» JD Degree Graduation Requirements

Students admitted to the JD program at Chapman University's Fowler School of Law shall complete the following minimum requirements to earn a JD degree:
  • 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average
  • 88 Units
  • 6 Residency Credits

 First Year Required Curriculum

  • Civil Procedure I and II, Civil Procedure Lab, Contracts I and II, Legal Research and Writing I and II, Property, Torts I and II, and Criminal Law

Degree Requirements Beyond First Year Curriculum

  • Federal Income Tax (must take in the 2nd year; fall or spring)
  • Corporations OR Business Associations
  • Constitutional Law
  • Evidence
  • Professional Responsibility
  • A Lawyering Skills Course (see class schedule for approved courses each semester) for students entering prior to Fall 2016; an Experiential Course (see class schedule for approved courses each semester) for students entering in Fall 2016 and thereafter
  • Two (2) Practice-Oriented (Practical) Writing Requirement 
  • Students entering in Fall 2014 and thereafter are required to take Practice Foundations-Transactions

Professional Development

All students entering in Fall 2013 and thereafter are required to complete nine (9) sessions of professional development training and events. These professional development sessions are not course credits and do not count against or reduce the requirement for 88-course credits necessary for graduation. This professional development training is administered by the Career Services Office (CSO). Of the nine sessions required for graduation, the five mandatory sessions identified by the CSO must be completed by the end of the first year of legal study. The remaining elective sessions of professional development training may be satisfied from a list of sessions identified by the CSO.  Any student who is unable to attend all five mandatory sessions during their 1L year may petition to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs who in his/her discretion may, upon a showing of good cause, allow the student to complete the remaining mandatory sessions in their second year of law school.    

Additional Requirements (based on cumulative first year GPA)

  • Legal Writing Skills course
    • Students must take this course if LRW I OR LRW II grade is below 2.0 OR if determined by the LRW Professor
    • Required courses if cumulative GPA is below 2.6 at the end of the first year (full-time and part-time students):
      • Criminal Procedure/Police Practice
      • Remedies
      • Wills & Trusts

Additional Requirement (based on class rank)

  • Any student entering their final year of law study ranked in the bottom 25% of their class MUST take Legal Analysis Workshop AND Selected Topics in American Law in order to graduate.  Both of these courses are designed to prepare students for the bar exam.