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Located in the heart of Southern California, Chapman University's Dale E. Fowler School of Law provides a personalized, practice-focused approach to legal education that prepares graduates to make a lasting difference in their communities. ABA accredited and ranked among US News & World Report's Top Law Schools, the Fowler School of Law is recognized for its distinguished faculty, smaller class sizes, and award-winning competition teams.


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Acceptance Rate
Median Undergrad GPA
Accepted Applicants Who Attend

Test Scores

25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
152 - 157


Application Deadlines
April 17

Application Process

Rolling Admissions

Application Fee

LSDAS Service Used

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall

Transfer Applicants Accepted

Deferred Admission

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LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

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Faculty Information

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Underrepresented Minorities

Students Say

Students who attend Chapman University Fowler School of Law in Orange, California join a "dynamic" and "inclusive" community filled with "countless opportunities." To begin with, there's a tremendous "emphasis on practical classes" with numerous "clinics, externships and internships" offered. As one student elaborates, "I have been able to get some kind of practical training every semester, which has really built up my skills for practice once I get out of law school." Additionally, Chapman maintains "an excellent bar prep program" which yields "great results." Importantly, when it comes to instructors, Chapman School of Law has a healthy "mix of professors who use [the] Socratic [method] and those who do not." Chapman has done a "great job at finding [individuals] who practiced in the area they teach, so they [can] offer practical advice to supplement the material." Even better, "the professors all seem to love the subject they teach, which makes going to class fun." They're also "brilliant" and continually "push students to limit to see how great [they] can be." Chapman professors "want to help you succeed, even if that means going out of their way to do so." Many individuals here are equally impressed with the administration, which makes an "effort to get to know EVERY student." One ecstatic law student even notes, "Our deans walk the hallways practically greeting every student by name."

When it comes to the job hunt, Chapman students feel good about their options. As one grateful individual notes, "Our career services office works really aggressively at making each student competitive in the job market." Indeed, "networking opportunities" are plentiful. Further, many students are quick to note "how much the alumni are involved with the school and recruit from the school." We'll give the final words to this student who happily concludes, "The staff, faculty, and administration all seem to have one goal: to help students graduate and succeed. I never felt as if I was short on resources or aid and my overall academic experience was fantastic."

Career overview

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Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
Median Starting Salary
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Crowell & Moring Rutan & Tucker Wood Smith Henning & Berman Collins Collins Muir & Stewart Green & Hall Koeller Nebeker Carlson & Haluck Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara Wright, Finlay & Zak PwC Ernst & Young (EY) Niagara Bottling, LLC Microsemi Mobilitie Warner Music Group Orange County District Attorney’s Office Orange County Public Defender's Office Riverside District Attorney’s Office San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office U.S. Department of Health & Human Services U.S. Internal Revenue Service Children's Law Center of California

Graduates Employed by Region

Prominent Alumni

Brad Kuhn
Partner, Nossaman

Nikole Kingston
Partner, O'Melveny & Myers

Jason Rednour
Partner, Paul Hastings

Jack Anderson
Associate Counsel, Blizzard Entertainment

Steve Ruden
Partner, Knobbe Martens


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Financial Aid Rating
Mar 2

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% Students Receiving Some Aid

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Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
Parent Institution Enrollement

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
Average Age at Entry

% Out-of-State
% International


% Under-represented Minorities

95% are full time
5% are part time
51% female
49% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Chapman students report that, by and large, a "strong sense of community" permeates the School of Law. After all, Chapman sponsors "lots of social events and activities," which help "foster an atmosphere of inclusion." Some students do lament that their peers are "highly competitive." However, others insist just as vigorously that their classmates are "generally encouraging and supportive of one another." As one budding legal scholar explains, "If you miss class it's easy to get notes and outlines and older students always very helpful to the younger classes." Another student concurs adding, "Since there's a curve, there's competition, but it's really low key. Nobody talks about their grades, and it's pretty much a secret where everybody places, except for maybe the top of the top." And one thrilled student goes as far to say that "never in my life have I experienced a more welcoming and energetic group of people. [They're] always full smiles and open arms (even during finals)." Most law students here love Chapman's location in Orange County. Certainly, the "weather is always awesome." And, even better, the university is only "ten minutes away from Disneyland, and ten minutes away from the beach."

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access

Admissions Office Contact

From The School

Justin Cruz
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Diversitiy Initiatives

One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866