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+ - Animal Law Society

The Animal Law Society is a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)

Our Mission

ALS is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.

Our Purpose

The activities of ALS include the following:

  • hosting speakers, debates, and conferences on current issues in animal law
  • carrying out research projects for lawyers and organizations involved in animal-related litigation
  • networking with students at other law schools who are pursuing interests in animal law
  • volunteering time with animal charities in the community
  • conducting educational events on campus


ALS raised $1,140 to benefit the Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 2009 through its Pet Photo and Mascot Contest

ALS raised $325 through sponsorship for our members participating in Farm Sanctuary Walk for Farm Animals in 2008, which supported the Yes on Prop 2 campaign in California

ALS was instrumental in gaining approval for Chapman's first Animal Law class

ALS has hosted several speakers at Chapman, including: Howard Lyman, the "Mad Cowboy" (www.madcowboy.com), Robert Newman, a local animal law practitioner and Adjunct Professor of Animal Law here at Chapman (www.theanimallawyer.com), Joyce Tischler, the founder of ALDF, and many more.

ALS has represented Chapman at numerous animal law conferences and advocacy competitions including the 2005 National Animal Advocacy Competitions at Harvard and the 2008 One Earth: Globalism and Animal Law Conference at Lewis and Clark Law School.

ALS arranged for training for the Santa Ana Police Department Animal Services Unit – "How to Build Strong Cases for Prosecutors"

ALS represented Chapman at the Legislative Lobbying and Drafting Competition at GWU – Washington, D.C.


ALS hosts speakers, a vegan/vegetarian booth at the Spring Food Fair, participates in community outreach efforts, campaigns for animal welfare initiatives, and sponsors the popular Pet Photo and Mascot Contest to benefit local animal welfare organizations. Watch for details at this site, as well as the calendar of student events at the law school's home page.

+ - Business and Investment Law Society

The Business and Investment Law Society is a student organization focused on legal issues in the business and investment community. Our goal is to promote awareness of current challenges in the law related to business, finance, investments, and the economy as a whole.

We are fostering a connection between our students at the law school and our colleagues at the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics. Through this partnership the Business and Investment Law Society hopes to create lasting professional relationships and offer students the opportunity to expand their skill sets and networks through guest speaker lectures, open forum discussions, academic competitions and other networking events.

We are proud to provide an information and networking outlet for law students who may be interested in pursuing a business law emphasis or a joint JD/MBA.

+ - Criminal Law Society

The purpose of the Criminal Law Society at the Chapman University Fowler School of Law is to promote and encourage the study of criminal law and to develop a strong relationship with the criminal law bar. The Society aspires to the highest standards of personal integrity, diligence, and individual responsibility in the study, teaching, and practice of criminal law and the criminal justice system.

+ - Employment Law

Employment law is an exciting and rapidly changing area of law. It's one of the few areas of law that involves both litigation and transactional work. Employment law overlaps with many other areas of law including entertainment law, torts, and contracts.

The purpose of the Employment Law Society is to give students who are interested in employment law the opportunity to network with employment lawyers and meet other students interested in employment law.

The Society also allows students to learn what employment law is and what employment lawyers do.

+ - Entertainment and Sports Law Society

The field of sports and entertainment law incorporates an extraordinarily broad and varied practice area. The practice covers substantive areas of law such as intellectual property, contract law, labor law, anti-trust law, and corporate finance. It also requires an understanding of a client's experience within the world of athletics and/or entertainment. It is for this reason that the Entertainment and Sports Law Society endeavors to educate its members on the relevant legal issues that accompany this rigorous practice area. By organizing on-campus lectures, conference and convention field trips, and social gatherings, the society seeks to work with individuals and organizations within the profession and provide information and assistance concerning potential employment opportunities.

Useful Links


Sports Lawyers Association

Sports Links—The Internet's premier source for sports industry Web sites, including official sports league, team, business, education, and media links

ABA Sports Law Division


Intellectual Property Law

Future of Music

Public Knowledge

Entertainment Law Resources

Entertainment Law Digest

Mega Law- Entertainment Law Digest

ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries

Adult Web Law

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)

Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI)

Copyright, Trademark and Entertainment Law - by Paul D. Supnik

Entertainment Legal Careers and Information on the Entertainment Law Field

Entertainment Law Links

Entertainment Law Reporter

Entertainment Law Resources - By Mark Litwak

Freedom of Expression at the National Endowment for the Arts

Hollywood.com - Entertainment News and Information Website

Hollywood Law Cybercenter

The Home Recording Rights Coalition

International Entertainment & Multimedia Law & Business Network

Law Girl

Legal Information Institute (LII)

MC2 Law

Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC)

Musicians' Intellectual Law & Resources Links

OSLA Arts & Law Homepage

WiredLaw: Law for Entertainment and New Media archive site

+ - Environmental Law Society

The Environmental Law Society is an active group of students with interests in real estate, environmental, construction, and land use law. The Society sponsors speakers and forums on current issues such as future development in Southern California, real estate and environmental career information, and networking opportunities. It also sponsors field trips to notable projects in Southern California and organizes hiking excursions. In addition, the Society strives to make a difference in the local community by sponsoring environmental outreach events, such as beach clean up days, and by serving food to homeless at a food shelter. 

+ - Family Law Society

The purpose of the Family Law Society is to educate students on pertinent aspects of Family Law and to attract speakers who will teach them about not only family law issues, but also about how to cultivate a career in the legal discipline.

+ - Health Law Society

The Chapman University Fowler School of Law Health Law Society exists to provide resources and support for those students interested in one of the multiple aspects of health care, public health, and global health law. The purpose of the club is to encourage community involvement, promote academic prowess, and enhance professional preparedness for those students who hope to either practice or participate at the intersection of health and law.

+ - Immigration Law Society

The CILS is dedicated to:

Advancing Professionalism and Education: The CILS is comprised of law students who are committed to the advancement of legal professionalism. It brings together law students who are interested in understanding the history and future of Immigration policy in the United States and the advancement of their own education, specifically geared towards policy changes, proposed legislation and the practice of Immigration law.

Advancing Career Opportunities: The CILS is a network of law students committed to helping each other succeed. It is a local chapter within which members can seek career advancement assistance, network with professionals and form relationships with other professionals in the field of Immigration.

Helpful Links

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Volunteering Opportunities Public Law Center

Legal Aid Society of Orange County

Find more information on MyCourthouse

+ - International Law Society

The purpose of the International Law Society (ILS) is to promote informed awareness of diverse issues which relate to international law and global affairs. The organization assists students in developing their interest in international law as a career and area of legal specialization. The ILS helps bring together students and community members of diverse cultural backgrounds.

The ILS regularly hosts events through its speakers program, presenting diverse lectures and discussions by internationally-minded experts. These promote interest in international studies, as well as foster interaction among members of the law school community.


ABA Section on International Law

United Nations

The American Society of International Law

+ - Public Interest Law Foundation

Mission Statement
Our mission is to educate, encourage, and provide financial support for law students to consider and explore careers and volunteer opportunities in public interest law that help individuals and benefit the community, while enhancing Chapman University School of Law’s presence and reputation.

PILF Services
The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) provides grants to law students who wish to work at summer public interest jobs that offer little or no pay. Many public interest law employers desperately need student legal help but are unable to afford to pay for the help they need. PILF provides financial support through grants to these student employees so that they can get the experience they need, and the employers can continue to provide the public with much needed legal support.

Upcoming Events

Silent Auction at Barrister's Ball

Faculty & Student Lunch Panels

Volunteer Opportunities

Fundraising Events

Socials and Mixers

Commitment to Service Award Program

This Commitment to Service Award is available to all students completing 50 hours of public service work. Learn More about the Commitment to Service Award Program.

+ - Real Estate Transactions Student Organization

Real Estate Transactions Student Organization is a Chapman University Fowler School of Law organization whose goal is to foster the student body's interest in transactional work in the field of real estate, land use, and environmental law.

+ - Second Amendment Association

The purpose of the Chapman Second Amendment Club is to cultivate a positive view of individual firearm ownership through firearm safety instruction, recreational shooting, and self-defense training.

Additionally, we wish to keep Chapman students up to date on current firearms related legal developments through organized debates, seminars, and guest speaking events. In so doing we hope to give students the tools necessary to make more fully informed decisions regarding the future of this fundamental right.

Through our efforts, it is our hope that the next generation of lawyers, judges, and professors will have a better understanding of the Second Amendment.

+ - Tax Law Society

The purpose of the society is to promote and encourage the study of taxation law and to develop a strong relationship with the business and legal community. The Tax Law Society organizes many events throughout the year. At these events, the members of the society have the opportunity to network with the business and legal communities of Southern California. 

Upcoming events include:

Meet the Firms Night. The Annual Meet the Firms Night is a chance for students to meet and network with tax law professionals from throughout Southern California. Organized in conjunction with the Career Services Office, Meet the Firms night brings numerous tax law employers to Chapman in an effort to further foster relationships with the local tax law and business community.

Speaker Series. The Tax Law Society also brings distinguished guest speakers to Chapman. The speaker series allows students to learn about opportunities and careers from guest speakers who are tax professionals from various areas of practice. The speaker series has also brought renowned tax specialists to Chapman to discuss such topics as the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, the 1998 IRS Restricting and Reform Act and Federal Tax Policy in the New Millennium.

To conclude the year, the Tax Law Society members gather for an end of the year party.

Past events have included bowling, baseball games and dining.

If you have any questions regarding the Tax Law Society, please feel free to email any of the officers listed for further information.


"The Tax Law Society affords me the opportunity to get out into the legal community and meet people who are interested in the same things that I am."

-Diana Hoffman
M.A. from Georgetown University
B.A. from Lafayette College

"There are so many different people in the Tax Law Society from so many different schools and backgrounds. When working together in the Tax Law Society toward a common goal, I get the chance to learn about these different people and different schools."
-Cicely Ray
B.A. from Grambling State University

"The Tax Law Society brings an aura of teamwork and I enjoy that, especially when law school is supposed to be so competitive."
-Raelyn Yeomans
B.A. from UCLA

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