Juris Doctor (JD)

School of Law

#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 Law JD – Where Knowledge, Skill & Integrity Meet

Regent's Juris Doctor (JD) law degree is academically excellent and competitive with law schools nationwide. Our 95% overall bar passage rate in the Virginia Bar Exam, July 2017, placed us at the #1 rank among Virginia law schools. In addition, we enjoyed an 86% bar passage rate nationwide in 2017. Available in 3-year, part-time, and accelerated formats, our JD program is grounded in Christian values and taught by an internationally recognized faculty.

Honors & Global JD Programs

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.

Increase Your Earning Potential

Advance in your career and expand your earning opportunities.

Develop Skills through Clinical Practice

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.

Gain Internship & Externship Opportunities

Enjoy opportunities including internships with the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

Strengthen Your Advocacy Skills

Compete on award-winning Moot Court, Negotiation and Trial Advocacy teams.

On Campus in Virginia Beach

Various Joint Degree Options

Scholarships Available


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Take Your Career to the Next Level

On completing the Juris Doctor (JD) degree, you will be able to:

  • Take the bar examination.
  • Apply your knowledge in legal areas such as contracts, legal analysis, research, and mediation.
  • Apply your appellate advocacy skills.

After passing the bar examination, JD graduates are eligible for positions in areas such as:

  • Litigation
  • Administrative law or regulated industries
  • Constitution and public law
  • Corporate and commercial law
  • Intellectual property
  • Property or real estate

ABA Required Disclosures

$141,890 Mean annual wage for lawyers. -Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017

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Admission Requirements - Juris Doctor

Application Deadline:

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

  • 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 seating availability information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4584 or lawschool@regent.edu.

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:

  • 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: 3.55

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 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:

  • June 11, 2018
  • July 23, 2018
  • September 8, 2018
  • November 17, 2018
  • January 26, 2019
  • March 30, 2019
  • June 3, 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

  • 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.

 

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*

  • First-year, full-time program is $36,000 (30 credit hours)
  • First-year, part-time program is $27,600 (23 credit hours)

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Student Fees

Cost Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)

$700 (per semester)

Student Bar Association

$80 (per semester)

BARBRI Fee

$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.

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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.


Noah Dipasquale, JD, Class of 2017

Juris Doctor (JD)