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Regent’s Faith-Law Integration Anticipates Results of Influential Carnegie Foundation Study

According to a recent Carnegie Foundation on Education report discussed within Best Practices for Legal Education: A Vision and A Road Map, the legal profession is in danger of becoming de-moralized as law schools fall short in encouraging students to develop ethical compasses.

The authors of Best Practices, senior faculty from law schools nationwide including NYU, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt, cite the need for professional ethics training throughout the law school curriculum in addition to standard ethics courses. They argue that students would be better prepared to tackle the professional and personal challenges of being a lawyer if law schools had a more positive impact on the development of their value systems.

Publications like The National Jurist have recently explored the issue as well.

According to the Carnegie report, Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law:
In so far as law schools choose not to place ethical-social values within the inner circle of their highest esteem and most central preoccupation, and in so far as they fail to make systematic efforts to educate towards a central moral tradition of lawyering, legal education may inadvertently contribute to the demoralization of the legal profession and its loss of a moral compass, as many observers have charged (140).
Regent Law’s integrated curriculum has trained students to practice law ethically and professionally since its inception - in advance of recent findings.

“Christian Foundations of Law,” Regent’s signature first-year curriculum course, is one such example. Students explore the biblical foundations of law and the divergent path of modern law. The course challenges students to measure their legal success in light of eternal principles of truth and justice. It also encourages them to wed intellectual analysis with the dictates of conscience, and to ultimately practice law with excellence and integrity.

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Regent University School of Law Ranks Highest Overall Bar Passage Rate in Virginia

On Friday, October 27, Virginia’s Board of Bar Examiners (VBBE) released the bar examination passage rates for Virginia law schools. Regent University School of Law (LAW) alumni who took the Virginia bar examination in July 2017 earned a 94.59 percent overall passage rate – the highest in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and more than 23 percent above the statewide average.

“To finish first in the state like Virginia is an incredible accomplishment,” said LAW Dean Michael Hernandez. “I’m proud of our graduates, and I’m proud of our faculty that rallied around and supported our graduates. This is a validation of our program and I’m really thrilled with the results.”



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On November 3, twelve of our Regent Law Honors Program students traveled to Richmond, VA, to visit the Supreme Court of Virginia.  They met with the Honorable Donald W. Lemons, Chief Justice, for a lively discussion. 

After hearing oral arguments in two cases, State Law Librarian Gail Warren spoke with the students about the court, its work, and its history. 

Some students also were able to speak with the Honorable D. Arthur Kelsey, Justice, joined by his clerk, Alexandra McPhee (Regent Law 2017 grad). 

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Lynne Marie Kohm Awarded the 2017 Faculty Excellence in Service Award

Each quarter, Regent University’s Office of Academic Affairs honors faculty members with Faculty Excellence Awards.

On November 7, Regent Law professor Lynn Marie Kohm was awarded the 2017 Faculty Excellence Award in the area of service. According to Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, executive vice president of Academic Affairs, Kohm “embodies the cheerful servant leader,” and claims that her most important service to LAW is her commitment to coordinating a student women’s discipleship group.

“[Kohm] exemplifies servant leadership,” said Moreno-Riaño. “She works tirelessly to promote her school to external audiences … in her faculty development role, she passionately encourages faculty to develop their research and scholarship.”

Congratulations to Professor Lynne Marie Kohm!