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Chapman University School of Law
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Established 1995
School type Private
Parent Endowment $266 million
Dean John C. Eastman
Location Orange, California, USA
Enrollment 474
Faculty 98
USNWR ranking Tier 3
Bar pass rate 81% (July 2009)[1]
Annual tuition $34,250 (FT), $29,468 (PT)
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Donald P. Kennedy Hall, home of the School of Law

Chapman University School of Law, commonly referred to as Chapman Law, 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 five LL.M. degrees in Business Law and Economics, Entertainment Law & Media, International & Comparative Law, Prosecutorial Science, and Taxation. Currently, the school has a full-time faculty of thirty-nine and a law library with holdings in excess of 290,000 volumes and volume equivalents.[2]


Accreditation History

Established in 1995 as part of the much older Chapman University, Chapman Law gained provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association (ABA) in 1998.[3] And in 2002, the ABA awarded the school full accreditation.[4][5] In addition to its ABA membership, the Association of American Law Schools has also formally 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."[5]


Chapman Law is currently listed in the 3rd Tier (out of four) of the US News and World Report's annual law school rankings, and as the 17th best tax law program .[6]

The 2010 edition of The Princeton Review's Best 172 Law Schools lists Chapman Law as #2 in the "Best Classroom Experience" category, #3 in the "Best Quality of Life" category, and #7 in the "Professors Rock (Legally Speaking)" category.[7]

Entrance to School of Law


In 2007, Chapman Law added Dr. Vernon L. Smith, who won the Nobel Prize for his work in experimental economics, to the list of its faculty.[8][9] To date, Dr. Smith "may be the only Nobel Laureate on a law faculty in California."[9]. Other recent additions to the Chapman Law faculty include Constitutional law and legal ethics scholar Ronald D. Rotunda [1], and former Dean of the UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business, former Congressman Tom Campbell [2]. 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 at Chapman. Recent visitor faculty have included progressive international law scholar Richard A. Falk[3] and controversial law professor and former Bush Administration official John Yoo.

For many years Adjunct Professor of Law, the Honorable James E. Rogan, has taught at Chapman. Rogan was one of the lead prosecutors in the United States Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton in 1998-1999. Judge Rogan later served as U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and as Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Judge Rogan returned to private law practice in 2004; in 2006 Governor Schwarzenegger appointed him to the Superior Court of California.[4]

Additionally, Chapman Law's faculty includes four former U.S. Supreme Court law clerks,[10] including Dean John Eastman and former Associate Dean Celestine McConville.

Law Journals

Chapman Law has three law journals: the Chapman Law Review, the Journal of Criminal Justice, and the Nexus Journal of Opinion. According to the Washington and Lee University School of Law's submissions and ranking system, Chapman's law review ranks 59 (out of 262) in the general law journals category and 93 (out of 1424) in the total law journals category.[11]


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