Specialty Programs: Specialization Certificates

Specialization certificates allow JD students to focus their elective courses, build substantive knowledge and relevant skills, and enhance their resumes. Though specializations are not required for graduation, they can provide a guiding structure for exploration of various fields of law. With a variety of courses to choose from within each field, students can customize their specialization to their particular area of interest.


The criteria and specialization advisor for each is detailed within the sections below. Each specialization requires four courses, at least one of which meets the upper-division writing or experiential course requirements. Students must earn at least a B- in all specialization courses.

Students should submit a Specialization Certificate Application Form to the Registrar's Office during their last term -- by May 1 for May graduation candidates, July 1 for July graduation candidates, or December 1 for December graduation candidates.


For more information on this area of law review the Business Law Courses and/or contact the Business Law Faculty.


For more information on this area of law review the Environmental Law Courses and/or contact the Environmental Law Faculty.


For more information on this area of law review the Family Law Courses and/or contact the Family Law Faculty.


Located in the heart of San Francisco's financial, technology, and legal center, GGU School of Law is an ideal place to further your career in Intellectual Property law. With courses spanning from Internet and High Technology Law to Entertainment and Sports Law, GGU offers an IP specialty track in the JD program and a graduate LLM degree. Through its academic and professional programs, GGU Law's expert faculty -- many of whom are leading practitioners in IP law in the Bay Area -- connect students to the wide-ranging network of esteemed GGU alumni, and to exciting internships and job opportunities.

Students in the JD program may earn a specialization certificate in IP Law by completing required coursework, including clinical experience, supervised research projects, or participation in moot court competitions.

In addition, GGU's Intellectual Property Law Center (IPLC) sponsors and develops various activities for students in the local legal community, one of the most robust and sophisticated legal markets for IP law in the world. The Center publishes a unique peer-reviewed academic IP Law Journal, The IP Law Book Review, and supports the annual Intellectual Property Law Conference.

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For more information on this area of law review the Litigation Courses and / or contact the Litigation Faculty.


For more information on this area of law review the Public Interest Law Courses and / or contact the Public Interest Law Faculty.


For more information on this area of law, review the Privacy Law Courses and / or contact the Privacy Law Faculty.