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Regent University (School of Law)

Regent Law School is more than an educational institution. This is a place that is not only serious about the study of law, but also the molding of future attorneys, conciliators and defenders of the faith. We believe law is more than a profession. It's a calling.

The Regent experience is remarkable, studying with colleagues who also share a calling - a calling to make a significant difference in our communities, cities, nation and world. Our students and professors are encouraged to extend their God-given talents and abilities through Christian Leadership to Change the World.

The Regent experience is a meeting of minds and spirit - the Holy Spirit. There is purpose and empowerment beyond the academic instruction. Our students understand the meaning of being called by Christ. Regent is also a place of rigorous debate and critical thought where students gain hands-on experience through our clinical and public interest programs, while the third-year practice program allows students to work on actual cases. In fact, one of the primary offices of the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) is located on campus. Law students may obtain volunteer and paid positions to assist ACLJ staff attorneys involving pro-family and pro-liberty cases. Another area of interest to students is the International Law & Human Rights study in Strasbourg, France. The five-week program is taught by distinguished American scholars at the University of Strasbourg, and includes visits to the European Court for Human Rights and the Council of Europe.

Although Regent Law School is relatively young, students continually win highly regarded national and regional competitions. Additionally, our faculty members are a community of distinguished scholars and educators from prestigious institutions.

Of the 190 ABA-accredited law schools, Regent's distinction is truly unique. Our curriculum seeks to fully integrate the study of law with biblical principles - all within a caring and nurturing environment that provides an exceptional legal education.

The mission of Regent Law School is to bring to bear the will of our Creator, Almighty God, upon legal education and the legal profession. In particular, this mission includes:

* The education and training of students to become excellent lawyers within the standards of the legal profession.

* The grounding of students in biblical foundations of law, legal institutions, and processes of conflict resolution; recognition of questions of righteousness in the operation of law; and pursuit of true justice through professional legal service.

* The nurturing and encouragement of students to become mature Christians who exercise the gifts of the Holy Spirit and display the fruit of the Holy Spirit in their personal and professional lives.

* The nurture and encouragement of other law students, practicing lawyers, judges, legislators, government officials, educators and others to recognize and seek the biblical foundations of law, to recognize questions of righteousness in the operation of law; and to pursue true justice.

The foremost distinctive of Regent Law is its Judeo-Christian perspective. No other law school in the nation offers the specific integration of faith and biblical principles in an accredited, bar-approved study of law. Regent's approach encourages a balance of high scholarship and spiritual integrity in the legal profession.

Regent Law School was established in 1986 as a full, three-year law program. The addition of the law school to the graduate programs at Regent was facilitated by the gift of the O.W. Coburn School of Law from Oral Roberts University. Regent University School of Law began with a total student enrollment of 103. Current enrollment is about 500 students. With students from across the United States, Regent University School of Law has become a national law school.

Regent Law School offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. The J.D. is a 90 semester-hour program. Students in the full-time program normally complete their degrees in three years, while part-time students usually complete their degrees in four years.

Law students enrolled in the full-time program may obtain a graduate degree in business, communication, counseling or government in addition to a juris doctorate. Joint-degree students are able to obtain the juris doctor degree and graduate degree in significantly less time than would be required if the two degrees were pursued separately.

StrasbourgEach summer, Regent Law School hosts a program in Strasbourg, France, focusing on international law and human rights. Strasbourg students enroll in three, two-credit hour courses on Comparative Law, International Human Rights and the Origins of Western Legal Tradition.

In addition, the law school has created a program with the Christian Legal Society to serve Christian law students and professors at other law schools. The law school and CLS have created a resource center for Christian law students, legal scholars and practitioners who desire to integrate their faith with the study and practice of law. This resource center is called the Institute for Christian Legal Studies. The mission of ICLS is to train and encourage Christian law students, law professors and practicing lawyers to seek and study Biblical truth, including the natural law tradition, as it relates to law and legal institutions, and to encourage them toward spiritual growth, compassionate outreach to the poor and needy, and the integration of faith with learning, teaching and legal practice.

Regent Law students have the unique, on-campus opportunity to observe the interworkings of one of our country's foremost public interest law firms, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Founded by Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson in 1990, the ACLJ serves as the launching pad for pro-liberty, pro-life and pro-family causes throughout the nation, engaging in litigation and providing legal services for clients. Jay Sekulow (ACLJ Chief Counsel) and representatives of the ACLJ have successfully argued several cases before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of students, families and religious groups.

Law students at Regent study and develop their professional lawyering skills in Robertson Hall, a modern and spacious physical facility that was constructed in 1993. The architecture of Robertson Hall, as well as other buildings on campus, is reminiscent of Colonial Williamsburg. Classrooms for law students and the Ceremonial Courtroom are located on the first floor; two trial skills courtrooms, the professional skills labs and most administrative offices are located on the second floor; faculty offices and a faculty library are located on the third floor; a student lounge, student organization offices and a cafe' can be found on the fourth floor of Robertson Hall.

As a Regent Law student, you may have an opportunity to intern and work with the ACLJ staff in developing legal strategies to defend life, liberty and the family. Also, you may have the opportunity to assist and observe ACLJ attorneys in both trial and appellate arguments. These opportunities give students vital first-hand experience and knowledge of the legal profession in real-world settings.

With one of its primary offices located on the Virginia Beach campus, law students may obtain volunteer and paid positions to assist ACLJ staff attorneys as they provide legal services for clients involved in pro-family and pro-liberty cases. Regent Law students also have the opportunity to enroll in courses taught by ACLJ attorneys, who serve as permanent and adjunct faculty members of the law school.

Last spring, a selected group of students are spending the spring semester at the new ACLJ Washington, DC, building directly across from the U.S. Supreme Court. Courses include Legislation, Appellate Advocacy, First Amendment Law and also externship opportunities.

The law school, which is located in Robertson Hall on Regent's Virginia Beach campus, is equipped with the latest technology in audio-video equipment, including cameras for simultaneous broadcasting. This 134,000-square-foot building includes both tiered and seminar-size classrooms, plus a 375-seat, formal courtroom. Professional skills courses use three fully equipped moot courtrooms and professional law practice labs. Regent Law students enjoy handsome and spacious facilities for professional and social activities.

The law library, which is at the heart of the law school's operation, is vital in supporting the curriculum and research needs of the Regent Law community. The law library is housed on the third floor in the 150,000 square-foot University Library. It contains over 350,000 volumes and provides ready access to such automated legal information systems as LEXIS/NEXIS and WESTLAW.

All law students are encouraged to become active members of the Student Bar Association, which works with the faculty and administration on issues of concern to the law school. The association sponsors both social and educational functions throughout the year.

The Moot Court Board serves to promote opportunities for student development of written and oral advocacy skills. The board organizes intramural competitions, which provide students with the opportunity to practice their courtroom advocacy skills before local attorneys and judges. The Moot Court Board also serves to prepare teams for national moot court competitions. Student teams are selected to represent Regent Law School in competition against teams from other law schools.

The Dispute Resolution and Client Counseling Board is an academic board committed to developing more effective personal negotiation and case settlement dynamics for resolving legal disputes outside the usual trial court process. The board is responsible for facilitating two annual intramural competitions and preparing teams to participate in American Bar Association and regional law school competitions. Participating students receive weekly instruction, help organize inter-board negotiation sessions and perform competitive dispute resolution exercises.

For several years, Regent Law School has participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Under the arm of the American Bar Association/Law Student Division, the VITA program provides a base of law students willing to help others with their federal income tax return preparation. This program is just one of many practical ways in which Regent students reach out to the local community.

The law school publishes the Regent University Law Review, a traditional legal periodical distinguished by offering a Christian perspective of law. Student editors and staff members, chosen on the basis of academic achievement and writing ability, gain valuable experience by writing and editing the Law Review under the guidance of the law faculty.

Law students may extern with federal or state judges, the U.S. Attorney's Office, a Virginia Commonwealth's Attorney or a variety of public service organizations, such as the ACLJ or Tidewater Legal Aid. Externships provide students with first-hand experience in the practice of law.

Third-year students have the opportunity to refine their lawyering skills through the School's Litigation Clinic and the Family Mediation Clinic. Each clinic provides students with experiences serving actual clients, thereby allowing them to develop those skills that will be called upon as practicing attorneys. Student-clinicians are assigned cases that they are likely to see when in private practice, though they receive the benefit of close supervision by an experienced member of the bar.

The Litigation Clinic involves consumer issues, domestic relations, and administrative matters. Student-clinicians have direct responsibility for managing cases from initial interviews to conclusion of representation. The Family Mediation Clinic trains students as third-party neutrals to mediate family-related cases. Students help hurting parties arrive at agreements that are fair, satisfying, doable and durable. Finally, they help the parties explore reconciliation of their broken relationships. Students in the clinics learn skills which will help them to be more capable lawyers. In the near future, the law school will add clinics for general mediation and community economic development.

School name:Regent UniversitySchool of Law
Address:Robertson Hall 239, 1000 Regent University Drive
Zip & city:VA 23464 Virginia

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