Monterey College of Law’s mission is to provide a quality legal education in a community law school setting with graduates who are dedicated to professional excellence, integrity, and community service.

Monterey College of Law is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California to offer three law degree programs.

The Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)

  • The Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree is a three-to-four year (89 unit) traditional U.S. graduate law degree program designed for individuals who wish to be licensed as a California attorney.

The LL.M in International Law (LL.M)

  • The LL.M in International Law (LL.M) degree program is a one-year (24 unit) advanced graduate law degree for individuals who have already completed their first degree in law.  It is available for qualified U.S. and International law school graduates who wish to study International law and policy.

The Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.)

  • The Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) is a two-year (36 unit) graduate degree program for individuals who do wish to study American law, but who do not intend to prepare for the California State Bar Exam.

Monterey College of Law offers serious, highly motivated students the opportunity to seek a career change, re-enter the workforce, or advance their current professional career by obtaining a legal education. Most of the students at Monterey College of Law work while attending law school in the evenings.   Courses are taught by practicing lawyers and judges who emphasize training in legal skills and professional responsibility.  Professors are knowledgeable in legal theory and practice.  Small classes allow students the opportunity to get to know our faculty and to build long-lasting professional networks with their fellow students.

Monterey College of Law – Photo by Nicole Barkis

Through our Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management, the law school provides clinical programs that provide practical training for our students and help meet the needs of the under-served 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 neighbor disputes.

Monterey College of Law was founded more than forty years ago to serve the communities of the California central coast.  We continue 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.



Dinah Sapia, Chair – Attorney, Private Practice, Santa Cruz
Fred Herro, Immediate Past Chair- Attorney, Private Practice, Monterey
Douglas McKnight, Chair-Elect – General Manager (Retired), KAZU Radio
Clark Savage, Treasurer – CPA, Savage and Lucido Accountants
Charles McKee – Treasurer- Attorney, County Counsel, Monterey County
Leslie Cooley -At Large- Professor Emerita, School of Psychology, Sacramento State


Bill Daniels – Attorney, Private Practice, Monterey
Hon. Ralph Drummond – Deceased
Hon. Richard Silver – Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS
Michelle Welsh – Attorney, Private Practice, Pacific Grove


Kate Daniels – Chief of Staff, Supervisor Mary Adams, Monterey
Jeff Jackson – Former Senior V.P. Tanimura and Antle, Salinas
Jeanine Kraybill – Asst. Professor, Pre-Law Advisor, C.S.U, Bakersfield
Andrew Liu – Judge, Monterey County Superior Court
Kellie Morgantini – Executive Director, Legal Services for Seniors
Brenda Murdock – Attorney, Private Practice, Monterey
Marc Oehlman – Center for Acadeic Technologies, C.S.U., Monterey Bay
Ian Oglesby – Former City Councilmember, City of Seaside

Maribel Penaloza – Public Defender’s Office, Monterey County
Seth Pollack – Professor and Director of Service Learning, C.S.U., Monterey Bay
Heidi Whilden – Judge, Monterey County Superior Court
Sarah Cavassa, Faculty Rep. – Attorney, Private Practice, Monterey


Mitchel Winick
President and Dean
831-582-4000 ext. 1015
Steve La Berge
Dean of Students –
Santa Cruz
Frank Hespe
Dean of Clinical and
Community Programs
831-582-4000 ext. 1023
Joel Franklin
Distinguished Professor of Academic Studies
Elizabeth Xyr
Associate Dean of
Academic Success
831-582-4000 ext. 1029
Wendy LaRiviere
Assistant Dean
of Admissions
831-582-4000 ext. 1012
Shashi Chand
831-582-4000 ext. 1014
Heather English
Business Manager
831-582-4000 ext. 1013
Lisa Williams
Executive Assistant—
Office of the Dean
831-582-4000 ext. 1011
Pamela Soares
Law Librarian
831-582-4000 ext. 1026
Renee Flemming
Santa Cruz Law Librarian
Lety Perez
Administrative Assistant
John Allen
Facility Manager