» Pre-law at Chapman University

A well-rounded undergraduate education based in the liberal arts is the best foundation for students interested in attending law school. With its strong grounding in the humanities and social sciences, Chapman University has a long history of successfully preparing its undergraduates for law school and eventually a legal career. In recent years, Chapman graduates have attended such top-ranked law schools as the University of Chicago, University of California-Berkeley, University of Virginia, Cornell University, Georgetown University, UCLA, University of Southern California, and Vanderbilt University.

No Single Path to Law School

According to the American Bar Association, there is “no single path” that prepares students for law school. As such, the ABA does not recommend any particular major for undergraduates to pursue, since students are admitted to top law schools from every academic discipline. However, political science is one of the most common majors for pre-law students since it is based on the study of government, institutions, and the state, all of which relate directly to the law. Traditionally, other majors such as history, English, philosophy, economics and business are also regularly chosen by pre-law students nationwide.

Pursue a Rigorous Academic Curriculum

Pre-law students are encouraged to pursue a rigorous academic curriculum that will develop strong research and writing skills, strong analytical and critical thinking skills, and strong communication skills, all of which will help in preparation for law school. In addition to a high grade point average and LSAT score, law school admissions committees also look for both rigor and depth within the major and breadth across the overall curriculum. While there is no required pre law curriculum that a student must take in preparation for law school, there are several recommended pre-law courses that Chapman students will find helpful as they prepare for their legal education.

Pre-Law Student Groups

Students interested in legal careers are also encouraged to join one (or both) of the University’s pre-law student organizations.

The Chapman University Pre-Law Society, which is open to all undergraduate students, provides its members with the opportunity to learn about careers in the legal field; information to help prepare students for the law school application process; information on taking the LSAT; and networking opportunities with law school admissions representatives, local attorneys and judges, and other pre-law students.

Kappa Alpha Pi, a co-ed pre-law fraternity, is also open to all undergraduate students. It facilitates networking opportunities for members interested in the law and related fields. Members are provided with information regarding the law school application process and are able to make connections with admissions advisors, professors, attorneys, judges, and other students with similar interests and career paths. 

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+ - Pre-law Recommended Courses

  • Political Science 110 – Introduction to American Politics
  • Political Science 342 – Constitutional Law: Institutions and Governance
  • Political Science 343 - Constitutional Law:  Civil Rights and Liberties
  • Business 215 – Legal Environment of Business
  • Business 216 – Business Ethics
  • Communication 101 – Public Speaking
  • English 305 – Business Writing
  • English 400 – Advanced Rhetoric
  • History 323 – The Western Legal Tradition
  • Math 203 – Introduction to Statistics
  • Philosophy 104 – Introduction to Ethics
  • Philosophy 203 – Logic
  • Philosophy 318 – Political and Legal Philosophy
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Dr. Arthur Blaser
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