Chapman University School of Law

Chapman University School of Law

North America Schools

Chapman University School of Law is a top-tier law school located in Orange, California. It is renowned for its rigorous academic program, diverse student body, and commitment to public service. The school offers a wide range of courses and specializations in the areas of business law, criminal law, environmental law, family law, international law, intellectual property law and more. Chapman Law students benefit from experiential learning opportunities including moot court competitions, clinics and externships. The faculty members are highly experienced practitioners from across the country who are committed to providing students with an excellent legal education. Chapman Law also has an active alumni network that provides mentorship and career guidance for current students.

This page focuses on national rankings, acceptance rates, program costs, and merit-based scholarships of Chapman University School of Law, an accredited law program in the United States.

Parent school: Chapman University
Established: 1995
School type: Private
Parent endowment: $266 million
Dean: Matthew J. Parlow
Location: Orange, California, US
Enrollment: 479 (full- and part-time)
Faculty: 74 full-and part-time members of the faculty and 7 professional librarians

Ranking: Chapman University

Chapman University School of Law is ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation. According to U.S. News & World Report, Chapman Law is ranked at #80 out of all law schools in the country and is ranked #65 among public law schools. In addition, Chapman Law has been recognized by PreLaw magazine as one of the top ten law schools for clinical training and externships, with a ranking of #8 overall. The school also has a strong reputation for its business law program, with a ranking of #45 according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 rankings for best business law programs. Additionally, Chapman Law has been highly ranked for its overall student experience, with a ranking of #77 out of all ABA-accredited law schools according to the 2021 rankings from Best Law Schools.

Top Law Schools of 2020
Score N/A
Peer assessment score (5.0 highest) 1.9
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (5.0 highest) 2.1
25th-75th percentile GPA scores for all students 3.16-3.57
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for all students 155-159
Overall acceptance rate 24.0%
Student/faculty ratio 10.0
Graduates employed at graduation 85.5%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 92.1%
School’s bar passage rate for first-time test takers 69.9%
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers 65.7%

Tuition & Scholarships: Chapman University

Chapman University School of Law offers a variety of tuition and scholarship options to its students. The school’s tuition is based on a per unit rate, which is currently $1,890 for the 2019-20 academic year. This rate is subject to change annually. In addition to the per unit rate, students are also responsible for additional fees such as registration, library access and technology services. The school also offers a variety of scholarships including merit-based scholarships, need-based scholarships, and special scholarships for military veterans or members of underrepresented communities. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on academic achievements such as GPA or LSAT scores. Need-based scholarships are based on an individual’s financial need for assistance in paying for their legal education. Special scholarships are available to military veterans or members of underrepresented communities who can demonstrate financial need and meet specific criteria set forth by the school. Chapman University School of Law also offers a loan repayment program through which graduates can apply for assistance in repaying their student loans after completing their law degree at Chapman University School of Law.

Financial Aid Office Information
Financial aid application deadline 03/02
Financial aid director Kathleen Clark
Financial aid telephone (714) 628-2510
2019-2020 Expenses
Tuition Full-time: $36,233 per year, part-time: $28,972 per year
Room and board $13,968
Books $1,500
Miscellaneous expenses $5,980
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes
2019 Grants
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 21.7%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 8.3%
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 6.3%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.0%
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of full tuition 6.7%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of more than full tuition 2.0%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
25th percentile grant amount of aid per full-time recipient $13,700
Median grant amount of aid per full-time recipient (50th percentile) $23,430
75th percentile grant amount of aid per full-time recipient $30,824
25th percentile grant amount of aid per part-time recipient $13,388
Median grant amount of aid per part-time recipient (50th percentile) $13,388
75th percentile grant amount of aid per part-time recipient $20,082
Indebtedness
Average indebtedness of 2019 graduates who incurred law school debt $102,914
Proportion who borrowed 85.9%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2019 J.D. graduates? Yes

Chapman University School of Law