preLaw - Spring 2017 - 42
Most devout law schools
Faith in Action
At these schools, students have ample opportunity
to put their faith into practice.
BY JACK CRITTENDEN
This past fall, a group of first-year law students
at Regent University School of Law wanted to
do something to thank their professors. They
decided to handwrite thank-you letters. They
got the entire class on board to sign and handdeliver the letters.
It was a small act of kindness, but one that
did not go unnoticed.
"They are a very devoted mission class," said
Natt Gantt, an associate dean and one of the
professors who got a note. "A great group of
Regent Law is a religious-affiliated law school
and one of the most devout schools in the
nation, according to a study by preLaw magazine. Students flock to the school for its Christcentered mission. Like other schools on our list,
Regent Law gives students the opportunity to
learn legal doctrine and explore issues from a
"The experience our students have is different [from secular schools]," Gantt said. "We like
to say it is law school plus. We teach the law and
do it in a different dynamic."
As it says in the New Testament, "Faith without works is dead" (James 2:26).
The nation's most devout law schools have
taken that charge to heart, going beyond curriculum and giving students the chance to put
their faith into practice through clinics that
serve the poor, pro bono work for refugees,
advanced training in human trafficking, policy
work on behalf of religious freedom, and other
opportunities. And students undertake some
efforts on their own, such as the Regent firstyears who wrote the thank-you letters.
"We take an integrated approach to legal
education from a faith-based perspective," said
Gantt, co-director of the school's Center for
Ethical Formation, which is focused on using
the school's curriculum to cultivate a student's
moral formation. "Integrated means it's not just
in our materials. Faith impacts not just Sunday
but all aspects of what we do."