Students who pursue Regent University's accelerated Juris Doctor (JD) program have the competitive advantage of saving time and money on living expenses and entering the job market one year earlier than students in a traditional three-year program—all while earning the same rigorous legal education taught from a Christian worldview. Our American Bar Association (ABA)-approved two-year and three-year programs offer identical fall and spring schedules; however, our two-year students continue to take courses each summer semester, allowing them to complete the program in a shorter time frame.
Regent's accelerated law program equips students with a basic knowledge of the law in key areas, including Torts, Contracts, Property, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Business Associations, and Evidence. Training will focus on legal analysis, writing, and problem solving.
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Length: 90 credit hours. Students begin our two-year law school program each May.
Format: Offered entirely on our Virginia Beach campus.
Results: Juris Doctor degree
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Features: At Regent Law, students have the opportunity to earn academic credit by studying and observing the law in action in international settings, and applying the law hands-on through the Center for Advocacy's externships and clinical opportunities, internships through the Center for Global Justice, and internships at the American Center for Law and Justice.
One recent alumnus of our Accelerated Juris Doctor program is serving as a Judicial Clerk in District Court in the State of Wyoming, and another is an associate attorney with the law firm of Wolcott, Rivers, and Gates in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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.
Faith-Law integration is exemplified by "Christian Foundations of Law," a required course introducing students to the historical and philosophical roots of English and American law. By exploring a multidisciplinary breadth of classic texts in history, philosophy, and theology, full-time and part-time students gain an appreciation of the biblical foundations of the law and legal institutions of the United States.