degree programs: JD Part-time Evening Program

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 four 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 per 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.

Program Highlights

Founded in 1901, the part-time evening program at Golden Gate Law serves a diverse and professional community of law students. Located in the heart of San Francisco's financial and legal district, Golden Gate Law 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 Golden Gate 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.

Golden Gate 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 four 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 per 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.


First Semester Required Courses -- 12 units

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


Second Semester Required Courses -- 11 units

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


THIRD Semester Courses -- 10-12 units

  • Appellate Advocacy (2) [may be enrolled in fall or spring]
  • Constitutional Law I (3)
  • Criminal Law (3)
  • Property (4)
  • Additional required elective courses for a total of 10-12 units


Fourth Semester Courses -- 8-12 units

  • Appellate Advocacy (2) [may be enrolled in fall or spring]
  • Constitutional Law II (3)
  • Additional required elective courses for a total of 10-12 units


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: eSearch (2)
  • Advanced Legal Writing (1)
  • California Legal Research (2)
  • Environmental Law Journal (3)
  • Independent Study (1-2)
  • Law Review (6-8)
  • Practical Legal Writing (2)
  • Special Problems (all sections) (2)
  • Strategies of Legal Writing (2)
  • 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

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (3)
  • Environmental Law & Justice Clinic (1-3)
  • Externship Clinic (GGU offers 10 externship clinic courses.) (2-13)
  • Family Law Practice (3)
  • HLP Lawyering Skills (2)
  • HLP Skills Lab (2)
  • Mediation and Collaborative Lawyering (2)
  • Pro Bono Tax Clinic (1-2)
  • Trial Advocacy (3)
  • Women’s Employment Rights Clinic (1-3)
  • Additional courses with a significant experiential component, as identified in the course schedule (2-3)