Regent University School of Law opened its doors in 1986. Nearly 30 years later, the School has more than 2,700 alumni practicing law in 47 states and overseas, 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. The mission of the School is to place the students and graduates strategically around the world. Regent Law faculty members are experienced and highly credentialed with law degrees from schools such as Harvard, Chicago, Virginia, Duke, Georgetown, and, of course, Regent.
Graduate Degrees in Law
Regent University offers a rigorous legal curriculum approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). 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.
Regent University’s Juris Doctor degree is an interdisciplinary program that equips capable men and women to become lawyers and serve in a variety of settings. Students in the Juris Doctor program will gain a basic knowledge of the law in key areas, including Torts, Contracts, Property, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Business Associations, and Evidence. The American Bar Association (ABA)-approved program focuses on legal analysis, writing, problem solving, and Christian leadership.
Regent Law’s Honors Program provides exclusive academic and professional experiences to select entering students and those who have performed near the top of their first-year law school class. In the first semester of their first year, honors students participate in a special section of Christian Foundations of Law taught by Professor Jeffrey Brauch. Honors students enjoy a special honors section of at least one of the other first-year common law doctrinal courses, such as Torts, Contracts, Property, and Civil Procedure. Honors students also take select upper level courses in small, honors-only sections.
Master of Arts in Law (M.A.)
The Regent University Master of Arts in Law (M.A.) is purposely designed to aid: (1) working students who wish to study law for professional advancement; (2) students seeking a practical academic credential to increase their marketability as they launch their career. Although the master’s degree in law does not prepare graduates to practice law, it is a challenging program that grounds students in foundational legal contexts, taught through a Christian worldview, so they can better understand the laws that affect their chosen career.
Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Legal Studies
The Master of Laws (LL.M.) with a concentration in American Legal Studies meets the needs of international attorneys who wish to be trained in American law. Designed for graduates of accredited institutions outside the U.S. who have already earned a JD-equivalent law degree, Regent’s LL.M. with a concentration in American Legal Studies offers students a rigorous academic experience plus the unique benefit of studying American law from a Christian worldview with a U.S. News & World Report leader in online education.
Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Human Rights
Regent Law’s Master of Laws (LL.M.) with a concentration in Human Rights provides an advanced understanding of international, regional, and domestic human rights protection and promotion from a biblical perspective. This Human Rights degree is ideal for students with a passion for change who want to combine their legal education and Christian values to make a lasting difference. The LL.M. in Human Rights program exists in partnership with Regent’s Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law. Through the Center for Global Justice, the Law School equips advocates to seek justice and provide hope and legal protection for the oppressed and vulnerable while working to promote human rights and the rule of law in the community and around the world.
Upon completion of all program requirements and passing of the Bar Examination, accelerated Juris Doctor program graduates are eligible for positions involving administrative law/regulated industries, constitution and public law, corporate and commercial law, family law, health law, intellectual property, international law, legal theory and history, legal history, litigation, property/real estate, taxation, wills, and trusts.
Regent Law students serve organizations such as the International Justice Mission and Blackstone Legal Fellowship, working across the nation and around the globe to promote justice and Christian principles. Since Blackstone began in 2000, about 100 Regent Law students have received fellowships. Other students secure judicial law internships in Virginia where they gain writing and professional skills and exposure to the courtroom. Students also extern for companies like Sentara Healthcare, intern for the Civil Military Fusion Centre at the NATO Supreme Allied Command Headquarters, and serve low-income clients through the local Legal Aid office.These internship opportunities allow Regent Law students to build a direct understanding of a lawyer’s professional responsibilities while gaining invaluable work experience.
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.
Regent University School of Law
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464