Regent Law FAQs
The admissions committee includes several members of the faculty, an associate dean, and the director of admissions. Typically, the Admissions Office begins reviewing applications for fall admission in late December. The committee admits on a “rolling” basis. Once the committee convenes, applicants should receive a letter of decision within approximately three weeks from the time the file is complete.
How important are my responses to the essay topic, and does Regent’s committee favor a particular type of personal statement?
The admissions committee places significant importance on the Personal Statement section of the application. Applicants are expected to submit a well-reasoned personal statement or essay, evidencing the applicant’s writing, grammar, and thinking skills in 500-1000 words. The essay may assist the admissions committee to understand additional skills, abilities, and life experiences, which the applicant would bring to the incoming class. The essay may also reveal a sense of the candidate’s motivation for studying law at Regent University. This motivation (or calling) is a very important issue for members of the admissions committee.
Is an interview required?
Interviews are not required, although the admissions committee may contact an applicant as part of the committee’s decision-making process. If an interview is requested by the committee, it is likely that the interview can be accomplished by telephone.
What is the application time frame at Regent Law?
Regent Law has an Early Commitment Program (ECP). This binding decision program offers 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 book stipend 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.
Does Regent Law accept addenda and/or diversity statements?
Applicants are welcome to submit addenda with their applications including grade or LSAT-explanation statements addressing situations in which the applicant has overcome significant cultural, economic, familial, or other challenges.
When should I take the law school admission test?
Members of the admissions committee believe that the best time to take the LSAT is in the fall or in December. By sitting for either of these two early LSAT administrations, an applicant will be assured that his or her admission file will be in the first round of files reviewed by the committee.
Applicants who take the October, December, or February LSAT can be assured of receiving full consideration for both admission and scholarship assistance. Applicants who sit for the June LSAT may be admitted if there are remaining seats in the class when the June scores become available.
Does the admissions committee average multiple LSAT scores?
The committee considers all scores when an applicant has taken the LSAT more than once, though the highest score is heavily weighted.
How do I strengthen my chances of being admitted?
The admissions committee evaluates the following:
• overall GPA and grade trends,
• the rigor of courses completed,
• the competitiveness of the institution attended,
• comments from faculty recommenders or evaluators as they relate to the applicant’s performance,
• future potential and extenuating circumstances that may have affected the applicant’s college performance at the graduate level, in addition to the undergraduate record.
The Committee carefully weighs each applicant’s LSAT score in light of the many other parts of the applicant’s admissions file in conjunction with the desired overall profile for the incoming class. The committee relies heavily upon the highest score when an applicant has taken the LSAT more than once, but all scores will be reviewed. Applications from prospective students with LSAT scores of 150 and above and undergraduate GPAs of 3.0 and above are especially encouraged, as the law school has seen that such students are likely to succeed in law school and also likely to pass the bar exam on their first attempt.
If I am admitted, may I defer admission?
Applicants accepted to the law program are expected to deposit and register for classes the year in which they are accepted to the law school. On a case by case basis, a student may be granted a one-year deferment, prior to Orientation, generally due to a medical, financial, military, or unique family circumstance.
Accepted students who need to request deferment must submit a written request outlining the reasons for the deferment request before June 1.
A joint degree student who begins his/her studies at Regent in the other school is automatically granted a one-year deferment to the law school. Students granted deferment must submit an abbreviated admissions application update, including the character and fitness statement as formal reapplication. This will be required of the student prior to matriculation the next year to ensure that no substantive changes have occurred. Joint degree students must meet “Satisfactory Academic Progress” at the end of the spring term in order to matriculate into the law school.
Individuals not granted deferment may reapply as a new applicant at a later time. Since the law school financial aid budget is established yearly, students who have been granted deferment must reapply for financial aid for the year in which they plan to matriculate. Scholarships and/or awards granted previously by the law school may not necessarily apply. Deferred applicants are encouraged to reapply for financial aid concurrent with the abbreviated admissions application update.
What opportunities are available for prospective and/or admitted students to visit the Regent campus?
We encourage all prospective students to schedule a visit to our campus. We believe that a visit to the Regent community will reveal significant information about the mission of the school and your potential place within our community. The invitation to visit Regent is a standing one and can be geared toward individual schedules or one of our informative admissions events.
The Career Services strategy is designed to meet the needs of law students in each year of study. The program includes individualized counseling, self-assessment, a general investigation of career opportunities and specific career search techniques, along with assistance in professional development materials. A job bulletin board announces openings for internships, clerkships, associate positions, and other law-related opportunities. It also promotes numerous judicial clerkships available nationwide. View Career Services outcomes.
Does Regent provide academic support to students? Is it open to all students or only to students who are in academic jeopardy?
All students are invited to participate in the academic support services provided by the law school under the direction of Associate Professor of Law Gloria Whittico. As a part of the application process, the admissions committee identifies selected students to participate in the Academic Success Program if those students possess a strong likelihood of success in law school but would especially benefit from an extended orientation due to their LSAT score, undergraduate GPA, or other factors, such as their undergraduate major or the length of time since they have been enrolled in an academic program. The Summer Program is not a performance-based or trial admissions program. All participants are expected to continue with their studies in the fall semester.
(Cost of attendance = tuition + fees + estimated living expenses.)
The cost will vary from student to student. Tuition and fees are listed on individual program pages. Learn how to calculate your cost of attendance.
Is tuition different for in-state vs. out-of-state residents?
Regent is a private school, so tuition is the same for Virginia and non-Virginia residents.
There are scholarships and grants available. Awards are primarily merit-based. Generally, law school awards are automatically assessed based upon the entirety of the admissions file. University endowments require a scholarship application and the deadline for submitting the applications and supporting documents is March 1 each year.
Are scholarships available for first-year students?
Scholarships are available for first-year students (1Ls) and are based upon the entirety of the accepted student’s admissions file to include undergraduate GPA, LSAT, personal statement, letters of recommendation, etc.
In order to qualify for federal loans students must not have defaulted on a student loan in the past (Stafford Loan eligibility) and must not have adverse credit history (Grad-PLUS loan eligibility). Students should check their credit reports (www.annualcreditreport.com) to ensure their reports do not reflect adverse credit.
Federal financial aid allows for loan assistance for room, board, fees, books, and other expenses. However, scholarships and grants cannot exceed the cost of tuition.
What does full tuition scholarship include? Does it include room, board, and books?
A full tuition scholarship only includes the cost of tuition. Assistance for room, board, fees, and other expenses is available through federal loans.
Review credit reports for adverse credit.
Run a credit report on yourself to assure you do not have adverse credit. Do it early enough to correct any matters so that you qualify for loans (www.annualcreditreport.com).