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Regent University, self-proclaimed as "America's Preeminent Christian University," is a fundamentalist school located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Regent University was founded in 1978 by televangelist Pat Robertson as an extension of his Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). The university's official name was CBN University until 1990. Regent University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associates, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.
Regent University offers more than 30 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Non-fundamentalists might find some of the graduate degrees in non-religious fields troubling, especially those offered by something called the Robertson School of Government.
Ties to Bush Administration Justice Department
In 2007, the Regent University School of Law came under scrutiny during the investigation of the U.S. Justice Department attorney firing scandal. Just before the 2006 elections, several Justice Department attorneys were fired, allegedly for prosecuting Republican Party candidates or refusing to trump up charges against Democratic Party candidates. Many of the lawyers who replaced them graduated from Regent University School of Law, established in 1986 to bring pro-Christian "balance" to the perceived liberal leanings of the American justice system. As of April 2007, the Justice Department employed about 150 Regent Law graduates. This troubles many who consider Regent University School of Law to be a "fourth tier law school" where students are more likely to discuss sin than the Constitution in Constitutional Law class.
- Regent University homepage
- Regent University history. regent.edu. Retrieved on 27 September 2015.
- Regent University Accreditation. regent.edu. Retrieved on 27 September 2015.
- Regent University's Robertson School of Government. regent.edu. "Can you envision yourself working at the White House, Capitol Hill or in some other form of public service? We prepare people just like you for careers in public service and administration. Our mission is to train leaders who desire to strengthen the ethical and moral foundation of Judeo-Christian principles in government, and who are called to preserve individual freedom, representative democracy and constitutional government. Retrieved on 27 September 2015.
- "Who's the Boss? How Pat Robertson's law school is changing America." Slate.com, 7 April 2007 
- "US News Tiers" (U.S. News and World Report's four-tier law school rankings.) University of Dayton Website 
- "How a 'fourth tier' religious law school infiltrated the US Government." Times of London website, 5 July 2007 
- "Scandal puts spotlight on Christian law school: Grads influential in Justice Dept." Boston Globe website, 8 April 2007