» General Admission Policies

The Dale E. Fowler School of Law Admission Policy can be found here on the Standards for Admission page.  Additional Law School policies are included below.

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Academic Dismissals

If you have been academically disqualified from another law school, please attach a statement with your electronic application completely explaining the circumstances. Also explain why you believe you possess the requisite ability to complete the course of study at Fowler School of Law by the nature of interim work, activity or studies indicating a stronger potential for law study. In addition, a letter (also referred to as a 505 letter) from the Dean of Students/Administration from the disqualifying law school is required if you were dismissed less than two years from the date of this application submission. The letter should support an affirmative showing that the student possesses the requisite ability and that the prior disqualification does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete the course of study at the admitting school.

Auditing Courses

Members of the bar or graduates of ABA approved law schools may apply with the Law Registrar Office to audit courses at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. Documentation of the applicant’s professional and/or academic status and permission from the course instructor are required. Auditors do not take examinations and they receive no academic credit. The fee for auditing a class is the same as the per-unit tuition fee. Applicants may contact the Law Registrar Office at (714) 628-2522 for specific course offerings, schedules, and applicable fees.

Bachelor’s Degree/Final Official Transcripts

In order to be considered for admission, an applicant must have, or be scheduled to receive by the time of fall matriculation, a bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent from a fully-accredited institution of higher learning. All letters of acceptance to Chapman University Fowler School of Law are conditioned upon the applicant having earned the bachelor’s degree or it’s international equivalent prior to fall matriculation.  Only applicants who are admitted to the program should submit their final official transcripts.

A copy of the applicants official transcript must be sent directly to Fowler School of Law from the school which the bachelor’s degree, or its international equivalent, was received.  The transcripts initially submitted to LSAC may also be considered official transcripts by the American Bar Association (ABA) if the transcript indicates the applicant earned a bachelor's degree or it's international equivalent.

Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report

All applicants must furnish their results of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), register with LSAC, and pay all requisite LSAC mandated fees.  If you have a decrease or increase in your LSAT score, you may provide a written explanation for the disparity. (Please submit as an attachment with your electronic application.)  The law school will evaluate all reportable LSAT scores, including cancellations and absences.  We will accept June 2017 LSAT test scores so long as the application is submitted by our April 17 deadline.  An average score is also calculated and reported when more than one reportable score is on file. Copies of the test taker’s most recent LSAT writing samples, with a limit of three are also sent. Please arrange to have all transcripts mailed directly to LSAC by any institution(s) you have attended.


Fowler School of Law does not have an automatic deferral process. Therefore, the applicant should apply to the class he/she plans to attend. We are aware that circumstances can change; therefore, applicants who have already been admitted may submit a written request to defer until the next entering class. This request should be addressed to the Assistant Dean of Admission. Requests are reviewed on an individual basis by the Law Admission Committee. There are no guarantees that the deferral will be approved. If a deferral is approved, the applicant will be notified in writing. Any admitted applicant accepting the deferred admission is required to submit an additional $600 nonrefundable seat deposit (i.e. $1,200 total) that will be applied to tuition upon fall matriculation. The applicant must return  the form acknowledging (1) that deferred status is not also being held at another law school, (2) that all applications to other law schools have been withdrawn and (3) that new applications will not be made to other law schools.

Fee Waiver Requests

If you are interested in obtaining a fee waiver, you may request a fee waiver electronically at http://www.chapman.edu/LAW/lp/fee-waiver-request-form-general.aspx or contact lawadmission@chapman.edu.

If you have obtained a fee waiver from LSAC, the application fee is automatically waived upon completion of your application.

Disabled Students

For general information about provisions and services for disabled law students, see Information and Services for Students with Disabilities. For local housing for disabled students, see Disability Housing.


Please ensure your email address is up to date with the law school. This is our primary method of contact.


For the Entering Class, Chapman University Fowler School of Law seeks to enroll approximately 150 students. The class will be comprised primarily of full time day students, but we will offer a few seats in a revised part time day program. Students can apply for the full time day or part time day program, but not both.  Seats in this program will be offered at the discretion of the admission committee. The 140 to 160 first-year students will be divided into three tracks of approximately 53 students each. The Legal, Research & Writing sections will be further divided into 12 to 15 students each. Currently the total student body is comprised of 550 students.

On Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Fowler School of Law respects the rights, privacy, and confidentiality of its applicants. Therefore and in accordance with FERPA, access to sensitive and privileged information provided by applicants to the law school is strictly limited and monitored. Information is not released to unauthorized parties. Information submitted during the application process becomes the property of the institution and will not be returned or copied. When a newly admitted student enrolls (matriculates) at The Fowler School of Law, the file is officially transferred to the Law Registrar’s Office. At Chapman University, FERPA rules apply to admitted students who have matriculated.

Full Disclosure Requirements

Lawyers and law students are held to higher ethical standards and applicants are cautioned to be truthful and candid during the entire admission process. The Fowler School of Law expects that all applicants will furnish all requested information in a complete and accurate manner. Failure to disclose an act or event may be more significant, and lead to more serious consequences, than the act or event itself. Depending on the nature of any additional disclosures, the offer of admission may be withdrawn. Failure to provide complete and truthful information, or failure to inform the Law Admission Office of any changes to application answers, may result in dismissal from or disciplinary action by the law school, revocation of the degree, or denial to practice law by the state in which bar admission is ultimately sought.

In addition, offers of admission are based on the information available at the time, and the law school reserves the right to revoke an offer based on material information disclosed after the offer of admission has been made.


The Fowler School of Law does not grant personal interviews to applicants as part of the admission process. Occasionally, the Law Admission Committee may wish to meet with an applicant for clarifying purposes. Such meetings are rare and are initiated by the Admission Committee only.

Letters of Recommendation

Chapman's Fowler School of Law requires the submission of two letters of recommendation.  These letters must be submitted directly to LSAC.  Positive and meaningful recommendations concerning the applicant's analytical skills, communication and writing abilities can be helpful to the committee in the decision-making process.  Typically, professors, academic administrators and advisors, and employers are best able to address these qualities and characteristics in an applicant.  Recommendations from professors who have taught you in a course are strongly recommended, especially if you have graduated within the last five years.  A maximum of three letters will be reviewed.  Please note that all letters of recommendation must be sent directly to LSAC.  Any letters of recommendation sent directly to the Law Admission Office will not be reviewed by the Admission Committee.

LSAT Score(s)

The Fowler School of Law will accept LSAT scores according to LSAC policy. An applicant has multiple LSAT scores with a four (4) point difference or greater, a LSAT disparity addendum is recommended.


Moral Character and Fitness

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners:



Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Chapman University Fowler School of Law not to discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, admission policies, employment policies, financial aid, or other school-administered programs. This policy is enforced by federal law under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Personal Statement

The personal statement is an important part of the application review process and it is given careful and meaningful consideration. It is an opportunity to share with the Admission Committee some insight into who the applicant is, career goals, and interest in the legal profession. Although we do not ask any specific questions of a prospective student, we do recommend that information that could not otherwise be discerned from your application be shared. The applicant might want to include the reasons for wanting to study law, why they are applying to the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, and any further information that should be considered by the admissions committee. The personal statement must be no more than three pages in length, typewritten 12 point font and double-spaced.  

Diversity Statement

Chapman University Fowler School of Law seeks a diverse student body and welcomes the applicant to share information in an optional diversity statement that relates to their multicultural experiences, international/overseas experiences, fluency in foreign languages, ethnicity, geographic background, special talents or skills (e.g., music, drama, art), socioeconomic factors (e.g., first generation college graduate, history of overcoming hardship, adversity), and other factors that best reflect who they are as a person. Providing such information is voluntary.

Re-application for Admission/ File Retention Policy

Applicants who wish to re-apply for admission must submit the current application, the non refundable application fee, an updated personal statement, and an updated resume. The LSAT need not be retaken if the test was taken within the last five years. An updated CAS report is required. All other documents previously submitted for review may be used by the Admission Committee. The Law Admission Office archives all files electronically.


You are encouraged to list any scholastic honors, relevant experience, work or volunteer, as well as other activities on your resume. Please include hours per week. Provide information that will complement your application.

Rolling Admissions

Application files are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will usually receive a decision, within eight to ten weeks after the file is complete and has been reviewed by the Admission Committee. The review of applications typically begins in December for the fall entering class and continues until the class is full.

The application deadline for the fall entering class is April 17, 2017. Although there is no formal scholarship application required, we strongly recommend completing your application before our scholarship priority consideration deadline of April 1, 2017. First-year applicants will only be considered for fall admission. Transfer applicants may apply for either fall or spring admission, but must submit the required documents before November 15 for spring admission and July 15 for fall admission.

Seat Deposits

If admitted to The Fowler School of Law, an applicant who plans to enroll will be required to submit two separate non refundable seat deposits of $300. Although these seat deposits are non refundable, they will be credited to the initial tuition payment only upon matriculation. The first seat deposit is generally due mid April and the second seat deposit is generally due mid June. Applicants who are admitted late in the application cycle, typically May through June, will be required to place one seat deposit of $600 by a specified deadline date. Each seat deposit must be paid in full and the offer of admission is subject to cancellation if payment is not received by the specified deadline date. Seat deposits can be paid by check, money order or online.  Make checks or money orders payable to Chapman University Fowler School of Law. You should write your LSAC# and name in the MEMO portion of your check. Seat deposits should be mailed to the address below:

Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Law Admission
1 University Dr.
Orange, Ca 92866

Veterans and Service Personnel

In accordance with Veterans Administration Regulation 14253 revised DVB Circular 20-75-84 dated August 14, 1975 (VA Regulations and Circular), Chapman University adheres to the Guidelines for Institutions Enrolling Veterans and Eligible Persons: Standards for Maintaining Adequate Records and Policies for Satisfactory Progress, Previous Education and Training, Conduct and Attendance.