Palo Alto University

Palo Alto University

J.D. /Ph.D. Joint Program in Psychology and Law


1791 Arastradero Road

Palo Alto, CA 94304

United States


(800) 818-6136


(650) 433-3888

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology / J.D. degree.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This program is a collaboration between Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University (PAU) and Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU) leading to a Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology and a J.D. degree. Palo Alto University is accredited by the American Psychological Association and Golden Gate University is accredited by the American Bar Association. Students must be eligible for admission to both the Ph.D. training program in clinical psychology at PAU and to the J.D. Program at Golden Gate University School of Law. Thus, they are required to take both the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Psychology and law students are enrolled concurrently in PAU and GGU, taking courses at both institutions for a total of six years, plus a one-year clinical psychology internship. As this program is an integrated joint program, students will be able to complete requirements for both degrees in less time than if they were to pursue each degree separately. Emphasis in the first year is on course work at GGU and in the second year, at PAU. Students who complete the program are eligible for licensure as a clinical psychologist, subject to the post-doctoral statutory requirements in each jurisdiction, and for admission to the bar.


Palo Alto University (PAU) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology and the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other separate health profession school

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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