Ian Jones graduated from Chapman University Fowler School of Law in 2010, remaining heavily involved with the school by serving on the Alumni Board. In 2012, he was selected to serve as the Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Services, a new position created to provide outreach and support for the law school students and growing alumni population.
In his new role, Ian reports directly to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration, Jayne Kacer, and supervises a full time events coordinator --another new position at Chapman. Ian also manages the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) program, providing classes for Chapman alumni to help keep their Bar licenses current.During law school, Ian worked as an extern at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he reviewed pre-trial civil motions and composed bench memos. He was also actively involved in the Student Bar Association. Ian says his interest in law can be attributed to an undergraduate course that was taught using a modified Socratic method. He graduated from California State University - Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2007. He immediately knew he wanted to pursue law school.
"I really enjoyed law school at Chapman,” said Ian. “I had nothing but positive experiences and those experiences helped me while I was in practice. My professors would give helpful practices tips that I actually used in the field."
After graduating in 2010 and passing the Bar, Ian became an associate for a mid-sized West Los Angeles firm specializing in construction defect and personal injury defense. But after working for someone else for a few months, he was ready to work for himself. In August of 2011, Ian started his own law firm but still volunteered much of his time and leadership skills to the Alumni Advisory Board. And his firsthand knowledge of both alumni and current law students made him a perfect choice for the Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Services.
Ian says his favorite part about being back at Chapman is the ability to give back to new students. “At Chapman, you’re not a cog in a machine; everyone knows your name and we all want to see you succeed. There were people who cared about me when I was a law student at Chapman and now I am here to help our students. I can't think of a better job than that."