Chapman Law School

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Chapman University School of Law, referred to sometimes as Chapman Law, is a private, non-profit law school located in Orange, California. The school offers the Juris Doctor (JD), a combined JD/MBA and an LL.M. in Taxation. The law school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Chapman Law opened in 1995, and is a part of Chapman University.

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Chapman Law School Admissions

Chapman Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 48% of its applicants. Comparatively, Chapman is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 1543 729 (47.25%) 149 (9.7%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.08 3.33 3.47
LSAT 152 156 158

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $48,150 $48,150
Part Time $38,400 $38,400

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $28,315
  • Living off-campus: $28,315
  • Living at home: $21,025

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/30
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: $75

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Chapman Law School Community

Chapman Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Chapman is Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 41
  • Part Time: 43


  • # Female Faculty: 28
  • # Minority Faculty: 8


11.4 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Chapman Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Chapman Law School 1L section size is 24% smaller than law schools in California and 21% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Chapman Law School: 121
California Average: 150
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 625
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 196

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 152
  • Law Journals: 80
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 15.4%
  • Second Year: 4.4%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Chapman Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Chapman Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 78% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 99.3%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 62.0%
  • Business: 28.0%
  • Government: 5.0%
  • Public Interest: 3.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • California: 93%
  • Illinois: 1%
  • Maryland: 1%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 99.3%
  • First Time Takers: 146
  • Average School: 75.9%
  • Average State: 66.8%
  • Pass Difference: 9.1%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • California: 66.1%
  • Passed: 104 of 139 (74.8%)
  • State Average: 66.8%
  • Difference: 8.8%