Regent Law’s Honors Program provides exclusive academic and professional experiences to select entering students and those who have performed near the top of their first-year law school class. Participants take select classes with other high-performing students and enjoy a higher level of in-class engagement. Honors Program classes are smaller than those at most law schools, which affords faculty members more opportunity to engage students. Honors Program students also enjoy greater curricular flexibility by having fewer required courses during the second and third year. Access J.D. Honors PDF.
As a student in the J.D. Honors Program, you will:
- Participate in an honors-only section of the Foundations of Law course.
- Enjoy a special honors section of at least one of the other first-year common law doctrinal courses, such as Torts, Contracts, Property, and Civil Procedure.
- Take select upper-level courses in small, honors-only sections.
- Meet with prominent speakers such as:
- Elena Kagan, Supreme Court Associate Justice
- John Ashcroft, Distinguished Professor of Law & Government and former U.S. Attorney General
- Vern Clark, Distinguished Professor of Government & Leadership and retired U.S. Admiral
- Leslie H. Southwick, Federal Judge, U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
Along with all Regent Law students, you also may:
- Compete on award-winning Moot Court, Negotiation and Trial Advocacy teams.
- Gain experience through many externship and practical opportunities including internships with the Center for Global Justice.
- Develop practical lawyering skills through clinical practice within The Center for Advocacy and a partnership with the American Center for Law and Justice (the nation’s foremost public interest law firm defending religious liberties).
How do I get into the Honors Program?
Admission to the honors program is primarily based on an applicant’s LSAT score(s), cumulative undergraduate GPA, and overall academic record. Admitted students with a 160 LSAT and a 3.7 cumulative GPA are automatically admitted to the honors program. Other admitted students with a LSAT score of 157 or higher and other strong academic indicators will also receive consideration. Space is limited, so we encourage you to apply early.
Rising second-year students can enter the Honors Program by finishing in the top 25 percent of their class at the end of the first year of law school. All students must maintain a law school GPA of 3.2 to continue in the Honors Program.
“The Regent Law Honors Program helped me thrive academically and expand in my comprehension of the law. I have excelled at my federal clerkships because my coursework always challenged me to go deeper in my understanding of the legal matters at issue.“— Ariel Bryant, J.D., Class of 2019, Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Roanoke, VA