»Full-Time, Fast Track Option and Part-Time Students

First year courses

Full time

  • First year full-time students are enrolled in the same classes as their part-time classmates.
  • Full-time students will be allowed to transfer into the part-time program with the approval of the Law Registrar.
  • If a student enrolls in the full-time program and remains in that program, they can complete law school in three years.
  • Full-time students will enroll in 15 units in the fall and 16 units in the spring of their first year.  After the first year, full-time students will enroll in 12-16 units each semester.
  • Full-time students will take Legal Research & Writing I, Contracts I, Property Law I, Torts I and Civil Procedure I in the fall; and Legal Research & Writing II, Contracts II, Property Law II, Torts II, Civil Procedure II and Criminal Law in the spring.
  • Full-time students may maintain a merit scholarship by achieving and maintaining at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average after their first year.
  • Scholarships are awarded as a percentage of tuition and are based on the number of units in which a student is enrolled.
  • Full-time students may earn/increase a merit scholarship by placing in the top 10% of their cohort group at the end of their first year.
  • Full-time students are strongly discouraged from working.  During orientation, new students will be required to sign a work certification form agreeing not to work more than 20 hours per week.

Fast Track Option

  • First year Fast Track Option students are enrolled in the same classes as their full-time and part-time classmates but will take summer classes in addition to fall and spring.
  • Fast Track Option students will be allowed to transfer into the full-time or part-time program after the completion of their first year with the approval of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. See Fast Track Option FAQs to see how this affects your scholarship.
  • If a student enrolls in the Fast Track Option and remains in that program, they can complete law school in two and one half years.
  • Fast Track Option students will enroll in 15 units in the fall, 16 units in the spring and six units in the summer of their first year. After the first year, Fast Track Option students will enroll in 12-16 units each spring and fall semester in addition to six units each summer semester.
  • Fast Track Option students will take Legal Research & Writing I, Contracts I, Property Law I, Torts I and Civil Procedure I in the fall; Legal Research & Writing II, Contracts II, Property Law II, Torts II, Civil Procedure II and Criminal Law in the spring; and six units in the summer.
  • Fast Track Option students may maintain a merit scholarship by achieving and maintaining at least a 2.9 cumulative grade point average after their first year. Students on the Fast Track Option may continue a merit scholarship on that track, but if they switch to full time the merit scholarship will no longer be available.
  • Scholarships are awarded as a percentage of tuition and are based on the number of units in which a student is enrolled.
  • Fast Track Option students may earn/increase a merit scholarship by achieving a cumulative GPA equivalent to the top 15% of the full time cohort group at the end of their first year.
  • Fast Track Option students are strongly discouraged from working. During orientation, new students will be required to sign a work certification form agreeing not to work more than 20 hours per week.

Learn more about the Fast Track Option at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Part time

  • First year part-time students are enrolled in the same classes as their full-time classmates but take fewer courses.
  • Part-time students will be allowed to transfer into the full-time program after the completion of their first year with the approval of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
  • If a student enrolls in the part-time program and remains in that program, they can complete law school in four years. However, if a part time student participates in the summer program each year, they can expect to graduate after three and one half years.
  • Part-time students will enroll in nine units in the fall and 10 units in the spring of their first year. After the first year, part-time students will enroll in 8-11 units each semester.
  • Part-time students will take Legal Research & Writing, Torts I and Civil Procedure I in the fall; and Legal Research & Writing II, Torts II, Civil Procedure II and Criminal Law in the spring.
  • Part-time students may maintain a merit scholarship by achieving and maintaining at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average after their first year.
  • Scholarships are awarded as a percentage of tuition and are based on the number of units in which a student is enrolled.
  • Part-time students may earn/increase a merit scholarship by achieving a cumulative GPA equivalent to the top 10% of the full time cohort group at the end of their first year.


Unlike full-time students, part-time students are not restricted in the amount of time they are permitted to work. However, even though part-time students take fewer courses, the part-time program is academically rigorous and students are encouraged to work as little as possible during their first year of law school.

See the Student Handbook for the policies and procedures and additional information about joint degree programs, law review, moot court board, etc.

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