The Law Magnet Program was founded in the fall of 2012. The purpose of the program is to introduce the student to the field of law and help prepare him/her for the rigors of law school. The program is comprised of a combination of academic classes and clinical practice. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ethical role lawyers play in society to ensure the rule of law is maintained and to help ensure justice is served when conflicts arise.
Courses are modeled after actual law school courses. The curriculum, texts, and instructional methods are similar to what the student will experience in law school. As such, students will learn how to raise and defend an argument, develop their analytical thinking and reasoning skills, and write legal briefs. In short, students will have a solid understanding of what preparation for a legal career entails.
The Law Magnet Program is a four-year program that focuses on developing the student’s written, verbal, and analytical skills. Students who are eligible for the program must demonstrate strong aptitude in these areas to be accepted into the program. Students who complete the rigorous one-of-a-kind four-year program will receive special recognition on their diploma and wear a law chord at their graduation.
Freshman students participating in the Law Magnet Program are also required to:
- Maintain a Weighted academic GPA of 3.5 or higher (maintained through enrollment).
- Entering freshman must: a. Submit program application with essay b. Complete the Freshman Success class in the Summer session c. Enroll in the leadership course in the Fall semester d. Maintain strong attendance/disciplinary record.
- Remit $500 fee paid prior to start of freshmen year.
- Attend and participate in all off campus events/activities.
- For students accepted into the program and a MAC user, the student must have Windows 10 installed on his/her computer by the end of September of the freshman year in order to access the evidence computer game supplied by JSerra. Also note, RT Surface computers are not capable of playing the computer game. Only the Pro version is compatible with the game.
Sophomore through senior students participating in the Law Magnet Program are also required to:
- Qualify for and enroll in required courses
- Attend/participate in all required off-campus events/activities
- Remit annual $1000 program fee prior to beginning of fall classes (grades 10- 12)
- Maintain a Weighted academic GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Maintain strong attendance/disciplinary record each year
- California State Court of Appeal Justice Richard Fybel
- Orange County Superior Court Judge Joe Perez
- Orange County Superior Court Judge Lance Jensen
- Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregg Prickett & Former Chapman Law School Adjunct Professor
- Orange County Superior Court Judge Cheri Pham
- Orange County Superior Court Judge Terri Flynn-Peister
- California State Senator Patricia Bates
- Orange County Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy
- Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas
- Orange County Assistant Public Defender Mike Perez
- Orange County Assistant Public Defender Dave Dziejowski
- Chapman University Chancellor Daniele Struppa
- Chapman University General Counsel Janine DuMontelle
- Orange County Assistant District Attorney Dennis Conway
- Michael Carroll, Partner, Latham & Watkins
- Jeff Goldfarb, Partner, Rutan & Tucker & Former San Clemente City Attorney
- Dave Djavaherian, PACTECH LAW, P.C.
- Jeoffrey Robinson, Partner with Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis‚ Inc.
- Dave Scarsone, Criminal Defense Attorney
- Matt Valance, Criminal Defense Attorney