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."

Jon H. Sylvester

Associate Dean and Professor

2011 Graduate Law Brochure

Juris Doctor (JD) PROGRAM

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

MASTER OF LAWS (LLM)

GGU offers five Master of Laws (LLM) programs for those who would like to continue their studies after having earned the JD (Juris Doctor) or an equivalent degree.  Entering students may matriculate in August, January, or May of each year, but fall enrollment is encouraged for most programs. The full-time day program usually takes two years, but the program is very flexible and can be completed in a longer period.

DOCTOR OF JURIDICAL SCIENCE (SJD)

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

Read the SJD Procedural Guidelines.