»Commitment to Diversity

Chapman Law Students

Chapman is well-known for its academic and ideological diversity, which is among the strongest in the nation. The resulting intellectual exchange creates a culture of appreciation of differing views that is fostered among the faculty and students, helping to lay a foundation for a truly noble practice of law.

+-Diversity in Student Organizations

The diversity of the student body is reflected in the variety of organizations at Fowler School of Law, which represent a cross section of ethnic, religious, lifestyle and ideological interests. In addition, it has a number of thriving student political organizations, from the liberal American Constitution Society to the conservative Federalist Society. Below is a sampling of student organizations that typify the broad diversity at Chapman:

  • American Constitution Society
  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
  • California Republican Lawyers Association
  • Christian Law Society
  • Federalist Society
  • Immigration Law Society
  • Iranian Law Student Association
  • Jewish Law Students Association
  • J. Reuben Clark Society  
  • Minority Law Students Association
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Outlaw  
  • Public Interest Law Foundation
  • Queen's Bench
  • South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA)
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Vietnamese American Law Student Association (VALSA)

Find out more about all of our student organizations.

+-Diversity in the Faculty


Professor Hernandez Professor Badrinarayana
Professor Hernandez Professor Badrinarayan
Professor Ripken Professor Dexter
Professor Ripken Professor Dexter

Chapman continues to expand the diversity of its faculty, not only in terms of race and ethnicity but also with respect to the University's well-known reputation for scholarly diversity. The makeup of the law school faculty is truly unique among American law schools, with a balance of professors presenting ideas from the left, center and right. In recent years Fowler School of Law has added renowned permanent faculty members from across the ideological spectrum, including 
 
*Nobel laureate and economist Vernon Smith
*Legal ethics scholar Ronald Rotunda
*Holocaust expert Michael Bazyler
 
Visiting Professors range from prominent human rights scholar Richard Falk to former solicitor general and Pepperdine Law School Dean Kenneth Starr. 
 
In addition, faculty members have clerked at the Supreme Court of the United States, for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justice William Brennan, as well as for Justices Antonin Scalia, David Souter, and Clarence Thomas. 
 
Ongoing scholarly work produced by Chapman professors further reflects the school's diversity, with examples including:
 
*Professor Deepa Badrinarayana's work on global warming
*Professor Ernesto Hernandez' analysis of Guantanamo Bay
*Professor Bobby Dexter's ongoing work on corporate tax law. 
 
Because of the makeup of Chapman's faculty, students are given an opportunity to challenge and be challenged in ways that are quite unusual in a law school setting.

+-The Unique Chapman Experience

As stated succinctly by the Fowler School of Law Dean Tom Campbell, "Openness to all points of view, and encouraging equal protection of the laws for all: these are the Chapman values." Our administration cares deeply about diversity and strives to create real-world representation among faculty, students and staff. This is why, in the Princeton Review's Best 174 Law Schools (2009), Chapman was ranked in the nation's top 10 in the "Most Diverse Faculty" category. Applicants of any race, color, ethnicity, religious background, political affiliation or lifestyle are urged to bring their voices to the wonderfully diverse chorus that is Chapman University School of Law.
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Fowler School of Law supports LSAC's DiscoverLaw.org campaign and is a 2011 award winner in LSAC's Diversity Matters Award. The campaign encourages racially and ethnically diverse students to discover opportunities in law.

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Hugo Salazar

Fowler School of Law student receives OC Hispanic Bar Association Scholarship

Hugo Salazar ('15) received the 2012-2013 Wally Davis Scholarship, a prestigious award given by the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association. Read more.
Chapman University School of Law is located in the heart of Orange County, California, a region that is quickly becoming one of the most ethnically diverse in the country. The native languages of the children who attend the County’s schools include English and Spanish, as well as Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin, Filipino, Farsi, Japanese, Khmer, Arabic, Cantonese, Hmong, Lao, Urdu, Russian, Hindi, Punjabi, Armenian, Portuguese, and Tongan. The Fowler School of Law works tirelessly to develop a student body and faculty that are in harmony with the makeup of the County’s population.