Congratulations, Class of 2020 & Class of 2021

Class of 2021 Law Commencement
Saturday, May 22, 2021, 9:00 a.m., location TBD

Class of 2020 Law Commencement
Sunday, May 23, 2021, 9:00 a.m., location TBD

Academic Attire

graduatesPlease order your academic attire with Oakhall.

Cost for JD/LLM – $112

Cost for Master of Legal Studies – $65.98

Deadline to Order: April 23, 2021

Graduation Announcements

Graduation announcements can be ordered online from CB Graduation Announcements/Balfour at or by calling 1(800) 433-0296. Your degree is “Juris Doctor,” or if you are in the LL.M. program “Legum Magister”.  For the MLS program, your degree is “Master of Legal Studies in Corporate Compliance”.

Commencement Speaker

The Honorable Haywood S. Gilliam Jr.The Honorable Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. serves as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California. Judge Gilliam was appointed by President Obama on September 8, 2014, and received his commission on December 19, 2014. Judge Gilliam graduated magna cum laude from Yale College in 1991, and received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1994. After law school, Judge Gilliam clerked for the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson, then the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Judge Gilliam chairs the Northern District’s Community Outreach Committee, which focuses on building relationships with Bay Area communities and sharing information about the court’s work and the role of the federal judiciary. He also serves on the court’s Criminal Practice Committee. Judge Gilliam serves as Chair of the Northern District Practice Program, which sponsors continuing legal education programs focused on informing attorneys of new and important developments in the law and providing practical guidance and skill-building opportunities. Judge Gilliam also serves on the Ninth Circuit’s Public Information and Community Outreach Committee.

Judge Gilliam was in private law practice from 1995 to 1998 and worked at the U.S. Attorney’s San Francisco Office from 1999 to 2006, ultimately serving as Chief of the Securities Fraud Section. Before his appointment, Judge Gilliam’s law practice focused on white collar criminal and regulatory matters and internal investigations.