Golden Gate University School of Law

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Located in San Francisco, California

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Golden Gate University School of Law focuses on providing legal education with an emphasis on practical skills training to students in downtown San Francisco. It is a small school of roughly 350 students who participate in trial advocacy, environmental and other clinics. The school is also noted for its tax curriculum and work on behalf of veterans. The school is 60 percent female and very diverse. It is led by Dean Rachel Van Cleave.


'Yellow Ribbon' Helps Veterans Limit Law School Costs



Golden Gate Law Event Helps Veterans

The U.S. now has more than 21.8 million veterans, roughly 537,000 of whom are unemployed. Helping identify opportunities for veterans – and giving them the skills to gain civilian employment…

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Rachel Van Cleave

If perseverance, selfless service and a can-do approach to personal growth are Rachel Van Cleave’s watchwords – as even brief conversations with the Golden Gate University School of Law dean confirm – then the veterans of the Bay Area and their military values are her…

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Many Veterans’ Basic Needs Still Unmet: Golden Gate Conference

The former general counsel of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, retired Col. Will Gunn, posed two questions to students, academics and others at the Golden Gate University School of Law‘s Second Annual Veterans Law Conference…

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Law Student Limelight: Julie Cummings, Golden Gate University Law

For former military pilot Julie Cummings, it was a short jump from advocating as a volunteer on behalf of military families to advocating as a lawyer for needy civilian clients….

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Golden Gate Expands Veterans Services Inspired by Diplomat’s Death

The killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in 2012 ignited a political firestorm about how well the U.S. protects its personnel, from diplomats to soldiers, serving in dangerous environments abroad…..

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From Mock Trial to Real World Court

It’s a bit like poker, the business of trial law. For better or worse, players are rarely dealt the same cards. Nor do courtroom attorneys, whether in civil or criminal…

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‘Yellow Ribbon’ Helps Veterans Limit Law School Costs

The difference between affording law school and not for U.S. military veterans may be the breadth of “Yellow Ribbon.” That’s the GI Education Enhancement Program designed to pick up on tuition and….

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‘Tough’ Lawyer Keker Counsels Giving Veterans Legal Aid With Love

In the litigation trenches, John Keker is known as the toughest lawyer around…..

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School Information

536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
School Website:


Acceptance Rate
Applying: 1,575
Accepted: 992
First-year attrition rate: 25%

Student Body

Number students enrolled full-time: 336
Number students enrolled part-time: 199


Total 3-Year Cost: $215,913
Tuition and Fees Full-time Part-time
Resident $43,660 $33,545
Non-resident $43,660 $33,545


National Employment Rate (2013): 23%


State Employment Rate State Percent Graduates
State 1st Largest Employer CA 80% 105
State 2nd Largest Employer AZ 1.5% 2
State 3rd Largest Employer NJ 1.5% 2

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Education Profile

School Population
Total number students enrolled: 535
Number students enrolled full-time: 336
Number students enrolled part-time: 199
Number of first-year students: 150
Gender Diversity
% Women faculty: 52%
% Women students: 56%
Ethnic/Racial/Global Diversity
% Minority faculty: 23%
% Minority students: 40%

Academic Profile

Student Opportunities
Number of law journals: 3
Names of law journals:Annual Survey of International & Comparative Law, GGU Environmental Law Journal, Golden Gate University Law Review
% of students involved in law journals: 35%
Number of faculty-supervised clinical courses:
Names of faculty-supervised clinical courses:
% of students in faculty-supervised clinical courses: 16%
% of students in field placements :42%
% of students in simulation courses: 101%

Curriculum Strengths 
Public Interest Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Media-Entertainment/Intellectual Property, Corporate/M&A/Transactions

Admissions Profile

Admission rate %: 63%
Number students applying: 1,575
Number students accepted: 992
First-year attrition rate: 25%


75th percentile: 153
Median: 150
25th percentile: 147

GPA 2013

75th percentile: 3.41
Median: 3.11
25th percentile: 2.74

Financial Profile

Total 3-Year Cost: $215,913
Projected Costs for Available Options
Tuition and Fees Full-time Part-time
Resident $43,660 $33,545
Non-resident $43,660 $33,545
Living Expenses Full-time
On Campus
Off Campus $25,792

Employment Profile

National Employment Rate Percent Number of
National Employment Rate 2013 87% 502
National Employment Rate 2012 87% 515
State Employment Rate 2013 State Percent Number of
State 1st Largest Employer NY 35% 197
State 2nd Largest Employer CA 12.6% 70
State 3rd Largest Employer DC 11.7% 65
State Employment Rate 2012 State Percent Number of
State 1st Largest Employer NY 27% 156
State 2nd Largest Employer DC 16% 90
State 3rd Largest Employer MA 12% 68

First Time Bar Rates

Bar Exam Eligibility:
Most Current
Reported Data
State Average
School %
State %
State 1 CA 68% 71%
State 2
State 3
One Year Prior State Average
School %
State %
State 1 CA 62% 72%
State 2
State 3
Two Years Prior State Average
School %
State %
State 1 CA 58% 71%
State 2
State 3


Dean of School: RachelVan Cleave
Law Degree: JD
School: University of California, Hastings
Director of Admissions:

Type of School

Accreditation Status: ABA Accredited
Public / Private: Private
Part-time: Yes
Feeder School 1:
Feeder School 2:
Feeder School 3:

Notable Alumni

500 Morgan Christen US District Court, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals San Francisco, CA
500 Patrick Coughlin Robbins Geller San Diego, CA
500 Phillip M. Pro U.S. District Court, District of Nevada Las Vegas, NV
500 Marc Van Der Hout Van Der Hout Brigagliano San Francisco, CA