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86%Of our students work while attending law school
4Campus locations and a Hybrid JD
20:1Students to Faculty Ratio


Monterey College of Law (MCL) is a accredited and authorized by the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners We offer four locations for starting your law school program: our MCL campus in Seaside, California; our branch campus in San Luis Obispo, CA; our branch campus in Bakersfield, CA; and our branch campus in Santa Rosa, CA.  We also have an established hybrid online option. In addition to the traditional J.D. Degree program, we offer a concurrent J.D./M.L.S. degree program, a two-year Master of Legal Studies degree (M.L.S.), and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree.


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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