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M.A. in Law – Human Rights & Rule of Law

Be Equipped to Advocate for the Oppressed

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Law – Human Rights & Rule of Law, offered completely online, will equip you with the skills you need to seek justice and serve as an advocate for those who are oppressed and vulnerable in the United States and around the world. Taught from a biblical perspective, this online human rights law degree helps you gain a competitive edge and solidify your reputation as a legal expert and trusted professional.

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January 9, 2023
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Enhance Your Credentials without a J.D.

Earn your M.A. in Law credential in just five semesters with this practical alternative to the on-campus 3-year Juris Doctor degree.

Expand Your Experience

If you live in Virginia Beach, participate in some global projects of Regent’s Center for Global Justice.

Advance Your Knowledge

Choose from a robust list of courses from human trafficking, immigration, children’s rights to religious freedom and civil liberties.

Please complete the Request Information form on this page to learn more about this program.

On completing the M.A. in Law – Human Rights & Rule of Law degree, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in international criminal law.
  • Apply your knowledge of rule of law principles to strengthen the legal culture in developing nation-states.
  • Apply your knowledge of human rights and violations in cases such as trafficking in persons.
  • Evaluate legal issues through the framework of human rights law.

Career Opportunities

  • International legal advocacy
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Social entrepreneurship
$62Thousand
Mean annual wage for arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

Overview of the global problem of trafficking in persons for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor. The course examines the issue of trafficking from several perspectives: (i) the various international conventions that prohibit trafficking in persons; (ii) regional examples of trafficking and factors that contribute to it such as civil unrest and governmental corruption; and (iii) the United States legislative and foreign policy response to trafficking in persons. This course will focus on trafficking in persons as a human rights violation and the treatment of trafficked persons as a victim of a crime.

International and U.S. refugee law with an emphasis on asylum law in the United States.

The criminal law that applies across international borders, including key international criminal law tribunals from Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court and the substantive law of international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Cross-listed with LAW 709.

International and regional laws regarding the right to expression and protection of religious belief. Defenses to protect religious freedom, mechanisms for advocacy and intervention, and the impact that non-governmental organizations can have in protecting religious freedom. J.D. student prerequisite: LAW 511 and completion of two semester of law school. Cross-listed with GOV 657 and LAW 714.

Rule of law principles and how to apply the principles to form and fortify the legal culture and institutions in developing nation-states. How economic structures, the security environment, and cultural and religious views impact law-making and enforcement. Cross-listed with LAW 710.

Addresses the questions of the universality of human rights, including the right of life, the right to death, rights of the child, women’s rights, religious freedoms, the rights of third-world countries and the export of Western values to Eastern societies.

2022-23 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 12Monday, August 22
Session MFriday, September 9Monday, September 19
Session BFriday, October 14Monday, October 24
Session CWednesday, January 4Monday, January 9
Session TFriday, January 27Monday, February 6
Session DFriday, March 3Monday, March 13
Session EFriday, April 28Monday, May 8
Session FFriday, June 9Monday, June 19

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Step 2: Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire

  • After you submit your application, you will receive a link to complete the required admissions questionnaire.

Step 3: Submit Your Unofficial College Transcripts

  • Email your unofficial college transcripts to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: Unofficial Transcripts.
  • Upon conditional acceptance, Regent University will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company.

Step 4: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

  • Email a photo of your government-issued ID to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: Government ID.
  • Please note that 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)$6956$4,170
Master of Laws (LLM)$6706$4,020
Juris Doctor (JD)$1,23511$13,585

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6959$6,255
Master of Laws (LLM)$6709$6,030
Juris Doctor (JD)$1,23515$18,525

Student Fees Per Semester

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

Total Cost of Attendance 2022-23
Full-time J.D. (Fall/Spring Combined)

Resident & Non-Resident
Books & Supplies$2,000
Board$5,400
University Fees$1,600
Program Fees$1,046
Loan Fees$440
Personal$5,040
Room$8,100
Transportation$3,600
Tuition$37,050
Total$64,276

J.D. Program Fees Per Semester

Student Bar Association$80 (per semester)
Bar Preparation Program Fee$430 (per semester)**
Classroom Response Tech Fee$13 (per semester)

**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 six semesters.

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 2021-22
Full-time J.D. (Fall/Spring Combined)

Resident & Non-Resident
Books & Supplies$2,000
Board$5,400
University Fees$1,600
Program Fees$1,046
Loan Fees$440
Personal$5,040
Room$8,100
Transportation$3,600
Tuition$36,000
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.

“Regent gave me an understanding of how to think about law and how to think like a lawyer; it also gave me practical classes and training to do good and help people.”

Corrynn Peters, Juris Doctor (J.D.), 2003 Founding Partner of Phillips & Peters, PLLC

“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 definitely prepared me every step of the way, from a summer internship and moot court competitions to working with Singer Legal Group and securing a clerkship. I wouldn’t have had those same opportunities anywhere else.”

Kevin Hoffman, J.D., 2014

“I would put Regent up against the finest law schools. Regent provided me with a top-notch legal education. Quality academic instruction is required of any law school, but Regent went a step further by providing faculty and staff who genuinely cared for and supported the students.”

Teresa Hammons, J.D., 1988

“I make it my personal mission to show the legal world that Regent offers a top-notch legal education and produces lawyers who are highly skilled in their profession and have integrity in their conduct. My goal is to inspire every attorney, judge and client I meet to seek out Regent alumni when they are looking to hire a lawyer.”

Andrew Kartchner, J.D., 2013