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Legal Skills Training

First Year: Legal Analysis, Research, & Writing

One of the foundational skills to becoming a successful lawyer is your ability to write well. At Regent Law, we provide a rigorous program that will equip you with the skills to do well in your studies, summer internships and beyond. In fact, our students are routinely amazed at how well prepared they are for their summer internships. Unlike most programs, Regent Law requires six credit hours of practical skills training during your first year and at least seven additional credits during your second and third years. Students enroll in three credits each semester. Through first-year courses, you will:

  • Learn the core legal skills required for passing the bar and being an attorney
  • Write legal memos and briefs.
  • Learn to conduct legal research and analysis and do legal citation.

Second Year: Classes

Our program provides practical skills classes in all areas so you can tailor your program to your interests.

You will take one or more skills classes in each of the following areas:

  • Written Skills: independent study, advanced legal writing, appellate advocacy, drafting contracts
  • Oral Skills: trial practice, negotiations, mediation, client counseling and interviewing, etc.
  • Experiential learning: For example, if you’re interested in litigation, your courses could include:
    • Client Interviewing and Counseling
    • Civil Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure (draft pleadings, discovery, take depositions)

Co-Curricular Opportunities

Second-year students can compete on teams and become a board member with Moot Court, Regent University Law Review, or Trial Advocacy.

  • Moot Court: Legal writing, appellate argument
    • Our Moot Court Program ranked 5th in the nation in 2016
    • Our students routinely win best brief and best oralist awards.
  • Regent University Law Review and Journal of Global Justice
  • Trial Advocacy: Train and compete in trial work
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Train and compete in mediation, negotiation, and other forms of ADR.

Internships & Externships

Internships and externships are another excellent way to gain practical experience prior to graduation.

Externships (An internship, but for class credit)

  • Earn up to 5 credits through externships (at different placements).
  • Be placed at judicial offices, law firms, nonprofits and with public defenders.
  • Easily secure an externship during the school year, as well as during the summer, due to our great location in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Internships

Led by a former Virginia judge, our career services staff will help you find legal internships during the summer to build your resume and help you gain great practical experience.

Third Year: Classes

During your third year of law school, you have the option of taking electives or doing an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships

  • Earn up to 10 credits working at a law firm, judge’s chambers, government office, etc.
  • Typically done during the last semester of law school.
  • Can be done in your home state, which could save you money if you choose to live at home.
  • Can help you get a job upon graduation.
  • Gain practical experience in a specialty area working for a lawyer for an entire semester. For example, if you’re interested in environmental law, we’ll place you with an environmental firm.
  • Working in the field is often a much better experience than taking electives.
  • We will help you secure an apprenticeship in your home town through our nationwide alumni network.
  • Students are often hired where they work, and even if they don’t get hired, they can network for a job their entire last semester.

Classes

Co-Curricular Opportunities

Third-year students can continue to compete on teams and become a board member with Moot Court, Regent University Law Review, or Trial Advocacy.

  • Moot Court: Legal writing, appellate argument
    • Our Moot Court Program ranked 5th in the nation in 2016
    • Our students routinely win best brief and best oralist awards.
  • Regent University Law Review and Journal of Global Justice
  • Trial Advocacy: Train and compete in trial work
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Train and compete in mediation, negotiation, and other forms of ADR.

Internships & Externships

Internships and externships are another excellent way to gain practical experience prior to graduation.

Externships (An internship, but for class credit)

  • Earn up to 5 credits through externships (at different placements).
  • Be placed at judicial offices, law firms, nonprofits and with public defenders.
  • Easily secure an externship during the school year, as well as during the summer, due to our great location in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Internships

Led by a former Virginia judge, our career services staff will help you find legal internships during the summer to build your resume and help you gain great practical experience.