»Commitment to Diversity

Chapman Law Students

In addition to a student body that exceeds 40% in minority representation (in 2015), Chapman is well-known for its academic and ideological diversity. The resulting intellectual exchange creates a culture of appreciation of differing views that is fostered among the faculty and students, helping to lay a foundation for a truly noble practice of law.

+-Diversity in Student Organizations

The diversity of the student body is reflected in the variety of organizations at Fowler School of Law, which represent a cross section of ethnic, religious, lifestyle and ideological interests. In addition, it has a number of thriving student political organizations, from the liberal American Constitution Society to the conservative Federalist Society. Below is a sampling of student organizations that typify the broad diversity at Chapman:

  • American Constitution Society
  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
  • California Republican Lawyers Association
  • Christian Law Society
  • Federalist Society
  • Immigration Law Society
  • Iranian Law Student Association
  • Jewish Law Students Association
  • J. Reuben Clark Society  
  • Minority Law Students Association
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Outlaw  
  • Public Interest Law Foundation
  • Queen's Bench
  • South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA)
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Vietnamese American Law Student Association (VALSA)

Find out more about all of our student organizations.

+-Diversity in the Faculty

Chapman continues to expand the diversity of its faculty, not only in terms of race and ethnicity but also with respect to the University's well-known reputation for scholarly diversity. The makeup of the law school faculty is truly unique among American law schools, with a balance of professors presenting ideas from the left, center and right. Because of the makeup of Chapman's faculty, students are given an opportunity to challenge and be challenged in ways that are quite unusual in a law school setting.

+-Large Firm Diversity Programs & Diversity Job Fairs

Large Firm Diversity Programs

Some large firms offer diversity programs, scholarships, and summer job opportunities for first-year and second-year law students, including K&L Gates’ Kickstarter Program and Arent Fox’s Annual Diversity Scholarship Program. 

Diversity Job Fairs

There are many job fairs and recruiting opportunities for diverse students. Examples include the Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair and the National LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Career Fair.  You can find out more about these job fairs at PSJD.  

Please contact the Fowler School of Law Career Services Office for more information about the Large Firm Diversity Programs and Diversity Job Fairs.

+-The Unique Chapman Experience

As stated succinctly by the Fowler School of Law Dean Tom Campbell, "Openness to all points of view, and encouraging equal protection of the laws for all: these are the Chapman values." Our administration cares deeply about diversity and strives to create real-world representation among faculty, students and staff. Applicants of any race, color, ethnicity, religious background, political affiliation or lifestyle are urged to bring their voices to the wonderfully diverse chorus that is Chapman University School of Law.
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Orange County's Diversity

Chapman University School of Law is located in the heart of Orange County, California, a region that is quickly becoming one of the most ethnically diverse in the country. The native languages of the children who attend the County’s schools include English and Spanish, as well as Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin, Filipino, Farsi, Japanese, Khmer, Arabic, Cantonese, Hmong, Lao, Urdu, Russian, Hindi, Punjabi, Armenian, Portuguese, and Tongan. The Fowler School of Law works tirelessly to develop a student body and faculty that are in harmony with the makeup of the County’s population.

Consistent with the growing diversity in the county, in the five year period from 2010 to 2015, the ethnicity makeup of the law school increased from 25% to over 40%. See our student profile for the most current ethnicity data.

Fowler School of Law supports LSAC's DiscoverLaw.org campaign and is a prior award winner in LSAC's Diversity Matters Award. The campaign encourages racially and ethnically diverse students to discover opportunities in law.

Fowler School of Law student receives OC Hispanic Bar Association Scholarship

Hugo Salazar ('16) received the Wally Davis Scholarship, a prestigious award given by the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association. Read more.