Centers of Excellence

Developing cutting-edge innovation, exploring critical legal issues, seeking real justice for underserved communities and our environment, and training our students for successful careers have always been core values of GGU Law since its founding more than a century ago. For decades, our Centers of Excellence have been giving students the opportunity to be part of and expand that legacy.

 Center for Intellectual Property and Privacy Law

Our Center for Intellectual Property and Privacy Law (CIPPL) and expert faculty -- many of whom are leading practitioners in the Bay Area -- make up one of the largest and most robust IP and Privacy Law programs in the country. Students are connected to the wide-ranging network of esteemed GGU alumni and respected industry professionals, all while learning the latest in the fast-changing world of IP Law.

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 The McCarthy Institute

The world-renowned McCarthy Institute, a joint innovation center located in both the law and business schools, reflects what is truly happening in the merging legal, technology, and business worlds. Among its work is hosting regular symposia, workshops and seminars, as well as conducting extensive empirical research, domestically and abroad, which student fellows co-author with scholars and experts.

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 The Litigation Center

The Litigation Center provides students with a clear path to acquiring the skills necessary for successful legal careers. Our students are immersed in an innovative curriculum and develop into effective and persuasive advocates.

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 Center on Urban Environmental Law

With a special focus on water, air, and climate, researchers at The Center on Urban Environmental Law (CUEL) produce white papers that focus on legal and regulatory strategies to improve environmental conditions in and caused by cities.

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 The Sompong Sucharitkul Center

The Sompong Sucharitkul Center for Advanced International Legal Studies at Golden Gate University School of Law brings together scholars and students from around the world interested in international legal studies.

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I love the variety of opportunities available to support students who are interested in litigation, the small student body and how approachable and supportive the faculty are. I find GGU to be a very inclusive community.

Katie Stanford

Golden Gate University Law Journal

The GGU Law Review publishes two issues each year, one with scholarly legal writing on a variety of current legal topics and the other is an annual survey of significant cases decided in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Environmental Law Journal

ELJ is a student-run journal that publishes articles written by environmental law attorneys, practitioners, scholars, and students from around the world.


Intellectual Property Law Book Review

The IP Law Book Review is the only online, peer-reviewed and edited journal that includes reviews of current books written by leading scholars on IP law and policy.