School of Law: Best in the Bay

Golden Gate University: Best Bay Area Law School for Practical Skills Training According to the National Jurist

Best Bay Area Law School for Practical Skills Training


Golden Gate University School of Law is a regional and a national leader in litigation skills, practical training, and experiential learning, which are core competencies repeatedly recognized by the ABA as essential for new attorneys. In 2015 GGU Law was recognized as the best law school in Northern California, and among the twelve schools in the country to receive an A+ grade, for practical skills training by The National Jurist. GGU Law's improvement from last year's A grade from The National Jurist, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our students' competencies and to their future. Our goal is to train our students to be the best attorneys, and litigators in the country, and we are well on our way.

Part of our commitment to practical skills training comes from our Litigation Center. This year, GGU Law claimed its third victory in a row at the annual San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association's Mock Trial Competition, which features teams from the Bay Area's best law schools. The Litigation Center also made it to the semi-finals at the ABA Labor & Employment Mock Trial Competition (Nationals), at the ABA National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition, and at the Capital City Challenge Mock Trial Competition in Washington D.C. Finally, GGU Law took 4th place at this year's ABA Criminal Mock Trial Competition in Chicago, a competition that only invites the best 24 mock trial teams in the country. At this competition, team member Sylvia Nguyen won the Best Cross Examination award. This is the third year in a row that GGU Law's Mock Trial team was invited to the competition, and the third year GGU Law made it to the semi-finals.

GGU Law also has a robust Appellate Advocacy Program. This year, GGU Law took second place at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition in the category of "Best Appellate Brief." This annual competition included 30 ABA Accredited law schools, many from the Bay Area.

GGU Law also boasts several Moot Court victories from the 2014 prestigious Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition, which include:
  • Second Place -- California Appellate Brief Writing
  • Third Place -- Excellence in Appellate Advocacy
  • CEB Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Oral Argument -- Leah Herras (JD 14)
  • Complete Litigation Victory List

In addition, GGU Law has piloted Practice Intensive Courses (PIC) which are paving the way for a new form of legal education. PIC courses engage students by assigning them tasks and roles directly tied to the substantive material. Faculty provide feedback throughout the semester to support improvement on practical skills simulating actual legal practice, such as writing and presenting legal arguments before a supervisor or a judge. Student engagement with the materials in PIC courses is quite high as compared to the approach traditionally used in legal education which requires students to recite cases and respond to a series of hypotheticals.

According to James M. Treppa, Esq., the Managing Partner at Bledsoe, Diestel, Treppa & Crane LLP:

"I hire Golden Gate graduates because they are street smart in addition to being book smart. As trial and litigation attorneys they are intelligent and creative, but are also scrappy, ambitious yet sensitive to the needs and wants of our clients. As employees they are honest, loyal and hard-working. What more could I ask for?"