Lawyer Training Opportunities
Regent Law’s professional formation combines traditional legal study with hands-on training and ethical formation in the context of a Christian worldview. Our graduates enter the legal field as fully integrated lawyers with a thorough knowledge of the law, skills to put their knowledge to use, and personal wellness necessary to succeed.
Students receive mentoring from full-time faculty in the context of academic advising, as well as in other mentoring relationships. Mentoring arises from shared interests, faculty members’ practice expertise, and/or other personal and professional connections.
As experienced lawyers, faculty members impart an understanding of how to successfully engage in law practice. Mentors provide students with personal/spiritual coaching and discipling, academic advising, and career planning. Mentors meet frequently with students individually and in mentor groups.
Drawn from the local legal community, Regent alumni, and Christian lawyers around the country, a mentor is available to every student who requests one. These mentors are practicing lawyers who have volunteered to provide guidance to Regent law students. Usually, these mentor assignments are based on the student’s practice area of interest, geography (where the student intends to practice law), or both. Lawyer mentors are available to meet frequently and work with students, providing practical skills orientation, career coaching, and spiritual, professional, and ethical formation.
More than one-third of the courses offered in the law school feature the PractiSkills component. Not only do these courses teach students about the law, but they also train students how to practice law in that subject area. For example, our course in Civil Procedure includes practical lawyer training in drafting pleadings and engaging in discovery (depositions, interrogatories, etc.). Similarly, tax courses teach students what tax lawyers actually do for their clients. Review a list of current PractiSkills courses.
Practice Skills Portfolio
Students who choose to do so will compile a portfolio of practice documents and skills in his or her chosen area of practice. For example, a student who plans to engage in civil litigation practice may develop a portfolio of documents including a complaint, standard discovery requests, common motions, and a trial notebook, along with courtroom skills, all tailored to the student’s intended state of practice. A student entering business/transactional practice could graduate with a portfolio of Articles of Incorporation, merger agreements, securities forms, etc., and skills in negotiating business deals. Other practice portfolios can cover business law, estate planning, criminal defense/prosecution, and real estate transaction practice. Students may design their own multi-practice or specialty portfolios under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Every student, upon request, may engage in a field placement for academic credit. Students will work in the law offices of a prosecutor, public defender, nonprofit or for-profit in-house counsel, or private practice attorney. The students’ work is overseen by a full-time law faculty member. Field placements may occur during the summer, or if the student is local, during an academic semester.
Select third-year students may be placed in an Apprenticeship Program. For one semester, the student will work and study as an apprentice under a carefully selected Christian attorney, either in the local Hampton Roads area, or in the city/region where the student intends to practice law. The student will simultaneously take online course work. The apprenticeship will be carefully monitored by a full-time law faculty member and will include professional/ethical formation, as well as skills training.
The curriculum emphasizes moral character, Christian formation, ethical decision making, and discipleship regarding what it means to be an integrated lawyer. Our Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform develops students’ professional identities, producing lawyers who have an understanding of the nature and purpose of the legal profession and are committed to the ethical practice of law.
Legal Workplace Skills
Students receive training in the life skills necessary to engage successfully in the business of law practice, including collaborative work skills, business models, basic accounting principles, and staff/employee management.
Cutting-Edge Technological Competence
Students will receive instruction in core law office technology, and in other current cyber technologies used in the practice of law, including e-discovery, e-filing, cloud storage, and computing.