Golden Gate University School of Law
Consistent with the promise made in our mission statement to “blend practical skills training with legal theory throughout the curriculum,” GGU Law integrates skills training and professional development across our curriculum, preparing students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders in the legal profession. As a long-time leader in experiential learning, GGU Law offers comprehensive skills instruction as an essential part of our educational program to enhance students’ experience and prepare them for the realities of law practice today. In first-year lawyering electives, students confront real-world scenarios, develop their professional identity, and exercise lawyering skills in advanced substantive subject areas. Our Honors Lawyering Program weaves traditional classroom learning, simulation skills training, and client-centered clinical opportunities in a coordinated, intensive summer program after the first year, followed by a semester-long apprenticeship experience. GGU Law’s successful litigation program also offers students an innovative immersion program in the summer after the first year, which integrates evidence, trial advocacy, and theatre training. Finally, all students complete an experiential learning requirement and must gain practical hands-on legal experience in a clinic, externship, or simulation course prior to graduation. Our program innovations and enhancements focus on producing lawyers who possess a keen sense of their professional identity and development, confront ethical rules in the context of real-world legal practice, and demonstrate exceptional writing and research skills. GGU Law students graduate client and practice ready.