On August 14, the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University welcomed its newest class of first-year law students to the Chapman Family. This incoming class is one of the law school’s most well-qualified, with a median LSAT score of 158 and median GPA of 3.49—indicators of student preparedness that have sharply risen over the last three years, more so than almost any other U.S. News & World Report-ranked law school.

“This is one of the strongest classes in the history of the Fowler School of Law,” said Dean Matt Parlow. “Their impressive credentials speak to the momentum we’re experiencing, and we look forward to providing these students with our trademark individualized support to help them achieve their academic and professional goals.”

The new crop of Fowler Law students is also one of its most diverse, with 42% minority representation and 26% first-generation college students. These 150 students come to Chapman from 54 different undergraduate institutions, spanning 10 U.S. states and four foreign countries—Canada, China, Korea, and Lebanon. Half a dozen languages are spoken by the new 1L class.

The class of 2022 also brings a diversity of academic, professional and personal experience to the Fowler School of Law. The incoming class includes a co-founder of an app development company, a former employee of both SpaceX and NASA, and a one-time member of the primary explosive security team assigned to President Barack Obama’s presidential motorcade. Multiple students were Division 1 athletes, and several served in the military.

These new students will be among the first to enjoy the benefits of recent innovations at Fowler Law, including expanded bar preparation and academic achievement programs, a remodeled student lounge, and the all-new Center for Student Engagement, which is slated to open mid-September.