Chapman University School of Law
|Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law|
|Parent school||Chapman University|
|Parent endowment||$266 million|
|Location||Orange, California, US
|Enrollment||508 (Full- and part-time)|
|Faculty||51 full time members of the faculty, 7 professional librarians, and 43 adjunct professors|
|Bar pass rate||75% (ABA profile)|
|ABA profile||Official ABA profile|
Chapman University's Dale E. Fowler School of Law, commonly referred to as Chapman University School of Law or Chapman Law School, is a private, non-profit law school located in Orange, California. The school offers the Juris Doctor degree (JD), combined programs offering a JD/MBA and JD/MFA in Film & Television Producing, and LL.M. degrees with emphasis options in Business Law and Economics, Entertainment Law & Media, International & Comparative Law, Prosecutorial Science, Criminology, Trial Advocacy, and Taxation. Currently, the school has a full-time faculty of forty-two and a law library with holdings in excess of 290,000 volumes and volume equivalents.
- 1 Accreditation history
- 2 Rankings
- 3 Costs
- 4 Post-graduation employment & Average Indebtedness
- 5 Faculty
- 6 Law journals
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Established in 1995 as part of Chapman University, Chapman Law gained provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association (ABA) in 1998. In 2002, the ABA awarded the school full accreditation. In addition to its ABA membership, the Association of American Law Schools has admitted Chapman Law as one of its members in 2006, noting that "the school has an outstanding physical facility and has developed a faculty with a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship." In 2013, the ABA fully accredited the school until 2020.
In January 2011, Chapman Law was given a "B-" in the "Best Public Interest Law Schools" listing by The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students.
Bar passage rates
In 2014, the bar passage rate for Chapman Law School was 75%. 
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at the Chapman University School of Law for the 2014-2015 academic year is $75,061. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $279,419.
Post-graduation employment & Average Indebtedness
According to Chapman's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 34.9% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners. Chapman's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 37.6%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.
According the law professor blog, The Faculty Lounge, based on 2012 ABA data, only 36.5% of the Class of 2012 was employed in full-time, long-term positions requiring bar admission (i.e., jobs as lawyers), within 9 months after graduation, ranking 182nd out of 197 law schools. The same year, Chapman was ranked 6th in terms of highest unemployment 9 months after graduation.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the average indebtedness of 2013 graduates who incurred law school debt was $134,073 (not including undergraduate debt), and 85% of 2013 graduates took on debt. This information should be considered in light of the fact that only 36.5% of 2012 graduates obtained full-time, long term positions requiring bar admission (i.e., jobs as lawyers) within 9 months after graduation.
Chapman, like some other law schools, uses merit based scholarships in order to entice prospective students who might otherwise pass over the school for better ranked competitors and to enhance its own ranking. The fact that fewer than half of all students retain such scholarships has been described as a “bait and switch” and landed the school on The ABA Journal's list of law schools "most likely to yank merit-based scholarships."
The current Dean of Chapman Law is former U.S. Congressman Tom Campbell, who is the former dean of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Campbell's predecessor was John C. Eastman, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Attorney General of California. The Princeton Review's lists Chapman Law as #2 in the "Best Classroom Experience", and #3 in the "Best Quality of Life" category, and #7 in the "Professors among 172 law schools. The U.S. rankings lists Chapman Law professors as #46 nationally.
ADR and Mediation Clinic
The Chapman Law Mediation Clinic mediates 700 real cases annually. The Mediation Clinic received the Louise Otis Award for Excellence in Mediation Education at the International Competition for Mediation Advocacy (ICMA, formerly CNMAC) in Toronto by the lead of the international coach professor David P. Dowling. The award was in recognition of a superior commitment to the integration of mediation and advocacy skills into legal education. The ICMA focuses on acknowledging and evaluating mediation advocacy skills that demonstrate commitment to addressing the resolution, prevention, or creative management of clients’ disputes. Chapman Arbitration team was ranked the #2nd internationally.
Other members of the Chapman Law faculty include Constitutional law and legal ethics scholar Ronald D. Rotunda. Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, the author of Painting the Map Red, The Fight To Create A Permanent Republican Majority and A Mormon In The White House, 10 Things Every American Should Know About Mitt Romney, is also a Professor of Constitutional Law.
Also notable is Professor Larry Rosenthal, a former Supreme Court clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens, who as Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago argued the case of Chicago v. Morales, 527 U.S. 41 (1999), among other cases, and Professor Danny Bogart, a property law expert and member of the American Law Institute. Visiting Professors have included progressive international law scholar Richard A. Falk, W. H. (Joe) Knight, Jr., a noted scholar and member of the American Law Institute, and controversial law professor and former Bush Administration official John Yoo.
The Honorable James E. Rogan has served as an adjunct professor at Chapman Law for many years. While a member of Congress, Rogan was one of the lead prosecutors in the United States Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton in 1998-1999, and later served as U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and as Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In 2006 Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Rogan to the Superior Court of California.
Chapman Law's faculty includes four former U.S. Supreme Court law clerks, including Professors Rosenthal and Campbell (above), as well as former Dean Eastman, and former Associate Dean Celestine McConville.
John C. Eastman, former Dean of Chapman University of Law and current professor of constitutional law is the Chair of the Board of the National Organization for Marriage, a non-profit organization committed to preventing the legalization of same-sex marriage.
- "Best Law Schools: Chapman University". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
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- Chapman University - Law - Rinker Law Library
- "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
- ContractsProf Blog: March 19, 2006 - March 25, 2006
- AALS aalsnews, February 2006 (page 6)
- Weyenberg, Michelle (January 2011), "Best Law Schools for Public Interest", The National Jurist (San Diego, California: Cypress Magazines) 20 (4): 24–28
- "Tuition and Fees".
- "Chapman University Profile".
- "Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates".
- "ABA Disclosures".
- "Chapman University Profile".
- Rosin, Gary. "Full Rankings: Bar Admission Required, Full-Time, Long Term", The Faculty Lounge, 30 March 2013. Retrieved on 2 May 2013.
- Zaretsky, Staci. "The Law Schools With the Highest Unemployment Rates"-- For the latest ABA Employment Statistics, see http://employmentsummary.abaquestionnaire.org/
- "Law Students Lose the Grant Game as Schools Win". ABA website. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- "Chapman hires former Congressman as its new dean"
- "Little Chapman University Lures Big Name in Economics". The Wall Street Journal. July 26, 2007.
- DeBenedictis, Don J. "Nobel-winning economist to joint Chapman School of Law," Los Angeles Daily Journal, 27 July 2007.
- Chapman Faculty -- Ronald Rotunda
- Chapman Visiting Faculty -- Richard Falk
- Chapman Faculty -- Adjunct
- LLM GUIDE - Chapman University School of Law
- Wikipedia List of law clerks of the Supreme Court of the United States.
- Chapman Law Review
- Nexus Journal
- Nexus: Chapman's Journal of Law and Public Policy