Degree Programs: JD Full-time Program

GGU Law prepares its students to be creative, savvy, and socially conscious practitioners. Courses in the full-time program are taught by our exceptional faculty, representing expertise across a broad range of academic fields and areas of legal study.

If you are just beginning to explore your career interests, our curriculum offers the flexibility to select from a wide variety of electives, hands-on clinical programs, and practical training opportunities that are designed to help you shape your professional path.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

View the JD Prospectus

 

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. See JD Student Recommended Schedules for more curriculum information.
  • 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

CURRICULUM

Entering students matriculate in August each year. The full-time day program usually takes 3 years, but can be completed in 2-1/2 years.

See the JD Student Recommended Schedule for more curriculum information.

 

FIRST SEMESTER REQUIRED COURSES -- 15 UNITS

  • Civil Procedure I (3)
  • Contracts I (3)
  • Criminal Law (3)
  • Torts (4)
  • Writing & Research I (2)

 

SECOND SEMESTER REQUIRED COURSES -- 15 UNITS

  • Civil Procedure II (3)
  • Contracts II (3)
  • Property (4)
  • Writing & Research II (3)
  • 1L Elective (2)

 

SECOND YEAR REQUIRED COURSES

  • Appellate Advocacy (2)
  • Constitutional Law I (3) [must be enrolled in fall]
  • Constitutional Law II (3) [must be enrolled in spring]
  • Minimum of 12 required course units during second year; total of 12-16 units per semester

 

ADDITIONAL UPPER DIVISION REQUIRED COURSES -- 9 UNITS

  • Criminal Procedure I (3)
  • Evidence (4) [recommended for fall 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

  • 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 -- FULL-TIME STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE AT LEAST 3 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, and 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, and Seminar (1-3)
  • Veterans Legal Advocacy Center, and Seminar (2)