Finance Law Development Program

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This two-year program offers recent college graduates a unique opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in a law firm focused on the finance industry.

Chapman’s Finance Law Development Program is designed for college graduates interested in finance and the law who seek to gain comprehensive work experience before pursuing law school or another advanced degree.

Our two-year, salaried program gives individuals an opportunity to work on deal teams,
side-by-side with Chapman attorneys and other professionals. This work involves collaborating with Chapman lawyers to conduct research, prepare documentation, and facilitate the closing of a wide range of transaction types. Chapman’s clients include the largest U.S. and foreign financial institutions, private equity and hedge funds, investment banks, insurance and finance companies, and state and local governments.

Comprehensive Training

Chapman offers program participants extensive on-the-job training, as well as classroom work with Chapman professionals and outside consultants. The program begins with a four-week boot camp that will introduce finance law concepts, law firm economics, and other practice management topics.

Collaborative Culture

Throughout the two-year program, individuals will engage with different practice groups within the firm and gain an in-depth understanding of the type of work we do — from bond issues for municipalities and state governments, to the issuance of privately placed debt in the capital markets, to a wide range of commercial lending transactions with banks, funds, and finance companies.

Our work environment is collaborative and inclusive. We have earned recognition for our diversity initiatives, which includes our mentoring activities. We work hard, but also make time to give back to our profession and our communities.

Technology and Practice Innovations

As part of this program, individuals will have opportunities to work with our Practice Innovations team, assisting in the deployment and integration of new technologies to advance the efficiency of the delivery of legal services and knowledge sharing. Our Practice Innovations team works alongside attorneys to improve workflows, create innovative pricing and value proposals, and apply new technologies to advance collaboration with clients.

Pursue a Law Degree as a Chapman Law Fellow

Following the successful completion of the program, individuals who wish to pursue a law degree may be eligible for designation as a Chapman Law Fellow, with the potential for scholarships and other financial assistance. Program participants choosing not to attend law school may be offered other opportunities within Chapman or with Chapman clients.