Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Making an Impact

Located in the heart of Southern California, the Fowler School of Law provides a personalized, rigorous and practice-focused approach to legal education that prepares our graduates to make a lasting difference in their communities.

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    An Outstanding Choice for Your Legal Education

    ABA accredited and ranked among the US News' Top Schools, Chapman is recognized for its excellent faculty, enriching academic programs, friendly students, and fantastic Orange County location.

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    Focus on Essential Practice Skills

    In addition to instruction in bar tested subjects and a range of specialty topics, Chapman students also learn key practice skills through our clinics, labs, externships, drafting courses, and competition teams.

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    Personalized and Supportive Environment

    Chapman has earned a unique reputation for its collegial and collaborative students, accessible faculty, and supportive staff.

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    Outstanding Faculty

    Chapman faculty members include four former U.S. Supreme Court clerks, a Nobel Prize winner, leading scholars, and practitioners from top firms, corporations, and government agencies.

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    Powerful Alumni Network

    Chapman graduates are successful leaders who are making a difference in their communities. They are valuable mentors who provide networking opportunities, jobs, and externships for our students.

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    Comprehensive Bar Preparation Program

    Chapman provides one of the nation's most comprehensive bar preparation programs, with rigorous review courses, extensive practice tests, and detailed instructor feedback.

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    Ninth Circuit ADR Education Award

    Chapman’s Dispute Resolution Clinics won the 2017 Ninth Circuit ADR Education Award. The law school hosted the Ninth Circuit ADR Committee Judges at for a formal award presentation ceremony and reception with law faculty and students.

    Read more about the Ninth Circuit ADR Education Award Ceremony

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Chapman Law Welcomes One of its Strongest Recent First-Year Classes

With the commencement of the 2017-2018 academic year, Chapman University's Fowler School of Law is pleased to welcome the new Class of 2020. The incoming first-year class is one of the strongest in recent years, with LSAT/GPA averages representing the highest in the last three years.

The student body includes representation from 68 undergraduate institutions, 16 states, and six foreign countries. The class is 26 percent first-generation college students and 43 percent minority students.

The new students kicked off their law school careers with Launch Week, a four-day orientation program that introduced them to law school life and the substantive, procedural, and professional aspects of their legal education.

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Chapman Law Clinics

In each of our seven legal clinics, students work on real cases under the supervision of clinical faculty members. Clinical students engage in hands-on client work that includes document preparation, research projects, brief writing, and court appearances.

Learn more about our legal clinics
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Externship Opportunities

Through our externship program, students gain real-world experience working for judges, government agencies, corporations, public interest organizations, private law firms, and more. Externship students develop a range of practical skills to help them transition into the legal workplace after graduation.

Learn more about externships
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Competition Teams

Many Chapman students participate on our award-winning lawyering skills teams, traveling throughout the United States and abroad to compete against other top law schools. Students may compete in one or more of these areas: Appellate Moot Court, Mock Trial, or Dispute Resolution.

Learn more about competitions

Impact Series: Entertainment Law Program

Learn about the Entertainment Law Program at Chapman University Fowler School of Law, one of the many ways in which the law school is making an impact in Southern California and beyond.

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