Regent University's School of Law offers a Christ-centered education that prioritizes excellence.


Regent University School of Law opened its doors in 1986. Today, the school offers a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in three-year and part-time formats, an online M.A. in Law, an on-campus LL.M. in Human Rights and an on-campus and online LL.M. in American Legal Studies. Additionally, thousands of Regent Law alumni practice law across the United States and in more than 20 countries. These capable men and women are distinguishing themselves as judges and judicial clerks, partners and associates in law firms, mayors and legislators, and in positions with government agencies and public interest organizations. With a proven record of producing practice-ready, purpose-driven graduates who impact the world, Regent Law offers a unique combination of the following:

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For J.D. students, we offer the following programs and centers:

Professional Formation & Practical Skills Training

Honors Program

Academic Success Program

International Study Opportunities 

All of these elements not only equip our students to earn top honors in regional, national and international competitions, but prepare our graduates to consistently do well on the bar exam.

Explore Our Regent Law Overview, including Employment, Bar Passage, Competitions, Awards, and More.

EMPLOYMENT: class of 2018

  • Our National Association for Law Placement (NALP) employment percentage is 92% for the Class of 2018
  • 100% of Honors graduates that were seeking employment secured employment at 10 months and 30% of those were judicial clerkships
  • 12% of the class secured judicial clerkships

Bar Passage


  • February 2018 – 81.82% overall pass rate – the highest in Virginia
  • 100% pass rate on the UBE
  • 100% of Honors graduates passed the bar exam


  • July 2017 – 94.59% overall pass rate – the highest in Virginia, and more than 23% above the statewide average
  • 88% pass rate on the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)
  • 100% of Honors graduates passed the bar exam


Strong Writing Training

  • 2019: Best Petitioner Brief Award – Spong Invitational Moot Court Competition
  • 2018: Best Brief in the Nation – Stetson University School of Law
  • 2017: Best Brief in the Western Hemisphere, Americas Regional
  • 2016: Best Brief in the Nation – Andrews Kurth National Invitational Moot Court Championship
  • 2016: Best Brief – Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, Americas Regional

Exceptional Oral Advocacy

  • 2018: National Champions – National Pretrial Competition at Stetson University School of Law
  • 2018: Best Advocate Award – National Pretrial Competition at Stetson University School of Law
  • 2016: #5 Moot Court Program in the Nation (annual report of University of Houston Law)
  • 2016: #2 Moot Court Team in Nation – Andrews Kurth National Invitational Moot Court Championship


preLaw Magazine Rankings

  • 2018: One of the top 6 law schools for Trial Advocacy
  • 2018: 7th in the nation for Government Job Placement
  • 2017: Top 20 Most Innovative Law School and Top 3 in Practical Training
  • 2017: Top 16 Trial Advocacy Curriculum in the Nation
  • 2017: Top 15 Law School for Human Rights Law

Purpose-driven Graduates with Global Impact

  • Over 3,360 graduates practicing law in 49 states, DC, and 20+ countries
  • Regent Law graduates have been elected or appointed to a variety of public offices and judgeships, including 43 current judges and 56 all-time judges
  • Regent Law graduates have won religious freedom cases at the United States Supreme Court: David Cortman (‘96) prevailed in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, 135 S. Ct. 2218 (2015), and Kristen Waggoner (‘97) had two major victories in 2018, including Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 138 S. Ct. 1719 (2018).

Student Profile: 2018 1l class


  • 25th Percentile: 3.28
  • 50th Percentile: 3.55
  • 75th Percentile: 3.73


  • 25th Percentile: 150
  • 50th Percentile: 154
  • 75th Percentile: 158

Faculty Scholarship

  • Our distinguished faculty have published 28 professional books, including 7 casebooks adopted at several other law schools, and 61 articles in the past three years
  • 2015 Citation Impact: 78 code citations (strong impact on the Federal Rules of Evidence, and CA, NY, OH, ND, and NE law), 143 journal citations, 10 total court opinion citations, 101 treatise citations
  •  64th out of all U.S. law schools for downloads

Philosophy & Mission

Practice Ready, Purpose Driven

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (NIV)

At Regent University School of Law, academic excellence, coupled with an emphasis on spiritual integrity, educates a different kind of lawyer, uniquely prepared to practice law. Here you will not only be trained to practice law, but you will be well-equipped to enter the legal profession as a fully integrated lawyer with a thorough knowledge of the law, the practice skills to put that knowledge to use, and the character necessary to succeed with integrity.

Our commitment to faith-law integration is woven into our curriculum, as our faculty, dedicated to Christ’s call both personally and professionally, provide a caring and nurturing environment in which students gain an understanding of the foundations of law and learn to develop the ethical and moral code required for the recognition and resolution of ethical dilemmas. Additionally, students are encouraged to explore the call of God on their lives, the gifts God has given them and discover how this translates into the practice of law.

It is through our rigorous legal education in the context of a supportive Christian community, that our students are equipped to be  practice-ready, purpose-driven graduates with the confidence and spiritual integrity to seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God as Christian leaders who will change the world.


Mission Statement

Regent University serves as a center of Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a biblical perspective and global context, equipping Christian leaders to change the world. These values permeate the law school. Our mission is to provide an excellent legal education from a Christian perspective, to nurture and encourage our students toward spiritual maturity, and to engage the world through Christian legal thought and practice.

The law school mission includes:

  • Education and training of students to become excellent lawyers.
  • Nurturing and encouragement of students to become mature Christians who are empowered with the Holy Spirit and display the fruits of the Holy Spirit in their personal and professional lives while impacting the world.
  • The grounding of students in the biblical foundations of law, legal institutions, and processes of conflict resolution; the recognition of questions of righteousness in the operation of law; and the pursuit of true justice through professional legal service.
  • Community of other law students, practicing lawyers, judges, legislators, government officials, educators, and others to recognize and seek the biblical foundations of law, legal institutions, and the processes of conflict resolution; to recognize questions of righteousness in the operation of the law; and to pursue true justice through professional legal service.


Applying to Regent Law

For the entering 2018 class:

Applications: 639
Entering Class Size: 98
5% Enrollment Increase Over Previous Year
34% Qualified to Enter Our J.D. Honors Program

25th Percentile: 3.28
50th Percentile: 3.55
75th Percentile: 3.73

25th Percentile: 150
50th Percentile: 154
75th Percentile: 158

Minority Enrollment: 13%
Female Enrollment: 58%
Average Age: 25
No. of States Represented: 30
No. of Countries Represented: 2
No. of Academic Institutions Represented: 69

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.

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.

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.

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 January 31, 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.

After the ECP deadline, our priority application date is February 1, though applications are accepted between September 1 and July 31. International applicants are encouraged to apply by January 15. For seating availability information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4584 or

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.

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.

The committee considers all scores when an applicant has taken the LSAT more than once, though the highest score is heavily weighted.

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.

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.

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.

Bar Exam and Jobs

Read about the career outcomes of our graduates and view a list of employers who have hired our graduates.

Our graduates serve in the nation’s top 100 law firms, in public service and in local, state, and national government positions.


Our most current bar passage rates are:

  • 100% Bar Passage Rate, Honors Class of 2017
  • 100% Bar Passage Rate in 11 States, Class of 2017
  • 95% Overall Bar Passage Rate (#1 Among Virginia Law Schools), Virginia Bar Exam, July 2017
  • 86% Bar Passage Rate Nationwide, Class of 2017
  • 88% Bar Passage Rate on the Uniform Bar Exam, accepted in 26 states, Class of 2017



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.

The first-year academic attrition average for 2017-18 was 9%.

The law school has no mandatory curve in terms of grade distribution, but it has adopted a B/B-norm (2.7-2.9) for all first-year courses and a B/B+ norm (2.9-3.1) for most upper-level courses. View our grading policy.

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.

A spirit of cooperation and support is evident in the students and faculty. Because of the unique mission of Regent Law, students pray for, encourage, and support one another. Professors genuinely care for their students, both professionally and personally. This positive environment is reflected in student satisfaction and The Princeton Review top 10 recognition of Regent’s “Quality of Student Life.”


(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.

Regent is a private school, so tuition is the same for Virginia and non-Virginia residents.

For 2015 graduates: Approximately $80,529

Funding Sources

There are scholarship 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.

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 ( to ensure their reports do not reflect adverse credit.

Additional Expenses

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.

A full tuition scholarship only includes the cost of tuition.  Assistance for room, board, fees, and other expenses is available through federal loans.

$693/mo. for single student on-campus housing (assumes a roommate). Our housing team also provides an off-campus referral service for families and singles.


For the 2016-17 academic year, 95 percent of students received scholarships and grants.

Academic merit scholarships begin at LSAT of 156 and UGPA of 3.0.but other scholarships and grants may be available for leadership, public service, and other factors.

Military Benefits

Yes. Regent Law offers a Yellow Ribbon $8,000 matching award.

Yes. Learn more about military benefits, including our military discount.


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 (

Awards & Honors

Regent University School of Law’s Center for Advocacy trains students in the legal skills of negotiation, trial advocacy, and appellate advocacy, developing competition teams that are among the top teams in the nation. To date, these Regent teams have won more than 90 national and regional championships, best brief, and best oralist awards.

Additionally, Regent Law recognizes its top students through the Ronald L. Fick Book Awards. These awards are given to students earning the highest marks in their classes.

Recent Award Highlights

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

  • 2016 2nd Best Oralist | 10th Best Regional Oralist | 3rd Best Regional Brief
  • 2015 Regional Champions | National Octo-Finalist | 5th Best National Brief | 3rd Best Regional Brief
  • 2014 Regional Semifinalists
  • 2013 Regional Finalists | Semifinalist | 2nd Best Oralist | 4th & 5th Best Brief
  • 2012 Best Oralist
  • 2011 Regional Finalists | Semifinalists | 5th & 8th Best Oralist
  • 2009 Regional Finalists
  • 2008 National Quarter Finalist | Regional Champions (two teams advanced to National Championship rounds) | Best Brief | 2nd Best Brief | 3rd Best Oralist
  • 2007 Finalists | Best Oralist | 5th Best Brief
  • 2006 National Champions | Best Brief | 5th Best Brief | National Quarter Finalist | Regional Champions (2 teams advanced to National Championship rounds) | 6th & 8th Best Oralists | 3rd & 4th Best Briefs | Charleston Region | 2nd, 3rd, & 7th Best Oralist, Charleston Region
  • 2005 Regional Semifinalists
  • 2004 Regional Champions | 4th & 9th Best Oralist
  • 2003 Regional Semifinalists (2 teams)
  • 2002 Regional Champions | National Semifinalists | Best Brief (Nationals) | 5th Best Oralist (Nationals) | 3rd & 4th Best Oralists | 2nd Best Brief | Southeast Region
  • 2001 Regional Finalists (2 teams) | Best Brief
  • 2000 Regional Champions | 2nd & 6th Best Oralists | Regional Finalist | Best Brief
  • 1999 Regional Champions | Best Oralist | 2nd Best Oralist
  • 1998 Regional Finalist
  • 1997 Regional Champions
  • 1996 Regional Champions

Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition

Charleston Moot Court Competition

New York Bar Association National Moot Court Competition

  • 2014–15 Regional Quarterfinalist | Second Best Regional Brief
  • 2013–14 National Octofinalists | Regional Finalists | Best Regional Brief
  • 2012–13 Regional Champions | Best Regional Brief | 2nd Best National Brief
  • 2011–12 National Quarter Finalists | 2nd Best National Brief | Regional Finalists | 2nd Best Regional Brief

Price Media Law Moot Court Programme

George Washington University Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition

Touro Law Center National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion

  • 2018 Best Brief
  • 2016 Finalist | Best Oralist
  • 2015 First Place
  • 2014 Second Place Team | 1st & 2nd Best Oralists | 2nd Best Brief

Cardozo/BMI Moot Court Competition

  • 2005 Semifinalists

Federal Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition

  • 2006 3rd Runner-Up | 3rd Best Oralist
  • 2003 Champions | 3rd Best Brief
  • 2002 4th Place
  • 2001 3rd Place | Best Brief
  • 1999 2nd Place | Best Brief

J. Braxton Craven Moot Court Competition

  • 2012 Quarterfinalists | Best Oralist
  • 2007 Champions

Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition

  • 2013 Semifinalists | Best Oralist
  • 2007 Champions | 3rd Best Oralist | 5th Best Brief
  • 1994 Finalist

Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition

  • 2006 Best | 2nd Best Oralist
  • 2005 3rd Place

John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition

Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship, University of Houston Law Center

  • 2016 2nd Place | Best Brief
  • 2009 Best Oralist | Second Place

William B. Spong, Jr. Memorial Moot Court

  • 2015 Semifinalists
  • 2014 Quarterfinalists
  • 2012 Quarterfinalists | 5th Place
  • 2011 3rd Place | Best Oralist
  • 2009 Champions
  • 2008 Champions | Best Brief
  • 2003 Champions
  • 2002 Quarterfinalists | 3rd & 4th Best Oralists
  • 2001 Semifinalists (2 teams)
  • 1999 Semifinalists
  • 1997 Semifinalists
  • 1996 Finalists | Best Brief

National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition

  • 1997 Champions | Best Oralist | 2nd Best Oralist

Sutherland Cup Moot Court Competition

  • 1996 Champions | Best Oralist

Billings, Exum, and Frye National Moot Court Competition

  • 2016 Quarterfinalists | Best Petitioner Brief | Best Respondent Brief
  • 2015 Semifinalists | Best Oralist | Best Petitioner Brief
  • 2014 Semifinalists | Best Brief
  • 2013 Quarterfinalists | 2nd Best Respondent Brief
  • 2012 Quarterfinalists | Best Oralist
  • 2011 2nd Place | Quarterfinalists | Best Brief

Regent University National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition

  • 2002 3rd Place | Best Oralist

Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, East Region

  • 1999 Runner-Up | Best Oralist | 5th Best Brief

National Entertainment & Communications Law Competition

  • 1998 2nd Place
ABA Negotiation Competition

  • 2012 National Finalists | 2nd & 5th Place
  • 2012 Regional Champions
  • 2011 Regional Finalists | Top Four (2 Teams)
  • 2010 National Semifinalist
  • 2010 Regional Finalist
  • 2009 National 7th Place | Regional 2nd Place
  • 2007 National Champions
  • 2006 Regional 2nd Place
  • 2004 Regional 2nd Place
  • 2003 Regional 2nd Place
  • 2002 Regional Champions
  • 2001 Regional Champions
  • 2000 Regional 2nd Place
  • 1999 National Finalists
  • 1999 Regional Champions
  • 1997 Regional Champions
  • 1996 Regional Champions
  • 1995 National Champions
  • 1995 Regional Champions
  • 1994 Regional Champions
  • 1993 Regional Champions

Liberty University Government Contracts Negotiation Competition

  • 2010 Semifinalists

Robert R. Merhige, Sr., National Environmental Law Negotiation Competition

  • 2019 National Champions
  • 2016 2nd Place
  • 2010 National Finalists
  • 2009 National Champions
  • 2008 National Finalists
  • 2006 National Finalists
  • 2005 National Finalists
  • 2004 National Finalists
  • 2001 National Finalists
  • 2000 National Champions
  • 1999 National Champions
  • 1994 National Champions
  • 1993 National Finalists

NBLSA International Negotiation Competition

  • 2010 National Champions
  • 2008 National Champions

ABA Client Counseling Competition

  • 2008 Regional Semifinalists
  • 2003 Regional Semifinalists
  • 2000 Regional Champions

ABA Representation in Mediation Competition

  • 2010 Regional 2nd & 3rd Place
  • 2009 Regional 2nd Place
  • 2008 Regional 2nd Place
  • 2003 Regional Champions

VA Mediation Network Mediation Competition

  • 2009 2nd Place

National Trial Competition

  • 2001 Regional Semifinalists
  • 2000 Regional Finalists

Stetson National Pre-trial Advocacy Competition

  • 2019 Champions | Best Advocate
  • 2018 Champions | Best Brief | Best Advocate
  • 2010 2nd Best Brief
  • 2009 Champions | Best Brief | Best Oralist
  • 2008 Best Brief

Capitol City Challenge Trial Competition

  • 2010 Semifinalists

Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition

  • 2015 Regional Semifinalists
  • 2011 Regional Quarterfinalists
  • 2010 Regional Champions
  • 2000 Regional Semifinalists

ABA Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition

  • 2012 Regional Champions

ABA Labor and Employment Law Competition

  • 2010 Semifinalists
  • 2005 Champions

As an employer, when Ronald L. Fick, shareholder and attorney at Dunwody White & Landon, P.A., leafs through a stack of resumes for potential new hires, candidates who’ve won several book awards go straight to the top.

Established in Fall 2013, the Ronald L. Fick Book Award Ceremony honors Regent Law students who’ve received the highest marks in their classes.

Award Recipients









Lynne Marie Kohm
John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law
J.D., Syracuse University College of Law

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Most women who want both a career and a family wrestle with feelings that they have to sacrifice one for the other. After nearly 20 years on the faculty at Regent Law, Lynne Marie Kohm, a happily married mother of two, proves that professional mothers can have the best of both worlds.

As the John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law, Kohm dedicates her legal career to family restoration.

It was not until God taught her to view family law as a means of restoring families instead of ripping them apart that Kohm began to realize her passion for the field.

“We approach family law very differently at Regent. It is an opportunity to restore families rather than to make money as a divorce lawyer,” states Kohm. “Your clients can become reconciled and restored in their family because of Christ and what Christ can do through a Christian lawyer.”

Kohm’s passion for family law was not the only aspect of her legal career that was unexpected. A legal career itself came as a surprise to the would-be missionary.

“I had already raised all my support as a missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ and was sitting in a John Whitehead biblical worldview class when I had an overwhelming sense that God said, ‘You need to go to law school,’” reflects Kohm. “I prayed about it and spoke with my directors who said ‘Do what you’re called to now and if the law is God’s call, it will remain.’”

Three years later, she knew the call was still there.

Five years after graduating from law school Kohm and her husband Joseph moved to Virginia Beach, where he began pursuing his J.D. at Regent. Kohm was interviewing with a number of law firms when her husband set her up with an interview to teach at Regent.

“I was six months pregnant, and when the dean offered me a part-time position, I realized that would be more suitable for me. I did not plan on teaching, but once I began, I started seeing the influence you can have and the discipleship opportunities.”

So how does she balance her professional life—complete with numerous publications, television appearances, and world travel as a guest lecturer—with her family life?

“The key is priorities: Master, mate, mission. If you’re called to be a spouse and parent, your legal calling shouldn’t be at the expense of your marriage and children. That doesn’t mean you slack off on the job, but proper priorities keep multiple mission callings in perspective. Always above all, is a daily, moment-by-moment relationship with God. He is your restorer and your highest calling.”

To learn more about how Christian lawyers are impacting the field of family law visit Kohm’s “Family Restoration” blog. Also, read more about her professional experience.

Gloria Whittico
Associate Professor and Director, Academic Success Program
J.D., University of Virginia

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Associate Professor Gloria Whittico describes her legal calling as a ministry with a twofold mission: “To get the right people to Regent and to make sure that all of them know that law is a possibility.”

After graduating cum laude from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy, Professor Whittico felt well-prepared to excel as a student at the University of Virginia School of Law. Once there, however, she found the academics more difficult than she anticipated.

Professor Whittico persevered with support from Christ and her family, graduating from UVA Law, passing the bar exam, and enjoying a successful legal career. She worked for IBM and Starbucks before joining Regent as a faculty member and director of Regent Law’s Academic Success Program.

Reflecting on the ups and downs of her legal journey, Professor Whittico finds that her experiences help her interact with students with a greater depth of understanding. She has a special affinity for underrepresented students from underserved backgrounds, particularly those who do not have the support she received from her family.

“I believe the Lord gave me this specific legal experience so that when I’m sitting in my office working with students who are doubtful, concerned, and frightened, I would know what it was like,” she says. “I like to think I had it all planned, but I didn’t. He did.”

Read more about Professor Whittico’s professional experience.

Bruce N. Cameron
Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law
J.D., Emory University School of Law

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Professor Bruce Cameron, Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law, brings decades of experience working at the forefront of litigation surrounding compulsory unionism and Right to Work issues to Regent Law.

Professor Cameron is a distinguished attorney with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc., and is considered a pioneer in the area of religious liberty for employees whose faith prohibits them from supporting labor unions. He focuses his professional and scholarly activities on advocating for religious and political freedom for employees of faith, a topic that continues to receive media attention.

Professor Cameron teaches Religion in the Workplace, Public Sector Labor Law, and administers the Right to Work Practicum. He also publishes on the topics of religion, constitutional law, the rights of religious dissenters, and labor law. He appears frequently on television and radio shows, including programs such as Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. With 30 years of experience litigating religious freedom and constitutional law cases in the employment context, he never lost a Title VII religious accommodation case in court.

Read more about Professor Cameron’s professional experience.

Eric DeGroff
J.D., Regent University School of Law

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A personal and professional crossroads after 15 years in government work led Professor Eric DeGroff to Regent Law, initially as a student in the school’s first enrolling class.

“I had always felt that what I did for a living was not closely tied to who I was as a person,” he says. “I was excited about the concept that there were men and women here at Regent who had been successful professionally and were committed to teaching others how to integrate their faith and profession.”

Professor DeGroff graduated, spent five years practicing environmental law, and became a full-time faculty member, teaching property and school (educational) law, and coaching Regent’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Board negotiation teams.

“Over the years, the things that excited me about Regent remain the same, but the opportunities available to students now are so much broader than when I was a student—it’s like night and day,” he says. “While the school has changed and improved in many ways, I still see the same commitment in both the faculty and the students to serve people and to serve the Lord.”

He also notes that Regent Law maintains its unique emphasis on teaching the historical and biblical foundations of the American legal system.

“If we don’t understand why the legal system is the way it is, we will be susceptible to any kind of argument about what direction it ought to go,” he says.

One area of deep concern for Professor DeGroff is the declining freedom of parents to direct the training and education of their children, particularly the rights of parents, children, and teachers to express their faith within the public school system.

“Freedom of religion requires the intergenerational transfer of values,” says Professor DeGroff. “To the extent that our laws prevent parents from making choices for their children in the public schools, the public schools interfere with this transfer.”

Despite his concerns, Professor DeGroff finds cause for hope among the students of Regent Law, whom he considers to be the best part of his job.

“It’s rewarding seeing who they are now, looking at some of the things they accomplish when they graduate, and watching them make a real difference doing a long list of things I could never do!” he says.

Yet, it is what Professor DeGroff does do at Regent Law makes all the difference.

Read more about Professor DeGroff’s professional experience.

L.O. Natt Gantt, II
Associate Dean, academic Affairs; Co-Director, Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform; Professor
J.D., Harvard Law School

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“I didn’t plan on being a law school academic,” says Regent Law Professor L.O. Natt Gantt. “I wanted to be a car designer or an architect, and my first love has always been psychology.”

Raised in a Christian home in small town South Carolina, Professor Gantt graduated from Duke University and decided to forego graduate study in psychology based on his father’s advice: “Son, go where you feel you can do the most good.”

“I felt that was a call towards public service and the law,” says Professor Gantt. “When I got accepted to Harvard Law School, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.”

After clerking for one year for a federal judge and practicing law for two years in Washington, D.C., Professor Gantt earned his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Remaining in practice part time during seminary made him wonder what the Lord was preparing him for professionally.

Through a series of unique circumstances that he describes as “very directed,” Professor Gantt was led to Regent Law, where he uses both his theological and legal backgrounds to fulfill his vocational calling and challenges students to do the same.

“Hoping that you are impacting lives for the Lord, encouraging students to maximize the gifts God has given them, and helping them fulfill the calling that God has placed on their lives are the most rewarding parts of my job,” says Professor Gantt.

As a professor, associate dean of instructional & curricular affairs, and co-director of the Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform, Professor Gantt is dedicated to preparing students to be successful professionals.

Alumna Adeline Allen knows the Professor Gantt well and describes him as a person of integrity.

“At orientation, I was blown away by his commitment to the Lord and to excellence in all he does,” she says. “He doesn’t take his job lightly or do it shoddily. Professor Gantt is real, available, and a caring advocate.”

In addition to fulfilling his role as a model and counselor for students, Professor Gantt is also concerned about elevating the generally poor view of lawyers and the legal profession.

“Producing graduates who want to see the profession changed and want to bring integrity, professionalism, and a moral approach to the practice of law is what’s going to change the image,” he says.

With Professor Gantt’s influence and service, Regent Law is well on its way to reshaping the field into one that prioritizes ethics and professionalism.

Read more about Professor Gantt’s professional experience.

Craig A. Stern
Professor; Director, Honors Program
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

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A true intellectual and academician, professor and director of the Honors Program, Craig A. Stern attributes his career at Regent Law and more than two decades of teaching and scholarship, to Providence. After all, who but God could weave together such a unique personal story?

Raised in a Jewish home in Cleveland, Professor Stern earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University in three years. During college, his exposure to classical Christian literature and fellow students who were believers eroded his intellectual prejudices against Christianity. At the same time, he grappled with inconsistencies in his Jewish faith.

Mental and spiritual satisfaction came to Professor Stern during his first year at University of Virginia School of Law. His friendship with a fellow Yale graduate and Christian sparked a nine-month theological debate that eventually led to his conversion.

Professor Stern’s final obstacle to faith in Christ was his reservation about renouncing his Jewish heritage, a reservation that was relieved after reading Corrie Ten Boom’s Tramp for the Lord. Ten Boom explains to a man with similar fears that Jews who embrace Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, fulfill Judaism. The mark of Professor Stern’s true scholarship was his ability to recognize truth regardless of its source.

The same God who drew Professor Stern to Himself also directed him to Regent Law. Professor Stern’s job on Capitol Hill brought him face to face with Regent’s founding dean who invited him to teach a course at the law school years later.

“I found the place very exciting and the students very good,” Professor Stern says. “I was quite impressed!”

In 1989, Professor Stern continued as adjunct professor while working as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He joined the Regent Law faculty full-time one year later. Currently, he teaches upper level courses, chairs the admissions committee and coordinates Regent’s partnership with Emanuel University in Romania. He also directs Regent Law’s Honors Program.

Professor Stern finds the fit between his calling and his job as a rigorous legal scholar and educator very rewarding. The fit has kept him here and made him one of Regent’s intellectual pillars.

“I’ve stayed through the bumps and twists because it really is a wonderful place where I can exercise the ministry God has called me to with wonderful colleagues and great students,” he says.

Professor Stern also stays because the mission of Regent Law has remained the same: to train legal minds from a Christian perspective.

“The practice of law is a ministry to which God calls people as much as He calls people to be preachers, evangelists, and elders,” says Professor Stern. “Regent equips students really well to practice as Christian lawyers. It also changes the lives of the students while they’re here, making a difference in their spiritual life, their community life, and their understanding of calling.”

Read more about Professor Stern’s professional experience.

Attorney General John Ashcroft
Distinguished Professor
J.D., University of Chicago

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“Faith can mitigate against paralysis in times of crisis when it is not possible to obtain all the salient pieces of information,” said former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

When terrorists struck New York City and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Ashcroft, a former Missouri governor, senator, and state attorney general who served with President Bush as the nation’s Attorney General for four years, was charged with the daunting task of charting an effective response.

He also implemented comprehensive policy changes that bolstered security for the American homeland.

“We didn’t know whether this was an initial attack and additional assaults of one kind or another would follow,” he says. “We were concerned something else might happen, and we were working desperately to make sure that we did everything possible to prevent it. And, if something were to happen, that we would be better prepared to respond constructively.”

Under Ashcroft’s leadership, the nation’s law enforcement agencies were furnished with additional tools that greatly enhanced counter-terrorism efforts. The policy changes activated by the USA Patriot Act enabled federal officials to apply certain surveillance practices against suspected terrorists that were previously applied against organized crime and drug deals. The legislation won overwhelming approval in both houses of Congress.

General Ashcroft is credited with having overseen a remarkable period of safety and security in the months and years following the attacks. Under his watch, nearly 200 individuals associated with terrorist-related investigations were convicted. Ashcroft, now a distinguished professor of law and government at Regent University, endeavors to impart important lessons of leadership to his students.

He also emphasizes the role of faith in decision making.

“Making decisions with complete information is reserved to classrooms and theory,” he states. “When the nation is under attack, you have to make decisions absent the kind of comfort that comes from knowing all the facts. And in that event, you have to have a lot of faith in the people with whom you’re working, and you have to trust God to help you make successful decisions.”

Ashcroft is excited to be a part of the Regent Law faculty because it gives him greater latitude to pursue the truth than is commonly available in a secular environment.

“[At Regent] God is not placed off limits,” he says. “The integration of all truth is the business of philosophy and education and the reason for Regent’s existence.”

Read more about General Ashcroft’s professional experience.

Picture of Lindsey GilmanLindsey Gilman, J.D. ‘17
B.A., Arizona State University
Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona

“After visiting during the Preview Event, I knew that Regent is where I am supposed to attend law school. Regent’s faculty, vision, general atmosphere, and picturesque landscape embody what I always believed a law school should encompass. I was given the privilege to speak with Dr. Sekulow from the American Center for Law and Justice over the phone when I was still unsure of where to attend law school. The phone call left me with no doubt that Regent’s principles align with my own.”

Picture of Mark MartinezMark Martinez, J.D. ‘17
B.A., University of North Texas
Hometown: Glen Rose, Texas

“I spent a few years working for a non-profit advocating for at-risk youth. I felt I was hardly making a dent in helping clients overcome systemic barriers, so I transitioned into “ministry.” However, I met a wise man along the way who challenged my limited understanding of ministry. He said, “Ministry is not what you do, like preach or plant a church, but it is who you are. Once you know who you are, everything you do is ministry.” This paradigm shift helped me realize that I have the greatest impact on society when I live out the role God created me for. Doing so has led me to law school.”

Picture of David M. RiefDavid M. Rief, J.D., M.A. ’13
Associate Attorney, Cauley Pridgen, P.A.
Kinston, North Carolina

“I went to law school with the goal of working in municipal law. At Regent, I found a joint degree program that was a perfect fit. With an additional year of online classes, I was able to earn both a J.D. and a Master of Arts in Government. This combination provided me with a deeper understanding of the interplay between law and politics, increased my credibility as a government attorney, and helped me secure a successful and rewarding career while making a difference in the lives of my neighbors and surrounding communities.”

Picture of Andrew KartchnerAndrew Kartchner, J.D. ’13
Deputy District Attorney, Klamath County District Attorney’s Office, Medford, Oregon

“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.”

Picture of Maxwell ThelenMaxwell Thelen, J.D. ’12
Associate Attorney in Commercial and General Casualty Litigation, Drew, Eckl & Farnham; Captain, Judge Advocate General Corps, Georgia Army National Guard

“I am very grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to serve as Judge Manion’s law clerk. Seeing the fedeCapral 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. Most importantly, the culture at Regent helped me to learn to work humbly, diligently, and excellently and to live with the same grace I have received.”

Picture of Adeline AllenAdeline Allen, J.D. ’11
Assistant Professor, Trinity Law School, Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois

“I love teaching; I sense I am really living out my legal calling. So much of my teaching style and philosophy is modeled after that of Regent Law deans and professors. I love equipping my students for their calling with the gift of teaching the Lord has given me.”

Picture of Nathaniel PierceNathaniel Pierce, J.D. ’08 & Gabriel McCoy, J.D. ’11
Founding Attorneys, Pierce/McCoy
Norfolk, Virginia

In March 2013, Nat and Gabe launched Pierce/McCoy in the Waterside Area of Downtown Norfolk. They have established their firm as one that integrates honesty and integrity into a field characterized by aggressive hard work. When advising clients, Nat and Gabe prioritize principled and ethical counsel, and allow their faith to be a guiding factor in how they shape their firm.

Picture of Lina SophatLina Sophat, LL.M. in American Legal Studies ’11
Associate, Corporate Law, Bun & Associates
Phnom Pehn, Cambodia  Legal Advisor, Bun & Associates

“One of the things Lina enjoyed most about Regent Law was its devoted community of faculty and students who genuinely cared about each other. “I had always prayed about going to a Christian law school. My experience at Regent exceeded my expectations.”

Picture of Kristen JurjevichKristen Jurjevich, J.D. ’10
Associate Attorney, Business Law and Litigation, Pender & Coward Attorneys and Counselors at Law
Virginia Beach, Virginia

“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.”

Picture of Shaheryar GillShaheryar Gill, LL.M. in American Legal Studies ’09
Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice
Norfolk, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

“Regent Law is a memorial for me because the faculty and staff are dedicated to not only to academics, but also humility, truth, and justice. They helped shape me into the faithful servant that God has called me to be.”

Picture of Kyle WestawayKyle Westaway, J.D. ’07
Founding Partner, Westaway & Co.
Writer, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and Huffington Post
Lecturer, Harvard Law School 

“My time at Regent was pivotal for me, not just due to the quality legal education, but because it gave me a space to truly consider my calling. It was at Regent where I was able to consider how I could play my small role in the social justice movement.”

Picture of Bobby MaddoxBobby Maddox, J.D. ’01
Of Counsel Attorney, Kemp Smith Attorneys at Law
El Paso, Texas

“One thing I want to stress to any prospective law student is this: you’re at a time of life where there are a lot of unknowns about your future that may seem pretty scary. Seek God first always, and trust Him to guide you in the path He wants to take you on. That may include a calling to serve Him as an attorney or a legal advisor. As part of its overt and clear commitment to raise up Christian leaders to change the world, Regent provides an environment that indeed encourages its students to abide in Christ, but it will also take your active commitment to abide in Christ for your legal calling to truly be fulfilled in your life, if indeed that is what God is calling you to do.”

Picture of James M. SmithJames M. Smith, J.D. ’98
Founding Attorney, Smith Law Group, LLC
Fleetwood, Pennsylvania

“I found that studying the law under professors like Craig Stern and James Duane developed in me a love for the law and the Lawgiver that other schools choose to ignore. I’m not only a better lawyer for it; I’m a better husband, father, and follower of Christ for it as well.”

Picture of E. Todd WilkowskiE. Todd Wilkowski, J.D. ’98
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Baker Concrete Construction, Inc.
Monroe, Ohio

“I was absolutely impressed with Regent and the caliber of people I met. There’s an amazing spirit about Regent when you walk on the campus. You just feel God’s peace there. Unlike other law schools, there is no ‘zero sum’ mentality. At Regent, students encourage each other to do their best and fully prepare to fulfill their vocation rather than compete against each other.”

“One of my greatest joys in life is to mentor and develop young people so they can successfully discern God’s calling on their life and glorify Him by serving Him in the legal sector with their unique gifts and talents.”

Picture of Bradley KnoxBradley Knox, J.D. ’94
Vice President and Counsel, Aflac
Washington, D.C.
“Some of my best experiences came wrapped in circumstances I wasn’t expecting. When making career decisions, think broadly and be open to non-traditional opportunities. Mentally prepare for lots of ‘no’s’, but remember: God has a plan for you.”
Teresa Hammons, J.D. ’88
Presiding Judge, Virginia Beach General District Court
Virginia Beach, Virginia
“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.”