» Practice Area Societies

Network with students and the speakers they bring in that share the same legal interests as you. Learn more about an areas of law you have considered practicing, or discover a new one.

+ - Air and Space Law Society

The purpose of the Chapman Air and Space Law Society (CASLS) is to provide support and networking opportunities for students seeking involvement in the fields of law regulating and litigating the aeronautic and space industries. CASLS also aims to serve as a liaison between the law student body and air and space law attorneys, academics and other professionals in the community; and to promote and encourage the law student body's involvement in, and knowledge of, the increasingly important fields of space and aeronautic regulation and litigation.

+ - Children and Family Law Society

The purpose of the Children and Family Law Society is to educate students on pertinent aspects of family law and to attract speakers who will teach them about not only family law issues, but also about how to cultivate a career in the legal discipline.

+ - Criminal Law Society

The purpose of the Criminal Law Society at the Chapman University Fowler School of Law is to promote and encourage the study of criminal law and to develop a strong relationship with the criminal law bar. The Society aspires to the highest standards of personal integrity, diligence, and individual responsibility in the study, teaching, and practice of criminal law and the criminal justice system.

+ - Diversity and Social Justice Forum

+ - Entertainment and Sports Law Society

The field of sports and entertainment law incorporates an extraordinarily broad and varied practice area. The practice covers substantive areas of law such as intellectual property, contract law, labor law, anti-trust law, and corporate finance. It also requires an understanding of a client's experience within the world of athletics and/or entertainment. It is for this reason that the Entertainment and Sports Law Society endeavors to educate its members on the relevant legal issues that accompany this rigorous practice area. By organizing on-campus lectures, conference and convention field trips, and social gatherings, the society seeks to work with individuals and organizations within the profession and provide information and assistance concerning potential employment opportunities.

Useful Links

Sports

Sports Lawyers Association

Sports Links—The Internet's premier source for sports industry Web sites, including official sports league, team, business, education, and media links

ABA Sports Law Division

Entertainment

Intellectual Property Law

Future of Music

Public Knowledge

Entertainment Law Resources

Entertainment Law Digest

Mega Law- Entertainment Law Digest

ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries

Adult Web Law

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)

Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI)

Copyright, Trademark and Entertainment Law - by Paul D. Supnik

Entertainment Legal Careers and Information on the Entertainment Law Field

Entertainment Law Links

Entertainment Law Reporter

Entertainment Law Resources - By Mark Litwak

Freedom of Expression at the National Endowment for the Arts

Hollywood.com - Entertainment News and Information Website

Hollywood Law Cybercenter

The Home Recording Rights Coalition

International Entertainment & Multimedia Law & Business Network

Law Girl

Legal Information Institute (LII)

MC2 Law

Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC)

Musicians' Intellectual Law & Resources Links

OSLA Arts & Law Homepage

WiredLaw: Law for Entertainment and New Media archive site

+ - Health Law Society

Health Law Society (HLS) is a practice-oriented student organization devoted to educating and bringing awareness to the important and evolving field of health law. HLS offers a forum where students, staff, & legal professionals can discuss emerging legal issues in the healthcare industry. In addition, because health law is an interdisciplinary field, HLS collaborates with other student organizations to educate about the cross-over between health and other areas of law. HLS also serves as a liaison between students interested in health law and professionals practicing in the field, and will provide networking opportunities for students. Membership in HLS is open to all in the Fowler School of Law community who wish to learn about health law, hear from health lawyers and practitioners in the field, and explore internship and career opportunities.

+ - Human Rights Law Society

+ - If When How; Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

Lawyering for reproductive justice is a concept and practice that If/When/How is committed to developing in meaningful partnership with those most affected—including groups that focus on criminal justice reform, the school-to-prison-pipeline, LGBTQ rights and other issues that are integral to achieving reproductive justice. The tension between privilege, oppression, the traditional legal framework, and the radical framework of reproductive justice is ever-present. In light of this, we are constantly asking questions, learning more, and leading the evolving conversation about what it means to be lawyering for reproductive justice.

Reproductive justice will exist when all people can exercise the rights and access the resources they need to thrive and to decide if, when, and how to create and sustain their families with dignity, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence.

+ - Immigration Law Society

The location of Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law places the law school community in the midst of the immigrant-rich population of Southern California. This provides us with many opportunities for learning about and becoming involved in matters related to immigration law.

In recognition of the historic and current-day challenges, issues, and opportunities associated with the migration of people between nations, the Immigration Law Society serves the Chapman University community by:

(1) engaging law students in the continuing issues and challenges associated with immigration;

(2) providing educational and experiential opportunities in the field of immigration law; and

(3) providing opportunities for student involvement and career exploration via exposure to immigration lawyers and areas of legal practice that intersect with immigration law.

The Immigration Law Society warmly welcomes all interested students to its events!


Helpful Links

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Volunteering Opportunities Public Law Center

Legal Aid Society of Orange County

Find more information on MyCourthouse

+ - Intellectual Property Law Society

Intellectual Property Law Society is a student organization aimed at educating law students about the field of intellectual property law. While this field of law mainly comprises patents, copyrights, and trademarks, issues related to its practice are encompassed by many other types of law, including business and entertainment law. IPLS offers a forum for discussion about current issues in intellectual property and opportunities for networking with professionals in the field. IPLS hosts at least one event per semester, which usually includes a relevant speaker or panel. Membership is open to all Fowler School of Law students and faculty who have an interest in intellectual property law. 

+ - International Law Society

Purpose
The purpose of the International Law Society (ILS) is to promote informed awareness of diverse issues which relate to international law and global affairs. The organization assists students in developing their interest in international law as a career and area of legal specialization with focus on International Business and Humanitarian opportunities. The ILS helps bring together students and community members of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Events
The ILS regularly hosts events through its speakers program, presenting diverse lectures and discussions by internationally-minded experts. These promote interest in international studies, as well as foster interaction among members of the law school community.

Links

ABA Section on International Law

United Nations

The American Society of International Law

+ - Public Interest Law Foundation

 What is PILF?

Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law’s Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is an organization dedicated to creating new and innovative opportunities for law students to engage in critically needed public interest work. PILF supports and promotes public interest work by funding law students who dedicate their time to serving our community. We support Fowler Law students through summer grants so they can serve in unpaid/volunteer positions in the public interest field.

The PILF Mission

PILF believes that everyone should have access to competent legal counsel regardless of economic status. PILF works to innovatively promote and support public interest legal work by educating, encouraging, and providing financial support for law students to consider and explore careers and pro bono opportunities in public interest law during law school and beyond.

If you would like more information about PILF, or would like to get involved, please feel free to contact PILF President Breanne Reguly via email at regul101@mail.chapman.edu


Commitment to Service Award Program

This Commitment to Service Award is available to all students completing 50 hours of public service work. Learn More about the Commitment to Service Award Program.

+ - SLATE (Students of Law Against Exploitation and Trafficking)

Students of Law Against Trafficking and Exploitation “SLATE” is a student organization formed to help address various concerns arising from the increasingly high rates of domestic human trafficking in Orange County. SLATE will address these issues by taking a victim-centered approach to create awareness, facilitate meaningful dialogue about human trafficking laws and create new partnerships to increase victim resources and the prosecution of pimps and human traffickers.

If you are interested in joining SLATE, or want more information, please contact Andrea Campbell at campb222@mail.chapman.edu.

+ - Tax Law Society

The purpose of the society is to promote and encourage the study of taxation law and to develop a strong relationship with the business and legal community. The Tax Law Society organizes many events throughout the year. At these events, the members of the society have the opportunity to network with the business and legal communities of Southern California. 

Upcoming events include:

Meet the Firms Night. The Annual Meet the Firms Night is a chance for students to meet and network with tax law professionals from throughout Southern California. Organized in conjunction with the Career Services Office, Meet the Firms night brings numerous tax law employers to Chapman in an effort to further foster relationships with the local tax law and business community.

Speaker Series. The Tax Law Society also brings distinguished guest speakers to Chapman. The speaker series allows students to learn about opportunities and careers from guest speakers who are tax professionals from various areas of practice. The speaker series has also brought renowned tax specialists to Chapman to discuss such topics as the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, the 1998 IRS Restricting and Reform Act and Federal Tax Policy in the New Millennium.

To conclude the year, the Tax Law Society members gather for an end of the year party.

Past events have included bowling, baseball games and dining.

If you have any questions regarding the Tax Law Society, please feel free to email any of the officers listed for further information.

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"The Tax Law Society affords me the opportunity to get out into the legal community and meet people who are interested in the same things that I am."

-Diana Hoffman
M.A. from Georgetown University
B.A. from Lafayette College

"There are so many different people in the Tax Law Society from so many different schools and backgrounds. When working together in the Tax Law Society toward a common goal, I get the chance to learn about these different people and different schools."
-Cicely Ray
B.A. from Grambling State University

"The Tax Law Society brings an aura of teamwork and I enjoy that, especially when law school is supposed to be so competitive."
-Raelyn Yeomans
B.A. from UCLA