Golden Gate University School of Law and its Litigation Center present “1st STEP” (Summer Trial and Evidence Program), an integrated summer litigation curriculum for students who recently completed their first year of law school. Experienced faculty and practitioners lead 1st STEP law students in advanced trial advocacy training at the earliest opportunity in their legal studies.
This selective, innovative, 9-week summer program, offers a series of integrated Evidence, Trial Advocacy, and Motions courses specifically designed to improve your litigation and presentation skills. The program also includes three uniquely designed Litigation Center courses, Evidence in the Courtroom, Presentation and Persuasion Skills and a new Motions Writing class.
The specialized litigation training program offers 11-units during the summer session, giving students greater freedom and a competitive advantage to participate in full-time employment, National Trial Team, moot court competitions, GGU on-site clinics, externship and internship programs, as well as other GGU litigation programs during the Fall 2018 Semester. The program begins May 17, 2018.
what our students are saying about 1st STEP
"1ST STEP challenges you and pushes you out of your comfort zone by putting you in situations where you have to practice oral advocacy continually and to be flexible in pressure situations. 1ST STEP lays the foundation for students, who are interested in trial work or just learning how to conquer their fear in public speaking, to be successful in the law profession in the long run."
-Daniel Santos (Class of 2017)
"By the end of 1st STEP you will have the confidence and skills you need to take on real cases."
-Schlyer Cothias (Class of 2017)
"The program really set me on the track I am on today and gave me the tools to begin crafting my advocacy personality much sooner than most law school students have the opportunity to."
-Zach Porter (Class of 2015)
"1st STEP was amazing because it allowed me to be on my feet every day, learning and refining trial skills. The program reignited my passion for the law and set me on the career path I’m on today."
-Mackenzie Parker (Class of 2017)
Current 1L students are eligible and invited to apply for admission. Part-time evening students are also welcome, but are required to attend the day program full-time for 9-weeks during the 2018 summer. All eligible students are encouraged to apply. All 1st STEP applicants must maintain a minimum 2.5 required course GPA to gain acceptance. The criteria for selection to the program are:
a) Demonstrated success in law school;
b) Interest and enthusiasm for advocacy training (including participation in In Vino Veritas, 1L Cross and Close Competition, and other Litigation Center events/lectures); and
c) Ability to perform successfully in a professional setting.