One of 11 schools to receive an "A" rating in Human Rights Law by the National Jurist, PreLaw Magazine, 2017
A+ for Best Value, The International Jurist, 2017
Top 20 Most Innovative Law School, PreLaw Magazine, 2017
Awarded an A+ for Best Value by The International Jurist (2017), the Master of Laws in Human Rights degree, provides an advanced understanding of international, regional and domestic human rights protection from a biblical perspective. This LL.M. program is ideal for students with a passion for change, who want to combine their legal education and Christian values to make a lasting difference. It is offered online and on campus in Virginia Beach.
Be equipped to seek justice and provide legal protection for the oppressed while promoting human rights.
Develop a specialization, build English proficiency for international students, and network
with legal professionals.
Be mentored by faculty members from some of United States' finest schools, including Harvard, Yale, Duke, and the University of Virginia.
Online | On Campus in Virginia Beach
15-Week Course Sessions
Complete Your Studies in One Year (Full Time)
Online | On Campus
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 30
On completing the LL.M. – Human Rights program, you will be able to:
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Jurisprudential survey of the foundations of law, including the development of higher and natural law theories, the influence of higher and natural law and Christian principles on the development of Anglo-American law, and the rise and influence of modern legal philosophies.
Learning experience that allows research and evaluation of subject matter or conduct other comparable academic activities with minimum faculty guidance. Guidelines are published in the law school’s Policies and Procedures Manual. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 552 and 553.
Designed to deal with legal problems that confront current issues regarding and surrounding biology, medicine and the law. Focuses on managing biology, ethical theory and genetic control to afford protection, life and provision in the biblical framework and context of the family. Links the practical knowledge of the law with social, moral and policy issues that are very real in bioethics law practice. Prerequisite: LAW 511. LAW 661 is recommended but not required.
Discussion of balancing the government’s responsibility to defend the body politic and its parallel duty to safeguard the rights of individuals. Exploration of the tensions of achieving security and freedom from Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus to Bush’s detention of terrorist combatants. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 511 and completion of two semesters of law school. Cross-listed with GOV 656.
Study of the right of employees to practice their faith at work. Primary focus on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and administrative practice before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Topics include (1) workplace conflicts on religious expression, (2) attire, (3) Sabbaths, (4) union fees, (5) gender roles, (6) sexual orientation, (7) employer defenses, (8) ministry exceptions, (9) constitutional protections, and (10) litigation strategy. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 511 and completion of two semesters of law school.
Study of the laws and legal principles applicable to exempt organizations. Topics covered include the legal structure and organization of nonprofits, issues of taxation and tax-exempt status, government regulation of exempt organizations and potential liability arising from the conduct of a ministry. J.D. student prerequisite: LAW 511.
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. J.D. student prerequisite: LAW 511 and completion of two semesters of law school. Cross-listed with MLAW 636.
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. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 511 and completion of two semesters of law school. Cross-listed with MLAW 681.
Study of God and man, justice and law. Focuses upon the basic issues of the philosophy of law and the specific task of exploring a distinctively Christian jurisprudence. Topics include law and morals, judicial reasoning, limits on governmental power and individual liberty, theories of justice and the nature of law and justice. Prerequisites: LAW 511, 551, and 554.
Study and discussion of Western legal history beginning with the impact of the papal revolution in the 11th century. Special attention given to the historical relationship between church and state and to the biblical and theological foundations of Western law and legal systems in general and the English Common Law in particular. J.D. student prerequisite: LAW 511.
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 semesters of law school. Cross-listed with GOV 657.
Discussion of problems related to minority status, including jurisdiction of the state, detention, responsibility for the crime, rights and responsibilities of the parents, and the constitutional, statutory and case law parameters of the juvenile law system. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 511, 551 and 554.
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. J.D. student prerequisites: Completion of first year. J.D. student recommended: LAW 683, 684, and 784. Cross-listed with GOV 654.
Comparative overview of children’s rights law and practice, including interdisciplinary perspectives on childhood, Convention on the Rights of the Child, child labor, child slavery and trafficking, adoption, provision rights, and gender and sex discrimination issues. J.D. student prerequisite: LAW 732.
Students work on projects relating to policy making regarding children’s issues pending before state legislative and regulatory bodies, and may represent actual clients in need of legal counsel/representation. Course may be repeated for academic credit, up to a total of 6 credit hours. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 511, 521, 522, 541, 542, 551, 552, 553, 554, 561, and 661. Application/Permission of instructor required.
Students work with professor to present cases to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Department of Justice Immigration Court. Responsibilities include: client intake interviews, evidence gathering, legal research, drafting motions, and client correspondence. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 552, 553, and 785. Permission of Instructor.
Discussion and study of the nature of international law; state jurisdiction; the individual legal system; statehood and recognition of states; diplomatic and consular immunity; international agreements; the use of force; and an overview of various international organizations. J.D. student prerequisite: Completion of one semester of law school.
Citizenship, acquisition and maintenance of major immigrant and non-immigrant classifications; admission into and exclusion or deportation from the U.S.; and structure and procedures of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Board of Immigration Appeals, Department of State and Department of Labor. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 551 and 554.
Legislative process with emphasis on the lawyer’s perspective and functions, issues of representative theory, legislative organization and procedure, interaction of the legislature with other branches of government and research and drafting in the legislative context. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 511, 521, 522, 541, 542, 551, 554, 561, and 562.
Study of national security law from a United States perspective. Begins with the constitutional framework and relevant principles of international law, and then moves to specific topics such as using force abroad; the Fourth Amendment; detention and habeas corpus; interrogation; and prosecuting combatants in federal courts and by military commission. J.D. student prerequisite: LAW 683.
Students will experience the practice of law and develop professional skills by working without remuneration off campus under the direct supervision of one or more attorneys, in governmental offices, or in a judicial or other approved placement. May also include a classroom component. May be repeated for academic credit, up to a total of 5 credit hours. J.D. student prerequisites: LAW 511, 521, 522, 541, 542, 551, 552, 553, 554, 561, and 562. Pass/No Pass.*
(1) The philosophical and theological sources and nature of American law and justice; (2) the role of lawyers in the American justice system; and (3) jurisprudential thinking about what lawyers do, including select substantive legal issues.
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. J.D. student prerequisite: LAW 511.
Seminar that introduces LL.M. students to the full range of source materials available and research and analytical methods used by lawyers conducting scholarly research and writing in the field of human rights. Produce abstract, outline, and bibliography in preparation for LL.M. Thesis requirement.
Independent study and writing project in human rights conducted under faculty supervision. Produce a publishable quality article or manuscript 35-50 pages in length. Required for LL.M. in Human Rights. Prerequisite: LAW 891.
Required during the first semester of enrollment. Acclimates students to Blackboard, the platform from which online classes are launched.
Fall: February 15
Spring: June 15
Please Note: International applicants who wish to study on campus have non-negotiable deadlines regarding I-20 issuance in addition to supplementary admission requirements. These requirements will change depending on several factors, such as citizenship or visa status. All applicants are responsible for the validity and completion of the documents before the due dates mentioned above.
U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who do not have foreign transcripts to be evaluated and authenticated may be granted additional time to complete their applications. International students who wish to apply to our online program will also be allowed the extended deadline.
Fall Term: August 1
Spring Term: December 1
*Early applications are strongly recommended for all applicants because priority consideration for admission, scholarship, and grant assistance from Regent Law are given to those who apply by the given semester deadline.
Law School Admissions Criteria
The Regent Law admissions committee seeks to do more than simply enroll those with the greatest academic potential. We admit men and women who have demonstrated both academic ability and a commitment to the school's mission as a Christ-centered institution.
The admissions committee, comprised of faculty members, associate deans, and the director of admissions, evaluates applicants according to the following criteria:
Prerequisites for the LL.M. Program
In addition to the below list of application requirements, students seeking admission must have a JD or equivalent law degree from an ABA-accredited U.S. law school or an accredited institution outside the U.S. International applicants must have achieved an internet-based TOEFL exam score of 100.
Once you have fulfilled the admission requirements listed in the below application process, you may be contacted for an admissions interview, which is by invitation only.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, with most applicants being notified within three weeks of the date that the application and all supporting documents are received by the Admissions Office.
LL.M. Application Process
1. Application for Admission
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.
2. $50 Application Fee
Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee online during the application process, with personal check or by money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.
3. Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary degrees completed at U.S.-based schools in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcripts to our Admissions Office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: LLM Application Pieces.
Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.
International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.
4. Letters of Recommendation
Please submit contact information for two references using our electronic Recommendation Request Form.
One recommendation must be from a former professor or instructor capable of evaluating your academic preparation for the type of degree you seek to complete with us. If it has been more than five years since your last schooling, a supervisor recommendation may be submitted in lieu of the faculty recommendation. You are welcome to submit more than one faculty recommendation, but please consider selecting professors who can address different aspects of your academic abilities.
A clergy recommendation must also be submitted. This may come from a minister, priest, or someone else who has the ability to evaluate your spiritual maturity and suitability for graduate study that will include a Christian integration.
Please use the Recommendation Request Form to provide us with contact information for each of your references. We will use this information to contact each of them and provide them with the appropriate recommendation form.
These forms may not be completed by family members.
5. Current and Thorough Resume
Please make sure your most current resume is properly uploaded through your application account, which you will create once you begin the online Regent School of Law application.
6. Personal Statement
The admissions committee attaches significant importance to the applicant's personal statement. The statement can provide the committee with insights into the applicant's passion and motivation for studying law, his or her commitment to receiving a legal education that integrates Christian principles and ethics, and knowledge of special skills and abilities developed through employment experiences. This will also be uploaded through your application account the same way your resume will be uploaded.
7. Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Simply scan and upload a copy of your driver's license, high school ID, passport, permanent resident card or official government ID card, using our secure and convenient online tool. If you would prefer to take a picture of your government-issued ID and email that to our office, please attach your ID and email to email@example.com with the subject line: Government ID.
8. Additional International Applicant Requirements
On-Campus Program Applicants
Please refer to our International Admissions Checklist to make sure you have successfully completed the proper documentation and forms, along with your application.
For any further questions, please feel free to contact our office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Program Applicants
Applicants for the online program are exempt from submitting some of the required items on the International Admissions Checklist. However, you are still held responsible for the validity and completion of your admissions packet. Please consult with your enrollment counselor and your online application portal for an accurate list of required application pieces. Also, while we encourage early applications, online applicants will have more flexibility with submitting application materials after the posted deadlines.
Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.
LL.M. tuition is $650 per credit hour*
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Cost Per Semester
University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)
$700 (per semester)
University Services Fee (Online Students)
$550 (per semester)
*Rates are subject to change at any time.Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.
Why should you come to Regent for your LL.M.?
Not only does our program offer broad exposure to a wide range of American law topics, but it does so in the context of a Christian community of students, professors, and friends.
In addition to standard courses in American law, our comprehensive LL.M. curriculum allows students to take courses in many different areas, including but not limited to: corporate, commercial and transactional law; constitutional law; public law; alternative dispute resolution; intellectual property law; family law; and criminal law and procedure, among others.
We do more than just provide our students with a fully accredited legal education. We integrate a solid foundation of Christian faith and values into the curriculum, and we instill in our students the principles of excellence and integrity in every course we teach. Whether as judges, legislators, human rights advocates, or in public or private practice, our graduates make a difference wherever they are called to serve.
In addition to having a rigorous academic program taught by a distinguished faculty of Christian legal scholars, we are located on a beautiful campus just minutes from the beach, and we offer a diverse and supportive Christian community.
The School of Law may award partial assistance based upon academic promise and need. View full information regarding financial aid.
Although the primary purpose of this program is not bar exam preparation, some U.S. states allow attorneys from other countries who earn an LL.M. degree at an accredited U.S. law school to take the state bar exam. The eligibility requirements vary from state to state. It is the applicant's responsibility to determine if he/she would be eligible, after earning our LL.M. degree, to take an American bar exam. If an applicant is pursuing the LL.M. for the purpose of qualifying for a bar exam, he/she should investigate this issue thoroughly prior to committing to earn this degree. Please contact the relevant state bar officials to find out more information about bar exam eligibility.
Regent University is a subscriber of the Quality Matters (QM) Program. QM is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. There are three primary components in the Quality Matters Program: The QM Rubric, the Peer Review Process and QM Professional Development. The QM Rubric incorporates principles from Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Learning objectives, assessment and measurement, instructional materials, learner interaction and engagement, and course technology are critical components.
The Quality Matters process is designed to ensure that all reviewed courses will eventually meet expectations. The QM process is integral to a continuous quality improvement process. The QM Rubric is based on national standards of best practice, the research literature, and instructional design principles. The QM Rubric and process are designed to promote student learning.
All of the courses are indeed taught in English. This is necessary not only because the vast majority of American legal writing is in English, but also the fact that if the foreign law graduate taking the LL.M. program wants to take a bar exam, that exam will be in English and greater English proficiency is a necessity.
Regent's LL.M. in American Legal Studies seeks to develop the writing skills of its students. Every student must take a research and writing course which builds English proficiency, and for online students, all of their weekly posts using Blackboard are in English. Regent's online program is not a "diploma mill." Regent's program requires weekly written interaction between students and their professor, and is therefore more rigorous than similar programs.
Upon completing the LL.M. program, students will demonstrate: