This is an exciting period in the almost 40-year history of Monterey College of Law. As President and Dean of the law school, it is always a pleasure for me to discuss our school. I encourage you to visit the school and meet our students, faculty, and staff to get a more meaningful perspective of our law school and the surrounding community.
Monterey College of Law’s academic program features a four-year, evening program with small classes. The law school is accredited by the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners, making our J.D. graduates eligible to sit for the California Bar Exam without being required to take the First Year Law Students’ Exam.
Although we share the same basic curriculum as every law school in the U.S., our program is quickly becoming known as a law school of important “firsts”.
M.L.S. and LL.M. Degree Programs: Monterey College of Law is the first California Accredited Law School (“CALS”) to be authorized to offer a two-year Master of Legal Studies degree for students who wish to undertake the serious study of law, but do not wish to pursue the full J.D. program or become licensed as an attorney. We are also the first CALS to be authorized to offer a post-graduate LL.M. in International Law for domestic and foreign lawyers who wish to pursue an advanced law degree.
Community-based Clinical Programs: Through our Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management, the law school is continuing our tradition of developing clinical programs that provide practical training for our students and help meet the needs of the underserved members of our community. We have partnered with the Monterey and Santa Cruz Superior Courts to develop grant-funded mediation programs that are the first of their type in Northern California, including mediation programs for small claims, landlord-tenant, collections, and neighborhood disputes. We have recently entered into a partnership with the Watsonville Law Center to expand these programs and others in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.
Unique Collaborative Programs: In September 2010, the law school entered into a collaborative agreement with California State University Monterey Bay, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies to develop the California Public Service Corp. The project is a pilot program and “proof of concept” to establish a unique regional Public Service Corps, effectively creating the first civilian equivalent of military ROTC programs. By utilizing the distinctive service-oriented curricula and collaborative working relationships of the regional higher education institutions, the program will provide returning veterans and college students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become the next generation of public service leaders.
Monterey College of Law was founded almost forty years ago to serve the communities of the California central coast. We believe that the law school continues to succeed in that mission. Our alumni are community leaders, judges, lawyers, and business professionals representing the broad spectrum of individuals, organizations, and industries that define the region.
We welcome your visit to Monterey College of Law. Our atmosphere is one that can only be fully appreciated in person. We look forward to meeting you and discussing how our program can create a unique opportunity for enriching your life through the study of law.
Mitchel L. Winick
President and Dean