Juris Doctor (JD)

On-Campus Degree Overview

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. Our American Bar Association (ABA)-approved program focuses on legal analysis, writing, problem solving, and Christian leadership. Through an understanding of the biblical principles applicable to law and an ability to apply those principles in practical ways, Regent Law students are uniquely equipped to practice law ethically and professionally, with honesty, integrity, and Christian values.

JD Program Highlights

Curriculum: Students typically complete this degree in three years; however, it may be completed as a 2-year (May start), 3-year (August start), or part-time program (August start).
Length: 90 credit hours. Two-year students begin the program in May. Three-year and part-time students begin the program in August.
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 (ACLJ).

Career Opportunities

Whether you desire to become an international lawyer or work in the United States, the JD program will equip you to make a difference in your community. Upon completion of all program requirements and passing of the bar examination, JD 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.

Integration of Faith and Law

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. The course encourages students to ask: "Why?" Why do we enforce contracts? Why do we punish crime? Why do we forbid the taking of life, liberty, and property without due process of 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.