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Kern County College of Law is located is the heart of downtown at 1731 Chester Ave. Suite 200, Bakersfield, CA, 93301. Our students are from the surrounding Kern County area, and many are graduates of California State University, Bakersfield, and Bakersfield College.  Since the opening of the branch campus in 2017, we have formed strong connections with the local bench and bar. Our faculty are practicing local legal experts who are dedicated to teaching the next generation of Kern County attorneys. Like our other campuses, our classes are taught in the evenings Monday through Thursday, so students can fulfill their personal and professional obligations. Many of our graduates go on to establish careers in various sectors and at places like:  Kern County District Attorney’s Office; Belden Blaine Raytis, LLP; Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.; and Hodges Law Group.  

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Our Programs


Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)

Monterey College of Law is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California to offer the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree. The J.D is a three-to-four year (90 unit) traditional U.S. graduate law degree program designed for individuals who wish to be licensed as a California attorney.

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JD/MLS – Concurrent Degree Program

In the dual-degree program an individual earns both a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and a Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree.  It gives one an added boost when entering the legal sphere after completion of the 90-unit program.  

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

The Master of Legal Studies degree is a 36 unit, two-year graduate program for individuals who desire to obtain an advanced knowledge of the law and the American legal system, but who do not wish to become lawyers. The degree program is designed for individuals in careers that involves interaction with lawyers and the legal system and for those who are entering professions where an understanding of legal reasoning and the legal system will improve their professional effectiveness.

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The LL.M. graduate law degree program is a 24-unit program that is designed to promote advanced legal educational for practicing attorneys and law schools graduates from the U.S and foreign countries. Applicants are required to have successfully completed a first degree in law from a U.S. law school or foreign legal studies program. The LL.M. degree curriculum is designed individually for each student to meet his or her specific goals.

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