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February 2014

J.D., M.L.S., LL.M. – Which one is for me?

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It is easy to get confused by the “alphabet soup” that describes law degrees. The following will help you understand which degree program fits your needs. “J.D.” is the abbreviation for “Juris Doctor” or “Doctor of Jurisprudence”.  The J.D. degree is the graduate law degree that is required in order to take the bar exam and practice law. Although most applicants…

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Degrees of Versatility

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Why do some law school graduates never “practice” law? I can answer this question from my own professional experience. Throughout the course of my 35+ year career, my law degree has provided me the opportunity to enjoy a range of different, interesting, challenging . . .  and occasionally profitable . . . professional opportunities. Of course, none have been as…

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Changes Coming for Legal Education

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As a member of the State Bar of California Task Force for Admission Regulation Reform, I am participating in exciting changes that are being planned for legal education in California. The  Task Force is recommending that law school curriculum include a minimum of 15 units of practical skills (including clinics and internships), 50 hours of legal service for pro-bono (free)…

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How does MCL rate under the new State Bar Rules for Bar Pass rates?

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I was a proponent of the new State Bar accreditation rules because they set a reasonable minimum standard for cumulative bar pass rates over a five-year period. Although the State Bar minimum pass rate is 40%, MCL’s current five-year cumulative bar pass rate is 60%. The State Bar does not publicly report these pass rates yet (new reporting rules take…

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What are the Job Prospects for an MCL Graduate?

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I suspect that our job market here on the Central Coast of California is similar to many non-urban communities where retirements, deaths, and job transfers provide a regular rotation of new opportunities for young lawyers. That is why in many smaller communities such as our’s, there are new lawyer jobs available. We realize that our law school is a big (actually…

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