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Chapman University School of Law

The Chapman University School of Law offers a full-time program leading to the Juris Doctor degree. In addition, the School of Law offers a joint JD/MBA degree with Chapman's AACSB-accredited Argyros School of Business and Economics. The required curriculum offers a core foundation in legal studies and covers foundational topics such as torts, contracts, criminal law, real property, civil procedure, legal research and writing. The required curriculum also grounds students in corporations and federal income taxation, constitutional law, evidence and professional responsibility. As a student, you are also required to take part in the lawyering skills curriculum. Skills training is the practical, experiential component of your education, where you begin to acquire the skills essential to the practice of law. In these courses you will have the chance to gain competency in negotiations, client interviewing and counseling, mediation, advanced legal research, advocacy, appellate practices and procedures, legal drafting, and trial practice. The advanced curriculum will provide you the opportunity to take electives that help integrate your legal knowledge and lawyering skills to solve client problems. Explore the additional clinics, emphases, externships and competitions you can add to your law degree experience.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 508
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 154 - 160
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.2 - 3.6
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 78.16%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 69.0%
Tuition $43,536

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Overview

About Chapman University School of Law

The Chapman University School of Law offers a full-time program leading to the Juris Doctor degree. In addition, the School of Law offers a joint JD/MBA degree with Chapman's AACSB-accredited Argyros School of Business and Economics. The required curriculum offers a core foundation in legal studies and covers foundational topics such as torts, contracts, criminal law, real property, civil procedure, legal research and writing. The required curriculum also grounds students in corporations and federal income taxation, constitutional law, evidence and professional responsibility. As a student, you are also required to take part in the lawyering skills curriculum. Skills training is the practical, experiential component of your education, where you begin to acquire the skills essential to the practice of law. In these courses you will have the chance to gain competency in negotiations, client interviewing and counseling, mediation, advanced legal research, advocacy, appellate practices and procedures, legal drafting, and trial practice. The advanced curriculum will provide you the opportunity to take electives that help integrate your legal knowledge and lawyering skills to solve client problems. Explore the additional clinics, emphases, externships and competitions you can add to your law degree experience.

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At a GlanceChapman University School of Law offers a collaborative, rigorous, and personalized legal education. Graduates develop the skills to provide passionate, ethical and accurate service to their clients and to society. With one of the best faculty/student ratios among American law schools, Chapman offers smaller class sizes and greater access to faculty both in and out of the classroom. Chapman provides practical training through a variety of clinical programs and externships, as well opportunities for students to participate on legal journals and award-winning competition teams. Chapman has a dedicated staff to help its graduating students obtain positions of responsibility in the legal workforce. Chapman is ABA accredited and a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 11

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law and process related to the regulation of businesses and the financial services industry. Includes instruction in corporate law, antitrust law, securities law and regulation, negotiation, incorporation, partnerships, trusts, and related topics

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 4

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations related to copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and related issues. Includes instruction in patent law, copyright law, trademark law, intellectual property licensing and litigation, and applications such as art and entertainment law, communications law, information technology law, sports law, and chemical and biotech patent law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 11

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 187

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, 4 years JD/MFA 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Property
  • Taxation

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 84
Full-Time Faculty 41
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 6
Part-Time Faculty 37
Faculty Gender 71% Male
28% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 51% Male
49% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 60%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3%
Multi-racial 7%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 9%
Black or African American 0%
Asian 12%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $43,536 Same as On-Campus
Housing $17,280 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $60,816 $43,536

Financial Aid

93% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$57,334 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 15

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $75

Incoming Class

Chapman University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 154 - 160
LSAT Part-Time 153 - 161
LSAT Total 154 - 160

Chapman University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.2 - 3.6
Part-Time 3.09 - 3.5
Total 3.2 - 3.6

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, CAS Report and Resume

Optional: Interview, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#9 Best Quality of Life

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 97%
First Time Pass Rate 78%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 72%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 65
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 69%
Average Starting Salary $63,173
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 40 33%
Firm Sized 11-25 18 15%
Firm Sized 26-50 5 15%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 5%
Firm Sized 101-250 3 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 1 1%
Business Industry 31 25%
Government 6 5%
Public Interest 1 1%
Academia 6 5%
Unknown Employer Type 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 11 6%
Unemployed, Seeking 43 24%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
IL 1%
DC 2%
CA 94%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Chapman University School of Law include:

  • Kyndell Paine - Manager, Government Relations, Disneyland Resort
  • Jeff Astrabadi, Prinicpal - Much Shelist
  • Jason Rednour - Partner, Paul Hastings
  • Courtney Mason - Associate General Counsel, Phoenix Suns
  • Steve Ruden - Partner, Knobbe Martens

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