The Alternative Dispute Resolution Board (ADR) is comprised of both second- and third-year law students. The Board conducts mock negotiations for the Negotiations class and mentors Negotiations students in the early portion of the course.
The Board hosts an intramural negotiation competition each spring, as well as the Regional ABA Negotiation Competition every two or three years. The Board sends teams to compete in the Regional ABA Negotiation Competition each fall and other competitions in the spring.
The Law Student Division chapter has three objectives, and all emphasize service. First, the chapter serves students with educational needs. Second, the chapter suggests ways students can serve their clients once they become attorneys. Third, the chapter provides students with service opportunities in the community. The first two objectives are met through the ABA Journal and the Student Lawyer, which are publications members receive each month. The third objective is met through activities and events planned by the chapter's Executive Committee. Further, all of these objectives can be met through membership in ABA sections.
The James Kent Chapter of American Inns of Court is part of an 800-year-old English tradition, brought to this country by Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger to encourage passing down high standards of ethics and excellence within the legal profession. Through our local chapter, selected third-year students are united with judges and respected senior lawyers in a formal mentorship program that encourages high standards of ethics and civility. Participating students receive firsthand insight into legal issues.
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) has two primary goals: to promote community service in neighboring black communities and to be a vehicle of spiritual, academic and cultural awareness, and support for black law students. BLSA provides community service through projects with the local Boys & Girls club. In the future, BLSA will add programs geared toward service in the community.
The Business Law Society's (BLS) mission is to integrate the Christian faith into the practice of commercial, corporate and transactional law. To accomplish our goal, BTLS is partnering with Regent University and the community to provide law students with learning opportunities available through activities involving students, faculty, and members of the local bar. Furthermore, BTLS members strive to be men and women of integrity as they carry out their duties as Christian lawyers and good citizens.
Founded in 1961, CLS is a professional organization of over 4,500 attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, paralegals, and their families who desire to do justice with the love of God. The Society's diverse membership contributes to its unique mission: to nurture and equip a national network of skilled lawyers, law students, and lay people who are committed to loving and serving Jesus Christ and advocating reconciliation, justice, and religious freedom.
The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) is the student government organization for the university. In cooperation with other student organizations within Regent University, the purpose of COGS is to foster and encourage a quality academic and professional environment; to facilitate the interchange of ideas and programs between respective schools and colleges; to promote the university's commitment to Biblical principles and spiritual development; in everything to bring glory to God and His Son, Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit; and to advocate and represent the collective ideas, interests, and concerns of the student body to the administration and vice versa.
The Federalist Society is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on these principles: the state exists to preserve freedom; the separation of governmental powers is central to the constitution; and it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Federalist Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
The Hispanic Law Students Association at Regent University School of Law exists to encourage and support Hispanic and non-Hispanic students as they pursue their calling to serve and remain responsive to the social, political, and academic promotion of the Hispanic community. HLSA seeks to promote the recruitment, academic achievement, and retention of Hispanic law students at Regent University School of Law, thereby allowing the Regent community to flourish with greater diversity while fully equipping Christian law students of every ethnicity to become leaders who will influence their communities for the glory of Jesus Christ.
The Honor Council has authority to consider allegations of student misconduct pursuant to the process established in the Regent University School of Law Honor Code. The council consists of students elected by their fellow students. Council members elect a Presiding Officer and Associate Presiding Officer to lead the council. See here for the Honor Council Members.
The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society (IPELS) provides a forum for Regent students and legal professionals to meet and discuss the subjects of Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Sports law. IPELS seeks to supplement the legal education of Regent's students by creating opportunities for dialogue with industry leaders and experts. Symposia, lectures, panel discussions, and moot court competitions provide unique avenues for such interaction. Above all, IPELS seeks to operate as a witness about the good news of Jesus Christ to the Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Sports communities at large while encouraging law students to be "salt and light" in the field.
The principal goal of the International Law Society is to bring student attention to the university's mission of "Christian Leadership to Change the World." The ILS works to increase student, faculty, and staff understanding of the many and varied aspects of international law and global affairs. It is dedicated to promoting student involvement in international law through extracurricular activities and programs such as the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Although the ILS is based in the School of Law, it is open to all members of the Regent University community. The ILS sponsors the Regent Journal of International Law.
The Law Wives Association of Regent University has been established to support and encourage spouses of law students. Social events are regularly scheduled and are open to all students and their families. Opportunities for Christian fellowship are offered as well. Several spouses participate in Bible studies.
The Moot Court Board is dedicated to equipping students with the skills to be effective advocates. Students are encouraged to build their advocacy on sound legal reasoning and their commitment to God.
The Moot Court Board has 12 permanent and 14 associate members. Each year, the Board hosts two intramural competitions. The Board annually sends teams to up to eight regional and national tournaments to compete against the best written and oral advocates in the country.
Helping first-year students become effective written and oral advocates through a mentoring program is one of the most important functions of the Board. Through the mentoring program, the Board assists first-year students in writing their first brief and preparing them to argue an appeal based on the brief. In addition to the mentoring program, the Board sponsors special presentations promoting and teaching effective advocacy.
The Newman Society is an organization of Catholic students. The Society is committed to helping students develop spiritually. It sponsors weekly masses and an annual Red Mass on Regent University's campus. In addition to its spiritual emphasis, the Society offers an array of social activities, as well as opportunities for students to perform community services.
Founded in 2008, Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is an academic fraternity of Regent Law School. PAD provides students with many opportunities, including networking, service, and professional development.
The Public Interest Legal Advocates of Regent (PILAR) seek to provide a venue through which students can act to begin eliminating the inequality of legal resources in our country. PILAR also strives to foster lifelong participation in the law-related areas of the public sector by referring students to opportunities that match their career goals. PILAR is continually seeking to encourage a law school curriculum that: is supportive of public interest law students; has financial programs to assist students interested in public interest with summer and post-graduate employment; and develops relationships with organizations and alumni to provide resources for students.
The Regent Journal of International Law is a publication of the International Law Society. Founded in 2000, the journal is the only Judeo-Christian academic forum for scholarly reviews of international law in the world. Its mission is to publish incisive analyses of international legal issues by some of the most important scholars and practitioners in the field. The student editorial board and staff associates are selected on the basis of their interest in international law, academic performance, and writing ability. In addition to a faculty advisor, the Journal of International Law has an external Board of Advisors.
The Regent Journal of Law & Public Policy is an academic publication operating under the authority of the Regent University School of Law and Robertson School of Government. Founded in 2008, the RJLPP is one of the first Christian academic journals dedicated to scholarly publications on issues of law and public policy. Its mission is to provide a premier forum for articulating the vital intersection of law and public policy, while integrating Christian perspectives, developing professional relationships, and incorporating intellectual scholarship to better understand the American legal and policy landscape. The student Executive Board and Staff are selected on the basis of their interest in law and public policy, academic performance, and writing ability. In addition to Faculty Advisors, the RJLPP has an external Advisory Board consisting of prominent alumni, legal practitioners, and public policy officials.
Regent Students for Life provides the Regent community the opportunity to discuss and engage the culture on all aspects of life: abortion, post-abortion, adoption, disability discrimination, euthanasia, stem cell research, genocide, RU486, abstinence, and much more. RSFL believes that God created life and that life is sacred and needs to be protected. RSFL believes the best way to begin protection of human life is through education and awareness, and then activism. This group provides an opportunity for educated, mannerly debate, discussion, and service to others, and for all Regent students, faculty, staff, and community members to come together as one body to serve those in need for Christ.
The Regent University Law Review is fulfilling its vision to "provide a forum for a Christian perspective on law and the legal profession, especially through the application of Biblical principles to law." It publishes two issues per year. Student editors and staff members, chosen on the basis of academic achievement and writing ability, edit the Law Review under the guidance of the law faculty.
The purpose of the RNLA is to advance professionalism, advance open, fair and honest elections, advance career opportunity, advance Republican ideals, and fulfill Regent's mission of "Christian Leadership to Change the World."
The Rutherford Institute (TRI) is a nonprofit legal and educational organization dedicated to defending religious people who are persecuted or oppressed for their beliefs, ensuring that they are treated fairly in the courts and are free to express their beliefs without fear. The Rutherford Institute has five priority areas to accomplish this goal: 1) defend free speech in the public arena; 2) protect the fundamental human rights of religious persons from oppression; 3) advance international human rights; 4) support the sanctity of human life; and 5) preserve the sanctity of the family and the rights of parents. The Regent University Student Chapter is dedicated to the TRI priority areas and supports it through paid legal research, on-campus lectures, video presentations, and discussions.
The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is dedicated to providing a Christian forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law. The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at Regent University School of Law seeks to promote the recruitment of stewards for the advocacy, protection, and welfare of all of God’s creatures, and to be a resource for students in the Regent community by providing information on animal advocacy opportunities.
The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the student government at Regent University School of Law. Among the responsibilities granted to the SBA is providing law students with representative leadership to the law school and the university. The SBA also has a strong history of providing social and ministry occasions for the entire community. Studying law is a unique privilege, and the SBA seeks to provide students with the best law school experience attainable.
The Trial Advocacy Board (TAB) sponsors a monthly forum for speakers who discuss litigation, present tips for those interested in a litigation practice, and help students find summer job opportunities involving litigation. The TAB hosts an intramural Trial Competition each spring. This Trial Competition, which is open to all law students, requires participating students to litigate a case, from developing trial strategies to opening arguments to closing arguments. Local judges and attorneys serve as judges for the competition. First-year students, who are provided with selected information on evidence, try cases against other first-year students. Second- and third-year students, who are expected to apply all of the rules of procedure and evidence, are grouped together for their trials. Students may participate in the Trial Competition in each of their three years, providing a great opportunity to develop practical skills.
The Virginia Bar Association Law School Council (VBA LSC) at Regent facilitates connecting Regent Law students with both the state and local bar associations. It is a branch of the Virginia Bar Association through its Young Lawyers Division. The mission of the Virginia Bar Association remains as timely today as it was in 1888 when the Association was founded. Its goals to promote the highest professional standards, work to improve the law and the administration of justice, and advance collegial relations among lawyers have contributed to its rich heritage. Moreover, as a voluntary association, it is free to initiate public service projects free from the legal constraints applicable to a mandatory bar.
For several years, the School of Law has participated in the VITA Program. Under the arm of the ABA, Law Student Division VITA provides a base of law students willing to help others prepare their federal income tax returns. Participating students visit libraries, prisons, military bases, and urban communities. This program allows Regent students to reach out to the local community.