» Philosophy of Law Societies

The Fowler School of Law supports the continuous study of all interpretations of the Constitution and the law. Organizations on campus help keep the discussion fresh by bringing in speakers and holding debates on a myriad of subjects in various areas of the law.

+ - American Constitution Society

The American Constitution Society (ACS) is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization that seeks to promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and its fundamental values of individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. These abiding principles are reflected in the vision of the Constitution's framers and the wisdom of forward-looking leaders who have shaped our law throughout American history. As a result of their efforts, the Constitution has retained its authority and relevance for each new generation.

The Fowler School of Law Chapter of ACS embraces the vision of ACS by holding legal and policy debates, increasing awareness about relevant issues, and building a diverse network of future lawyers with similar goals. It is our goal to ensure that future generations continue to benefit from the fundamental values our nation fought so hard to acquire.

If you are interested in joining, please register online at http://www.acslaw.org/join.

+ - California Republican Lawyers Association

As the principal organization of Republican Law Students, the California Republican Lawyers Association (CRLA) is dedicated to:

1) Advancing professionalism and education: The CRLA is comprised of law students who are committed to the advancement of legal professionalism. It brings together law students who believe in Republican ideals and the advancement of their own education, specifically law in political, government, legislative and private firm settings.

2) Advancing career opportunities: The CRLA is a network of law students committed to helping each other succeed. It is a local chapter within which members can seek career advancement assistance, network with professionals and form relationships with other Republicans in the county.

3) Advancing Republican ideals: The CRLA further builds on the Republican Party goals and ideals through a network of law students who understand and directly support Republican policies and candidates.

4) Advancing open, fair and honest elections: The CRLA seeks to promote open, fair and honest elections at all levels of California elected office in a non-discriminatory manner. It provides election law training for law students from preeminent election law professionals.

Contact CRLA

Fowler School of Law students can find more information about CRLA and sign up for updates at their TWEN page, or by emailing the Fowler School of Law Chapter of CRLA at chapman.crla@gmail.com.

+ - Christian Law Society

The Fowler School of Law Christian Law Society (CLS) consists of law students committed to proclaiming, loving and serving Jesus Christ through all we do and say in the practice of law. CLS is committed to supporting Christian leaders, helping reach the law school community and growing through the strengthening of our faith and love of the law. CLS provides Bible studies during the school year to grow in our knowledge of God's word and provides various opportunities for fellowship and support.

For more information, contact chapmanchristiansociety@gmail.com.

+ - Federalist Society

The Federalist Society is dedicated to America's founding values of limited government, free markets and the preservation of what James Madison called "the sacred fire of liberty." In the past, the Federalist Society has held discussions on Supreme Court decisions, federal practice matters, privatization issues and a host of other topics. As Justice Clarence Thomas said, when dedicating Chapman's Kennedy Hall, "Too few [lawyers] understand, like our nation's founders, that when we submit the baser side of our natures to the rule of noble law, we rise above our passions and partake, in some small degree, of the divine." Such is the goal of the Fowler School of Law's Federalist Society.

+ - J. Reuben Clark Society

The J. Reuben Clark Society affirms the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction, and strives through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.

The Fowler School of Law J. Reuben Clark Society is a student group that emphasizes the relation between law and ethics, morality and religion.

+ - Jewish Law Students Association

The Fowler School of Law Jewish Law Students Association promotes and provides access to Jewish events, culture and holiday traditions; opposes anti-semitism through education; and provides a forum for discussing issues or current events pertaining to Jewish individuals.

It welcomes all inquiries about the organization and membership.

+ - Muslim Law Students Association

+ - National Lawyers Guild

The Fowler School of Law chapter of the National Lawyers Guild is an association dedicated to the support and defense of economic and social justice, and to progressive change rather than the acceptance of the status quo. The Fowler School of Law chapter seeks to:

  • educate members and the community about issues affecting economic and social justice

  • provide law students with pro bono opportunities in support of these goals

  • increase awareness of the Fowler School of Law community on issues surrounding economic and social justice

The National Lawyers Guild seeks to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization which shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that economic and social justice are basic human rights and must be protected and expanded.

The group aims to bring together all those who:

  • regard economic and social justice as essential to the freedom of all people everywhere.

  • recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the economic and social freedoms, protections and rights of people everywhere upon whom the welfare of the human race depends.

  • seek actively to eliminate oppression of women, the poor and people of color through restriction of economic and social rights specific to them.

  • seek justice and resist various sorts of oppressive assaults on economic and social justice, and who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them.

  • look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their oppression, and seek protection and expansion of economic and social equality and rights in that vein.

+ - St. Thomas More Society

The St. Thomas More Society is dedicated to faith and community within the legal profession. The society seeks to provide a Catholic voice on issues of relevance to judges, lawyers, public officials and law students, and to promote an understanding of Church teaching. Membership in the society is open to persons of all religions who are interested in exploring the rich teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.


The St. Thomas More Society sponsors the annual Red Mass and dinner, at which the society presents the St. Thomas More Award to one who exemplifies the ideals of service and sacrifice in the pursuit of justice so conspicuously reflected in the life and death of St. Thomas More. The Red Mass continues a tradition begun by English barristers and judges in the 13th century of offering prayers to the Holy Spirit that all men and women in the legal profession, the judiciary and the public life be blessed with wisdom and understanding. Red vestments are traditionally worn at the Mass to commemorate the scarlet robes of the Lord High Justices.

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