Dec 07, 2019  
2018-2019 Law School Student Handbook 
    
2018-2019 Law School Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Juris Doctor (Joint Degree Program), JD/MBA


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GGU provides students the opportunity to simultaneously pursue both the MBA and JD degrees. Students interested in the joint program should first apply to the School of Law. Matriculated JD students may apply to participate in this program after the completion of two semesters of law school, for full-time students, and after three terms for part-time students. Students’ LSAT scores will be accepted in lieu of the GMAT and Writing Proficiency Requirement in order to gain admission to the MBA program. All the other admission requirements of our traditional MBA program apply. Students’ Law School grades will also be considered in the admission decisions. See Joint Degree Programs  and the Business Administration, Law Concentration, Joint MBA/JD for more information.

Students must complete 88 units to graduate, 76 of which must be from the School of Law. In addition to the requirements listed below, students will complete approximately 15 units of electives. Of the 88 units required for the JD program, 12 units of elective courses will be waived after completion of the MBA program requirements. Electives include additional units from the lists below and other classes on a variety of subjects listed in the course schedules each term.

First Year Courses - 30 units


Second Year Required Courses (12-16 units per semester)


Additional Upper Division Required Courses - 9 units


Upper Division Writing Courses - At least 4 units


All students must complete at least 4 units from a number of courses which have
been certified as including:

  • At least 15 pages of writing (approximately 4100 words) in one large assignment or multiple shorter assignments;
  • Independent research; and
  • A rewrite of a draft on which the student receives individualized written feedback from the professor.

These courses include:

  • LAW - 727E Advanced Legal Research 2 unit(s)
  • LAW - 732 Appellate Advocacy 2 unit(s)
  • LAW - 869 California Legal Research 2 unit(s)
  • LAW - 862A Environmental Law Journal Writer I 2 unit(s)
  • LAW - 884 Independent Study 1-2 unit(s)
  • LAW - 861A Law Review Writer 1-2 unit(s)
  • Additional Information:

    • Additional courses as identified in the course schedules for a particular semester or as approved by the Associate Dean or Director for Law Student Support in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
    • Law Review and Environmental Law Journal participation satisfies the requirement, provided the student drafts a note or comment of satisfactory length, receives feedback from a professor or senior editor, and revises the piece, as certified by the Associate Dean or Director for Law Student Support or their designee.
    • Although all students must complete at least 4 units of Upper Division Writing Courses, these units are not included in calculating a student’s required course GPA.

Upper Division Experiential Courses - At least 6 units


  • All students are required to complete at least 6 units of Upper Division Experiential Coursework. Students graduating in the full-time day program must complete at least 3 of these units through a clinic, externship or field placement (“Non-Simulation Courses”) listed below.
  • Students graduating in the part-time program may complete all 6 units of this requirement with Simulation Courses, but are strongly encouraged to complete at least 3 units through Non-Simulation Courses.

Simulation Courses


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