Academics: Degree Programs

"At Golden Gate University School of Law, you will find a wide selection of courses, a stimulating intellectual environment, and a diverse and vibrant community including students from across the United States and from more than 60 other countries."

-- Leslie Burton
Professor of Legal Writing and Director of LLM Programs


Golden Gate University School of Law has various JD formats including full- and part-time study, the Honors Lawyering Program, and areas of specialization.


Full-time Day Program

Entering students matriculate in August each year. The full-time day program usually takes three years.

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Part-time Evening Program

Entering students matriculate in August each year. The part-time evening program usually takes four years.

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Special Programs

Honors Lawyering Program (HLP)

In this honors program, students integrate classroom learning with actual legal experience by participating in two full-time, semester-long professional apprenticeships.

Joint Degrees

Students may earn a JD/MBA or a JD/PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Specialization Certificates

These are awarded in a variety of subject areas.

Practical Legal Training

Golden Gate University School of Law offers a variety of programs to provide hands-on legal experience.


Special Areas of Interest


Participants of the 24th Annual Fulbright Symposium on International Legal Problems

Participants of the 24th Annual Fulbright Symposium on International Legal Problems.

A Master of Laws (LLM) is the degree that follows the JD, LLB, or equivalent degree. The program enables law graduates to continue their studies, to specialize or to explore, or -- in the case of foreign-educated lawyers -- to qualify to take a bar exam in the USA.

At GGU we offer five award-winning LLM programs. The Recorder, a legal newspaper, has listed GGU's programs as the "Best LLM Program in California." TaxTalent ranked the Tax LLM among the Top 10 LLM tax programs in the USA. The National Jurist ranked GGU in the Top 20 law schools for practical training. And ranked GGU as #11 in the country for ethnic diversity.

Our LLM programs offer much flexibility, allowing entering students to start in the Fall (August), Spring (January), or summer (May) semester, and allowing students to complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis. The full-time day program usually takes two years, and the part time program, two years.

More about each of the LLM programs can be found by clicking the links below. Applications to all of the programs are accepted through the Law School Admissions Council's website here (preferred), by downloading and completing a paper application, or by visiting GGU Law at one of the following events:

  1. November 8, 2014 - The LLM Fair in Frankfurt, Germany.
  2. February 20, 2015 - The West Coast International LLM Job Fair



GGU also offers a terminal law degree, equivalent to a PhD, called an SJD. To learn more about that program, please click here: SJD Program.

GGU Law support the Institution of International Education/ Funding for U.S. Study. Click to learn more.


The SJD in International Legal Studies at GGU is designed to provide in-depth coverage of specialized areas of international and comparative law.