Degree Programs: JD Part-time Evening Program

The part-time evening program at GGU Law serves a diverse and professional community. The innovative curriculum, requiring class attendance just three nights a week, is carefully designed to accommodate the unique needs of parents, commuters and those working full-time during the day.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Founded in 1901, the part-time evening program at GGU Law serves a diverse community of law students. Located in the heart of San Francisco's financial and legal district, the law school is easily accessible by car or public transportation. Our part-time evening program makes it feasible for students to obtain a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) degree in four years while working anywhere in the Bay Area, caring for children or other family members, or simply taking fewer units per semester to lower the annual cost of attendance. Classes are taught by full-time faculty and students benefit from a rich array of upper-year electives. Graduates of the part-time evening program at GGU Law are sought after in every area of practice, from large corporate law firms to small grassroots advocacy organizations. Our alumni work for major corporations, legal aid offices, state and federal government agencies, and law firms of all sizes. If you are just beginning to explore your career interests, our curriculum gives you the flexibility to select from a wide variety of electives, clinical programs, and practical training opportunities that are designed to help you shape your professional path.

GGU Law facilitates opportunities to become involved in the legal community both on and off campus. Our very active Student Bar Association supports student organizations and activities across a myriad of practice areas, political affiliations, and ethnic/cultural identities. Law Student Services, Law Career Services, and Bar Exam Services offer essential training and programming opportunities, all of which are carefully planned to accommodate the needs of our part-time evening students. Part-time evening students can also pursue a joint JD/MBA, participate in Law Review, develop practical legal skills through one of our renowned on or off-site clinical programs, and obtain any of our Specialization Certificates.

CURRICULUM

Students in the part-time evening program matriculate in mid-August at the same time as full-time day students. In the first year of the program, classes are held three evenings per week. Thereafter, part-time evening students typically take classes three or four evenings per week and may choose to enroll in day classes if their schedules permit.

Part-time evening students must take between eight and twelve units of coursework in the fall and spring semesters and between four and six units in the summer semester. The part-time evening program usually takes four years to complete, but can be completed in three and half years. Many part-time students choose to enroll in summer courses in order to lighten their course loads in the fall and spring.

See the JD Student Recommended Schedule for more curriculum information.

 

1L FALL SEMESTER REQUIRED COURSES -- 9 UNITS

  • Contracts I (3)
  • Torts (4)
  • Writing & Research I (2)

 

1L SPRING SEMESTER REQUIRED COURSES -- 8 UNITS

  • Contracts II (3)
  • Writing & Research II (3)
  • 1L Elective (2)

 

1L SUMMER SEMESTER COURSES -- 5 UNITS

  • Civil Procedure I (3)
  • Professional responsibility (2)

 

2L FALL SEMESTER COURSES -- 9 - 12 UNITS

  • Civil Procedure II (3)
  • Constitutional Law I (3)
  • Criminal Law (3)

 

2L SPRING SEMESTER REQUIRED COURSES -- 9 - 12 UNITS

  • Appellate Advocacy (2)
  • Constitutional Law II (3)
  • Property (4)
  • Students have the option to take an additional three (3) unit required course

 

ADDITIONAL UPPER DIVISION REQUIRED COURSES -- 9 UNITS

  • Criminal Procedure I (3)
  • Evidence (4) [recommended for first summer or spring of second year]
  • Professional Responsibility (2)

 

CALIFORNIA BAR SUBJECT COURSES

STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE AT LEAST 8 UNITS
  • Business Associations (4)
  • Community Property (2)
  • Privacy, Defamation, and Relational Torts (2)
  • Real Estate Transactions (2)
  • Remedies (3)
  • Sales (2)
  • Wills & Trusts (4)

 

UPPER DIVISION WRITING COURSES

STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE AT LEAST 2 UNITS
  • Advanced Legal Research (2)
  • California Legal Research (2)
  • Environmental Law Journal (3)
  • Independent Study (1-2)
  • Law Review (6 - 8)
  • Additional courses with a significant writing component, as identified in course schedule (2 - 3)

 

UPPER DIVISION EXPERIENTIAL COURSES

PART-TIME STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE AT LEAST 2 UNITS
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy (3)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (3)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution for Children & Families (3)
  • Civil Litigation: Depositions (3)
  • Civil Litigation: Pre-Trial Phase (3)
  • Criminal Litigation (3)
  • DOJ Internship (2 - 3)
  • Environmental Law & Justice Clinic Seminar (1 - 3)
  • Estate Planning Lab (1)
  • Evidence in the Courtroom (2)
  • Externship Clinic (2 - 13)
  • Family Law Practice (3)
  • HLP Lawyering Skills (2)
  • HLP Skills Lab (2)
  • IRS Internship (2 - 3)
  • IRS Litigation Clinic (2 - 3)
  • Law Firm Practice (2)
  • Mediating Trusts & Estates Disputes (3)
  • Negotiation (3)
  • Pro Bono Tax Clinic (1-2)
  • Real Estate Practice (3)
  • Trial Advocacy (3)
  • Women's Employment Rights Clinic Seminar (1-3)
  • Veterans Legal Advocacy Center Seminar (2)