Golden Gate University School of Law
|Golden Gate University School of Law|
|Parent school||Golden Gate University|
|Established||October 1, 1901|
|School type||Private non-profit|
|Parent endowment||$59.9 million|
|Dean||Rachel A. Van Cleave|
|Location||San Francisco, California, US|
|Enrollment||732 (Full- and part-time)|
|Faculty||110 (Full- and part-time)|
|USNWR ranking||Not published|
|Bar pass rate||56% (ABA profile)|
|ABA profile||Golden Gate University School of Law|
Golden Gate University School of Law (informally referred to as GGU School of Law, GGU Law and Golden Gate Law) is one of the professional graduate schools of Golden Gate University. Located in downtown San Francisco, California, GGU is a California non-profit corporation and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). In 2011, the National Jurist ranked the law school's public interest program among the top 20 in the United States. In 2013, the same publication ranked Golden Gate University School of Law among the 20 US law schools with the highest average law school debt among its 2011 graduates.
GGU Law was founded in the autumn of 1901 as the YMCA Evening Law School, a component of the San Francisco Central YMCA Evening College. Classes were held in the YMCA's building at Mason and Ellis Streets in the Tenderloin, which was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Like other YMCA Law Schools across the nation, it was established to provide people who worked full-time the opportunity to attend law school at night. The first graduating class in June 1905 had four students (all men). After the earthquake, the school was conducted out of tents, and later leased space at 1220 Geary St. (now Geary Boulevard) near Franklin Street in the Western Addition neighborhood. For the purpose of conferring the LL.B degree under authority of law the school was incorporated as the Young Men's Christian Association Law College on June 1, 1910. With the rest of the YMCA the law college moved to its purpose-built home at 220 Golden Gate Ave, near Leavenworth Street, again in the Tenderloin in November 1910. The Law College's graduates enjoyed the diploma privilege from 1915 to its abolition in 1917.
The YMCA Golden Gate School of Law along with the rest of the local "Y"'s educational programs was formally incorporated separately from the San Francisco Central YMCA in April 1923, as Golden Gate College. The school left the YMCA's Golden Gate Ave. quarters and moved to its present location, a 1924 warehouse known as the "Allyne Building" at 536 Mission Street, near 1st Street in the South of Market district in December 1964 with the rest of the college moving there in June 1968. The law school added a full-time three-year day program in September 1966. Following the national trend, the school replaced the Bachelor of Laws with the Doctor of Jurisprudence on December 1, 1967 with effect from Spring 1968
The School of Law held provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association longer than any other in history—from August 30, 1956 until July 6, 1971, at which time full approval was granted.
The college elevated to university status and became Golden Gate University in 1972, with Golden Gate University School of Law as its law school.
About the law school
Golden Gate Law was named by National Jurist magazine among the top 20 U.S. law schools for practical, hands-on training in 2014. 
Golden Gate University School of Law has a history of developing programs to meet the demands of law students, the community, and the legal profession. The Public Interest Scholars Program encourages students to use their legal education to serve their communities. In addition, the law school's on-site Women's Employment Rights Clinic and Environmental Law & Justice Clinic provide opportunities for students to work with real clients who may not otherwise have access to legal counsel.
In 1978, the law school developed a graduate legal program in taxation and in the 1990s graduate programs in environmental law, an International Legal Studies Program, and U.S. legal studies. In 1998, the school continued its tradition of providing a practical legal education by establishing the Honors Lawyering Program through which students participate in two full-time, semester-long legal apprenticeships.
It was listed with a "B+" in the March 2011 "Diversity Honor Roll" by The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students.
The school offers a first degree in law (J.D.) and first graduate degrees in law (L.L.M., and doctoral S.J.D.) programs in intellectual property, environmental law, taxation, U.S. legal studies and international law.
Certificates of specialization are available in:
- business law
- criminal law
- environmental law
- family law
- intellectual property law
- international law
- labor law
- public interest law
- real estate law
The school has been accredited by the American Bar Association since August 1956. Additionally it has been accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California since 1940. It is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Graduates qualify to take the bar exam in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. On an institution-wide basis, Golden Gate University has been fully accredited on an institution-wide basis by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1959. (It had been accredited by what is now the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools from 1950.)
Bar passage rates
Golden Gate reports a 56% pass rate for graduates taking the California Bar on their first try.
Post-Graduation Employment & Average Indebtedness
According to the American Bar Association employment summary report for 2012 39.9% of graduates were employed in a bar passage required job. Also according to the American Bar Association employment summary report for 2012 20.7% of graduates were unemployed and seeking.
According to the law professor blog, The Faculty Lounge, based on 2012 ABA data, only 21.5% of graduates obtained full-time, long term positions requiring bar admission (i.e., jobs as lawyers), 9 months after graduation, ranking 197th out of 197 law schools.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the average indebtedness of 2013 graduates who incurred law school debt was $144,269 (not including undergraduate debt), and 96% of 2013 graduates took on debt. This information should be considered in light of the fact that only 21.5% of 2012 graduates obtained full-time, long term positions requiring bar admission (i.e., jobs as lawyers) within 9 months after graduation.
- Golden Gate University Law Review is published three times a year, and includes the Ninth Circuit Survey, the only law review journal dedicated solely to addressing cases decided by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Golden Gate University School of Law Environmental Law Journal is published twice during the academic year.
Golden Gate University's Law Library houses a collection of more than 373,000 volumes, microforms and electronic resources. The holdings include comprehensive series of case law, statutes, digests, encyclopedias, periodicals, and treatises dealing with American law, a tax collection, microforms collection, a government documents collection, and a body of work in environmental law, law and literature, and international law.
- Golden Gate University School of Law was northern California's first evening law school.
- Golden Gate University School of Law was northern California's third law school.
- In 1973, Judith McKelvey was appointed Dean; she was the second woman in the United States to be named dean of a law school.
- In 2004, Frederic White was appointed Dean; he was the first African-American dean of an ABA-accredited Law School in California.
In April 2011, the New York Times ran an article on law school scholarships that included interviews with Golden Gate students and alumni who claimed the school had baited them into enrolling by awarding them merit scholarships. Such a scholarship would continue as long as its recipient maintained a GPA of at least 3.0. The article claims that the school did not inform recipients that the school's mandatory first-year curve made it statistically impossible for all of them to maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.
In response, the school's dean, Drucilla Stender Ramey, said, "Of course some students are disappointed. I thought I'd be 5-foot-10, and I'm 4-11." She declined to say how many students would lose their scholarships in 2011, suggesting that doing so would violate the privacy rights of the students.
- Mark S. Anderson (JD '89), Vice President and General Counsel, Dolby Laboratories
- Elaine Andrews (JD '76) Superior Court Judge, Alaska (retired)
- John L. Baxter (JD '94), Salt Lake City Justice Court Judge, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Joan Blades (JD '80), Co-founder, MoveOn.org
- Phillip Burton (LL.B. '52), US Congressman (1975–1982)
- Jesse Carter (1913), Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California (1939–1959)
- Morgan Christen (JD '86) Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Charles R. Conradi (JD '78), Treasurer and Vice President—Tax, Clorox
- Peter Corroon, (JD '95), Mayor of Salt Lake County, Utah
- Gail Dekreon (JD '81), San Francisco Superior Court
- Peter Fowler (JD '84), Senior Counsel, US Patent & Trademark Office
- Lt. Col. Lily Hutcheon Gridley (LL.B '30) first female Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps
- C. J. Goodell (LL.B 1909) Associate Justice, Court of Appeal of California, First Appellate District (1945–1953)
- Carol A. King (JD '84), US Immigration Court of the Executive Office for Immigration Review
- Philip M. Pro (JD '72), US District Court, District of Nevada
- Dave Roberson (JD '78), Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hewlett-Packard
- Richard Rosenberg (JD '66), Former Chairman and CEO, Bank of America
- Sandra M. Snyder (JD '76), US Magistrate, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- Marilyn J. Teeter (JD '77), US Immigration Court of the Executive Office for Immigration Review
- Adolph Washauer (LLB '32) Inductee of the National Soccer Hall of Fame
- Joseph J. Webb (attended 1902–1904) First President of the State Bar of California (1926–1927)
- Amy M. Wollman (JD '94), Senior Counsel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc.
- Professor Clifford Rechtschaffen, former Fulbright Scholar currently on leave as assistant to California Governor Jerry Brown.
- Professor Bernie Segal (1930–2011), renowned trial advocate and criminal litigation attorney
- Professor Roger Berhardt, author of leading textbooks on California real property law
- Professor Susan Rutberg, criminal defense attorney whose work has resulted in the exoneration of the wrongfully accused
- Professor and Dean Emeritus Peter Keane, internationally known legal news analyst and former member of the San Francisco Police Commission
- Caspar Weinberger future U.S. Secretary of Defense taught Contracts and Civil Procedure as an lecturer in the 1940s and 1950s.
- Professor and Dean Emerita Judith G. McKelvey, first female dean of GGU School of Law and past President, Bar Association of San Francisco
- "S.F. Call Oct. 12, 1901 at 12, col. 3"
- As of June 30, 2011."Statement of Financial Position". GGU Magazine, Fall 2011. p. 40.
- "Rachel Van Cleave". GGU School of Law.
- "U.S. News & World Report, "Best Law Schools: Golden Gate University"". Retrieved April 14, 2011.
- ABA Profile: Golden Gate University School of Law
- Brian Tamanaha: The Quickly Exploding Law Graduate Debt Disaster. National Jurist, 04/18/2012
- "Law Students Get Coveted Diplomas" (PDF). San Francisco Call. June 7, 1905.
- "Educational Section of Y.M.C.A. To Open" (PDF). San Francisco Call. September 9, 1909.
- "Y.M.C.A. Incorporates Evening Law School" (PDF). San Francisco Call. June 8, 1905.
- but cf. Office of the Secretary of State, California (June 1, 1910). Corporation Reg. No. C0061552.
- Cal. Civ. Code § 650(10) (1909). Deering. Missing or empty
- Cal. Code Civ.P. § 280b, as amended by 1915 Cal. Stat. pp. 660 (repealed 1917). Missing or empty
- "Golden Gate University's place in San Francisco history" (PDF). Retrieved May 11, 2010.
- "Golden Gate College School of Law Bulletin 1966-1967". Retrieved May 5, 2011.
- "The Caveat, January 1968" (1968). Caveat. Paper 14.". Retrieved January 15, 2012.
- Butz, Otto W.; Velia Butz, Nisa Donnelly (January 2008). Voyage of Discovery: The History of Golden gate University Vol. III. Golden Gate University Press. p. 176.
- ABA Journal November 1956 (p. 1061). Missing or empty
- ABA Journal September 1971 (p. 899). Missing or empty
- Larsen, Rebecca (March 2011), "Most Diverse Law Schools (Diversity Honor Roll)", The National Jurist (San Diego, California: Cypress Magazines) 20 (6): 30–37
- "Judy McKelvey: Celebrating Her Contributions to Golden Gate University School of Law and the Legal Profession". Retrieved May 26, 2010.
- 2013 California Bar Pass Rates
- Rosin, Gary. "Full Rankings: Bar Admission Required, Full-Time, Long Term", The Faculty Lounge, March 30, 2013. Retrieved on May 2, 2013. -- For the latest Employment Summary Reports from the American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education, see http://employmentsummary.abaquestionnaire.org/
- David Segal (4/30/11) Law Students Lose the Grant Game as Schools Win The New York Times
- Alumni Forum, Spring 1978 (1978) p. 3
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