Skip navigation

M.A. in Law – Advanced Paralegal Studies

Advance Your Paralegal Career with an Online Law Degree

The Master of Arts in Law – Advanced Paralegal Studies program, offered completely online (with select on-campus course options available), will prepare you for a dynamic career as an indispensable part of a legal team. It will develop your legal knowledge and critical thinking, equipping you to competently assist attorneys in all aspects of a case. Taught from a biblical perspective, this master’s program with an advanced paralegal studies concentration aligns with the paralegal studies program offered through Regent’s College of Arts & Sciences, making it a perfect next step toward gaining a competitive edge and solidifying your reputation as a trusted professional.

Online
30
January 11, 2021
Download PDF

Enhance Your Credentials without a J.D.

Earn your M.A. in Law degree in just five semesters with this practical alternative to the on-campus 3-year Juris Doctor program. Attend law school online without LSAT requirements.

Sharpen Your Skills

Learn the inner workings of the U.S. legal process and apply that knowledge to litigation, trial, and settlement cases.

Gain an Edge

Gain a master’s-level credential beyond the typical paralegal degree. 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. Our M.A. in Law program was ranked among the Top 15 Best Online Law Degree Programs by Intelligent, 2020. Gain the Regent Law advantage with a program tailored to your schedule and field of interest.

On completing the M.A. in Law degree program with a concentration in Advanced Paralegal Studies, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate legal issues related to topics ranging from insurance to cybersecurity.
  • Research American law, including cases and statutes.
  • Apply the techniques of forming and drafting contracts.
  • Analyze the Constitution and the authority of the federal, state and local governments.

Career Opportunities

  • Legal assistant
  • Litigation support analyst
  • Legal aid advocate
  • Clerk of court or judiciary clerk
15%
Projected growth in employment of paralegals & legal assistants (2016-26)

Common law of contracts, and the principles controlling the formation, performance and termination of contracts (offer, acceptance, consideration, conditions, material breach, damages, third party beneficiaries, assignment, statute of frauds and statutory variances from the common law). Cross-listed with GOV 618 and EHEA 506.

American legal system and the skills necessary to succeed in that system, including reading cases and statutes, analyzing legal issues, and researching selected topics of American law.

Nature of private property (both real and personal); landlord-tenant law; easements; covenants and servitudes; transfers of interests in real property; merchantable title; deeds; legal descriptions; conveyancing; recording systems; adverse possession; and land use controls.

Procedures and rules governing the process by which a civil lawsuit proceeds through the court system and the jurisdiction of federal and state courts.

Admission Requirements – M.A. in Law

2020-2021 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

Session

Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Friday, August 14

Monday, August 24

Session M

Friday, September 11

Monday, September 21

Session B

Friday, October 16

Monday, October 26

Session C

Tuesday, January 5

Monday, January 11

Session T

Friday, January 29

Monday, February 8

Session D

Friday, March 5

Monday, March 15

Session E

Friday, April 30

Monday, May 10

Session F

Friday, June 11

Monday, June 21

Note: On-campus international applicants must meet a fall semester application deadline of February 15 with an academic acceptance deadline of March 15 or a spring semester application deadline of June 15 with an academic acceptance deadline of July 15.

Regent Law admits students with academic promise and calling who are serious about the critical roles they will assume upon graduation. If you have decided to earn your master’s degree in law, we make applying to graduate school easy.

Admissions Criteria
The admissions committee seeks applicants who will bring a range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to Regent University’s School of Law. The M.A. in Law program seeks highly motivated students and professionals who appreciate the educational benefits and professional development opportunities a graduate legal-based education offers. Each of the following will be evaluated to assess an applicant’s potential for success in the program.

  • Academic achievement (GPA, course rigor, and institution(s) attended)
  • Mission Fit
  • Responses to the questions in the application for admission
  • Skills relevant to the practice of law

Admissions Requirements
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. LSAT and GRE not required for admission to our program.

Admissions Decisions
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, with most applicants being notified within two weeks of the date that the application and all supporting documents are received by the Admissions Office.


How to Apply to Graduate School – M.A. in Law Application Process

1. Complete Your Online Application
Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office for assistance.

2. Pay Your $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. Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*
Unofficial transcripts
from a U.S.-based school, indicating successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, can be used for an admissions decision. Email your unofficial transcript to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: LAW Master’s Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. See the International Admissions Checklist for details.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

4. Submit Your Professional Resume (Optional)
Your professional resume or curriculum vitae should include:

  • Employment history with details of responsibilities, skill sets, and results
  • School, community, and church leadership positions
  • Service activities in which you have been involved
  • Academic and non-academic honors and distinctions you have received

Email your resume to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: LAW Master’s Application Pieces.

5. Complete an Admissions Questionnaire Regarding Your Professional Goals and Interests

6. Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

7. International Applicants
Visit the International Students Admissions page for additional admission requirements and to determine if you qualify as an international student.


Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

M.A. in Law

$675 per credit hour*

  • 30-credit-hour program is $20,250.

View estimated Cost of Attendance.

Student Fees

Cost Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)

$550 (per semester)

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

M.A. in Law

$675 per credit hour*

  • 30-credit-hour program is $20,250.

View estimated Cost of Attendance.

Student Fees

Cost Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)

$600 (per semester)

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the M.A. in Law program, each student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an appropriate level of legal knowledge within the student’s concentration;
  2. Apply legal knowledge in practical settings;
  3. Write knowledgeably and effectively on legal issues;
  4. Explain the relevance of Christian principles to law.

“I'm very grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to serve as Judge Manion's law clerk. Seeing the federal appellate judicial process firsthand has been an unparalleled learning experience. I believe that Regent prepared me for this job through opportunities to hone my writing and research skills in core classes and on the Regent Law Review.”

Maxwell Thelen, J.D., 2012

“"So much of my teaching style and philosophy is modeled after that of Regent Law deans and professors. I am working in my calling and love equipping my students for their calling too through the gift of teaching the Lord has given me."”

Adeline Allen, J.D., 2011

“At Regent, I became interested in issues of social justice. A big part of my calling is really around leveraging the market to do good. I believe if God is leading students here, He will open the door to a meaningful role where they are making a difference in people’s lives.”

Kyle Westaway, J.D., 2006 Lecturer, Harvard Law; Managing Partner, Westaway Brooklyn, New York

“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

“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