Registration for the fall semester is conducted in June; registration for the spring semester is conducted in November. Students eligible to graduate in January, May or August of that academic year are given first priority registration. All other students register the following day and on their system-assigned registration priority time. Incoming 1L students will be registered by the Registrar for their first year of study.
All registration must be completed by the given Add/Drop deadline as set out in each semester's registration packet. Students who plan to register for more than sixteen (16) credits or fewer than eight (8) credits must have the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Registration for Summer Session begins in April. There is no priority for summer session; registration will be on a "first come, first serve" basis. Chapman University School of Law welcomes visiting students who are in good standing and currently enrolled in ABA approved and California State approved institutions, or a member of a state bar. Visiting students must complete the Summer Session Application for Visiting Students and must provide a letter of good standing from the Dean or Registrar of their home institution. Visiting students must submit a $1375.00 deposit with their application. This deposit is non-refundable but will be applied to the tuition fee when the student enrolls in coursework. The tuition balance must be paid in full by the first week of classes.
Students are responsible for making certain they have satisfied the required prerequisites for any given course. Instructor permission is required for Externship, Directed Research, Law Review, and Nexus Law Journal. These courses will not be entered into the registration system until the necessary approval has been obtained. Students must submit a Registration Change Form within the Add/Drop period. Telephone, fax, or email registration is NOT accepted.
American Bar Association Standards
Limit on Employment: American Bar Association Standards require full time students to devote substantially all working hours to the study of law. Students shall not engage in remunerative employment for more than 20 hours per week, whether outside or inside the law school. Students who have registered for 12 or more credit hours must complete the Work Certification Form and return to the Registrar's Office at the beginning of the fall semester.
Attendance: Regular and punctual attendance is necessary to satisfy residence and class hour requirements. Students are required to attend class meetings in the courses for which they have registered, and to be prepared to participate in the class discussion. Any student who has been absent from more than 20% of class meetings shall not further participate in class, shall not be allowed to sit for the final examination, and shall be given a grade of 'FW.' [Student Handbook §126.96.36.199.] Students are cautioned that individual faculty may impose a higher attendance standard.
The School of Law welcomes visiting students from ABA and state approved law schools. Students must complete a visiting student application and provide a letter of good standing from the Dean or Registrar of their home institution. Interested students should contact the Office of Admissions at 714-628-2500 for additional information. For summer visiting students only, please contact the Registrar's office directly at 714-628-2522 or visit the Chapman Law Summer Session Page.
LL. M. Students
Find out more on the LL.M. homepage.