Several of the best Christian law schools offer programs for prospective lawyers as well as current legal professionals who want to continue their education. These schools may be considered some of the best for the variety of degree programs they offer and the unique learning opportunities available to law students. Explore a few of the best Christian law schools and what makes them stand out.
Students can study at some of the best Christian law schools in Virginia, California, Texas and other states. Compare some of these schools and their graduate tuition rates in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|
|Liberty University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Christian||Lynchburg, VA||$8,723*|
|Regent University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Undenominational||Virginia Beach, VA||$13,326*|
|Ave Maria School of Law||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Naples, FL||$41,706**|
|Pepperdine University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Churches of Christ||Malibu, CA||$32,620*|
|Baylor University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Waco, TX||$46,922*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), **Ave Maria School of Law website
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Description of the Best Christian Law Schools
Students trying to determine which of the best Christian law schools is right for them may wish to consider factors like the degrees offered, size of the school and spiritual growth opportunities. Here we discuss some of these characteristics for a handful of the best Christian law schools.
According to the NCES, Liberty University had 29,290 graduate students in 2017, including online students. The Liberty University School of Law offers an online Juris Master Degree (JM), an online Master of Laws (LLM) and a residential Juris Doctor (JD) with 11 available certificates of concentration, including constitutional law, advocacy and taxation. JD students can also pursue several different dual degree options, such as religion and business, and receive hands-on learning experience through participation in law school publications, externships and competitions teams. Law students can also tie their interest in law to their faith by joining student organizations like the Christian Legal Society or Law Students for Life as well as attending convocation or accessing online spiritual resources through the university.
Regent University is also located in Virginia and offers an online MA in Law, an online or on-campus LLM in Human Rights or American Legal Studies, and an on-campus JD program. According to the school's website, the university is a top military-friendly school, and its School of Law's trial advocacy curriculum ranked nationally in Prelaw Magazine for 2017. The university also has various scholarships and financial aid available to students. Students on campus can further develop their faith through chapel and worship services, Life Groups, campus ministries and service outreach opportunities, like Urban Plunge Mission Trip and Love Light (homeless ministry). In 2017, the NCES reported that the school had about 5,210 graduate students.
Ave Maria School of Law
Ave Maria School of Law is a 4-year graduate school in Florida that had about 240 students in 2017, per the NCES. Spiritual life on campus includes daily mass, and students can participate as an Adoration Group Member, Rosary Coordinator or member of the Law School's Schola Cantorum (vocal group). The school offers a JD program that provides a wide range of hands-on learning experiences through its moot court, labor law practicum, clinical program, externship program and legal internship programs. It also features a Research, Writing and Advocacy Program. According to the school's website, students in the program have the second highest Bar exam passage rate in the state, and Prelaw Magazine has named the school the most devout law school.
Pepperdine University in California has a School of Law that offers 21 different graduate-level, law-related programs, including an accelerated 2-year JD program, several joint degree programs, an LLM program, an online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program and graduate certificates. Students in these programs gain clinical and legal practice skills through workshops, seminars and symposia on various topics in law. The university is also home to the unique Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, which trains students in the art of reconciliation. According to the NCES, the university had close to 4,110 graduate students in 2017. Students can invest in their spiritual lives through worship services, Bible lectures, spiritual conferences and service opportunities.
Baylor University in Texas had a little over 2,740 graduate students in 2017, per the NCES. Its law school offers dual degree programs, an Executive LLM in Litigation Management and a JD program that has 13 different professional tracks, including estate planning, intellectual property and commercial law. The school is intentionally one of the smallest law schools in the country, and its students earned the highest Bar passage rate (100%) for 2015 graduates of any law school, according to the ABA. The law school offers a unique Pro Bono Program and Immigration Clinic. Law students may also choose to participate in the Christian Legal Society and can grow spiritually through chapel services, missions, prayer services and various service opportunities.