JD Flex Curriculum

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JD Flex Curriculum

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At GGU, we believe that human connection is everything. While distance learning and technology can get us far, the magic that happens when humans connect is crucial to well-being, joy, and deep learning. With that in mind, we designed a program that combines the best of worlds: crucial in-person instruction where you learn alongside your professors and peers, coupled with the flexibility and personalization of online coursework.

How It Works

During the fall and spring semesters, you meet on campus every other Saturday and Sunday.

  • You are on campus two weekends per month, for a total of approximately eight weekends per semester.
  • For your on-campus courses, you also have online coursework to complete. The online portion is primarily asynchronous, performed on your own time but within specified timeframes.
  • Final examinations may be take-home, proctored online, or proctored on campus (on a Saturday or Sunday), depending on the course.

To allow for maximum flexibility, your summer courses are primarily online, with very limited on-campus requirements, if any. Final examinations in the summer semester may be take-home or proctored online.

What You Study

The JD Flex curriculum is designed to ensure students have a strong foundation across legal subjects, are prepared for professional success, and pass the bar exam.

In the first two years of the program, you develop legal knowledge and critical thinking skills in core courses while exploring through electives what advocacy and lawyering looks like in different settings. If you select one of the specialized career tracks, you take courses that dig more deeply into your chosen practice area. You engage in a close analysis of case studies and discussions of today’s most pressing legal issues.

In your third year, you put your knowledge into practice with clinical or experiential opportunities that work with your schedule, and place you at the center of real cases and clients. Your professional growth is guided by clinical professors or practicing attorneys who teach you the practical skills of lawyering and mentor you throughout the process.

In your fourth year, you gain a head start in your bar preparation with coursework designed to cover every component of the bar exam. The bar preparation courses hone in on the specific subjects tested in the bar exam and sharpen your multiple-choice and essay-writing skills.

Standard and Career Track Curriculum

JD Flex students complete 88 units to graduate. Students begin in the fall semester of each year and graduate in 11 semesters (three years plus two semesters, graduating in May). 

Alternatively, students can elect an accelerated option where they select additional electives in their third year and graduate in 10 semesters (three years plus one semester, graduating in December). 

You take two types of courses:

  • On-campus courses that meet every other Saturday and Sunday (two weekends per month).
  • Fully online courses that have no weekend on-campus component.
  • Standard Track
  • IP Law Track
  • Social Justice Track

Standard Track

Year One
Semester Course Units On Campus Online
1L Fall Semester Civil Procedure I 3
Contracts I 3
Writing & Research I 2
1L Spring Semester Civil Procedure II 3
Contracts II 3
Writing & Research II 3
Select 1 elective:
Intro to Social Justice Advocacy and Public Interest Lawyering 2
Intro to IP and Privacy Law Lawyering  2
U.S. Supreme Court Litigation  2
1L Summer Semester Criminal Law 3
Professional Responsibility  2
Year Two
Semester Course Units On Campus Online
2L Fall Semester Torts 4
Constitutional Law I 3
Criminal Procedure 3
Select 0–1 elective:
Problem Solving in Public Interest Practice I 2
IP Law Survey I 2
Community Property  2
2L Spring Semester Property 4
Constitutional Law II 3
Evidence 4
Select 1 elective:
Problem Solving in Public Interest Practice II 1
IP Law Survey II 1
Intro to Social Justice Advocacy and Public Interest Lawyering 2
Introduction to IP and Privacy Law 2
U.S. Supreme Court Litigation 2
2L Summer Semester Privacy, Defamation, & Other Rel. Torts 2
Upper Division Writing Requirement - Advanced Legal Research 2
Select 1 elective:
International Human Rights Through Film  2
Trademark Law of the U.S.  3
Patent Law of the U.S.  3
Privacy Law Technology  2
Year Three
Semester Course Units On Campus Online
3L Fall Semester Business Associations 4
Select 1 required course:
Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
Clinic/Externship 3
Select 0–1 elective:
Family Law 3
Reimagining Criminal Justice  2
Cyber Law  3
Privacy Law  3
Copyright Law of the U.S.  3
3L Spring Semester Wills and Trusts  4
Select 1 required course:
Alternative Dispute Resolution  3
Clinic/Externship  3
Select 1 elective:
Gender Based Violence Seminar  2
Immigration and Refugee Policy  2
Youth & Justice Seminar  2
IP Practicum: Trademark and Copyright  2
Patent Litigation 2
Trade Secret Law 2
3L Summer Semester Real Estate Transactions 2
Upper Division Writing Course 2
Select 1 elective:
Current Issues in Social Justice and Public Interest Law  2
Independent Study  1
International Human Rights Through Film 2
Trademark Law of the U.S. 3
Patent Law of the U.S. 3
Privacy Law Technology  2
Year Four
Students who elect the accelerated option take Early Bar Prep and Practical Legal Writing in their 4L fall semester, graduating in December.
Semester Course Units On Campus Online
4L Fall Semester Select 2 or (if needed) 3 electives:
Family Law 3
Reimagining Criminal Justice  2
Cyber Law  3
Privacy Law  3
Copyright Law of the U.S.  3
4L Spring Semester Early Bar Prep  3
Practical Legal Writing  2
NOTE: Specific electives are subject to modification.

Intellectual Property Law Track 

Students who select the Intellectual Property Law career track can optionally select a Patent Law or Technology and Data Privacy specialization. 
Year One 
Semester Course Units On Campus Online
1L Fall Semester Civil Procedure I 3
Contracts I 3
Writing & Research I 2
1L Spring Semester Civil Procedure II 3
Contracts II 3
Writing & Research II 3
Intro to IP and Privacy Law Lawyering  2
1L Summer Semester Criminal Law 3
Professional Responsibility  2
Year Two
Semester Course Units On Campus Online
2L Fall Semester Torts 4
Constitutional Law I 3
Criminal Procedure 3
IP Law Survey I 2
2L Spring Semester Property 4
Constitutional Law II 3
Evidence 4
IP Law Survey II 1
2L Summer Semester Privacy, Defamation, & Other Rel. Torts 2
Upper Division Writing Requirement - Advanced Legal Research 2
Select 1 elective:
Trademark Law of the U.S.  3
Patent Law of the U.S.  3
Privacy Law Technology  2
Year Three
Semester Course Units On Campus Online
3L Fall Semester Business Associations 4
Select 1 required course:
Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
Clinic/Externship 3
Select 0–1 elective:
Cyber Law  3
Privacy Law  3
Copyright Law of the U.S.  3
3L Spring Semester Wills and Trusts  4
Select 1 required course:
Alternative Dispute Resolution  3
Clinic/Externship  3
Select 0–1 elective:
IP Practicum: Trademark and Copyright  2
Patent Litigation 2
Trade Secret Law 2
3L Summer Semester Real Estate Transactions  2
Upper Division Writing Course 2
Select electives as needed:
Independent Study  1
Trademark Law of the U.S. 3
Patent Law of the U.S. 3
Privacy Law Technology  2
Year Four
Students who elect the accelerated option take Early Bar Prep and Practical Legal Writing in their 4L fall semester, graduating in December.
Semester Course Units On Campus Online
4L Fall Semester Select electives as needed:
Cyber Law  3
Privacy Law  3
Copyright Law of the U.S.  3
4L Spring Semester Early Bar Prep  3
Practical Legal Writing  2
NOTE: Specific electives are subject to modification.

Social Justice & Public Interest Law Track 

Students in the Social Justice & Public Interest Law career track follow the curriculum track outlined below.
Year One 
Semester Course Units On Campus Online
1L Fall Semester Civil Procedure I 3
Contracts I 3
Writing & Research I 2
1L Spring Semester Civil Procedure II 3
Contracts II 3
Writing & Research II 3
Intro to Social Justice Advocacy and Public Interest Lawyering 2
1L Summer Semester Criminal Law 3
Professional Responsibility  2
Year Two
Semester Course Units On Campus Online
2L Fall Semester Torts 4
Constitutional Law I 3
Criminal Procedure 3
Problem Solving in Public Interest Practice I 2
2L Spring Semester Property 4
Constitutional Law II 3
Evidence 4
Problem Solving in Public Interest Practice II 1
2L Summer Semester Privacy, Defamation, & Other Rel. Torts 2
Upper Division Writing Requirement - Advanced Legal Research 2
Select 1 elective:
International Human Rights Through Film  2
Community Property 2
Year Three
Semester Course Units On Campus Online
3L Fall Semester Business Associations 4
Select 1 required course:
Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
Clinic/Externship 3
Select 0–1 elective:
Family Law 3
Reimagining Criminal Justice  2
3L Spring Semester Wills and Trusts  4
Select 1 required course:
Alternative Dispute Resolution  3
Clinic/Externship  3
Select 0–1 elective:
Gender-Based Violence Seminar  2
Immigration and Refugee Policy  2
Youth & Justice Seminar  2
3L Summer Semester Real Estate Transactions 2
Upper Division Writing Course 2
Select 1 elective:
Current Issues in Social Justice and Public Interest Law  2
International Human Rights Through Film 2
Year Four
Students who elect the accelerated option take Early Bar Prep and Practical Legal Writing in their 4L fall semester, graduating in December.
Semester Course Units On Campus Online
4L Fall Semester Select electives as needed:
Family Law 3
Reimagining Criminal Justice  2
Elective 3
4L Spring Semester Early Bar Prep  3
Practical Legal Writing  2
NOTE: Specific electives are subject to modification.

Application Deadlines

15 Apr

Priority Deadline

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15 Jun

Final Deadline

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