Juris Doctor Application Requirements
Fall: We are currently accepting applications for the Fall Semester 2014 and generous financial aid remains. June LSAT takers should apply now; we will hold decisions on these applications until we receive test scores.
The admissions committee seeks to do more than simply enroll those with the greatest academic potential. We admit men and women who demonstrate academic ability, as well as a commitment to the school's mission as a Christ-centered institution.
The admissions committee, comprised of faculty members, associate deans, and the director of admissions, evaluates applicants according to the following criteria:
- Academic achievement (GPA, course rigor, and institution(s) attended)
- LSAT scores
- Mission Fit
- Responses to the questions in the application for admission
- Career accomplishments
- Skills relevant to the practice of law
Admissions Criteria for Accelerated J.D.
- Requires at least a 152 LSAT, a 3.0 cumulative UGPA, and other indicators of high academic promise.
- Applications and supporting documents should be submitted via the LSAC website. Priority consideration date for the two-year program is January 15. Late applications are considered on a space-available basis. Students admitted to the program must submit an enrollment agreement and seat deposit no later than April 1.
- It is recommended that applicants take the October or December LSAT preceding the desired June enrollment.
- Applicants must submit an addendum in their application addressing their reasons for seeking enrollment in an accelerated, rigorous program of study. The admissions committee will be looking for a commitment to disciplined, intensive legal study.
- International students may not begin on-campus study in the summer term, and therefore, are ineligible for this program. We invite international students to apply for our fall semester, full-time program.
Applicants should possess a bachelors degree from an approved college or university prior to beginning their legal studies. The Admissions Committee does not recommend any single major or undergraduate field of study, but welcomes majors ranging from political science to engineering, and from Biblical studies to psychology.
Once you have fulfilled the admissions requirements listed in the application process below, you may be contacted for an admissions interview, which is by invitation only.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, with most applicants being notified within three weeks of the date that the application and all supporting documents are received by the Admissions Office.
J.D. Application Process
All admissions materials should be submitted using the the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) service.
1. Application for Admission
Applicants should apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). If you have any technical difficulty in using the online application, please contact LSAC's Help Desk at 215.968.1393. Shortly after Regent receives your LSAC electronic application, we will email you a login and pin number that allows you to check your application status online.
2. $50 Application Fee
Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee online.
3. Official Transcripts
Submit official, degree-conferred transcripts from all institutions you have attended to LSAC. If admitted, submit a second set, inclusive of a degree-conferred transcript, to Regent Law School prior to matriculation.
4. LSAT Scores
All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The LSAT is offered four times annually: June, October, December, and February. Generally, applicants are advised to schedule the LSAT several months prior to their anticipated enrollment in law school.
An applicant's performance on the LSAT is a very important factor in the application review process. The LSAT score is carefully weighed in light of the many other parts of the applicant's admissions file and in conjunction with the overall profile for the incoming class. The admissions committee relies heavily upon the highest score when an applicant has taken the LSAT more than once, but all scores will be reviewed. Applicants scoring below 150 may be encouraged to retest.
5. Letters of Recommendation
Arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. It is expected that the faculty letter of recommendation will come from a professor who taught the applicant a substantive course pertaining to the major or concentration of study. A second recommendation letter is required from your clergy or spiritual leader (someone who is capable of commenting on your spiritual character), or from an employer, commanding officer, or other professional. The committee prefers that the clergy recommendation form be completed by your pastor, associate pastor, or other church or ministry leader. Recommendations from a friend or family member are discouraged. Regent-specific forms are preferred (see below).
- Faculty Recommendation: Applicants who have been out of school for five or more years may substitute a General Recommendation. (A traditional letter of recommendation format is acceptable, as is LSAC's Letter of Recommendation Service.)
- Clergy/Spiritual Life Recommendation: Regent strongly encourages applicants to submit a Clergy/Spiritual Life Recommendation from a pastor, spiritual leader, or someone who can comment on the role of faith in the applicant's life. (Applicants are strongly encouraged to use Regent's Clergy/Spiritual Life Recommendation Form.) If this is not possible, applicants may substitute a General Recommendation from an employer. If this is not possible, submit a General Recommendation from someone else who can speak to the applicant's character and other qualifications for legal study.
- General Recommendation: The General Recommendation Form is a preferred format for employers or character references, though a traditional format is also acceptable.
6. Current and Thorough Resumé
7. Personal Statement
The admissions committee attaches significant importance to the applicant's personal statement. The statement can provide the committee with insights into the applicant's passion and motivation for studying law, his or her commitment to receiving a legal education that integrates Christian principles and ethics, and knowledge of special skills and abilities developed through employment experiences.
Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.