Program at a Glance
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The BA in Law major is designed to provide undergraduate students with a deep grasp of the essential topics, major concepts, and core theoretical perspectives within the discipline of law and legal studies broadly conceived. GGU’s BA in Law degree prepares graduates for law-related careers for which a law license is not necessary, but in which it is helpful to be able to “think like a lawyer.”
Students will cultivate knowledge and skills from the fundamental domains of law, including: administrative, constitutional, contract, as well as basic procedures in criminal and civil law. Throughout the degree, theoretical principles are grounded in applied, real-world case studies and examples, equipping the student to use legal tools and insights in a variety of professional settings.
Augmenting these special areas of legal focus, students will demonstrate broader programmatic learning outcomes including critical thinking, oral and written communication, information literacy, ethics, quantitative fluency, broad integrative knowledge, applied learning, and more specific types of specialized knowledge from the liberal studies. These skills are practiced and assessed throughout the degree, in order to ensure graduates have an integrated, well-rounded portfolio of attributes upon graduation.
The bachelor’s degree in law is highly versatile. Graduates from the program can use their knowledge and skills in a variety of disciplines, and students can go on to work in myriad professional settings, including: Adoptions Case Manager, Asylum Officer, Auditor, Civil Rights Advocate, Claims Administrator or Adjustor, Commercial Real Estate Broker, Compliance Officer, Conflict Resolution Specialist, Congressional Staffer, Consumer Safety Officer, Contracts Manager, Corporate Ethics Officer, Environmental Protection Specialist, Financial Compliance Officer, Court Administrator, Export Control Officer, Foreign Affairs Officer, Financial Compliance Officer, Health Care Administrator, Human Resources Specialist, Human Rights Officer,Insurance Broker, Intellectual Property Specialist, International Trade Specialist, Investigator, Jury Consultant, Law Enforcement Agent, Law Librarian, Legal Correspondent, Legal Technology Consultant, Lobbyist, Ombudsperson, Paralegal Specialist, Patent Examiner, Policy Analyst, Politician/Legislator, Probation Officer, Procurement Officer, Public Affairs/MediaSpecialist, Resource Manager, Risk Manager, Social Worker, Victim Advocate, and others.
Furthermore, for those wishing to pursue to graduate studies, this degree also prepares students for a smooth transition into our JD degree programs.
Transfer students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or better with 12 or more semester units of prior transferable credit.
For students with fewer than 11 transfer units, applicants are considered with the following: a high school grade point average of 3.0, a resume showing three or more years of professional work experience, a personal statement, and/or an interview with the Dean of the School of Undergraduate studies.
GGU does not require entrance exams (ACT/SAT) for undergraduate applicants. If your first (native) language is not English, you must meet the English language proficiency for admissions.
The degree requires completion of 120 units as follows: 36 units of general education, 33 units of major, and 51 units of elective courses, including courses taken toward minors. (See Declaring Minors for more information.) Each course listed carries three semester units of credit, unless otherwise noted. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 “C” or higher is required in all courses taken at Golden Gate University.
All degree-seeking undergraduate students must complete their English, mathematics and critical thinking requirements within their first 27 units at Golden Gate University, unless they have already earned credit for the equivalent courses from another institution and have had those courses accepted in transfer by Golden Gate University. If either Math or English requirements for the degree have not been satisfied, newly enrolled students must take placement tests to ensure proper placement in the appropriate Math or English course. Students may also choose to waive the placement tests and enroll in the first course in either series, which are ENGL 10A and MATH 10. (See the course descriptions below to identify courses that have prerequisite course requirements.)
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Select seventeen additional 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject for a total of 51 units. Note: courses used to complete minors also count toward this requirement.
Declare a Minor
At GGU, you’ll have the opportunity to add up to two minors to your bachelor’s degree. We offer 15 minors in a variety of fields, so you can choose to specialize your education with courses that fit your interests and career goals.
Students who complete the BA in Law, including the general education curriculum, will be able to:
- Apply legal analysis to interpret and explain phenomena.
- Demonstrate abilities to interpret and evaluate legal sources and fact-patterns to which those legal sources will be applied.
- Identify policy justifications for legal rules and principles.
- Apply existing legal responses to new problems and develop new legal theories and responses for new problems.
- Analyzes and interprets quantitative data and applies results in legal analysis, strategy, tactics, and practice.
- Analyze and interpret the economic policy justifications for existing legal rules and regulations and explore those rulesand regulations in analysis of novel fact patterns.
- Apply ethically acceptable standards to evaluate legal decisions and practice.
- Apply ethically sound principles and values to ameliorate and/or mitigate real-world personal and/or professionalchallenges and to build and enhance personal relationships.
- Demonstrate ability to research legal questions by locating, evaluating and applying appropriate sources to a wide rangeof legal questions.
- Construct written communications that clearly articulate legal ideas and arguments appropriate to various audiences.
- Demonstrate ability to conduct oral arguments in defense of client interests and, conversely, to respond critically to anadversary’s position.
- Demonstrate interpersonal communication and case management skills, either through persuasive speech, and/or inproviding clear oral directions, instructions, and/or guidelines, that address a legal issue, case or client problem.
- Examine a previously advocated position, including the ability to amend and change that position in light of previouslyunidentified law, regulations, facts or circumstances, both with respect to individual matters or obligations and withrespect to one’s professional principles and posture in general.Apply legal values and principles to career goals.
- Identify and express common legal values that build community at local, national, and global levels.
- Develop innovative approaches and solutions to existing or emerging legal challenges that also draw on disciplinaryperspectives in related fields where appropriate, such as ethics, other humanities and/or social sciences.
- Explain and analyze how legal knowledge and analysis can elaborate and deepen the understanding of social and culturaldiversity, and economic development.
- Describe and apply concepts, principles and overarching themes in law and legal thinking.
- Develop a working knowledge of the major theoretical approaches, findings, historical trends and content domains in oneor more specialized fields of legal knowledge.
Undergraduate Honors Program
The School of Undergraduate Studies’ honors program provides opportunities for students enrolled in all degree programs to engage in enriched learning experiences while they work toward earning their degrees. Students do not need to apply separately for this program, but may participate in it by registering for honors-designated course sections, as described below. Upon graduation, students who have completed the honors program must complete and submit the Honors Program Notation Request form to the Registrar’s Office to have the notation added to their transcripts.
Honors-designated course sections will emphasize the following learning outcomes: media and information literacy, quantitative fluency, oral/written communication, and critical thinking. Students will be required to complete advanced and more rigorous assignments that demonstrate learning beyond the articulated course outcomes. Additional assessments will be designed to emphasize core skills such as critical thinking, writing, research, and self-reflection.
To complete the honors program, students must complete any combination of 12 units (four 3-unit courses) of honors-designated sections and an honors-designated capstone course section (3 units) for a total of 15 units, with a minimum GPA in the five honors courses of 3.00 and a minimum overall degree program GPA of 3.30. Note: honors course sections can be identified in the online course schedule with a section prefix beginning with the letter “A” (e.g., ASF1) and by information in the section comments field of the section details page. Students should contact their academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office if they need help identifying honors-designated course sections.
Honors sections of the courses below will be offered every term. In addition, students who transfer any of these courses into GGU may petition to have an honors section offered of other courses in order to satisfy the 12-unit requirement. Students should contact their academic advisors to begin the petition process.Core Requirements – 12 Units
Complete the honors section of the capstone course applicable to the student’s degree program.
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