Regent University School of Law opened its doors in 1986. Today, the school of law 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, Be mentored by faculty members from some of United States’ finest schools, including Harvard, Yale, Duke, and the University of Virginia.
Law Graduate Degrees
Regent University offers a rigorous legal curriculum that includes several on-campus and online law school programs: the Juris Doctor, approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), the online M.A. in Law, and the LL.M. Whether you choose to pursue a master’s degree in law or earn your Juris Doctor, Regent helps you carefully explore the foundations of the law to better equip you to serve clients with excellence, humility, and integrity. You will receive a Christian education that integrates academic excellence with biblical faith and values.
Our law school programs are founded on first principles of law, the Western Legal and Common Law traditions, and American Constitutionalism, equipping students with the contemporary knowledge base and practical skills necessary to thrive in any law-related discipline. Additional programs for J.D. students will prepare you to become a practice-ready, purpose-driven graduate and Christian leader who will help change the world.
Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Regent’s Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree is academically excellent and competitive with law schools nationwide. We will prepare you to become an excellent lawyer — one who is thoughtfully educated in the law, thoroughly trained in legal skills, and professionally formed to provide meaningful, caring counsel to your clients and others. You will also learn how the law can be used to improve the human condition, and learn how it can be used to help change the world for the better. Regent Law had the highest overall bar passage rate among all eight Virginia law schools in both July 2017 and February 2018. Available in 3-year, part-time, and accelerated formats, our J.D. program is grounded in Christian values and taught by an internationally recognized faculty.
Honors & Global J.D. Programs
Our law school’s J.D. Honors program provides exclusive academic and professional experiences to select entering and first-year students. The J.D. – Global program provides an opportunity for foreign law students and lawyers to transfer credit from their non-U.S. law school, earn their American J.D., and be eligible to sit for the bar exam in the U.S. in as little as two years.
Master of Laws (LLM)
This LL.M. degree is offered online, on campus, and as an online/on-campus hybrid, as in the case of our host site at Handong International Law School in South Korea. This degree is not structured to prepare students substantively to take an American bar exam. Students must inform themselves of the specific requirements of particular state bar examination and admission requirements. View the Guidance and Degree Checklists for the New York Bar Exam and the DC Bar Exam.
M.A. in Law Programs
The admissions committee seeks applicants who will bring a range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to Regent University’s School of Law. The M.A. in Law program seeks highly motivated students and professionals who appreciate the educational benefits and professional development opportunities a graduate legal-based education offers. Each of the following will be evaluated to assess an applicant’s potential for success in the program.
• Academic achievement
• Mission Fit
• Responses to the questions in the application for admission
• Skills relevant to the practice of law
Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree from an approved college or university prior to beginning their legal studies. The admissions committee does not recommend any single major or undergraduate field of study, but welcomes majors ranging from political science to engineering and from biblical studies to psychology. LSAT and GRE not required for admission to our program.
The law library faculty aspires to the highest standards of excellence in service and has significant experience and expertise in the legal research and legal information environment. Most are dual-degree professionals, holding both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Library or Information Science degrees or another relevant certification.
Our primary goal is to anticipate and support the legal research, scholarship, and curricular needs of the faculty, students, and administration of the School of Law and the larger Regent University community. Our doors are also open to the local bench and bar, as well as to the general public.
School of Law
1000 Regent University Drive, RH 225
Virginia Beach, VA 23464, USA