GGU Law offers both a full-time day and part-time evening program that prepares students to be practice-ready and socially conscious lawyers.  Our curriculum allows students the flexibility to go at their own pace towards graduation.  It also allows students to select from a variety of electives, hands-on clinical programs, and practical training opportunities designed to shape their professional careers.


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Newly admitted students matriculate in August of each year.  The full-time day program generally takes three years to complete.

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Newly admitted students matriculate in August of each year.  The part-time evening program generally takes four years to complete, but in some cases, may be completed one semester in advance.

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Honors Lawyering Program (HLP)

This highly competitive program integrates classroom theory with real work experience in the legal community.  Select students, who have completed their first year of classes, complete an intensive eight-week summer program.  Following the summer program, HLP students participate in semester-long fall apprenticeships in law firms, courts, government agencies, and grassroots advocacy organizations in the Bay Area and around the world.

Joint Degree

In conjunction with GGU's highly regarded Ageno School of Business, students may earn a JD/MBA in just four years.

Specialization Certificates

Students may pursue a specialization certificate to build substantive knowledge and relevant skills in a specific field of practice.  Certificates are awarded in Business Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, and Public Interest Law.

Practical Legal Training

GGU Law offers hands-on legal experience through a host of internship and externship opportunities, including several on-site clinics and centers assisting under-served Bay Area communities.

Public Interest Law

GGU Law is consistently ranked one of the best public interest law schools in the country.

Environmental Law

In addition to offering numerous environmental law courses, GGU Law also houses the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic.  The Clinic has been honored by the American Bar Association, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the Clinical Legal Education Association for its groundbreaking work.

Writing and Research

The practice of law demands good writing abilities.


The GGU Litigation Center is nationally recognized for its excellence and offers integrated doctrinal and practical courses specifically designed to arm graduates with the legal skills necessary for a successful litigation career.  Notably, the GGU Litigation Center presents the Summer Litigation Program (1st STEP), which is an integrated summer litigation curriculum for students after their first year of law school.  Experienced faculty, judges, and practitioners lead 1st STEP law students in advanced trial advocacy training at the earliest opportunity in their legal studies.  This selective, innovative, 9-week summer program, offers a series of integrated specialized courses including Evidence and Trial Advocacy, all specifically designed to improve student litigation and presentation skills.  The program also includes three uniquely designed Litigation Center courses: Evidence in the Courtroom, Presentation and Persuasion Skills, and Effective Motions Writing and Advocacy.  This intensive litigation training program includes 11 units, allowing students greater freedom and a competitive advantage to participate in fall employment, on the National Trial Team or Moot Court Board, in GGU on-site clinics, externship and internship programs, as well as in other GGU litigation programs during the fall semester.  The 1st STEP program begins the last week of May with a full trial, and concludes in late July with a second full trial.


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 -- in the case of foreign-educated lawyers -- to qualify to take a bar exam in the United States.

At GGU, we offer six award-winning LLM programs.  Our programs offer great flexibility by accepting entering students 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 takes approximately one year, while the part-time evening program takes approximately two years.

For more information on a specific program, click the following links:

Applications to all programs are accepted through the Law School Admissions Council's website (preferred) or by completing a paper application.

The Recorder, a regional legal newspaper, listed the GGU Graduate Law program as the "Best LLM Program in California."  TaxTalent ranked our LLM in Taxation Law program among the Top 10 programs in the United States.  The International Jurist awarded GGU's Graduate Law Programs an "A+" for Best Law School Experience.  The National Jurist awarded GGU Law an "A+" for its innovative curriculum focused on practical training. ranked GGU as Top 20 most ethnically diverse campuses in the United States.


GGU also offers a terminal law degree, equivalent to a PhD, called an SJD.  The SJD in International Legal Studies is designed to provide in-depth coverage of specialized areas of international and comparative law.

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GGU Law sponsors J-1 Visiting Scholars from abroad to engage in significant independent legal research projects. There are various participation and submission criteria for a J-1 Visiting Scholar to maintain status. Please note the J-1 Visiting Scholar Program is not a degree program at GGU.

J-1 Visiting Scholars are required to update GGU with the progress of their research multiple times throughout the term. These updates are done through various submissions:

    • Initial: Research Statement provided upon admission
    • Mid-Point: Formal update on their research
    • End: Status of Research and Impact on Research Statement

The J-1 Visiting Scholars are also required to attend at least one Faculty Scholarship Presentation organized by the Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship each term.

At the end of the term, the J-1 Visiting Scholar must have submitted the necessary documents and attended at least one Faculty Scholarship Presentation.

    • If the J-1 Visiting Scholar has completed all requirements, he/she will be eligible to extend his/her research stay.
    • If the J-1 Visiting Scholar has not completed all requirements, he/she will NOT be able to extend his/her research stay.