Message from the Dean
Denying Legal Education to Local Veterans and Eligible Dependents
Monterey College of Law, San Luis Obispo College of Law, and Kern County College of Law are examples of successful California accredited law school programs that have served our local veterans and their eligible dependents through the GI Bill educational program for more than 40 years without a single complaint being filed. Under the authority of the California Supreme Court and the regulatory supervision of the State Bar of California, our hybrid online JD was one of only two accredited hybrid online JD programs that provided geographic flexibility for veterans and their families who live in more rural and remote areas. Now, due to a recent change in federal law, MCL―along with the other 22 California accredited law school locations across California―are no longer eligible to participate in the program.
What happened? Last December, a national Veterans lobbying group―calling California accredited law schools like MCL, KCCL, and SLOCL “fake law schools”―convinced Congress to amend Title 38, Section 3676 of the GI Bill to deny Veterans and their eligible dependents their right to use GI Bill educational program benefits at any non-ABA law school.
What are we doing about it? MCL is leading the California accredited law school efforts to convince Congress to reverse this decision. Step one on this difficult path is to convince the California legislature to support our California accredited law schools. State Assemblymember Mark Stone, who also serves as Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, has agreed to sponsor a Joint California Assembly/Senate Resolution supporting California accredited law schools and calling on Congress to reestablish California Veterans’ rights to attend the law schools of their choice (click here to see the draft resolution).
What can you do to help? Please contact your local California Assemblymember and Senator to ask them to join as a coauthor of the proposed resolution. For our Veteran Alumni, please contact one or more of the California Veteran Service Organizations, sending them the draft resolution, and asking them to speak out against this denial of GI Bill educational benefits to California Veterans and their eligible dependents.