In order to be considered for GGU Law's LLM Programs, LLM candidates must hold a law degree from a law school or university. Students may tailor a program to their needs by attending full-time or part-time.
Fall semester classes are scheduled August to December, and spring semester classes are scheduled January to May. A summer session runs from May to July, with most classes held in the evening. LLM students may enter the program in the fall (August), spring (January), or summer (late May). SJD students may enter the program in the fall (August).
• Credit Transfers
Units from a JD program or from any non-law school program cannot be transferred into an LLM program. Up to six units from an ABA-approved LLM program may be applicable to an LLM program at GGU Law if the student has earned grades of at least B- (2.50 GPA). Permission of the GGU Law LLM Program Director is required.
Students who have taken LLM program courses while attending the GGU Law JD Program may apply up to nine units to an LLM program (up to twelve units for the LLM in Taxation Law Program). All units transferred must be approved by the LLM Program Director or the Graduate Law Programs Administrative Director.
• Multiple Degrees
Students earning an LLM from GGU Law may apply to that program up to six units of coursework in another GGU Law LLM program. Consent of the Program Director is required to apply coursework from another program.
• Application Deadlines
Deadlines for filing an LLM application are:
- July 1 is the preferred deadline for starting the program in the fall (August) but later applications will be considered if space is available.
- November 1 is the preferred deadline for starting the program in the spring (January) but later applications will be considered if space is available.
- April 1 is the preferred deadline for starting the program in the summer (late May) but later applications will be considered if space is available.
Late applications will be considered if program space permits. International law students seeking visas to enter the U.S. should apply well in advance of these deadlines to allow time for visa processing: By May 15 for a fall (August) start date, by October 1 for a spring (January) start date, and by March 1 for a summer (late May) start date.
International law students seeking visas to enter the U.S. should apply well in advance of these deadlines to allow time for visa processing: By May 15 for a fall (August) start date, by October 1 for a spring (January) start date, and by March 1 for a summer (late May) start date.
• Application Requirements & Process
No decision will be rendered until the application and all supporting documents have been received. Additional information for international students can be found here.
Application. Apply Online through the Law School Admission Council or download and print the LLM Application.
All documents should be sent to:
Graduate Law Programs
Golden Gate University School of Law
536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2968
An application fee is not required from current GGU Law students and alumni. For all other applicants, a fee of $60 must accompany the program application. Please make your check or money order payable to Golden Gate University. Or to have your application fee charged to your credit card, download and complete the Credit Card Authorization Form and include it with your application.
LLM Personal Statement
The personal statement allows an applicant 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. It should be typed and no longer than three double-spaced, 8.5x11 inch (or A4) pages.
Law School Transcripts
Official transcripts from all law schools attended must be submitted. From U.S. institutions, official, original transcripts must be sent directly by the institution. From non-U.S. 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.
An interview is not required but may be scheduled upon request.
• Online Status Check
GGU Law provides Online Status Check through the LSAC website. 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.