About: Law at GGU

GGU Law has trained savvy, creative, and socially responsible practitioners for more than 100 years. Our dynamic urban setting in San Francisco's legal district offers our students unmatched access to courts, law firms, and key government agencies.

ACCREDITATION

Golden Gate University School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), 321 N. Clark ST., Chicago, IL 60654-7598, 800-285-2221; and the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State of California and is a member in good standing of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Golden Gate University is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Graduates qualify to take the bar exam in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia.

 
American Bar Association (ABA)

Office of the Consultant on Legal Education/Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-988-6738
Fax: 312-988-5681
Barry Currier, Interim Consultant, 312-988-6744, Barry.Currier@americanbar.org
Scott Norberg, Deputy Consultant, 312-988-5103, Scott.Norberg@americanbar.org

 
California State Bar (Main Office)

180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-538-2000

 
American Association of Law Schools (AALS)

1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20036-2717
Phone: 202-296-8851
Fax 202-296-8869
aals@aals.org

 
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

533 Airport Boulevard, Suite 200, Burlingame, CA 94010-2009
Phone: 650-696-1060
Fax 650-696-1867
mail@acswasc.org

DEAN'S WELCOME
Rachel Van Cleave

WELCOME TO GGU LAW

Before GGU Law opened its YMCA night law school more than a hundred years ago, only students who could attend school full-time were able to earn a law degree. Then and now, GGU Law provides the opportunity for working individuals to pursue a legal education characterized by diversity and innovation. Our part-time and full-time programs emphasize academic rigor, ethics, and the real work of lawyering to support our students' post-graduate success. Our graduates today succeed for the same reasons as their predecessors -- because they are immersed in a broad and challenging curriculum focused on the fundamentals of legal theory, the skills vital to the practice of law, and the highest ethical and professional standards.

GGU Law students bring unique backgrounds and life experiences to a learning environment that is focused on combining academic rigor and skills-infused courses to develop practice-ready graduates. The law school's dynamic, urban setting in the heart of San Francisco's financial district fosters confident, savvy, and socially responsible lawyers. Our location and program offer a rich array of opportunities to engage in pro bono and other legal work under the supervision of practicing lawyers and the guidance of thoughtful, generous, and experienced professors.

Indeed, our strong alumni network reflects the practice-rich education for which we are so justly known. Our alumni are present in all areas of legal practice and the judiciary, working in federal and state courts across the nation, as partners in large and small firms, as in-house corporate counsel, in government agencies and non-profit organizations, and in other arenas. Counted among them are state and federal judges, members of Congress, renowned litigators, civil rights attorneys, and partners in law firms.

Today, institutions of higher education and law schools in particular are addressing new questions about the value and form of education we offer. Changes in the nature of the legal profession and the market are at the center of professional conversations, public debate and media stories.

GGU Law is prepared to respond to our students' needs and the exciting changes taking place in the profession. Doubtless, the practice-focused changes we have implemented in the past two years -- 1L Electives, 1st STEP, 1L Coaching, Practice Intensive Courses (PIC), and our collaboration with Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers -- are just a few of the new programs engaging our students and future colleagues.

As Dean, I am most proud of the unique combination of caring and professionalism that is the hallmark of GGU Law's faculty, staff, and students. GGU Law is a vibrant, intellectually stimulating, and close-knit community. I encourage you to explore GGU Law online, read our alumni magazine, and join our online communities (see social media links below) to learn more about GGU Law -- our academic offerings, our values and culture, and our contributions to the legal community and society.

Sincerely,

Rachel Van Cleave

Rachel Van Cleave

Dean & Professor of Law

 
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HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY

HISTORY

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PHILOSOPHY

The ethic we share at Golden Gate University School of Law is that lawyering is an honorable profession, worthy of the public trust. Toward that end, we provide students with a solid foundation in legal theory and the skills necessary to be a successful practitioner.

 

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

JD students develop professional skills through a variety of programs including: clinics, certificates of specialization, the Honors Lawyering Program, joint degrees, and more.

 

FACULTY

You will be taught by an accomplished, diverse faculty who practiced law before teaching. They are experts in a wide range of legal areas -- from litigation to labor law, corporate law to criminal law, property development to public interest law, environmental law to entertainment law, international law to intellectual property law -- and much more. Our student-to-teacher ratio is 19:1, and our professors are committed to being accessible to students.

 

PUBLIC INTEREST LAW

Golden Gate has a special commitment to public interest law. In addition to a strong public interest law curriculum, the School of Law offers financial assistance to students who pursue careers in public interest law, and our in-house clinics provide legal assistance to underrepresented populations.

 

DIVERSITY

You will practice law in a complex world. Golden Gate students reflect a wide variety of ages; work experience; and cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Our more than 20 student organizations address the many interests of our diverse student population. Golden Gate's 1,000 law students include working professionals and recent college graduates from more than 100 undergraduate and graduate institutions. They come from across the United States and from a number of foreign nations and represent a wide spectrum of ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds.

 

PERSONALIZED CAREER SERVICES

Our Law Career Services Office provides you with ongoing support from the time you enter law school through graduation.

MISSION STATEMENT
Golden Gate University

We at Golden Gate University School of Law believe that law is an honorable and valuable profession worthy of the public trust.

Our goal is to prepare our students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders, with the flexibility to respond to changes in the legal profession. To that end, we blend practical skills training with legal theory throughout the curriculum as we strive for excellence in both teaching and scholarship.

Our mission is to produce a diverse group of graduates with the skill, judgment, and moral compass to become exceptional lawyers and socially responsible members of the global community.