Who We Are

Golden Gate University School of Law is an award-winning, ABA-accredited law school with a prime location in the heart of San Francisco. GGU Law offers an innovative and personalized learning experience that produces a diverse group of graduates with the skill, judgment, and knowledge to become exceptional lawyers for today’s truly global market. Our location in downtown San Francisco puts students steps away from the global hub of the legal, business, and technology industries. With direct access to courts, law firms, advocacy organizations, government agencies, and rapidly expanding tech companies, GGU Law puts our students in the center of the action with career opportunities at every turn.

Now is a great time to become a lawyer. There is an increased need for innovative leaders to help us through the challenging times in our country and the fast-paced changes in technology and our economy. There is no better place to prepare students to be a lawyer and leader in their community, country, and world than GGU Law.

Law Students Diversity


GGU Law has a legacy of inclusion, expanding access, and breaking barriers. Recognized as one of the most diverse law schools in the nation, GGU Law knows that diversity is our strength. We believe that training future lawyers and leaders of diverse backgrounds and experiences creates a stronger, more inclusive justice system. GGU Law is proud to be a leader in expanding access to legal education, helping to promote equity within the profession, and diversifying the legal community.

The City is Your Campus

San Francisco has long been the heart of the culture of innovation and social justice. The city’s incredible diversity and rich blend of cultures from around the world prepare students for today’s truly global market. Our campus is also surrounded by easy access to public transportation, giving students easy access to commute or even just explore this exciting city and its beautiful surrounding region.

Located near thousands of potential employers, GGU Law students are afforded unique opportunities to engage in pro bono work, internships, externships and other hands-on legal work under the supervision of practicing lawyers and the guidance of experienced professors. The biggest tech companies in the industry – Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Salesforce, and many more – surround our campus, giving our students unparalleled access to the ever-expanding tech industry and an unbeatable edge as they begin their legal career. San Francisco has always been on the forefront of change, and GGU Law has been there every step of the way!

Dean's Welcome

Greetings! I hope that, like me, you will choose to join the GGU Law community to benefit from our tradition of diversity, access, and opportunity to a legal education that has spanned more than 120 years. As a GGU Law student, you join a warm, diverse, student-focused, and engaging community—and one where we highly value engagement in the larger world, whether locally, regionally, nationally, or globally. Our goal is to help nurture the dreams and interests of students.

As Dean, I am committed to helping each student succeed in law school and as lawyers. One of the great pleasures of my job as Dean is the chance to meet students and learn their reasons for attending law school. You will find this personal touch with every GGU faculty and staff member you meet. This collegial and supportive environment makes GGU unique among law schools.

I hope you will join me and the GGU Law family in San Francisco. Please get in touch with any questions as you decide to become a member of the GGU Law community.


Colin Crawford
Dean & Professor of Law

History & Philosophy

Golden Gate University School of Law believes lawyering is an honorable profession, worthy of the public trust. Toward that end, we provide students with a solid foundation in legal theory and the skills necessary to be a successful practitioner.

Professional Skills Development

JD students develop professional skills through a variety of programs including: clinics, certificates of specialization, the Honors Lawyering Program, joint degrees, and more.


GGU students are taught by an accomplished and diverse faculty, who practiced law before teaching and are experts in a wide range of legal areas.

Public Interest Law

GGU Law has a special commitment to public interest law, offering a strong public interest law curriculum, financial assistance to students who pursue careers in the field.


Golden Gate University School of Law is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State of California, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).  GGU Law is also a member in good standing of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).  GGU Graduates qualify to take the bar exam in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia.

American Bar Association (ABA)

Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-988-6738
Fax: 312-988-5681
Email: legaled@americabar.org

WSCUC (WASC Senior Colleges & Universities Commission)

985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: 510-748-9001
Fax: 510-748-9797

The State Bar of California (Main Office)

180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-538-2000

American Association of Law Schools (AALS)

1614 20th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009
Phone: 202-296-8851
Fax: 202-296-8869
Email: aals@aals.org