Where Innovation, Diversity, and Justice Meet

Golden Gate University School of Law is an award-winning, ABA-accredited law school located in the heart of San Francisco. Our innovative legal degree programs include full-time and part-time JD programs, SJD and LLM degrees, as well as two new degree programs: the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Law and Master of Law Studies (MLS).

Ranked as one of the top law schools for diversity in the US, GGU Law offers a personalized, high-quality learning experience that produces graduates with the training and skillset to become exceptional lawyers and socially conscious members of the global community.

Learn more about School of Law Programs

GGU School of Law Programs

Our innovative curriculum offers students the flexibility to select from a wide range of electives, hands-on clinical programs, and practical training opportunities that help them explore their career interests. Our courses are taught by exceptional faculty, who have expertise across a broad range of academic fields and areas of legal study.

Select your law program from the list below.

Program

Degree Level

Format

Area of Interest

 

Environmental Law, LLM

Master’s

Online,
On Campus

Law

Estate Planning, LLM

Master’s

Online

Law

Intellectual Property Law, LLM

Master’s

Online,
On Campus

Law

International Legal Studies, LLM

International Legal Studies, SJD

Juris Doctor (JD)

Doctorate

Hybrid,
On Campus

Law

Law Studies, MLS

Master’s

Online

Law

Taxation Law

Graduate Certificate

Online,
Hybrid

Law,
Taxation

Taxation and Estate Planning, Dual LLM

Master’s

Online

Law,
Taxation

Taxation, LLM

Master’s

Online

Law,
Taxation

United States Legal Studies, LLM

San Francisco’s
Law School Since 1901

Founded in 1901, Golden Gate University School of Law was the first Northern California law school with an evening program and is one of the oldest law schools in the Western United States.

The School of Law provides exceptional, practical legal training combined with solid legal theory. Students are challenged to view law not merely as rules to be mastered, but also as social policies to be explored and questioned. Through our extensive clinical offerings, our highly respected litigation program and our comprehensive writing curriculum, our students acquire superb skills in analysis, document drafting, advocacy, trial technique, counseling, interviewing and negotiating.

Law courses are conveniently offered on a full-time and part-time basis. Law students earn a doctor of jurisprudence (JD) degree and may also receive a certificate of specialization in one or more specialty areas: business law, environmental law, family law, intellectual property law, public interest law, and tax law.

To further enhance students’ career options, the School of Law also offers a Business Administration, Law Concentration, Joint MBA/JD program in conjunction with GGU’s Ageno School of Business. In addition, students may take advanced legal courses in preparation for a JD/LLM. The School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

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Meet Our Faculty

Learn more about the full time faculty of the Golden Gate University School of Law.

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Law 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.

  • 1st Step and Litigation
  • Public Interest Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Writing and Research
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Discover opportunities to collaborate with peers and gain real-world experience.

Clinics and Externships

Our award-winning clinics provide students with rich opportunities to receive practical training and gain valuable experience, all while leading the fight on critical social justice issues.

Gain valuable knowledge and experience through GGU's Centers of Excellence.

Centers of Excellence

For decades, our Centers of Excellence have been giving students the opportunity to innovate, explore critical legal issues, seek justice, and expand the legacy of GGU Law.

GGU supports student success in and out of the classroom.

Student Success

Small classes and dedicated staff, GGU Law features personalized attention and outstanding opportunities for academic success and professional development.

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Bar Preparation

GGU Law provides students no-cost bar prep materials from the moment they enter school until the time they pass the Bar, through our partnership with Themis Bar Review.

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Career Development

We are here to guide you in your professional development, including career counseling, networking and recruiting programs, career panels, and more.

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Accessible Education

We are committed to working with students and employees with disabilities or temporary injuries to achieve full and equal access to all aspects of life at GGU.

Innovation is Our Tradition

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Contra Costa County District Attorney, JD '85, Diana Becton

What I received at Golden Gate is a unique set of skills that I can take anywhere in life. The expertise that I received transcends across my many careers in real estate, finance, law, and have taken me from Presiding Judge to District Attorney.