» A Message From The Dean

Matthew Parlow"Here, you will get the best of both worlds: a great quality of life and a top-notch legal education" — Dean Matthew J. Parlow

The Fowler School of Law is a special and dynamic place. You will experience this when you visit our campus and interact with the students, faculty, and staff. We have a personalized approach to legal education, and you will immediately see why people talk about becoming part of the Chapman Family.

In this supportive environment, you will also find a rigorous program delivered by an excellent faculty that includes four former United States Supreme Court Clerks, a Nobel Prize winner, and attorneys that have worked at national law firms, corporations, and government agencies. Perhaps more importantly, our faculty members are exceptional teachers and nationally-recognized scholars that provide you with a practice-ready education. Through our innovative curriculum, your legal training at the Fowler School of Law will prepare you to hit the ground running as lawyers. And we have one of the best bar preparation programs in the country, which will help you prepare for the bar exam after graduation.

You will also find that we support you in a variety of ways to achieve your professional goals. We have seven certificate programs that allow you to specialize in particular areas of law. Our Career Services Office works closely with students to support them in their job searches and professional development. Our close ties with the Southern California legal community provide many great opportunities to students for jobs, internships, and pro bono service. We have one of the best law libraries in the country with a variety of services to support student success. And our students compete in national skills competitions and serve the community through our clinics. In short, you will discover in us an entrepreneurial spirit: We are constantly working to help meet the needs and goals of our students and create new opportunities for them.

You will find all of this in a diverse and inclusive environment in a beautiful building at the heart of a vibrant university campus. You get all the benefits of being centrally-located in Southern California—in Orange County with close proximity to Los Angeles, San Diego, and Riverside—while being down the street from charming Old Towne Orange. Here, you will get the best of both worlds: a great quality of life and a top-notch legal education. I encourage you to visit and learn more about why the Fowler School of Law is such a special place.


— Matthew J. Parlow

Dean and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law