Regent University School of Law
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Official Guide to LLM, Master’s, and Certificate Programs
Regent University School of Law is a nondenominational academic institution that welcomes students of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds who wish to study law from a Christian perspective. Regent Law was fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) in 1996. Our faculty of Christian legal scholars, from noted institutions such as Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of Chicago, are deeply committed to students’ academic and spiritual success. Regent’s Center for Global Justice equips students to leverage the rule of law in ending human rights abuses worldwide through funded international internships, coursework, and human rights-related programming. The Center for Advocacy’s legal skills programs emphasize writing, negotiation, trial, and appellate advocacy skills, and develop law students who have won over 66 competitions and awards. The Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform coordinates the programs and resources Regent Law has committed to developing students’ professional identities, accentuating Regent Law’s expertise in training students within the complexities of the legal environments in which they will eventually practice. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, a distinguished professor, are integral to the campus community. By providing excellent and principled legal counsel, our 3,000-plus alumni exemplify Regent Law’s motto: “Law is more than a profession. It’s a calling.”
To receive Regent’s LLM degree, students must complete the applicable credit hours, depending on the program, and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0.
LLM in American Legal Studies
American law is the common currency of business transactions worldwide, influencing law, policy, and government around the globe.
Offered on campus and online, the LLM 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 United States who have already earned a first degree in law, Regent’s LLM offers students a rigorous academic experience as well as the unique benefit of studying American law from a Christian perspective.
With Regent’s online LLM in American Legal Studies program, students can earn an exceptional legal degree without the added expense of leaving their homes, jobs, or families to study abroad. Students normally complete their studies in one to two years.
- American Legal System, Analysis, and Writing (3 credits)
- Foundations of American Legal Thought (3 credits)
- On-campus students: The remainder of the 30 credit hours may be selected from existing JD courses in the law school catalog in consultation with the LLM program director.
- Online students: See a list of available elective courses.
LLM in Human Rights
The on-campus LLM in Human Rights is designed for lawyers who desire an advanced legal education regarding international, regional, and domestic human rights protection and promotion from a biblical perspective. The 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 our community and around the world. Students normally complete their studies in one academic year (two semesters).
- International & Comparative Human Rights (3 credits)
- Introduction to Human Rights Research and Writing (2 credits)
- Human Rights Thesis (3 credits)
- On-campus students: The remaining credit hours may be selected from existing JD courses at the law school in consultation with the LLM program director. See a list of available elective LLM in Human Rights courses.
LLM Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition for the 2017–2018 academic year is $650 per credit hour, which is $19,500 for the 30-credit-hour program.
Scholarships will be considered on a per-student basis. Students are responsible for securing appropriate funding through personal and private resources, which may include employers, governments, family, or foundations. US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to participate in federal loan programs. For more information on these programs and to estimate the cost of living for full-time students, visit LLM Tuition & Financial Aid.
Regent University School of Law is committed to assisting students through institutional scholarships. The scholarship amount is determined on a per-student basis that takes into consideration the student’s academic profile, evidence of leadership, employment experience, and the student’s financial resources. Students must be accepted to the law school prior to a scholarship decision. Students will be notified of a scholarship decision via email within two weeks of their acceptance.
Scholarship funds are applicable only toward law school tuition. Other cost-of-attendance expenses, such as housing, fees, personal expenses, and travel, must be covered through funds the student secures. International students may find additional assistance at Regent University’s financial aid website.
- Applicants should apply for admission via the Regent University Online Application. Applicants should carefully review the instructions on the application for further details and document requirements. Visit Master of Laws Admission Requirements for information on the LLM program.
- An application fee of $50 (payable online) is due at the time of application.
- Option 1: Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process, via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.
- Option 2: Attend a graduate School of Law on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources, and waive your $50 application fee. RSVP today!
- Fall-term applications may be submitted after October 1 preceding the desired August enrollment with priority admission and financial aid consideration given to applications submitted by February 15.
- Spring-term applications may be submitted after February 1 preceding the desired January enrollment. Priority consideration will be given to applications for admission and financial aid submitted by June 15 preceding the desired January enrollment.
- Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis, though international students who wish to study on campus have firm deadlines regarding the issuance of their I-20 form.
Applying as an International Student
Regent University School of Law welcomes applications from citizens of other countries.
- Applicants for the LLM in Human Rights degree must have a JD or equivalent degree from an ABA-accredited law school or an accredited institution outside the United States.
- Applicants for the LLM in American Legal Studies must have a first degree in law (JD, LLB, or comparable degree) from an accredited academic institution outside the United States.
- TOEFL—applicants should submit at least one of the following scores on the TOEFL exam: 600 paper based, 250 computer based, or 100 Internet based.
- IELTS/PTE—applicants may submit the following scores in lieu of the TOEFL: 7 (Internet based) on the IELTS exam or 68 (Internet based) on the PTE Academic exam.
- International applicants must also submit the Supplementary International Application (PDF) and other required supporting documentation six months prior to the start date of their program to ensure the most up-to-date information. For further instructions, forms, deadline information, and other requirements, visit International Students.
Law School Enrollment
For the 2016–2017 academic year, approximately 500 students were enrolled, including full-time and part-time JD, LLM, and MA in Law students.
Regent University School of Law is housed in Robertson Hall, which is also home to the schools of government and undergraduate studies. Robertson Hall is equipped with the latest technology in audio and video equipment and cameras for simultaneous broadcasting. The building also boasts a 380-seat moot court and city council chamber.
The Regent University Law Library, established in 1986, is the largest, most complete law library in Hampton Roads, Virginia, occupying the entire third floor of the 150,000-square-foot university library building immediately adjacent to the School of Law. The Law Library contains more than 387,000 volumes and includes the statutes and state digests of all 50 states and three territories, the complete National Reporter System, all cases prior to the reporter system, and an extensive collection of federal materials. The Law Library also holds many international and foreign law titles, significant materials for research in public policy and law, topical treatises, loose-leaf services, and an excellent collection of law journal and law review material.
For information on tuition, financial aid, and how to apply, please visit the LLM programs overview, or contact
LLM Program Director and Professor
Regent University School of Law
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464