Chapman University

Dale E. Fowler School of Law

About the Fowler School of Law

Powerfully tested. Confidently prepared.

Located in the heart of Southern California, Chapman University's Fowler School of Law provides a personalized and practice-focused approach to legal education that prepares our graduates to make a lasting difference in their communities. ABA accredited and ranked among US News & World Report's Top Law Schools, Chapman Law is recognized for its distinguished faculty, collegial environment, and ideal Orange County location.

Latest Fowler School of Law News

Photograph of (from left) Chapman’s Chief Advancement Officer Matt Parlow, Chapman President Daniele C. Struppa, Chapman Board of Trustees Chair Parker S. Kennedy, and Dean of Fowler School of Law Paul D. Paton, KC Dean's Welcome Brings Unprecedented Gift to Law School

At an August 24 Welcome Reception for new law school Dean Paul Paton, Chapman President Daniele C. Struppa announced a $15 million gift from Chapman Board of Trustees Chair Parker S. Kennedy–one of the largest gifts in Chapman history. The bulk of this transformative gift will be dedicated to student scholarships, while $1 million will elevate the Parker S. Kennedy Professor of Law to the Parker S. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Law. Read more on this exceptional gift, or view a gallery of the evening's procedings.

Photograph of Golden Gavel Winners and Summer Externs Jodee Storm Sullivan (left) and Kaelyn Timmins-Reed Golden Gavel Winners' Incredible Summer Externship Opportunity

Law school externships are an opportunity to forge links between the theory and practical application of the law, a chance for students to hone their legal acumen while embedding themselves in supervised praxis, usually within an established practice or agency. From time to time, a student will have the good fortune to extern with a highly respected legal mind like the Honorable John B. Owens on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This summer saw Chapman Law enjoying the distinction of having two students extern for Judge Owens: Jodee Storm Sullivan, and Kaelyn Timmins-Reed, Fowler School of Law’s 2022 Rutan & Tucker Golden Gavel Winners.

Photograph of Daniel Kim Alumni on the move: Daniel Kim

How does a personal injury lawyer with a strong focus on motor vehicle accident cases survive two years of shelter-in-place state mandates during COVID-19, when suddenly no cars were on the road? Alumnus Daniel Kim (JD ’12) knows that the answer to this riddle lies somewhere between having an entrepreneurial mindset and possessing an uncanny ability to turn any crisis into an opportunity.

Photograph of the Golden Gavel contestants Golden Gavel 2023

A standing-room-only appellate courtroom on the second floor of Kennedy Hall was the venue for this year’s annual Rutan & Tucker Golden Gavel Competition, where two seemingly unflappable 1L students prepared to make their final arguments before three guest judges.

Photograph of Dean Paul Paton Paul Paton Appointed dean of Fowler School of Law

International legal ethics expert Dr. Paul D. Paton has been named dean of Chapman University's Fowler School of Law. Paton comes to Chapman from the University of Alberta, Canada, where he was dean from 2014-2019.

Photograph of alumni Robbie Munoz and Gabe Houston Chapman Alumni Win Landmark $161 Million Verdict

Chapman Law School alumni T. Gabe Houston (JD ’08) and Robbie Godinez Munoz (JD’20) have recently been awarded a $161 million verdict in a civil case against a major motorcycle manufacturer. The verdict, eight years in the making, has $11 million compensatory, and $150 million punitive damages attached to it, represents the culmination of a legal marathon for the lawyers and their client.

Photograph of alumnus Alex Mohajer Alumnus Alex Mohajer Runs for State Senate

When Alex Mohajer (JD ’11) graduated from Chapman University, his graduating class voted this champion of equality and LGBTQ+ rights, “Most Likely to be Held in Contempt of Court”–they were wrong, of course. Mohajer left Chapman and entered public service where, for the past ten years, he has been investigating allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment as a Civil Service Advocate for LA County where, it is gratifying to note, he remains in good standing.

Photograph of Kennedy Hall exterior Fowler Continues its Upward Trajectory in 2023

The U.S. News & World Report has published its rankings of the best law schools in the country, with Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law continuing its upward trajectory and leaping 9 places to clinch 109th place.

Photograph of alumnus Diana Chao Alumni on the Move: Diana Chao

Diana Chao (JD ’10) is the incumbent president of the Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law (OCCDL), a partner in her firm, Everett Dorey LLC, and the matriarch of a young family. We caught up with her to discuss life since graduation, her continuing involvement in the Fowler School of Law alumni and student community, and how she seems to keep all of these metaphorical balls whizzing through the air so effortlessly.

Professor Michael Bazyler
Faculty News

Fowler School of Law professor launches project to assist Ukrainian refugees

For Professor Michael Bazyler, the growing refugee crisis created by the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine is more than just a horrifying international news story. It’s a reflection of both his heritage and personal experience as a Russian-speaking Jewish refugee who came to America with his Holocaust survivor parents in the 1960s.

A focus on practice-ready education

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Chapman Law Clinics

In each of our 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.

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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, developing a range of practical skills to help them transition into the legal workplace after graduation.

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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.

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Learning from the best

The world-class faculty at the Fowler School of Law includes three former U.S. Supreme Court clerks, a Nobel laureate, a former five-time U.S. Congressman, leading legal scholars, former law partners, clinical and practice specialists, and a host of passionate educators from a wide range of specialty areas.