Specialty Programs

GGU Law offers a variety of innovative programs that prepare students to be practice-ready on day one and help them develop important skills and expertise in topics that will be used throughout their careers.

 Honors Lawyering Program

The Honors Lawyering Program takes a unique approach to legal education, integrating the theory, skills, and values learned in the classroom with actual work in the legal community.

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  1st Step & Litigation

GGU Law’s nationally recognized Summer Trial and Evidence Program (1st STEP) lets top-tier students train as litigators in the summer after their first year in law school. GGU's nationally-recognized Litigation Center provides students with the practical skills necessary for a courtroom career. Our students are immersed in an innovative curriculum teaching basic and advanced litigation skills, compete in regional and national competitions, and enjoy access to world-class litigators.

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 Public Interest Law

Golden Gate University School of Law is consistently ranked one of the best public interest law schools in the country. Last year, the National Jurist found that Golden Gate University was one of the two best in California. Each year, a comparatively large percentage of Golden Gate University graduates directly enter the public and nonprofit sectors. It is no surprise that many of the region's public interest leaders are graduates of GGU.

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  Environmental Law

GGU Law’s award-winning Environmental Law program has been consistently ranked as one of the best programs in the country by PreLaw Magazine, teaching our students environmental law for today’s biggest issues.

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 Intellectual Property

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s financial, technology, and legal centers, GGU Law is the perfect place to further your career in Intellectual Property and Privacy Law as you study in one of the largest and most comprehensive IP programs in the country.

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Bacilio Mendez II

I sat second chair on the successful prosecution of the single highest body count homicide in San Francisco history as a 2L because of GGU’s Honors Lawyering Program. I edited crime scene video, created exhibits entered into evidence, drafted questionnaires for voir dire, and prepped testifying witnesses, all under the direction of the Chief Deputy District Attorney of San Francisco.

Bacilio Mendez IIHonors JD/MBA ‘20


Legal Writing & Research

GGU Law’s Legal Research & Writing program provides students with the necessary research and writing skills that lawyers use on a daily basis.

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Criminal Law

The GGU Criminal Law program prepares our students to practice on the prosecution or criminal defense side of criminal law.

More details about the exciting new additions to our expanding program will be available soon!


Public Interest Law

Our comprehensive Public Interest Law program gives student the chance to learn how to be the best advocates for issues they are passionate about and effect real-world change.

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