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M.A. in Law – Alternative Dispute Resolution

Enhance Your Legal Career with an Online Law Degree

The Master of Arts in Law – Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) will develop your legal knowledge and critical thinking so you may competently mediate business deals and resolve conflict in virtually any professional setting. Taught from a biblical perspective, this online alternative dispute resolution program builds on foundational courses in legal thought, writing, and critical thinking to help you gain a competitive edge and solidify your reputation as a trusted professional. The program is offered completely online, with select on-campus course options available.

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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 SKILLS IN YOUR AREA OF INTEREST

Choose coursework from general and family mediation to labor law, according to your area of interest.

COMPLEMENT YOUR LAW DEGREE

Complement your online law degree with courses in collective bargaining, organizational communication and managing people.

GAIN THE REGENT LAW ADVANTAGE

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 an alternative dispute resolution program tailored to your schedule and field of interest.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

On completing the Master of Arts in Law degree with a concentration in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), you will be able to:

  • Apply legal negotiation strategies and skills.
  • Apply methods of resolving disputes through mediation, collaborative law, and arbitration.
  • Research American law, including cases and statutes.
  • Communicate knowledgeably and effectively with others on legal issues.

Career Opportunities

  • Corporate Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Social Services
  • Real Estate
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Projected growth in employment of arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators (2016-26)

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. Cross-listed with GOV 631.

The history of mediation and 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.

Methods of resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation, collaborative law, and arbitration.

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. Cross-listed with LAW 661.

The history of mediation and 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.

2020-21 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before 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.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 14Monday, August 24
Session MFriday, September 11Monday, September 21
Session BFriday, October 16Monday, October 26
Session CTuesday, January 5Monday, January 11
Session TFriday, January 29Monday, February 8
Session DFriday, March 5Monday, March 15
Session EFriday, April 30Monday, May 10
Session FFriday, June 11Monday, 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.

Admission Requirements – M.A. in Law

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.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6756$4,050
Master of Laws (LLM)$6506$3,900
Juris Doctor (JD)$1,20011$13,200

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6759$6,075
Master of Laws (LLM)$6509$5,850
Juris Doctor (JD)$1,20015$18,000

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

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

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6756$4,050
Master of Laws (LLM)$6506$3,900
Juris Doctor (JD)$1,20011$13,200

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6759$6,075
Master of Laws (LLM)$6509$5,850
Juris Doctor (JD)$1,20015$18,000

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750
University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

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

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

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

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 learned all I could at Regent, because I knew He would eventually draw it all back out of me to use for someone else’s good.”

Sharla Mylar, Juris Doctor (J.D.), 2017 Assistant Attorney General, Alaska Department of 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

“"Regent really prepares students to face the legal field’s constant changes. The professors teach you how to research. Even though I never took business law classes that might be helpful now, I’ve been given the tools to find the answers I need."”

Kristen Jurjevich, J.D., 2010

“There were plenty of other law schools. But I told my family, ‘If I don’t go to Regent, I’m not going to law school at all.’”

Jim Mischel Jr., J.D., 1996 CEO, Electric Mirror; CEO Safeology

“"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