degree programs: Joint Degrees
Why choose between two degrees? You can earn both at the same time.
Golden Gate and Palo Alto University (PAU) in Palo Alto offer a joint JD/PhD program in Law and Clinical Psychology.The combined program has three major purposes:
1. Train attorneys who can read sophisticated social science research;
2. Educate highly trained attorney-psychologists who can contribute to the advancement of forensic psychology;
3. Produce attorney-psychologists who can participate in the development of mental health policy in the legislature and the courts.
After being admitted to both schools, you follow a seven-year course of study to achieve both degrees:
|Year 1||Classes at Golden Gate only|
|Year 2||Classes at PAU only|
|Years 3-4||Classes at both schools, then graduate from Golden Gate|
|Years 5-6||Classes at PAU and dissertation|
|Year 7||Clinical psychology internship|
The PGSP program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the bar exam and to be licensed as psychologists.