Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU Law)

Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU Law)

About

Located in the heart of San Francisco, Golden Gate University School of Law offers a diverse, cutting-edge, and personalized learning experience for the lawyers of tomorrow!

 

For more than a century, GGU Law has been a dynamic, flexible, and supportive law school committed to serving students and helping them succeed. With small classes and dedicated teams for student support and career development, GGU Law features personalized attention and outstanding opportunities for academic success and professional development.

 

Our downtown San Francisco location is vibrant and bustling, offering a rich array of real-world opportunities and unmatched access to courts, law firms, advocacy organizations, and government agencies. GGU Law students engage in pro bono and other legal work under the supervision of practicing lawyers and the guidance of thoughtful and experienced professors. Because of this, you will find GGU Law alumni in all areas of legal practice – as state and federal judges, renowned litigators, civil rights attorneys, and partners in major law firms.

 

GGU Law’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, combined with its high academic standards and compassionate teaching, make for a superior law school education!

 

Law Library

Whether you need assistance with a class assignment, in-depth research, or assistance in finding material either in print or online, the law librarians at Golden Gate University Law Library are here to help!

 

The library's holdings include comprehensive series of case law, statutes, digests, encyclopedias, periodicals and treatises dealing with American law, a strong tax collection, microforms collections, government documents collections, and a growing body of work in environmental law, law and literature, and international law.

 

The law library's primary mission is to serve the students, faculty, and staff of the GGU School of Law specifically, and the GGU community, generally. We assist with expert legal research, publication, and with educational and curricular needs.

 

The Law and Business Libraries are open to Golden Gate University students, faculty, staff, and select other groups. Generally, all patrons entering the Library must use a current Golden Gate University ID or access card to enter through the security gate. Law students will have priority during finals on the Law Library Plaza and Basement floors generally, for quiet study space.

Disability Services

Golden Gate University School of Law is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. It is the Law School's policy that enrolled students who have disabilities shall be given reasonable accommodations in compliance with state and federal laws.

 

Disability Services coordinates accommodations for students with all types of disabilities, including temporary injuries or conditions.

 

Accommodations for students with disabilities, such as modifications, auxiliary aids, or services, are considered on a case-by-case basis. Some examples are: electronic texts, course notes, recording devices, reader and transcription services, exam accommodations, interpreters, and real-time captioners.

 

Students seeking disability accommodations should begin the verification process as early as possible.

 

For more information please visit: http://law.ggu.edu/student-support/disability-services/

Student Organizations

GGU Law has an active and rich student life with over 30 student organizations and clubs, events to experience campus life, and resources for inspiration and academic success. GGU Law students take an active role in shaping our close-knit campus community. A diverse array of student organizations offers students the chance to build both their social and professional networks.

 

For a full list of our active student organizations, please visit http://law.ggu.edu/student-support/organizations-and-student-life/organizations

Admissions Overview

Admissions Overview

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the admissions cycle. A complete LLM/SJD Program application consists of the following:

 

LLM Application

Application Form

Application Fee (waived for current GGU Law students and alumni)

Personal Statement

Resume or C.V.

Two Letters of Recommendation

Law School Transcripts (translated if not in English)

Non-US applicants must submit additional documents

 

SJD Application

Application Form

Application Fee (waived for current GGU Law students and alumni)

Resume or C.V.

Research Statement

One Writing Sample, in the English language on a legal topic

Two Letters of Recommendation

Law School Transcripts (translated if not in English)

Non-US applicants must submit additional documents

 

All documents should be mailed to:

Graduate Law Admissions, Suite 3320

Golden Gate University School of Law

536 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94105-2968

USA

 

APPLICATION FEE & DEADLINES

Golden Gate University reviews applications on a rolling basis. Applicants should expect an admission decision within 2-3 weeks of submitting all required application documents. It is highly recommended that applicants apply prior to the priority deadline as scholarship decisions are made on a rolling basis.

 

Deadlines for filing an LLM application are:

April 1 is the priority deadline for starting the program in the fall (August) but later applications will be considered if space is available.

October 1 is the priority deadline for starting the program in the spring (January) but later applications will be considered if space is available.

April 1 is the priority deadline for starting the program in the summer (late May) but later applications will be considered if space is available. Admission to the summer term is limited to the Taxation and Estate Planning LLM Programs.

 

Deadlines for filing an SJD application are:

March 1 for starting the program in the fall (August) but later applications will be considered if space is available.

Fall semester classes are scheduled August to December, spring semester classes are scheduled January to May, and summer semester classes are scheduled May to July, with most classes held in the evening.

 

There is a $60 application fee. This fee is waived for current GGU students and alumni. For all other applicants, a fee of $60 must accompany the program application. You can pay your application fee online here.

 

THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Applications are considered complete once they contain all of the required materials as detailed above and below. Completed applications are then forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review. A decision is typically rendered two to three weeks after an application has been forwarded to the Committee. Applicants will be informed of admissions decisions by email and through LSAC's Online Status Check (see below). All admissions decisions are final.

 

In order to enroll in a Graduate Law Program, admitted students must have completed their law degree (for the LLM programs a JD, LLB, or equivalent degree and for the SJD Program an LLM) before the first day of New Student Orientation.

 

GGU Graduate Law will withdraw offers of admission from admitted students who cannot show proof of a conferred degree.

 

Please note that the Admissions Office communicates with applicants primarily by phone and e-mail. It is the applicant's responsibility to notify the office of any changes in mailing address, email, or telephone number. Please email any changes in contact information to gradlaw@ggu.edu or call 415-442-7234.

 

APPLICATION FORM

Applicants may use the electronic application form available on the LSAC website or apply directly to the Graduate Law Department by submitting the LLM Application form or SJD Application form along with the remaining documents directly to gradlaw@ggu.edu. Applicants are advised to read the application form thoroughly and follow the instructions carefully.

 

PERSONAL STATEMENT

GGU Graduate Law requires each applicant to submit a written personal statement. The statement must be no more than two double-spaced, typed pages (8.5x11 inch (or A4)).

 

The statement is the applicant's opportunity to present credentials in non-statistical terms and may include the reasons for seeking the degree. Of interest to the admissions committee are the applicant's experiences as a student or practitioner in the subject area of the specific LLM program. The applicant is encouraged to describe the impact of these experiences on his or her decision to undertake graduate legal study. The statement should be in narrative rather than résumé form.

 

RESUME

Applicants must also include a current résumé or C.V. detailing educational and work history along with any current or past community service or volunteer experience.

 

SJD RESEARCH STATEMENT

GGU Graduate Law requires each SJD applicant to submit a written research statement. The statement must be no more than ten double-spaced, typed page (8.5x11 inch (or A4)).

 

The statement should provide a narrative description of your reasons for seeking an SJD in International Legal Studies and should set forth your intended fields of inquiry and research objectives in specific terms. You may also submit a bibliography in support of your application, but these are not acceptable substitutes for the narrative application statement. View the SJD procedural guidelines.

 

SJD WRITING SAMPLE

GGU Graduate Law requires that each SJD applicant submit one writing sample, in the English language on a legal topic (such as a published article or an LLM thesis)

 

LAW SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS

LLM candidates must hold a law degree from a law school or university. SJD candidates must hold an LLM or its equivalent. Official transcripts from all law schools attended must be submitted.

 

From US institutions, official, original transcripts must be sent directly by the institution.

 

From non-US institutions, applicants must provide an original or certified true copy of academic records for each year of study. These records must be in the original language issued. If not in English, a certified English translation must also be provided. Academic records should be sent directly by the institution. If included with the applicant's documents, academic records should be in an official, sealed envelope from the institution.

 

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

GGU Graduate Law strongly encourages at least two, but no more than four, letters of recommendation. Applicants are advised to request letters from current or former professors or professional colleagues or supervisors who can attest to the applicant's intellectual and professional attributes. GGU Graduate Law discourages letters from friends or family members.

 

INTERVIEW

An interview is not required but may be scheduled upon request.

 

VISA DEADLINES

International law students seeking visas to enter the US should apply as early as possible to allow time for visa processing. The documents necessary to apply for a student visa are issued once an applicant has been admitted, submitted the necessary supporting documents, and paid a seat deposit. It is generally recommended that you allow at least two (2) months for visa processing. For more information please see our International Applicants page.

 

ONLINE STATUS CHECK

GGU Law provides Online Status Check through the LSAC website for applicants to check the progress of their application. Final admissions decisions will also be available for applicants via this service. Once an application is received by the Admissions Office, the applicant will receive a confirmation email, which will include a unique username and password for access to Online Status Check.

 

CREDIT TRANSFERS

Units from a non-ABA-approved JD program or from any non-law school program cannot be transferred into an LLM program.

 

Up to twelve (12) units from an ABA-approved JD or LLM program may be applicable to an LLM program at GGU Law. The courses must have been taken in the last five years, the student must have earned grades of at least B- (2.50 GPA), the courses must be an equivalent of required programs or elective courses, and the LLM Program Director must determine that application of the units towards the LLM is in the best interest of the student. Application of units is at the discretion of the specific LLM Program Director.

 

MULTIPLE DEGREES

Students earning an LLM from GGU Law may apply to that program up to twelve (12) units of coursework in another GGU Law LLM program. The courses must have been taken in the last five years, the student must have earned grades of at least B- (2.50 GPA), the courses must be an equivalent of required programs or elective courses, and the LLM Program Director must determine that application of the units towards the LLM is in the best interest of the student. Application of units is at the discretion of the specific LLM Program Director.

 

Academic Resources

At Golden Gate University, we believe that the core skills essential to passing the bar exam are many of the same skills required to be successful in law school and in the practice of law. Students who acquire these skills early in their legal education and continually hone these skills during law school will undoubtedly perform at a much higher level in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice. To achieve this end, we offer students a pathway to success that begins from their first day of law school to the day they take the bar exam.

 

These services and resources support law students during their time at GGU. For more information, please visit http://law.ggu.edu/student-support/academic-resources.

 

Philosophy

Golden Gate University School of Law believes lawyering is an honorable profession, worthy of the public trust.  Toward that end, we provide students with a solid foundation in legal theory and the skills necessary to be a successful practitioner.

 

FACULTY

 

Our full-time faculty members are experienced professors, most of who have practiced law themselves, and have been chosen for their excellent classroom teaching skills. Our LL.M. students have consistently praised the quality of our faculty, and the professors' accessibility to the students. They give one-on-one attention to each student, and know their students' names.

 

DIVERSITY

 

At Golden Gate University School of Law, we believe that diversity is our strength. It is essential to our mission of educating practice-ready lawyers able to effectively serve all communities. We understand that the legal profession is meant to serve and protect our entire society, and we actively include all members of the community regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, culture, educational background, political ideology, work experience, physical ability, and socio-economic status. The inclusion of all groups only enhances the quality of GGU Law’s legal education and academic environment.

 

PERSONALIZED CAREER SERVICES

 

Our Law Career Development Office provides you with ongoing support from the time you enter law school through graduation.

Law at GGU

LAW AT GGU

 

GGU Law’s LLM and SJD students get cutting-edge, hands-on experience learning from reputable professors and practitioners with unmatched access throughout the legal community. Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, we are steps from courts, law firms, advocacy organizations, government agencies, and the technology and business community.

 

Our Graduate Law program is truly a one-of-a-kind learning experience for students.  The experiences we offer our students, along with our top-ranked programs and first-class faculty, have resulted in numerous awards:

 

  • A+ ranking in International Jurist's Best Law School Experience for LLM students.
  • Nationally Ranked Program in Taxation by U.S. News & World Reports.
  • A+ ranking in National Jurist for an innovative curriculum focused on practical training.
  • Ranked Best for Practical Training by PreLaw Magazine.
  • Ranked as a top Environmental Law Program by PreLaw Magazine.
  • Ranked Best LLM in Taxation in the Western United States by TaxTalent.
  • Named as one of the top law schools for female enrollment in the nation and the top school in California by Enjuris.



 

Our unique programs and unmatched access to real-world opportunities draw students from diverse countries around the world, with applicants from over 34 countries. Students can enroll in one of our six LLM Programs allowing them to specialize in a particular area of study or students can take bar preparation courses.

Students in the LLM in US Legal Studies Program can study core US law, prepare for the bar, or focus on one of these specialties: Corporate & Commercial Law, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law, Litigation & Lawyering Skills, Property Development/Real Estate Law, or US Legal Practice.

GGU Law is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, and the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State of California and is a member in good standing of the Association of American Law Schools. GGU Law is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. LLM Graduates qualify to take the bar exam in both California and New York.


 

 

Master of Laws (LL.M)

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 United States.

 

At GGU, we offer six award-winning LLM programs.  Our programs offer great flexibility by accepting entering students in the fall (August), spring (January), or summer (May) semester, and allowing students to complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis.  The full-time day program takes approximately one year, while the part-time evening program takes approximately two years.

 

Applications to all programs are accepted through the Law School Admissions Council's website (preferred) or by completing a paper application.

 

The Recorder, a regional legal newspaper, listed the GGU Graduate Law program as the "Best LLM Program in California."  TaxTalent ranked our LLM in Taxation Law program among the Top 10 programs in the United States. The International Jurist awarded GGU's Graduate Law Programs an "A+" for Best Law School Experience.  The National Jurist awarded GGU Law an "A+" for its innovative curriculum focused on practical training. CollegeFactual.com ranked GGU as Top 20 most ethnically diverse campuses in the United States

 

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

 

GGU also offers a terminal law degree, equivalent to a Ph.D., called an SJD.  The SJD in International Legal Studies is designed to provide in-depth coverage of specialized areas of international and comparative law.

 

 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

LLM & SJD Program Scholarships

All applicants to the Graduate Law Programs (LLM & SJD programs) are automatically considered for merit scholarship awards on the basis of their application. Entering merit scholarships include partial-tuition scholarships.

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Bay Area Young Tax Lawyers
  • East Bay Trusts & Estates Scholarship
  • Women in Tax Equity Scholarship
  • Young Tax Lawyers Scholarship
  • International Welcome Scholarship
  • Bita Daryabari Award (Fall 2019)

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS

  • International Scholar
  • Global Scholar
  • Merit Scholar

 

To find out more, visit our Scholarship and Financial Aid page at http://law.ggu.edu/admissions/scholarships-and-financial-aid

 

JD Program

 

GGU Law administers a full range of programs including scholarships, federal work study, federal loans, and private loans to help students fund their legal education.

 

Financing Your Education

 

 

  • All applicants to GGU Law are automatically considered for Merit Scholarship Awards. Entering merit scholarships include full-tuition Dean's Scholarships, full-tuition Presidential Scholarships, and partial-tuition Faculty Scholarships awarded in varying amounts.
  • GGU Law proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
  • The California Scholars Program awards special scholarships to select graduates of California's public university systems. All applicants from UC and CSU campuses are automatically considered for these awards.
  • Our Public Interest Scholars Program and Environmental Law Scholars Program award special scholarships to qualified applicants pursuing careers in public interest or environmental law.
  • Our Fellowship Program awards specialty scholarships in six different areas of interests, combined with a unique mentorship component. The program includes: Intellectual Property Law Fellowship, Environmental Law Fellowship, Breaking-In Fellowship (Workplace Re-entry), Social Justice Fellowship (Public Interest), LGBTQ Scholar-Activist Fellowship, and Leadership Through the Law Dean's Fellowship.
  • Federal Financial Aid is available to eligible applicants.

 

 

Tuition & Fees

 

Please see http://law.ggu.edu/student-support/registrar/tuition-and-fees for the most up-to-date tuition and fees.

Dean's Welcome

Thank you for your interest in Golden Gate University School of Law’s LL.M. program!

 

While we know students have many choices when it comes to continuing your legal education, I truly believe GGU Law offers a one-of-a-kind learning experience for LL.M. students. At GGU Law we are committed to serving students as we help them succeed and reach their full potential. With focused, dedicated teams for student support and career development, GGU Law features personalized attention and outstanding opportunities for academic success and continued professional development.

 

GGU Law LL.M. students get cutting-edge experience learning from reputable professors and practitioners with important connections throughout the legal community. This, combined with our downtown San Francisco location in the booming economic and technological center of the country, offers a rich and unparalleled array of real-world opportunities and unmatched access. Students are steps from courts, law firms, advocacy organizations, government agencies, and the technology and business community.

 

GGU Law is also extremely proud of its longstanding reputation in tax, intellectual property, and environmental law.  We also feature one of the only S.J.D. programs in the country. These amazing programs and our unmatched access to real-world opportunities draw students from diverse countries around the world. This commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment at GGU Law, combined with its high academic standards and engaged teaching, make for a superior law school education that produces superior lawyers.

 

I hope you will join me and the entire GGU Law family in San Francisco as we work to not only create better lawyers but a better community and world as well.

 

Sincerely,

Anthony Niedwiecki

                                                                                             Dean & Professor of Law

 

Please view the Dean’s Welcome here:  https://youtu.be/MBnYfDaJiwE

 

International Applicants who apply to LLM/SJD

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Application form, application fee, personal statement, and transcripts in accordance with our LLM or SJD application requirements
  • Official TOEFL score report sent to GGU Law directly from the testing agency as detailed below or through LSAC
  • Official Certification of Finances form with bank seal and accompanying documents

 

TRANSCRIPTS

GGU Law requires a complete and detailed report, including course breakdown, grade evaluation, and degree equivalency. A report of basic equivalency is insufficient information.

 

We recommend that LLM and SJD applicants from other nations bring with them an extra copy of their official transcripts of undergraduate and law studies as well as any official documents they have received from the courts or bar associations of their home country indicating that they have been admitted to practice law in that country. These documents are not required for admission to the LLM and SJD programs but may prove useful in obtaining employment or applying to sit for a bar exam in one of several U.S. states. Students planning to prepare for a bar examination may need a transcript evaluation by an independent agency. This evaluation can be completed after students arrive to begin the LLM or SJD programs.

 

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

Applicants who received their degrees outside the United States must satisfy the Admissions Committee of the proficiency of their English language abilities. An official TOEFL score report sent directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) to the appropriate program at GGU Law satisfies this requirement. Visit the TOEFL Website.

 

The TOEFL Institution Code for Golden Gate University is 4329

The TOEFL Department Code for the School of Law is 03

Applicants must receive a minimum TOEFL score of 580 Paper-based test (PBT), or 92 Internet-based test (iBT) for the LLM (Master of Laws) Programs in U.S. Legal Studies, International Legal Studies, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Taxation, and the SJD (Doctorate) Program in International Legal Studies.

 

TOEFL Practice Online is a community for test takers preparing for the next generation TOEFL test, or anyone wishing to improve their academic English skills. This is the ONLY website that has official test material from the new TOEFL test that will assess these language skills: Listening, Writing, Reading, Speaking. By becoming a member you can access helpful information, discussion boards, sample responses from a speaking test, and purchase a practice test and practice questions. TOEFL Practice Online Website.

 

GGU Law accepts International English Language Testing (IELTS) scores. Students need about Level 6.5 to be admitted to the LLM (Master of Laws) Programs and the SJD (Doctorate) Program in International Legal Studies.

 

HOW TO APPLY

You may submit your application to the LLM or SJD program through LSAC, which is the preferred method, or you may complete the paper application (LLM Application | SJD Application) and send it (signed and dated) to the following U.S. mailing address:

 

Golden Gate University School of Law

Graduate Law Programs

536 Mission Street, Suite 3300

San Francisco, CA, USA 94105-2968

 

To have an LLM or SJD application form emailed to you, email gradlaw@ggu.edu.

 

GGU Law - We don’t just teach law. We train lawyers.

Set in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district, GGU Law’s vibrant, intellectually stimulating, and close-knit community offers a unique combination of caring and professionalism that is the hallmark of the school’s faculty, staff, and students.