» Philosophy of Law Societies

The Fowler School of Law supports the continuous study of all interpretations of the Constitution and the law. Organizations on campus help keep the discussion fresh by bringing in speakers and holding debates on a myriad of subjects in various areas of the law.

+ - Christian Law Society

The Fowler School of Law Christian Law Society (CLS) consists of law students committed to proclaiming, loving and serving Jesus Christ through all we do and say in the practice of law. CLS is committed to supporting Christian leaders, helping reach the law school community and growing through the strengthening of our faith and love of the law. CLS provides Bible studies during the school year to grow in our knowledge of God's word and provides various opportunities for fellowship and support.

For more information, contact chapmanchristiansociety@gmail.com.

+ - Federalist Society

The Federalist Society is dedicated to America's founding values of limited government, free markets and the preservation of what James Madison called "the sacred fire of liberty." In the past, the Federalist Society has held discussions on Supreme Court decisions, federal practice matters, privatization issues and a host of other topics. As Justice Clarence Thomas said, when dedicating Chapman's Kennedy Hall, "Too few [lawyers] understand, like our nation's founders, that when we submit the baser side of our natures to the rule of noble law, we rise above our passions and partake, in some small degree, of the divine." Such is the goal of the Fowler School of Law's Federalist Society.

+ - J. Reuben Clark Society

The J. Reuben Clark Society affirms the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction, and strives through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.

The Fowler School of Law J. Reuben Clark Society is a student group that emphasizes the relation between law and ethics, morality and religion.

+ - Jewish Law Students Association

The Fowler School of Law Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) hopes to provide Jewish educational, professional, cultural, and social programs and resources for the students and community of Chapman Law School. Our goal is to create an awareness and foster Jewish life and community on campus, as well as to connect students to Jewish professionals in the Orange County area. Students of all denominations and religious affiliations are welcome to all events. Activities include speakers on Jewish or legal topics and celebrating Jewish holidays.

Co Presidents: Caitlin Harrington and Addison Kahn
email: chapman.jlsa@gmail.com 

+ - St. Thomas More Society

The St. Thomas More Society is dedicated to faith and community within the legal profession. The society seeks to provide a Catholic voice on issues of relevance to judges, lawyers, public officials and law students, and to promote an understanding of Church teaching. Membership in the society is open to persons of all religions who are interested in exploring the rich teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.


The St. Thomas More Society sponsors the annual Red Mass and dinner, at which the society presents the St. Thomas More Award to one who exemplifies the ideals of service and sacrifice in the pursuit of justice so conspicuously reflected in the life and death of St. Thomas More. The Red Mass continues a tradition begun by English barristers and judges in the 13th century of offering prayers to the Holy Spirit that all men and women in the legal profession, the judiciary and the public life be blessed with wisdom and understanding. Red vestments are traditionally worn at the Mass to commemorate the scarlet robes of the Lord High Justices.

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