Joyce Jordan

JD 97

Attorney at Law

Looking Back on the JD Program at GGU

What are your current work activities?

After working in the non-profit sector for a few years and doing contract work for other attorneys, I began my own practice in 2003 here in San Francisco. As a plaintiff’s attorney, practicing primarily in tenant’s rights, employment rights, and personal in jury, I often represent the disenfranchised. It is a real source of satisfaction for me doing what I set out to do when I first decided to go to law school. Every day I remind myself that my work in helping to level the playing field is helping to make the world a better place.

What was your experience at GGU?

The faculty and administration at GGU were very open and supportive to older students. As a single parent, it was not easy juggling school and parenting, but GGU was behind me all the way. I often brought my daughter to class with me and no one objected.
The classes I took gave me the practical skills I needed to pass the bar, and I find myself using those same skills every day in the workplace.

And advice to GGU’s up and coming “Legal Eagles”?

First, take the clinics offered by GGU – they are invaluable! The Family Law and Women’s Employment Rights Clinics gave me opportunities to work in the law while earning credits. Second, find a mentor. Every new attorney needs a go-to person with questions in their specific area of law. Finally, take time to breathe and have a life outside of law school. It’s the only way to survive the rigors of practicing law. Best of success to all of you!