Academics: Degree Programs
“At GGU Law, you will find a wide array of courses, a stimulating intellectual environment, and a diverse and vibrant community including students from across the United States and more than 60 other countries.”
Professor and Director of the LLM in US Legal Studies
JURIS DOCTOR (JD) PROGRAM
GGU Law offers both full-time day and part-time evening programs that allow you to earn your JD degree at a pace that is right for you. Special curricular offerings include our innovative Honors Lawyering Program, unique 1st STEP summer litigation “boot camp”, and Certificates of Specialization available in six specialty areas of law.
FULL-TIME DAY PROGRAM
Entering students matriculate in August each year. The full-time day program usually takes three years to complete.
PART-TIME EVENING PROGRAM
Entering students matriculate each August. The part-time evening program usually takes four years, but may be completed one semester early in some cases.
Honors Lawyering Program (HLP)
HLP integrates classroom learning with real world legal experience. Select students attend a 10-week, intensive summer session followed by semester-long fall apprenticeships in law firms, courts, government agencies, and grassroots advocacy organizations in the Bay Area and around the world.
Students may earn a JD/MBA in just four years in conjunction with GGU’s highly regarded Ageno School of Business.
Certificates are awarded in Business Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, and Public Interest Law.
Practical Legal Training
GGU Law provides its students with hands-on legal experience through a host of internship and externship opportunities, four on-site legal clinics assisting under-served Bay Area communities, the Honors Lawyering Program, 1st STEP, and more.
SPECIAL AREAS OF INTEREST
MASTER OF LAWS (LLM)
Participants of the 24th Annual Fulbright Symposium on International Legal Problems.
A Master of Laws (LLM) is the degree that follows the JD, LLB, or equivalent degree. The program enables law graduates to continue their studies, to specialize or – in the case of foreign-educated lawyers – to qualify to take a bar exam in the U.S.
At GGU, we offer five award-winning LLM programs. The Recorder, a regional legal newspaper, listed the GGU Graduate Law program as the “Best LLM Program in California.” TaxTalent ranked our Tax LLM among the Top 10 programs in the U.S. The National Jurist awarded GGU Law an “A+” grade for its innovative curriculum focused on practical training, and CollegeFactual.com ranked GGU as 11th in the top 20 most ethnically diverse campuses in the U.S.
Our LLM programs offer great flexibility, accepting entering students in the fall (August), spring (January), or summer (May) semester, and allowing students to complete the program on a full or part-time basis. The full-time day program usually takes approximately one year, and the part-time program two years.
More about each of the LLM programs can be found by following the links below. Applications to all programs are accepted through the Law School Admissions Council’s website (preferred) or by completing a paper application.
GGU also offers a terminal law degree, equivalent to a PhD, called an SJD. Learn more about the SJD Program.
DOCTOR OF JURIDICAL SCIENCE (SJD)
The SJD in International Legal Studies at GGU is designed to provide in-depth coverage of specialized areas of international and comparative law.