The goal of admissions committee - composed of several members of the faculty, two associate deans, and the director of admissions - is to admit and enroll men and women who are academically able, who are highly motivated, and who are committed to the school's mission as a Christ-centered institution.
The committee recognizes that this means more than simply enrolling those with the greatest academic potential. It also includes seeking to admit men and women who take seriously the critical roles they will assume as counselors, conciliators, and followers of Christ.
Committee members evaluate each candidate's college-level academic performance, career accomplishments, skills relevant to the practice of law, responses to the questions in the application for admission, and results of the LSAT.
- Applicants should possess a bachelor's 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.
- All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Registration materials for the LSAT and the CAS are available online at www.lsac.org or by calling (215) 968-1001.
- The LSAT is offered four times annually: October, December, February, and June.
- Applicants are encouraged to take the October, December, or February LSAT prior to their desired entry into the School of Law. Admission may be offered to candidates who take the June LSAT, although these applicants may be disadvantaged because of the limited remaining enrollment opportunities in the entering class.
When to Apply
- Fall term entry only for new JD students. LLM students have the option of fall or spring entry.
- Applications should be submitted by February 1. Late applicants may apply potentially up to June 1, depending upon seating availability. For information regarding availability after June 1, please contact the Office of Admissions. Early applications are strongly recommended.
- Most scholarship and grant assessments are automatic and do not require a specific application. Endowed scholarships require a specific application.
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 are encouraged to retest.
A central part of the application review process focuses on the applicant's undergraduate performance:
- GPA and grade trends
- rigor of courses completed
- the competitiveness of the institution attended
- comments from faculty recommenders as they relate to the applicant's performance
- future potential and extenuating circumstances that may have affected the applicant's college performance
For applicants who have been out of college for many years, increased consideration is given to professional and personal accomplishments since graduation. The resumé is thus an especially important part of the application for the non-traditional student.
The admissions committee also 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.
Additionally, the committee evaluates comments contained in the application, personal statement, and Clergy/Spiritual Life Recommendation Form in considering the applicant's mission relative to that of Regent University.
Profile of the 2013 Entering Class*
Class Size: 106
25th Percentile: 3.01
50th Percentile: 3.37
75th Percentile: 3.65
25th Percentile: 150
50th Percentile: 154
75th Percentile: 157
Under-Represented Races/Ethnicities: 21%
Female Enrollment: 58%
Avg. Age: 26
Age Range: 19-51
Residency: 43% Virginian
No. of States Represented: 26
No. of Academic Institutions Represented: 78
Total number of JD Students: 355
*Statistics accurate as of the first week of class.