Chapman University School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
Our school is currently ranked a Top 5 law school for “Quality of Life” (a measure of overall law school community experience) by The Princeton Review (2010 edition) and has been in the Top 5 each year since 2006. The Princeton Review has also ranked us among the Top 5 law schools for “Best Classroom Experience” each year since 2007 and as a Top 10 law school for "Diverse Faculty" in 2009.
We compete exceedingly well against schools much older than us and are clearly an institution that is on the move. We are pleased to report that the US News 2011 Graduate School Rankings have Chapman in the Top 100 (#93) American law schools with many measures of our performance well into the Top 50. In the 2010 report, our J.D. Tax Program was ranked in the Top 25 (#17) in the country by US News. Dean John Eastman stated that, "As more and more people take notice just what we have accomplished, it will be clear to all that Chapman is a school on the rise and not satisfied with the status quo. Chapman has quickly earned a reputation as an emerging center for legal education."
In addition to our LL.M. programs, Chapman offers JD certificate programs in five different concentrations and extensive clinical programs along with JD/MBA and JD/MFA dual degrees.
We have a variety of engaging programs that appeal to both U.S. and International students, including: Taxation, Trial Advocacy (with court residency), Business Law & Economics, Entertainment & Media Law, International & Comparative Law and Prosecutorial Science. Qualified candidates may also elect a General LL.M. with other specializations with special permission.
For each program, feel free to call the LL.M. Offices at (714) 628-2635, and you will be put into contact with a faculty member who can answer your specific questions about the specific program that you are interested in. You may also dial 877-CHAPLAW, toll free from within the United States.
Chapman has over 40 full-time faculty including a Nobel Laureate, five former U.S. Supreme Court clerks, and professors who hold degrees from Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Berkeley, Michigan, Duke, Northwestern, Cornell, Georgetown, UCLA, and USC among others. In addition to our full-time faculty, we are very proud of our program adjuncts, who are respected practitioners in their areas of expertise and bring real world experience and a teaching dynamic to the classroom.
The Princeton Review (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006) ranked our faculty in the Top 10 for “Professors Rock - Legally Speaking” (a measure of interesting and accessible faculty) which speaks volumes about the supportive nature of our institution.
Courses in the LL.M. programs are taught by a mixture of experienced full-time professors and leading practitioners who bring extensive experience in very specialized areas of legal practice. Our curriculums are designed to provide each student with a background in the program areas most often encountered, while allowing each student to choose specialized courses according to his or her interest.
American Bar Association (ABA)
Association of American Law Schools (AALS)
Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC)
International Student Requirements:
International applicants must prove competency in English by completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and meeting our minimum score requirements. All college or university transcripts must be translated into English. Submit English and native language transcripts, as well as copies of your previous degrees. Any photocopies of transcripts or diplomas must be notarized.