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I just finished my 1L at GGU and did quite well academically and got several internship offers. I thought the professors were great particularly Jon Sylvester he is far and away the best professor I have ever had in my life.  The students are friendly and everybody is willing to help each other out. None of the bogus rumors that they kick out 25% of the class are true. The reason for the high attrition are transfers and the fact that some people literally don't do the work and get kicked out. You can look at the curve and see there are no mandatory D's or F's and 90% of the class can get an A or B so the curve is quite lenient. Check the student handbook for this and you will see they do not want to kick people out. GGU does everything they can to help you, but some people are just freaking lazy and you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. I don't know anybody that failed out, but I do know some people on academic probation. The majority of them go out every night and look on the internet the entire class if they show up at all. With this behavior it is not surprising they are on probation and if they get kicked out they deserved it for the most part. I know one guy that did work really hard and ended up in academic probation first semester, but he did well enough to make it second year. I am sure some other people fall under that category and may have failed out also. However, in 90% of cases if you do the work you will be ok.

Clearly GGU is not Stanford or Harvard and the OCI is somewhat lacking. However, the admissions staff were honest with me when I visited and said employers will not roll out the red carpet for you, which is true. However,  if you go out there and actually apply for internships etc you will get responses. I currently have an internship where I work with people from Hastings, Santa Clara, USF, and a lot of the bay area schools.  A lot of the lawyers there went to GGU and I really think law school no matter where you go is what YOU make of it.  Really if you get outside of the top 20 or so schools the rankings become less and less relevant.

Years ago I used to post on this board prior to making my law school decision and during law school and just thought an update would be nice. 

I am writing this for anyone scared or uncertain about law school and to give an honest first hand account of my experience.

The post below was made after my 1L grades were released and I was satisfied then and am satisfied years later.

 I finished in the top quarter of my class and a little better than that not top 10% and not outside of the top 20% so if anyone cares they can make a guess,  I was involved in mock-trial,  on a journal, etc.

The day after graduation I did not have a job offer, because like everyone else I had to study for the bar exam. Firms, etc were interested, but they all said let us know what happens with the bar.

I took the bar and passed first time, but it was terrifying the day after I got my results I was offered 3 jobs none of, which made me a millionaire overnight and I actually accepted the lower paying one, because it was something I wanted to do. After a few years I changed jobs to make a bit more money, which was not that hard to do, but I had to work for it. I certainly felt scared that I would fail the bar, never get a job, etc during law school and the bar exam. I was also lucky to get a job right after results were released several of my friends did not get offers for a few more months.

The point of this is to give a brief and honest opinion about attending GGU or any other law school. I was clearly an above average student at GGU, which is a marginal ABA school reputation wise at best. However, the professors, programs, etc were great and I loved the experience. I would choose GGU again if I had to, but I know there were some disappointed students.

I was a solid student, but I did not have a job at graduation and neither did the majority of my friends at Hastings or USF, but as far as I know everyone that took the bar and passed has gone on to obtain legal employment, but it was not easy.

So to anyone reading about GGU or considering attending any school that is not Harvard you can get a job as a lawyer they exist, but GGU or these other schools will not pass the bar for you or result in employers saying wow he was the 38th best student at X school, we need to find a way to hire him/her. That will not happen either.

In summary use common sense when applying to law school. I feel the amount of misinformation regarding law school is overwhelming, but common sense goes a long way.

GGU and schools of its elk do not guarantee success or failure.


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