» Chapman University Fowler School of Law Fast Track Option

Graduating StudentsGraduate early. Get a jump on the job market. Reduce housing costs.

Students interested in completing law school one semester early should consider the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law FAST TRACK option. This expedited JD program is available to highly motivated students with an excellent academic background. Benefits of participating in this optional program are:

  • Start earning income sooner
  • Finish a semester earlier than peers from your entering class
  • Take the Bar exam five months earlier than nearly all graduating law students, with the same comprehensive preparation
  • Get a jump on the job market an entire semester ahead of the pack
  • Save an entire semester of housing costs to minimize law school debt

This new option is available for the Chapman University Fowler School of Law class of 2017 and beyond. If you have additional questions, please contact Grace Alcantara, the Assistant Director of Admission alcantar@chapman.edu or (714) 628-2519.

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+ - Fast Track Option FAQ

  • What is the Fast Track Option?

    The Fast Track Option at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law is an accelerated option designed for law students who want to graduate early and get a jump on the job market.

  • What are the advantages?

    Possible advantages of participating in this option include: earning income sooner; finishing a semester earlier; taking the bar exam five months earlier with the same comprehensive preparation; getting a jump on the job market a semester earlier than your peers graduating in the spring; and saving an entire semester of housing costs to minimize law school debt.

  • Who is eligible?

    This new option is available for the Chapman University Fowler School of Law class of 2017 and beyond. There will be a required meeting with the Director of Financial Aid for those interested in the option. If you decide to elect into the Fast Track Option, at this meeting you will need to sign an agreement by March 1.

  • Is there a separate application?

    We do not require a separate application for this option. You will have until your spring semester of your first year to decide if you wish to take advantage of this option and you will be required to meet with the Director of Financial Aid to sign an agreement indicating you are electing into the Fast Track Option.

  • What is the cost compared to the traditional program?

    The overall unit requirements are the same so the costs will be very similar. The major financial benefits of the Fast Track Option include earning income sooner and the possibility of limiting living expenses.

  • Will I receive the same JD degree?

    Yes. The curriculum and degree are the same as the traditional program, only completed a semester earlier.

  • Curriculum: Are the classes and professors different from the traditional option?

    You will take the same courses from the same outstanding faculty, as students enrolled in the traditional three year option. There are two major impacts on your class selection if you opt in to the Fast Track Option. First, you will have to take at least two summer semesters of six units each, after your first and second years. Second, the class schedule during the spring semester of your third year will not be available to you as you will have graduated in December. 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.
  • Can I earn a certificate?

    Yes, you can still earn a certificate but you will need to play close attention to your schedule, required courses and residency credits. If you have any questions about staying on track, you can speak with the Registrar’s Office.

  • How does the schedule differ from the traditional program?

    This option necessitates taking at least six units in the summer. You will have the same opportunities to create your class schedule as other students. With this option, you will graduate in December. Thus, you will not have the opportunity to take classes the spring semester of your third year.

  • When does it start?

    You will begin the summer after your first year.

  • How will the Fast Track Option affect my scholarship?

    Students who select the Fast Track Option for their Tuition Merit Scholarship will have it applied as follows:
    • First year: fall, spring, summer
    • Second year: fall, spring, summer
    • Third year: fall only

    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.

    Non-Tuition Merit Scholarships cannot be applied to summer terms. Once a student selects the Fast Track Option for their Tuition Merit Scholarship, it cannot be switched back to a traditional schedule of three years. All renewal requirements remain the same. If a student extends their enrollment past the fall of their third year, their scholarship will not be applied to additional semesters.

  • How will my financial aid be disbursed?

    Students receiving financial aid other than scholarships will be required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once all requirements are met, all funds are scheduled to disburse the first week of each term.

  • What are the challenges with this option?

    The selection of courses over the summer is not as diverse as the fall and spring. You will need to evaluate your schedule, required courses and residency credits regularly. If you have any questions about your residency credits please contact the Registrar’s Office.

  • May I leave the Fast Track Option and extend my program of legal studies?

    If you decide to move from the Fast Track Option to the full-time program you may do so. However, if you have a merit scholarship it cannot be transferred to the full-time program once you begin the Fast Track Option.

  • Is there summer housing available?

    If you have university housing or off campus housing you should have a one-year lease. Students are not able to use the residence halls over the summer. Also, if you are taking the summer classes you can apply for financial aid to help with living costs.

  • How can I participate in the Fast Track Option?

    You will have until the spring semester of your first year to decide if you wish to take advantage of this option and you will need to meet with the Director of Financial Aid to sign the agreement by March 1.

  • Contact Us

    If you have additional questions, please contact Grace Alcantara, the Assistant Director of Admission and Diversity Initiatives at alcantar@chapman.edu or (714) 628-2519.
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