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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Regent Law
« on: March 24, 2012, 11:33:17 PM »
Having been to their Preview Weekend, I have a decent feel for their program. You will obviously be most comfortable there if you are an evangelical Christian with your faith being a central part of your everyday life. Each class has a ten-minute devotional teaching by the professor or someone the professor appoints. Also, you will learn Constitutional Law with a strong emphasis on the moral foundations of the law.

However, we attended an actual class, (don't remember the class name, but the topic was European common law) and you wouldn't have been able to tell that this was a "Christian" school from the topic matter...it was simply European common law being taught: no slants, innuendos, or hidden agendas. The professor was a very good teacher and I found I was able to understand the subject even though the class was in mid-semester form.

I spoke to a 3L that was originally put off by the devotionals but got used to them, and didn't really have any issues with the Christian foundations of the school, she said they were basically just learning the same law that every other school was teaching. And there are students there who aren't of the same faith mind-set as the school's general population, so it's not like you HAVE to be "one of them."

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Belmont.... Risky?
« on: December 03, 2011, 08:32:26 PM »
Belmont might be a decent choice. Having been to all their prospective-student-get-togethers last year, I was impressed with the dean and the other staff members that were hired, they seemed to be pretty sharp cookies. Forum posts tend to hold any start-up law school in pretty low esteem, but I think the difference with Belmont is the strength of their existing university...Belmont seems to know how to do things that are successful.

I was told their pioneer class had an average of 154 LSAT, and tuition is in the $32,000 range.

Having said all that (and no I'm not a staff member, but I have considered attending there), any start-up school is a risk: no guarantees of ABA approval, no law school alumni base to pull from. Not to mention that there may be a tendency to make classes harder just to prove to the ABA that they are worthy of approval. But of all the start-up or provisionally-approved law schools, and even some schools that have been around awhile, I think you could do a lot worse than Belmont.

Just my two-cents worth.

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I just got an email from Ohio Northern University saying they were still accepting Fall 2011 apps. Your scores would seem to fall in line with their averages, although at this late date they might be more picky?

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