Monterey College of Law

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Monterey College of Law
Established 1972
School type Private Law School
Dean Mitchel L. Winick
Location Seaside, CA, US
36°35′48″N 121°53′29″W / 36.59667°N 121.89139°W / 36.59667; -121.89139Coordinates: 36°35′48″N 121°53′29″W / 36.59667°N 121.89139°W / 36.59667; -121.89139
Enrollment 120
Bar pass rate 75% (February 2014 1st time takers)[1]
Website Monterey College of Law

Monterey College of Law (MCL) is a private, non-profit law school founded in 1972 in Monterey, California. It provides part-time evening J.D. and Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degrees. The school is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners[2] of the State Bar of California. The school is not an American Bar Association accredited law school.[3]


Monterey College of Law was founded in 1972 to serve the communities of the California central coast. Alumni are community leaders, judges, lawyers, and business professionals. In August 2005, the College of Law moved into its home within the higher-education enclave being developed on the former Fort Ord Army base.[4] The College of Law joins California State University, Monterey Bay and the Monterey Peninsula Community College in creating a rapidly growing educational destination for higher learning alongside Monterey Bay. The school opened its second building, a Certified LEED Platinum Community Justice Center,[5] in April 2010. By achieving LEED Platinum certification, it is only the second law school in the US to open a LEED Platinum facility.

Academic programs[edit]

The J.D. academic program features a part-time, evening program with small classes. The College of Law is accredited by the California Board of Bar Examiners. J.D. graduates of the Monterey College of Law are eligible to sit for the California Bar Exam, and upon passing, be licensed to practice law in California.

The law school has also been authorized by the Committee of Bar Examiners to offer a one-year LL.M. in International Law starting in Fall 2012. In Fall 2010, the law school also opened a new first-year law school program in Santa Cruz to provide better opportunities for legal education in Santa Cruz County.[6]


  1. ^ "General Statistics Report: February 2014 California Bar Examination" (PDF). California State Bar. 30 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Law Schools". The State Bar of California. 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ "An Evolution of BRAC Remedial Programs." Volume 1 No. 1. Fort Ord Reuse Authority. Accessed July 17, 2010.
  5. ^ Kera Abraham (2010). "Monterey College of Law presents its ultra-green Community Justice Center". Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Kurtis Alexander (2010). "(Press Release) Monterey law school to open satellite campus in Santa Cruz". Santa Cruz Sentinel. MediaNews Group-Bay Area News Group. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 

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