per Semester
University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)
$700 (per semester)
Student Bar Association
$80 (per semester)
$430 (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.
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.