MCL Dean of Admissions Wendy LaRiviere announced that the Board of Trustees of MCL have added a new Spring Semester enrollment for the first time in the 43-year history of the law school. “We have received an increasing number of applicants who have requested the opportunity to start law school during the Spring Semester rather than having to wait until mid-August to enroll in our regular Fall Semester,” said LaRiviere. As a result, the Board approved a unique “early start” program that will allow students enrolling in the Spring Semester to complete a number of their law degree graduation requirements during the Spring and Summer.
The “Early Start” semester will include the opportunity to enroll in a mediation certification course, a professional responsibility (ethics) course, a summer Jurisprudence course, and one of several advanced mediation courses and clinics. The credits for each of these courses count towards both the Master of Legal Studies and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees. The mediation and ethics courses are required courses and the other classes and clinics will count as electives. “Students who choose to take advantage of this new early-start semester may earn up to eight course units prior to starting the regular Fall Semester first-year curriculum of Contracts, Torts, Criminal Law, and Legal Writing,” said LaRiviere. In addition to earning credits towards their degree, students who complete the ethics course will be eligible to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) in August. The MPRE is a required exam that all law students must take and pass prior to being licensed as an attorney. “We believe that providing the opportunity to get two required courses and a required ethics exam out of the way prior to starting the regular Fall Semester curriculum will become a very popular law school pathway,” said Dean Mitchel Winick.
Applications for the Spring 2015 Semester are being accepted now. Although the deadline for Spring Semester applications is January 30, 2015, seats are limited. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit their applications as early as possible. For more information about the early start semester, contact Dean of Admissions Wendy LaRiviere at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-582-4000 ext. 1012.