GGU Law has trained savvy, creative, and socially responsible practitioners for more than 100 years. Our dynamic urban setting in San Francisco's legal district offers our students unmatched access to courts, law firms, and key government agencies.


ACCREDITATION

Golden Gate University School of Law is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of  the American Bar Association (ABA), 321 N. Clark ST., Chicago, IL 60654-7598, 312-988-6738; and the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State of California and is a member in good standing of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Golden Gate University is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Graduates qualify to take the bar exam in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia.

American Bar Association (ABA)

Office of the Consultant on Legal Education/Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-988-6738
Fax: 312-988-5681
Barry Currier, Interim Consultant, 312-988-6744, Barry.Currier@americanbar.org
Scott Norberg, Deputy Consultant, 312-988-5103, Scott.Norberg@americanbar.org

California State Bar (Main Office)

180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-538-2000

American Association of Law Schools (AALS)

1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20036-2717
Phone: 202-296-8851
Fax 202-296-8869
aals@aals.org

WASC Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC)

985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: 510-748-9001
Fax: 510-748-9797

DEAN'S WELCOME

WELCOME TO GGU LAW

As a first-generation college and law school graduate, I am honored to be the Dean of a law school that has been dedicated to expanding opportunity and access to the legal profession for more than a century. GGU Law’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, combined with its high academic standards and compassionate teaching, make for a superior law school education that produces excellent lawyers.

Located in San Francisco, the booming economic and technological center of the country, our downtown location offers a rich array of real-world opportunities and unmatched access. Students are steps from courts, law firms, advocacy organizations, government agencies, and the technology and business communities. GGU Law students get cutting-edge experience through pro bono and other legal work under the mentorship of practicing lawyers and with the guidance of thoughtful and experienced professors.

At GGU we are committed to serving students as we help them succeed and reach their full potential. With small classes and dedicated teams for student support and career development, GGU Law features personalized attention and outstanding opportunities for academic success and professional development. As I look back at the professors and mentors that shaped my legal education, I will always endeavor to pass along that support to each and every one of you.

I hope you will join me and the entire GGU Law family in San Francisco as we work to develop excellent lawyers and compassionate leaders who work toward a better community and world.


Sincerely,

Anthony Niedwiecki
Dean & Professor of Law

Dean Niedwiecki’s faculty profile

HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY
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HISTORY

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PHILOSOPHY

The ethic we share at Golden Gate University School of Law is that lawyering is an honorable profession, worthy of the public trust. Toward that end, we provide students with a solid foundation in legal theory and the skills necessary to be a successful practitioner.

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

JD students develop professional skills through a variety of programs including: clinics, certificates of specialization, the Honors Lawyering Program, joint degrees, and more.

FACULTY

You will be taught by an accomplished, diverse faculty who practiced law before teaching. They are experts in a wide range of legal areas -- from litigation to labor law, corporate law to criminal law, property development to public interest law, environmental law to entertainment law, international law to intellectual property law -- and much more. Our student-to-teacher ratio is 19:1, and our professors are committed to being accessible to students.

PUBLIC INTEREST LAW

Golden Gate has a special commitment to public interest law. In addition to a strong public interest law curriculum, the School of Law offers financial assistance to students who pursue careers in public interest law, and our in-house clinics provide legal assistance to underrepresented populations.

DIVERSITY

You will practice law in a complex world. Golden Gate students reflect a wide variety of ages; work experience; and cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Our more than 20 student organizations address the many interests of our diverse student population. Golden Gate's 1,000 law students include working professionals and recent college graduates from more than 100 undergraduate and graduate institutions. They come from across the United States and from a number of foreign nations and represent a wide spectrum of ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds.

PERSONALIZED CAREER SERVICES

Our Law Career Development Office provides you with ongoing support from the time you enter law school through graduation.

MISSION STATEMENT
Golden Gate University

We at Golden Gate University School of Law believe that law is an honorable and valuable profession worthy of the public trust.

Our goal is to prepare our students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders, with the flexibility to respond to changes in the legal profession. To that end, we blend practical skills training with legal theory throughout the curriculum as we strive for excellence in both teaching and scholarship.

Our mission is to produce a diverse group of graduates with the skill, judgment, and moral compass to become exceptional lawyers and socially responsible members of the global community.