There are many different ways to support Chapman University's Dale E. Fowler School of Law. Give a general gift or choose from the list below to make a gift directly to a specific program or clinic.
»Areas of Giving for the Fowler School of Law
“Amicus” means friend; and that’s what donors to this fund are! Gifts given to this unrestricted fund will be applied to all areas where the need is greatest. Undesignated gifts support student scholarships and fellowships, faculty research and projects, used for challenge gifts and provide aid to our six legal clinics.
+-Fowler School of Law - Class Gifts
Students' gifts from 1L, 2L and 3L are pooled into a class gift fund in support of a project of the student's choice. The students participation matters because it shows their strength of support and provides an opportunity for each graduating class to have an impact on the future of Chapman's Fowler School of Law.
+-Fowler School of Law Endowment
Pooled donations create a financial asset with investment funds. This endowment is designed to keep the principal amount intact while using the investment income from the dividends for efforts and areas with the greatest need. Endowments provide ongoing benefits and create a lasting legacy for the future of the Fowler School of Law.
The success of the Fowler School of Law is due in large part to the on-going community support for the Law Library. Through the collective efforts of supporters, leadership and faculty, Fowler has created an invigorating environment for learning where the law library serves as the anchor and centerpiece. Donations to the library will be used to purchase books, journals, periodicals and expand online resources.
+-Fowler School of Law
Since opening in 1995, the Fowler School of Law has risen rapidly in reputation and is currently ranked in the Top Schools category of U.S. News and World Report’s annual survey. It is also ranked in the top 10 of Princeton Review’s Best Law Schools for “Best Classroom Experience.”
Fowler has assembled one of the strongest law faculties in the nation, including four former Supreme Court clerks and many others who achieved exceptional success as lawyers. The high quality curriculum is comprehensive and stresses ethics and citizenship in its legal training.
Chapman’s Fowler School of Law sponsors award-winning student teams in mock trail, appellate moot court, mediation and negotiations competitions. With more than three dozen students groups, Fowler is a welcoming place where freedom of expression is cherished.
+-Bar Study Scholarship
The Bar Study Scholarship will cover bar prep expenses incurred while the Fowler School of Law student is a 3L or 4L full-time student. An application will be required. Students must demonstrate that they have not reached their maximum eligible amount of funding. A detailed list of expenses will be required. Priority will be given to students who have demonstrated financial need based on information provided on their FAFSA. The amount of the scholarship will vary based on need.
+-Fowler School of Law Alumni Book Scholarship
For incoming 1L's with demonstrated financial need, this award is designed to cover books and supplies.
+-Fowler School of Law Community Scholarship
Available to 2L, 3L and 4L full-time Fowler School of Law students. Students must demonstrate that they have not reached their maximum eligible amount of funding. Priority will be given to students who have demonstrated financial need. Law students may apply for renewable scholarships and the amount of the award will vary based on need.
+-Justice David G. Sills Memorial Scholarship Fund
Presiding Justice David G. Sills of California's Fourth District Court of Appeal passed away on August 23, 2011 at the age of 73. Justice Sills was a longstanding member of the Dean's Council and Board of Visitors at the Fowler School of Law. His family has asked that donations in his memory be made to the Justice David G. Sills Scholarship Fund that will benefit all Fowler School of Law school students.
+-Bette and Wylie Aitken Family Violence Clinic
The Aitken Family Violence Clinic was created to address the unique challenges faced by survivors of domestic violence. Located at the secure Orange County Family Justice Center, the clinic offers free assistance in immigration and protection order matters for clients who meet income eligibility requirements.
Unlike externships, where student work supports a program director, the Aitken Family Violence Clinic gives students primary responsibility for cases and direct interaction with clients.
+-Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic
The Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic provides students with an opportunity to earn independent study credit, conducting research, drafting discovery requests, preparing draft summary judgment motions and appellate briefs, attending hearings, and even preparing briefs for filing with the Supreme Court of the United States. Since its founding, the clinic has participated in more than three dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
+-Entertainment Contracts Law Clinic
The Entertainment Contracts Law Clinic provides students with a unique opportunity to work directly with low budget independent filmmakers and to serve as production legal counsel for a feature length motion picture.
In conjunction with entertainment industry organizations such as the Directors Guild of America, the clinic's director identifies eligible film(s) that are ready to begin production. The producer and/or director of the selected film then works directly with clinical students who will draft all production-related contracts and documents.
The Mediation Clinic allows students to develop and use mediation skills through regular and frequent practice with actual parties under the supervision of experienced mediators in the Superior Court. The purpose of the clinic is to provide students with an opportunity to work with real litigants who have filed small claims, civil harassment and limited civil cases.
+-Tax Law Clinic
The Tax Law Clinic is the oldest clinical program at the Fowler School of Law. Since 1997, students have served more than 2,800 taxpayers – saving them an estimated $1.5 million dollars in taxes.
In the clinic, senior law students have the chance to handle tax cases in all stages of controversy. The majority of our cases are cases docketed with the U.S. Tax Court. Although the students are under the supervision of attorney-professors, they are responsible for all aspects of their cases.
+-The Alona Cortese Elder Law Center
The Alona Cortese Elder Law Center was founded in 2000 to provide service to the needy elderly in Orange County. The center partners with local legal aid organizations and pro-bono attorneys to provide seniors with legal help. Services include:
- Will drafting
- Advance health care directives
- Representation at administrative hearings
- Addressing elder abuse
Students also help advise clients about their rights as consumers and how to avoid financial abuse.
+-Center for Global Law and Development
The Center for Global Law and Development is dedicated to interdisciplinary research and scholarly programs on a wide range of issues related to globalization, including international human rights, law and development and efforts to address poverty and inequality.
The center sponsors an annual symposium that attracts prestigious visiting scholars. In addition, the center spearheads the Global Project for LGBTQ Rights and Feminism, which brings policy makers and scholars to Chapman to discuss issues of law related to (among other topics) family, sexual orientation and marriage.
+-Center for Land Resources
The Center for Land Resources addresses issues related to environmental law, real estate transactions and land use. The center brings the expertise and resources of Fowler School of Law to the service of the public and the profession through educational programs, research, and community service initiatives.
+-Center for Lawyering and Trial Advocacy
The Center for Lawyering and Trial Advocacy explores the social, technological and legal aspects of trial practice. As the justice system evolves, research is needed on legal trends affecting:
- The jury system
- Jury selection
- Alternative dispute resolution
- Evidence presentation
- Jury decision-making
Along with research on current topics, the center offers a Distinguished Speakers in Trial Practice course open to students and members of the local legal community.
Ryan L. Odenwalder Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Ryan L. Odenwalder graduated cum laude from the Chapman University School of Law in 2009. He was a notes editor on the Chapman Law Review, an Academic Fellow in Civil Procedure and obtained the highest grades in Land Use Regulation, Water and Civil Rights Law. Ryan loved to learn and he worked hard to maintain his merit scholarships. He passed the California State Bar in 2009 and was employed as legal counsel for Morgan Drexen in Anaheim, California. Ryan passed away on April 9, 2010 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. This memorial scholarship honors his life and love for the Chapman University School of Law.
M. Katherine Baird Darmer Memorial Scholarship Fund
Professor M. Katherine Baird Darmer was a beloved teacher and colleague at the Fowler School of Law, where she was a faculty member from 2000 through 2012. She was a passionate advocate for marriage equality and a vigorous opponent of discrimination based on gender or orientation. Professor Darmer died on February 17, 2012. Funds from the memorial scholarship will be given to students committed to using their law degree to promote human rights, public interest law or gender equality.