Sisters proud to be graduates of Regent University School of Law

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

  
Lyla and Waheba Zeidan are proud to be graduates of Regent University School of Law.
   Waheba and Lyla will take the Virginia Bar Exam July 30-31. They will learn how they did on the exam by early November. In the interim, they plan to clerk for Virginia Beach area law firms.
   "In the future, we may want to go in together," said Waheba. "Starting out, we first would like to get some experience at a small-to-medium or even larger law firm to get our feet wet, so to speak. Then maybe in the future, it would be nice for us to go in together. It would be good for us to get some experience first, so that we could bring different areas of the law together so when we begin to work together we can offer a wide variety of practice areas."
   "Right now, we both have similar interests," Lyla remarked. "We are both interested in practicing immigration law, international law, corporate law and maybe some criminal law. We'd like a law firm that offers a lot of different specialized areas." After gaining expertise in a variety of areas, she said, the sisters plan to open their own practice.
   Waheba became interested in a law career while working at Siemens Energy and Automation in Johnson City. Lyla, who just graduated from college, had attended some law-related seminars at East Tennessee State University. A law career began to appeal to Waheba. "I started filling out applications (to law school), and we just happened to get accepted together at Regent University. We were truly blessed. It wasn't something that we planned. I think it was just fate for both of us.
   "We really had planned to go to a law school in Tennessee, and we were accepted to some, but they weren't the same ones. Regent accepted both of us. We agreed with the principles, because we wanted to be ethical attorneys, and this was the only law school that actually stressed passing a moral fitness type of exam before you could be admitted there. Anyone can go to law school, even if you have DUIs or a criminal record, but at Regent you have to have a higher ethical standard. We both have always been close in our relationship with God and our parents. We've always stressed morals and ethics, and people that know us know that we're very ethical people. This was a way for us to go to a law school away from home, which was good for us because we learned independence."
   Although Regent University Law School is a conservative Christian institution, it allows for individual religious views. "They don't force their beliefs on you," Lyla said. "It's recognized as a Christian university, but yet they don't ever tell you what religion to be. And every devotion that they give is open to all religions."
   Attending Regent University "has been a wonderful experience," both spiritually and in the study of the law, Waheba said. "The professors, the classmates, everyone there genuinely cares about you. They want you to succeed in whatever you do."
   "We traveled to other schools to represent Regent," said Lyla. "We saw the difference in the character, the mentality, the relationship with the professors and the faculty and the other students, and it wasn't the same. You go into Regent and you don't feel scared. You feel happy, you feel at peace there. It's a positive experience. We've never really had a negative experience there. It's brought us closer to one another and closer to God and made our faith increase."
   God "has worked miracles in all of our lives," Waheba said. "For instance, I've always felt He's led me in the right direction. I had never even thought of law school, and then all of a sudden it just seemed to happen. I felt like He was guiding me all the way through. I still feel like He's always with me. His presence is with me in everything I do..."
   Lyla and Waheba are the daughters of Fred and Barbara Zeidan, 615 Parkway Blvd., Elizabethton.