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LAW SCHOOL PROFILE 1.800.973.1177 Chapman University School of Law [by Tom Horne] Southern California’s Chapman University may not have the long history of some law schools, but this new kid on the block has a lot to offer and is growing in popularity as a result. Although it was established less than 10 acceptance to both the Chapman University lawyers. And the impressive results listed years ago, the Chapman University School School of Law and the Argyros School of above seem to demonstrate this. of Law has already made great scholastic Business and Economics. The JD/MBA pro- strides in terms of its prestige. Chapman be- gram gives students the opportunity to obtain Orange, California, adds to the appeal. The came ABA-accredited after only 2.5 years, for two highly marketable professional degrees. city sits close to three of Southern Califor- example, and has competed exceedingly well n ia’s biggest hubs: Anaheim, San Diego, and against many well-established schools in the In the area of career services, Chapman Los Angeles. In addition, for those with an annual U.S. News and World Report rank- boasts some extraordinary numbers for international flare, the Mexican border is just ings. That’s a remarkable feat for a school its alumni. Eight months after graduation, a bit further south of San Diego. There’s al- so young. And when you take those merits 89% of their students have jobs, many with w ays something to do in the warm sun where and add in the beauty of Orange, California, regionally or nationally renowned employers. it seemingly never rains. ABA standards you can see why Chapman’s momentum is Some Chapman alumni have accepted clerk- require full-time Chapman Law students to growing. ships for U.S. District Courts in California, devote substantially all working hours to the Nevada, and the Virgin Islands, U.S. Bank- study of law. (Students shall not engage in Chapman is the only law school in Orange ruptcy Courts, the Minnesota State Court of remunerative employment for more than 20 County on a university campus. Before it Appeals, the Colorado State Court of Appeals hours per week, for example). But when you opened its law school in 1995, Chapman and the U.S. Department of Labor. This dem- really need some time away from work or University had a rich history dating back to onstrates not only the value of Chapman’s studying, you can take a day trip to Holly- 1861. It later merged with California Chris- Career Services Center, but also the value of w ood, Disneyland or Sea World. They’re all t ian College, and still maintains its Christian the education it’s providing to the students. just a short drive away. heritage, although no religious courses are required and admission is open to all. Chapman emphasizes smaller classes with Chapman is open and flexible when it comes one-on-one attention from very distinguished to paying its tuition. In the 2003/2004 aca- Chapman also offers a Tax Law Emphasis and diverse faculty members, almost all of d emic year, that was $25,350. Grants and certificate program to students pursuing whom have had their works published in vari- other forms of financial aid are available, in their Juris Doctor degrees. It’s the only ous journals. Professors view themselves as addition to a staggered payment plan that school in California to offer this. With core teachers and mentors and are available to eases the burden of the other alternative: tax courses and rich clinical experiences, the students for personal intellectual partner- making one lump sum payment. Also, for the tax law program provides interested students ships as well as academic and career advice. 2003/2004 academic year, Chapman awarded with solid foundations in the field of tax law. The Socratic Method is only one of their $2.5 million in academic merit scholar- Students are also permitted to enroll in tax teaching tools. Professors also employ lec- s hips. More than 80% of first-year students law courses in the LL.M. in Taxation program tures, small seminars, student study groups received scholarship awards averaging more while pursuing their JD degrees. and simulation courses. than $10,000. Merit scholarship awards are made by the Admissions Committee, and In addition, a joint JD/MBA is available in The school also stresses ethics and citizen- all applicants are automatically considered conjunction with the AACSB-accredited ship in its legal training; they view them- without the need to submit additional mate- George L. Argyros School of Business and selves as a community dedicated to fostering rial. Economics. Offered to full-time students, the intellectual and personal development the program requires four years of study and of good people…who also happen to be great While Chapman does have the basic required PAGE 1 continued on back LAW SCHOOL PROFILE 1.800.973.1177 courses (Torts, Property, etc.), it also gives extra credit for students who, for example, engage in approved competitions. Credit is also available for students who conduct di - rected research in a field not regularly taught at Chapman. This enables students to explore virtually any area of law, even if that area isn’t covered at Chapman (but most are). So as you can see, Chapman has a lot to offer. One of the most interesting things is that this law school is definitely still on its way up. It’s relatively new, but growing. The statistics point out the value of a Chapman Law educa - tion, and this is a school that’s not even 10 years old. What it lacks in history, it seems to make up for in quality. Student testimoni - als rave about the Chapman Law experience. Those testimonials, plus the fact that so many Chapman grads seem to find quality jobs, speak volumes for this school. PAGE 2
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