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JD Flex Curriculum

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JD Flex Curriculum

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
SemesterCourseUnitsOn CampusOnline
1L Fall SemesterCivil Procedure I3 
Contracts I3 
Legal Writing & Research I2 
1L Spring SemesterCivil Procedure II3 
Contracts II3 
Legal Writing & Research II3 
Select 1 elective:
Intro to Social Justice Advocacy and Public Interest Lawyering2 
Intro to IP and Privacy Law Lawyering 2 
U.S. Supreme Court Litigation 2 
1L Summer SemesterCriminal Law3 
Professional Responsibility 2 
Year Two
SemesterCourseUnitsOn CampusOnline
2L Fall SemesterTorts4 
Constitutional Law I3 
Criminal Procedure3 
Select 0–1 elective:
Problem Solving in Public Interest Practice I2 
IP Law Survey I2 
Community Property 2 
2L Spring SemesterProperty4 
Constitutional Law II3 
Evidence4 
Select 1 elective:
Problem Solving in Public Interest Practice II1 
IP Law Survey II1 
Intro to Social Justice Advocacy and Public Interest Lawyering2 
Introduction to IP and Privacy Law2 
U.S. Supreme Court Litigation2 
2L Summer SemesterPrivacy, Defamation, & Other Rel. Torts2 
Upper Division Writing Requirement - Advanced Legal Research2 
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
SemesterCourseUnitsOn CampusOnline
3L Fall SemesterBusiness Associations4 
Select 1 required course:
Alternative Dispute Resolution3 
Clinic/Externship3 
Select 0–1 elective:
Family Law3 
Reimagining Criminal Justice 2 
Cyber Law 3 
Privacy Law 3 
Copyright Law of the U.S. 3 
3L Spring SemesterWills and Trusts 3 
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 Litigation2 
Trade Secret Law2 
3L Summer SemesterReal Estate Transactions2 
Upper Division Writing Course2 
Select 1 elective:
Current Issues in Social Justice and Public Interest Law 2 
Independent Study 1 
International Human Rights Through Film2 
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.

SemesterCourseUnitsOn CampusOnline
4L Fall SemesterSelect 2 or (if needed) 3 electives:
Family Law3 
Reimagining Criminal Justice 2 
Cyber Law 3 
Privacy Law 3 
Copyright Law of the U.S. 3 
4L Spring SemesterEarly 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 
SemesterCourseUnitsOn CampusOnline
1L Fall SemesterCivil Procedure I3 
Contracts I3 
Legal Writing & Research I2 
1L Spring SemesterCivil Procedure II3 
Contracts II3 
Legal Writing & Research II3 
Intro to IP and Privacy Law Lawyering 2 
1L Summer SemesterCriminal Law3 
Professional Responsibility 2 
Year Two
SemesterCourseUnitsOn CampusOnline
2L Fall SemesterTorts4 
Constitutional Law I3 
Criminal Procedure3 
IP Law Survey I2 
2L Spring SemesterProperty4 
Constitutional Law II3 
Evidence4 
IP Law Survey II1 
2L Summer SemesterPrivacy, Defamation, & Other Rel. Torts2 
Upper Division Writing Requirement - Advanced Legal Research2 
Select 1 elective:
Trademark Law of the U.S. 3 
Patent Law of the U.S. 3 
Privacy Law Technology 2 
Year Three
SemesterCourseUnitsOn CampusOnline
3L Fall SemesterBusiness Associations4 
Select 1 required course:
Alternative Dispute Resolution3 
Clinic/Externship3 
Select 0–1 elective:
Cyber Law 3 
Privacy Law 3 
Copyright Law of the U.S. 3 
3L Spring SemesterWills 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 Litigation2 
Trade Secret Law2 
3L Summer SemesterReal Estate Transactions 2 
Upper Division Writing Course2 
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.

SemesterCourseUnitsOn CampusOnline
4L Fall SemesterSelect electives as needed:
Cyber Law 3 
Privacy Law 3 
Copyright Law of the U.S. 3 
4L Spring SemesterEarly 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 
SemesterCourseUnitsOn CampusOnline
1L Fall SemesterCivil Procedure I3 
Contracts I3 
Legal Writing & Research I2 
1L Spring SemesterCivil Procedure II3 
Contracts II3 
Legal Writing & Research II3 
Intro to Social Justice Advocacy and Public Interest Lawyering2 
1L Summer SemesterCriminal Law3 
Professional Responsibility 2 
Year Two
SemesterCourseUnitsOn CampusOnline
2L Fall SemesterTorts4 
Constitutional Law I3 
Criminal Procedure3 
Problem Solving in Public Interest Practice I2 
2L Spring SemesterProperty4 
Constitutional Law II3 
Evidence4 
Problem Solving in Public Interest Practice II1 
2L Summer SemesterPrivacy, Defamation, & Other Rel. Torts2 
Upper Division Writing Requirement - Advanced Legal Research2 
Select 1 elective:
International Human Rights Through Film 2 
Community Property2 
Year Three
SemesterCourseUnitsOn CampusOnline
3L Fall SemesterBusiness Associations4 
Select 1 required course:
Alternative Dispute Resolution3 
Clinic/Externship3 
Select 0–1 elective:
Family Law3 
Reimagining Criminal Justice 2 
3L Spring SemesterWills 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 SemesterReal Estate Transactions2 
Upper Division Writing Course2 
Select 1 elective:
Current Issues in Social Justice and Public Interest Law 2 
International Human Rights Through Film2 
Year Four

Students who elect the accelerated option take Early Bar Prep and Practical Legal Writing in their 4L fall semester, graduating in December.

SemesterCourseUnitsOn CampusOnline
4L Fall SemesterSelect electives as needed:
Family Law3 
Reimagining Criminal Justice 2 
Elective3
4L Spring SemesterEarly Bar Prep 3 
Practical Legal Writing 2 

NOTE: Specific electives are subject to modification.

Application Deadlines

15 Apr

Fall Application Deadline

Friday
15 Aug

Fall Start Date

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