The Regent University School of Law (Regent Law) is one of the colleges of the main university, founded by evangelist Pat Robertson in the 1970’s and originally named the Christian Broadcasting Network University. The university changed its name to Regent in 1990. Robertson founded Regent expressly to train professionals who shared his religious beliefs. The school has remained close to its traditions and still operates as a private Christian law school. The school’s explicit mission and vision are to prepare Christian lawyers to practice the profession. All faculty and staff at Regent Law affirm a statement of faith although students do not have to affirm the same statement.
The Juris Doctor degree at Regent Law can be earned in a traditional three year program, through a part-time program, or even an accelerated program. Whatever program, the core requirements for graduation remain the same. Approximately 56 hours of instruction are mandatory including a first-year curriculum that includes the core courses of American legal education: civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, property, and torts. In their first year, students also take practical courses in legal research and writing as well as explore the foundations of the law and the legal practice.
In addition to the first-year program, students are required to take courses in professional responsibility, evidence, sales, as well as advanced coverage of constitutional and criminal law. All students are required to take two practical skills courses.
Students are also required to select 7-9 hours of coursework from a select pool of foundational courses as well as 6 hours from designated experiential courses. The remainder of a students academic work is elective (a total of 17 hours).
For students who earned their law degree from an international university, Regent Law offers Master of Laws (LL.M) degree focused on the American legal system. The LL.M program is notably flexible. Students have the option of attending classes in person, online, or through a hybrid program. The program grounds students in the core concepts of the American system of jurisprudence while also improving their English fluency and expanding their professional networks.
For non-attorneys who wish to study the law, Regent Law offers a completely online Master of Arts in Law. The program teaches students the fundamentals of law as its intersects with various professions. As indicated by the law school, the course is taught from a Christian perspective.
The J.D. program at Regent Law may also be combined with another professional degree from one of eight other professional schools. In a joint degree program, students are admitted to both programs independently. Once admitted, students complete their first year of law school following the traditional path. Afterward, students work on both programs concurrently, allowing them to earn both degrees in less time than completing them independently. Joint degrees also bolster a student’s professional resume. Options for joint degrees include combing the Juris Doctor with an M.B.A. from the business school, a Master of Divinity from the seminary, or a Master of Arts in Counseling.
Career and Career Placement
Within 10 months of graduation, just under 85% of graduates of Regent Law are employed in careers either requiring a law license or preferring a Juris Doctor degree. For those employed, the three most common career paths were work in a small law firm (31% of employed graduates), judicial clerkships (30% of employed graduates), and careers in either government or the public interest sector (also 30%). Almost 40% of all employed graduates remained in the state of Virginia to start their careers. Regent Law graduates have also had tremendous success passing the Virginia State bar exam with Regent Law graduates having the top passage rate of all Virginia law schools over the past several years.
The Career & Alumni Services Staff (CASS) at Regent Law works with all students and alumni to help them achieve their career goals throughout their professional life. With an alumni base that practices in 49 states, the CASS staff helps students build a robust professional network. Students also benefit from individual counseling plus a range of programming that bring judges and lawyers onto campus for various panel discussions and networking events.
Experiential Learning/Distance Education
All students at Regent Law are required to complete six course hours from a selection of 20 skill-based courses. Some courses are clinical in nature and allow students to begin working with clients under the supervision of faculty practitioners. Regent Law offers clinics in civil practice and child advocacy. Other skill-based courses teach students the fundamental skills for complex legal problems such as transactions or contract mediation. All experiential courses are taught by expert practitioners.
First and foremost students at Regent Law are part of a spiritual community that encourages the diverse student body in their relationship with God. This emphasis dominates the campus and the religious beliefs flow throughout the school both in and out of the classroom. Classes have extended time for religious devotions and professors freely integrate Biblical lessons into classroom instruction. All students are also paired with a faculty mentor who counsels them in both academic and spiritual issues.
Regent Law School is located in Virginia Beach–the largest city in the state. The region offers a number of communities with affordable housing options with easy access to the law school. Housing is also available in walking distance of the law school. The dense area around Virginia Beach offers students a wide range of recreational and entertainment options.