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2018_ admitted student guide

2018_ admitted student guide

Admitted Student Guide

Where Innovation and Justice Meet

At GGU Law, you will learn to integrate
traditional legal knowledge with practical
skills, unparalleled training, real-world
opportunities, and cutting-edge experience.
Join our longstanding tradition, which spans
over a century, of training unrivaled lawyers
and advocates from around the world!


I am so pleased to offer you admission to GGU Law! Your proven academic performance, strong work ethic,
and background show that you are ready for the one-of-a-kind learning experience that our school has to offer.
At GGU Law, we have a commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment which, combined with
our small classes and unique programs, will prepare you to enter the legal profession with the practical skills,
knowledge, and hands-on experience that will set you apart from other attorneys.
We pride ourselves on the exceptional personalized attention we offer students, which begins with me
individually meeting all incoming students to discuss their goals and how I can best support them. You’ll also
be joining a welcoming community, with incredible access to faculty, staff, alumni, and your fellow students.
I look forward to seeing you at our perfectly situated campus in downtown San Francisco, the legal financial,
business, and tech hub of the world! We hope you’ll join us at GGU Law, where innovation and justice meet.
Anthony Niedwiecki


Established in 1901, Golden Gate University School Studying law in an international city like San
of Law (GGU Law) sits in the heart of beautiful Francisco will expose you to rich cultures as you
downtown San Francisco, the global hub for the study at one of the most diverse law schools in
booming technology and business industries. Our the nation. GGU Law is also the proud university
campus, which is easily accessible by rapid public partner of the Golden State Warriors, who play a
transportation of all kinds, sits steps away from short BART ride away from campus!
law firms, tech companies, advocacy organizations,
government agencies, and courthouses. Students At GGU Law, our location gives you unparalleled
can walk to some of the country’s most renowned professional access and opportunity, all the while
startup incubators or stop by the offices of tech immersing you in a thriving, diverse, and exciting
giants like Google, Twitter, Facebook, and much cosmopolitan urban experience!
much more.

Programs and Services Available Only at GGU Law!

Comprehensive Bar Prep Partnership with Themis! Office of Career Services

GGU Law has developed a first-of-its-kind Our Office of Career Services (OCS) provides
partnership with Themis Bar Review. This comprehensive support for students and graduates
groundbreaking and innovative partnership is in their transition from law school into professional
designed to comprehensively support student life. Our innovative programs and personalized
success from orientation through the bar exam. It attention help our students become practice
is one of the most comprehensive bar preparation ready, and our OCS staff help them market those
and academic achievement programs in the skills to get the careers they want. Our OCS
country. Students will be given the practical counselors are attorneys who remain connected
skills and training they need to pass the bar from to their professional networks, working in close
their very first day. This support continues after collaboration with the law school’s externship
graduation when every student receives the program and expert faculty to help you stand out
Themis Bar Review Course for free! in the job market. GGU Law OCS also partners
with our business school’s careers services office,
Center for Student Success capitalizing on the many relationships with
businesses and companies in the Bay Area and
At Golden Gate University School of Law, we around the world.
believe that many of the core skills needed to be
successful in law school and in the practice of law
are the same skills essential for passing the bar.
That’s why our Center for Student Success (CSS)
combines our Academic Achievement Program
and our Bar Exam Services. A student’s success
isn’t just about grades and tests. Success is giving
the students the skills they need to succeed in
school, on the bar exam, and in their career. The
CSS is staffed with a team of experts with deep
experience in helping students succeed. This team
provides students comprehensive support that
focuses heavily on demonstration, practice, and
feedback. This support is integrated across the
curriculum and offered to every student.

The McCarthy Institute 1st STEP: Summer Trial and Evidence Program

The McCarthy Institute, located jointly in both GGU Law’s nationally recognized Summer Trial
the law and business schools, is the world’s and Evidence Program (1st STEP) lets top-tier
preeminent IP law and business innovation students train as litigators in the summer after their
institute with work that ranges from intellectual first year in law school. 1st STEP rigorously hones
property and trademarks to branding and the students’ courtroom techniques and provides
advertising. The McCarthy Institute is under an early advantage in today’s competitive job
the leadership of Professor David Franklyn, a market. During the nine-week, eleven-unit
prominent law professor considered one of the program, students take Evidence, Motion Practice,
nation’s most renowned experts on intellectual Trial Evidence & Advocacy, and a unique Litigation
property and technology law. The McCarthy Center course called “Evidence in the Courtroom.”
Institute employs a number of student fellows This offers the experience and skills needed to give
who assist with the Institute’s research projects them the confidence to appear in court on behalf of
and are afforded opportunities to serve as named clients, as they spend their 2L fall semester working
co-authors on published research papers. It offers in law firms, government internships, legal clinics,
students enriching opportunities to work together and other legal settings.
with business, government, industry, and legal
professionals in this vibrant and growing sector of Honors Lawyering Program
the global economy.
Golden Gate University School of Law is
exceptionally proud of our Honors Lawyering
Program (HLP), which takes a unique approach
to legal education. Our innovative HLP track
integrates the theory, skills, and values learned
in the classroom with actual hands-on work in
the legal community-- a modern version of the
traditional apprenticeship. Students who apply
and are selected for this highly competitive and
rigorous program complete the regular first-
year curriculum, followed by an eight-week
intensive summer program. HLP students then
spend their fall semester participating in full-time
apprenticeships in law firms, courts, government
agencies, and grassroots advocacy organizations
in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the
world. The combination of legal scholarship and
practical training provides HLP participants with a
level of knowledge and legal skills unmatched in a
traditional legal studies program.

Student Profiles

Holly Graves (JD 19)

Undergraduate Institution: Ohio Northern University
Degree(s): Chemistry, B.S.
Law Activities: President, Student Bar Association; Member, Intellec-
tual Property Law Society; Member, Pride Law; Member, Asian Pacific
American Law Student Association; Externship, The United States At-
torney’s Office, Civil Division; Externship, Peretz & Associates; Intern,
Marin County Office of the Public Administrator
Why GGU Law? I was blown away by all the services GGU Law offers
students during school, in bar exam preparation, and in job searches before and
after graduation.

Bacilio Mendez II (JD/MBA Honors Lawyering Program 20)

Undergraduate Institution: Undergrad, Oberlin College; Grad School,
Pratt Institute
Degree(s): Ballet & Modern Dance, B.A; Library & Information
Science, M.A.
Law Activities: Honors Lawyering Program; Pro Bono Honors
Society; Chair, Pride Law; GGU Law Representative, American
Bar Association; Summer Law and Policy Fellow, California
Reinvestment Coalition; Summer Law Clerk, AIDS Legal Referral Panel;
Certified Law Clerk, Gang Homicide Unit of the San Francisco District
Attorney’s Office
Why GGU Law? I like the unique ability to pursue a JD/MBA, as well
as the Honors Lawyering Program with the option of earning credits
toward an LLM while I’m still a JD student.

Cesilia Fernandez (JD 16)

Undergraduate Institution: California State University Chico
Degree(s): International Relations, B.A.; Spanish, B.A.
Law Activities: Vice President, Student Bar Association; Community
Outreach Chair, LA RAZA Law Student Association; 2016 Participant,
Summer Trial & Evidence Program (1ST STEP); Law Clerk, San Francis-
co Public Defender’s Office; Law Clerk, Alameda County Public De-
fender’s Office
Why GGU Law? I chose GGU Law because of the small classroom sizes
and accessibility to professors. GGU Law made me feel safe and part of
a community from day one.


Welcome to San Francisco! Because our city is
one of the fastest growing and most desirable
places to live, you should begin your search as
soon as possible to find the unique neighborhood
that is right for you! Although Golden Gate
University does not provide student housing, you
can find information and resources on housing
accommodations in our Housing Resource Guide,
which each student will receive. In addition, the
staff in the Admissions Office can offer advice
on moving to the Bay Area or you can find more
information on our Admitted Student page:

Making the Offer

Every admitted student is required to pay two Your first seat deposit of $400 is non-refundable
seat deposits totaling $1,000 as an expression of and due no later than April 15, 2019. If you’re
intent to enroll at GGU Law. For those admitted admitted after April 2, 2019, your first deposit is
students who enroll, seat deposits will be credited due within two weeks from the date of your offer
toward first semester tuition costs. Please note that of admission, and the due date will be noted in
payment deadline extensions cannot be granted. your offer of admission.

You may pay your deposits either by credit or debit Your second seat deposit of $600 is due no later
card or by mailing a check to us. than June 1, 2019. If you inform us in writing
(preferably by email) no later than June 30, 2019
Pay online with a credit or debit card at that you no longer want to enroll at GGU Law, we will refund you $250 of the second seat deposit. If
you inform us in writing (preferably by email) after
Pay by check or money order, payable to “Golden July 1, 2019, but no later than July 15, 2019, we will
Gate University School of Law” and mail to: refund you $100 of the second seat deposit. There
Golden Gate University, Office of Law Admissions, are no refunds if you inform us after July 15, 2019.
536 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94105

Save the Date

February 21

Honors Lawyering Program Luncheon

March - Exact date TBD

1st Step Information Session and lunch

April 6

Admitted Student Preview Day


New Student and Faculty Mixer

Additional Regional Events TBD

Los Angeles
New York City
San Diego
Silicon Valley

Check your email,
students, or our Admitted Students Facebook page for
exact dates, times, and locations.

Campus Visit

Admitted students are encouraged to tour the
campus and observe a law school class. Campus
visits are offered weekly and by appointment.
You may schedule a campus visit that is
convenient for you at
admitted-students. Alternatively, you may
schedule a visit, preferably with a three to
four day advance notice, by calling us at
(415) 442-6630.

Please note that no classes will be held during
the week of Spring Break, March 4, 2019 - March
8, 2019, and fewer classes are offered during the
summer months.

SaSmapmle SpchleeduSlechedule

First Year, 1st Semester – Full-time Daily Schedule

Break &
Relaxation 8:45am -10:00am 8:45am -10:00am Break &
Break & Civil Procedure Civil Procedure Relaxation
Break & Study & 10:15am - 11:30am Study & 10:15am - 11:30am 10:15am - 11:30am Break &
Relaxation Reading Torts Reading Torts Torts Relaxation

Study & Lunch Lunch Lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
Reading IP Panel 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Study & 1:15pm - 2:30pm Study & Legal Writing &
Reading Criminal Law Reading 1:15pm - 2:30pm Study &
3:00pm - 4:15pm Criminal Law Research Reading
Study & Contracts
Reading Study & Study & Study &
Reading Reading Reading

3:00pm - 4:00pm 3:00pm - 4:15pm Study &
SORG Meeting Contracts

Study & Study & Study & Study & Study & Break &
Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Relaxation

First Year, 1st Semester – Part-time Evening Daily Schedule


Study & Employment or Employment or Employment or Employment or Employment or Break &
Reading other obligations other obligations other obligations other obligations other obligations Relaxation
Study &
Reading Study &
Study & Reading
Break & Study & 6:30pm - 9:10pm 6:30pm - 9:10pm 6:30pm - 9:10pm Study & Study &
Relaxation Reading Contracts Legal Writing & Torts Reading Reading

Research Study &

Break &

* These are not actual first year schedules but simply an idea of what one might look like for you.
Your actual schedule will be assigned to you in late July.

Break & Relaxation farmers markets just blocks from the law school
Students can supplement classroom study and and enjoy the fresh agriculture from own backyard.
clinical experience with cable car rides and day For those who prefer to pack a brown bag lunch,
trips to the Pacific Ocean and Redwood forests. the GGU Student Café offers a place to eat, study,
They can enjoy the nearby historic, cultural, and socialize with classmates. Students may also
and culinary centers of Chinatown, Fisherman’s enjoy eating in the plaza level of the courtyard.
Wharf, the Mission District, and North Beach. Student Organizations usually hold their meetings
World-class shopping at Union Square and San during lunchtime so students are able to get
Francisco Giants baseball games at AT&T Park are involved without missing lecture.
within short walks of campus. World-renowned
fine arts venues and the magnificent Golden Gate Studying & Reading
Park are all accessible from campus by public The Law Library, the largest law collection in the
transportation. San Francisco financial district, offers a quiet space
to study. Several law library study rooms are
Lunch available exclusively for law students. For others,
Our campus is within steps of cuisine from all the lobbies on each floor of the campus may be
over the world, from Thai and Chinese to Italian better suited for their study environment. Students
and Greek, to our homegrown California Fusion. may also reserve classrooms, if available, to read
In addition, students can check out our weekly and study, either individually or in groups.

Student Organizations

• American Constitution Society • National Lawyers Guild
• Asian Pacific American Law Student Association • Pilipino American Law Society
• Black Law Student Association • Phi Alpha Delta
• Business Law Association • Pride Law
• Criminal Law Society • Public Interest Law Foundation
• Environmental Law Society • Society of Litigators
• Estate Planning Society • Sports and Entertainment Law Club
• Immigration Coalition Group • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
• Intellectual Property Law Association • Student Bar Association
• International Law Society • Students for Sensible Drug Policy
• Jewish Law Student Association • Veteran Law Student Association
• Labor & Employment Law Association • Women’s Law Association
• L a Raza Law Student Association • Young and Family Law Society
• Law Wellness Club

Clinics and Centers

• Center for Urban Environmental Law Specialization Certificates
• Environmental Law and Justice Clinic • Business Law
• Pro Bono Tax Clinic • Environmental Law
• Center for Intellectual Property and Privacy Law • Family Law
• Litigation Center • Intellectual Property Law
• Veterans Legal Advocacy Center • Litigation
• Women’s Employment Rights Clinic • Public Interest Law

Alumni Profiles

Honorable Nancy O’Malley (JD ’83, LLD ’12)

District Attorney of Alameda County

Notable Achievements:
Instructor of the Year award from CA District Attorney’s Association;
Governor’s Victims’ Service Award for Exceptional Dedication and
Outstanding Leadership; Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, Alameda
County; The Liz Figueroa Domestic Violence Prevention Award; State
Leader Award; and many more.

Jen Lam (JD ’08)

Product Counsel, AirBnB

Notable Achievements:
Former IP and Product Counsel at Zynga; completed internships at
Yahoo!, deCarta, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office; Public Policy
Intern at the Office of the Mayor, San Francisco; Intellectual Property
scholar; Union Bank Scholarship recipient

Honorable Alan Jaroslovsky (JD ’77)

Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District
of California

Notable Achievements:
Combat veteran; GGU Law Review; Legal White House Intern for
the Ford Administration; Served as Chief Bankruptcy Judge for
Northern District of California; former President of the Sonoma
County Bar Association; Author of Practical Bankruptcy Procedure
(Shepard’s/McGraw Hill 1993)


• AIDS Legal Referral Panel • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
• Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps • Levin Simes LLP
• Alameda County, Office of the District Attorney • Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers
• Alameda County, Office of the Public Defender • Miller Law Group
• Andersen Tax • Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP
• Ari Law, P.C. • Phillips, Spallas, & Angstadt LLP
• Audet & Partners LLP • Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley PC
• Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal • San Francisco Housing Authority
• Bledsoe, Diestel, Treppa & Crane LLP • Santa Barbara County, Office of the
• Block & Leviton LLP
• Brayton Purcell LLP District Attorney
• Butte County, Office of the District Attorney
• California Office of the Attorney General, • Santa Clara County, Office of the Public Defender
• Social Justice Collaborative
Department of Justice • S olano County, Office of the Alternate

• California Rural Assistance Program Public Defender
• City and County of San Francisco
• Consumer Law Center • Solano County, Office of the District Attorney
• Dickson Geesman LLP • Steven Adair MacDonald & Partners PC
• DLA Piper • Surowitz Immigration PC
• Donahue Fitzgerald LLP • T acoma Pierce County Bar Association
• Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.
• Hanson Bridgett LLP Volunteer Legal Services
• Humboldt County, Office of the District Attorney
• Jacobs Engineering Group • Thomas, Quinn & Krieger LLP
• Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP • Thomson Reuters
• Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP • U .S. Department of Homeland Security,
• Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP
• Law Foundation of Silicon Valley Citizenship and Immigration Services

• U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
Immigration and Customs Enforcement

• U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development

• U.S. Department of Labor
• Veterans Legal Advocacy Center at

Golden Gate University School of Law

536 Mission Street
San Francisco CA 94105
[email protected]
Twitter @GGULaw
Facebook /ggulaw
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