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Golden Gate University School of Law

A student with an undergraduate degree may earn the basic Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) degree by enrolling in a full-time day program (3 years) or part-time evening program (4 years). Certificates of specialization are available in Business Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Law, Labor and Employment Law, Litigation, Public Interest Law, Real Estate Law, and Taxation Law. Click here for more information about the JD Program. Golden Gate University School of Law also offers two combined degree programs: JD/MBA with GGU's Ageno School of Business and JD/PhD with Palo Alto University.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 670
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 148 - 154
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.79 - 3.37
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 62.09%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 67.7%
Tuition $42,010

Overview

Overview

About Golden Gate University School of Law

A student with an undergraduate degree may earn the basic Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) degree by enrolling in a full-time day program (3 years) or part-time evening program (4 years). Certificates of specialization are available in Business Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Law, Labor and Employment Law, Litigation, Public Interest Law, Real Estate Law, and Taxation Law. Click here for more information about the JD Program. Golden Gate University School of Law also offers two combined degree programs: JD/MBA with GGU's Ageno School of Business and JD/PhD with Palo Alto University.

Reviews

San Francisco's Golden Gate University School of Law provides "a solid foundation of legal theory," but places the greatest emphasis on gaining "practical lawyering skills." Strengths include the "wide range of programs (mid-year, part-time, night)" offered, as well as a "serious commitment to public interest law." Being "located within blocks of the financial district, close to the majority of the major law firms and businesses," means there are plenty of internships and externships available nearby. And that's not the only perk of GGU's location. "Due in part to the diversity of San Francisco, there is a highly diverse student population," not to mention, "the faculty is very diverse, not just ethnically, but in political views and other perspectives."Most students agree, "The practical experience of the faculty is outstanding, [and the] knowledgeable and connected [professors] prepare students for the practice of law in the real world." Professors' experience is perceived as one of the school's "greatest strengths." Another student continues, "Many professors are practicing lawyers who share their 'war stories.' Those ideas and techniques cannot be taught out of a textbook and are the most valuable and memorable." Students are also impressed by their professors' commitment to students' education. "They are dedicated as far as time and effort" and are truly interested in "communicating an understanding of the law to students in and out of the classroom." Plus, "since it is a small law school, it is very easy to approach the professors, and there are great research opportunities available." A cool peer mentoring program that helps first-year students adjust to the law school environment is one more link in the support network. As one GGU upperclassman tells us, "The peer mentoring is an excellent idea and helped all throughout my law school experience in every way."Students feel the administration is doing a pretty good job. They "focus on the students [and] keep the student body informed." Golden Gate has "flexibility for evening students" and offers a few joint degrees. While students complain about the school's lack of a national reputation, they do admit, "If you graduate from GGU and work in the Bay Area, you have an available network all around you in the thriving local legal system."Golden Gate School of Law's classrooms "have outlets at every chair for laptops" and Internet connections in the lecture halls. Most students feel the library "isn't roomy enough to accommodate all the students who want to use it," and say it "could use some remodeling." On the plus side, it is "equipped with modern technology, [like] multiple computer labs [and] wireless Internet access." Library staff "is always helpful and knowledgeable."

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 13

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 3

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations related to copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and related issues. Includes instruction in patent law, copyright law, trademark law, intellectual property licensing and litigation, and applications such as art and entertainment law, communications law, information technology law, sports law, and chemical and biotech patent law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 40

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 3

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing the energy industry, environmental protection, natural resources and land use, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 220

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA - 3.5 to 4 years, JD/PhD - 7 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 123
Full-Time Faculty 31
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 84
Faculty Gender 46% Male
53% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 16 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 46% Male
54% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 55%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 2%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 13%
Ethnicity Unknown 9%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 16%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $42,010 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $42,010 $42,010

Financial Aid

89% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$69,340 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 27

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

Golden Gate University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 149 - 154
LSAT Part-Time 145 - 154
LSAT Total 148 - 154

Golden Gate University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.79 - 3.37
Part-Time 2.77 - 3.38
Total 2.79 - 3.37

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Interview, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#2 Regional Colleges Midwest Top Public Rankings

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 99%
First Time Pass Rate 62%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 72%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 68%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 31 25%
Firm Sized 11-25 4 3%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 3 2%
Business Industry 30 24%
Government 17 13%
Public Interest 23 18%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
State Clerkship 5 4%
Academia 6 5%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 6 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 38 20%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 9 5%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
KY 1%
NY 2%
CA 92%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Golden Gate University School of Law include:

  • Marjorie Randolph - Senior VP for HR and Admin., Walt Disney Studios
  • Mark S. Anderson - Vice President and General Counsel, Dolby Labs.
  • Karen Hawkins - Director of Professional Responsibility, IRS
  • Morgan Christen - Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Justice Jesse Carter (deceased) - California Supreme Court Justice

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