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2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

LSAT, personal statement, letters of rec, GPA, transcript - LSAC

Level

2L

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Most professors are really great, especially the ones that have been with the school for a long time. Overall, I've been really happy with the quality of academics here.

Quality of Life

The neighborhood around campus is great. There are a lot of places within walking distances. Most people are pretty cheerful and friendly and willing to help others.

Admissions

Application process was very similar to other schools. There are a lot of financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Level

2L

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

All my 1L professors used the Socratic method. Most of my 2L and 3L classes still used the Socratic method, but there were a handful that were more lecture based or asked for volunteers. Classes at Chapman Law are a little smaller than at other law schools. The students are competitive but are still friendly to each other. There are paid research positions available with some professors. Grading is on a 2.8 curve which means the median is set at 2.8 so it creates a bell curve with a few high grades and a few low grades but the majority of students in the middle. The work load is manageable as long as you learn some time management skills.

Quality of Life

Orange County costs more than many other areas of the country, but there are affordable places to rent. The Chapman University campus is truly beautiful. Kennedy Hall, where the law school is located, is a magnificent facility. The library is fully stocked with everything you'll need to do research and plenty of desks to study on. Kennedy Hall has both a moot courtroom and a mock trial courtroom. Chapman is located in Old Town Orange which is the largest historic district in the United States west of the Mississippi. The area known as "The Circle" is full of restaurants and shops and has had many movies and TV shows filmed there because of its classic Americana look. Chapman has a great relationship with the community and the City of Orange is one of the safest in California.

Admissions

Admissions process is similar to most schools with LSAT and GPA as the biggest admittance factors. Scholarships are awarded to quality applicants.

Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Wonderful and challenging classes.

Quality of Life

Great facilities

Admissions

Common application but high LSAT requirements.

Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

I have been very impressed with the quality of academics at my school. All of my professors come to class very prepared and give engaging semi-socratic lectures. The classes are competitive due to the grading curve, but there is an atmosphere of cooperation among the students. Plenty of opportunity for extracurricular activities such as clubs, Inns of Court, competition teams, journals and study abroad.

Quality of Life

As mentioned above, there are lots of opportunities for activities both on the undergrad campus and at the law school (lectures, debates, concerts, etc.) We have great facilities to enjoy, and several fine student organizations such as the Public INterest Law Foundation, Federalist Society, and OUTlaw, among others. There is truly something for everyone at Chapman.

Admissions

LSAT, GPA, resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation.

Level

2L

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Small classes with wonderful professors. Everyone is very friendly and not cutthroat like in other schools. The workload is heavy--especially 1L year, which is truly hell.

Quality of Life

Cost of living in Orange is expensive. The campus itself is beautiful and is located across the street from Chapman University. The computer lab is average--but most people have their own laptops. The moot courtroom is gorgeous! Orange also is a very safe area--not many crimes.

Admissions

Standard application process. Students are required to register for the LSDAS in order to submit their applications. Must take the LSAT. Students with high GPAs and LSAT scores are offered very generous scholarships--although students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a a 2.8 median (maintaining a 3.0 GPA is very difficult).

Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The overall quality of the classes is impressive, especially for a younger law school. For the most part, the classes employ more practical study than theory, which I believe is to be valued much more given that most of us will become practicing attorneys rather than legal philosophers or professional commentators. There is a good mix of notable and accomplished faculty members as well as opportunities to study abroad. The academic advising and career counseling department is extremely accessible and shows an honest and dedicated effort to helping students succeed.

Level

2L

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Classes are quality when taught by professors with experience (1) in that field, and (2) with experience teaching the class. Professors teaching a class for the first time, even those with experience in that field, have been problematic. The Moot Court team is one of the top organizations in the school, and is very competitive nationwide.

Quality of Life

School is expensive, and its expensive to live near school because of its location in Orange's historic district. But, its great to have the law school campus near the undergrad campus, because it helps maintain a strong feel of academia. I think students enjoy themselves at Chapman, and it shows.

Admissions

Standard application process: LSAC/LSDAS application profile with LSAT score, GPA, letters of recommendation

Level

2L

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Each class is different and some professors are better than others in engaging the students in worthwhile debate/discussion. All of the professors, regardless of their teaching ability, are very intelligent and well-versed in their areas of specialties. Some professors are much more accessible during office hours than others, but I have found a handful of professors whom I enjoy speaking with during office hours and find their instruction useful.

Admissions

I am not too familiar with the particulars of the selection process; however, Chapman offers many scholarships to incoming 1Ls, particularly those students who may have the option of attending a higher-ranked school. The scholarships Chapman offers are generous and usually do a decent job of attracting competitive students to attend Chapman.

Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

A lot of professors use the socratic method, although with some classes it tends to lessen in the second year. Class size range from 20-60 students. Students are generally friendly and willing to share class notes when you are absent. There is a friendly competitiveness. You can work with professors for directed research, study abroad. Professor McConville is probably one of the best professors at Chapman. She teaches Constitutional Law and Wills & Trusts.

Admissions

If you have a high LSAT and GPA then you may qualify for a full or partial scholarship.

Level

2L

Graduation Year

2012

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