With the shape this industry is in, what is it calling – Domino’s? Life support?
Cost of Attendance: for the 2009-2010 academic year, tuition and fees at Regent School of Law add up to $29,852.
Total Cost of Attendance: the estimated total COA at Regent for the 2009-2010 school year is $49,972! Expensive, but I’m sure the school’s reputation will make up for this by opening up many doors to its students and graduates, right?!
School Rank: According to US News & World Report, Regent is ranked in the fantastic fourth tier of U.S. law schools! No wonder they can get away with charging so much in tuition! Employers are climbing over each other to hire Regent grads.
Job Outcomes: Under Facts & Stats, RegenTTTT claims that, among its Class of 2008:
90.9% were employed or in a graduate program within nine months of graduation.
11.4% were employed in judicial clerkships.
72% were employed before graduation.
Then again, Angel the Lawyer could claim to bench-press 325 pounds. The school simply cannot back up its supposed “facts & stats” – in any scientific way. The burden is on them to prove their claim.
So the question remains: would Jesus charge poor and middle-class people $29,852 per year for a legal education from a lower-tier law school? Would he manipulate “facts” in order to fleece more young people out of their (borrowed) money? I mean, this is the man who kicked the moneychangers out of the temple, right?
Then again, Regent University was the “brainchild” of Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson. Not exactly Jesus. Perhaps the school could land in the third tier if the school reverted back to its original name: Christian Broadcasting Network University.
Reality check: the school is in a crowded market, as Virginia has SEVEN other law schools. Here is how RegenTTTT Law stacks up against its in-state competition – rankings are from the 2010 graduate school rankings by USN&WR:
University of Virginia at number 10; William & Mary at 28; Washington and Lee at 30; George Mason at 41; University of Richmond at 77; Appalachian School of Law occupying the fourth tier; and provisionally-accredited Liberty rounding things out. And don’t forget all of the regional powerhouses, such as Duke, UNC, Vanderbilt and Emory. And the law schools in the Washington D.C. area (which George Mason would be considered a part of).
Good luck, Regent grads. You will certainly need it. For prospective law students, do not go here, unless you get a full-tuition scholarship and are not paying major living expenses, such as rent or a car payment. Seriously, DO NOT base your decision on faith or trying to make your parents proud. Go with the cold, hard facts and decide accordingly.
Remember, you will be the one with massive, non-dischargeable student debt to pay off for the next 30 years, NOT your parents or your girlfriend!