Welcome San Luis Obispo College of Law

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Monterey College of Law welcomes the communities of San Luis Obispo County into the MCL extended family. The law school is pleased to announce the opening of San Luis Obispo College of Law (SLOCL) as an accredited law school branch of Monterey College of Law. (Press Release)

The following information provides a brief summary of the San Luis Obispo College of Law program. We are in the process of developing a separate website for our San Luis Obispo program. However, please refer to the existing main campus website at montereylaw.edu/admission and montereylaw.edu/admissions-process-faqs for a general description of our degree programs and admission requirements. Special information for Veterans can be found at montereylaw.edu/for-veterans.

Contact Dean of Admissions Wendy LaRiviere (wlariviere@montereylaw.edu) or 831-582-4000 ext. 1012 for additional admissions information.

Accepting Applications for Fall 2015!

New applications for the Fall 2015 Semester at San Luis Obispo College of Law are now being accepted. Commencement of classes and enrollment of students at this provisionally approved branch campus of Monterey College of Law is subject to final approval by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California, which is tentatively scheduled for consideration by the Committee no later than June 2015. Fall 2015 classes are scheduled to begin August 17, 2015.  Click here to apply!

New Downtown San Luis Obispo Location

The new branch campus will open in Fall 2015 and be located at 733 Marsh Street in downtown San Luis Obispo. The J.D., Master of Legal Studies, and concurrent J.D./M.L.S. degree programs will be offered at the new campus. It is anticipated that MCL’s graduate law LL.M. degree program may be added at a future date.

Accepting transfer students from the University of San Luis Obispo School of Law

MCL has also completed a formal agreement with the University of San Luis Obispo School of Law (USLO) under which, at the completion of the Spring 2015 semester, MCL will accept current USLO students as transfer students to the new branch campus. MCL will also consider transfer applications from previous USLO students who did not complete their course of law study and are eligible to re-enroll in MCL’s JD or MLS degree programs. USLO transfer students who have not taken and passed the FYLX (Baby Bar) will remain subject to the FYLX exam requirements. Please note: The $75.00 application fee is waived for USLO transfer students.  Click here to apply!

Welcome Judge Charles Porter (Ret.) as new Campus Dean

The law school is also pleased to announce that Judge Charles Porter (Ret.), who has served as the founder and dean of USLO and its predecessor law school for the past 20 years, has agreed to serve as the campus dean of the new law school. Practicing lawyers and judges from the San Luis Obispo area will serve as the adjunct law faculty for the SLOCL program.

Apply Now for Fall 2015 early admissions!

New applications for the Fall 2015 Semester at San Luis Obispo College of Law are now being accepted. Although applications and admissions will be processed on a rolling basis as received, students will not be officially enrolled and tuition will not be accepted until the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California grants final approval of the new branch campus. Final approval is anticipated no later than June 2015. Contact Dean of Admissions Wendy LaRiviere (wlariviere@montereylaw.edu) or 831-582-4000 ext. 1012 with any questions about the admissions process.  Click here to apply!

Tuition and Fees for SLO Campus

The San Luis Obispo College of Law is offering a special tuition program for students enrolling for Fall 2015. The annual tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year will be $12,000 for the first-year curriculum. Following the law school’s long-standing guaranteed tuition program, the annual tuition rate is guaranteed through graduation as long as the student remains in good academic standing. An annual student fee of $700 is also required. Please note that books, materials, and some non-credit workshops are purchased separately and are not included in the tuition or annual fee.

* The above tuition plan is exclusively for new law students at the SLO campus. Students attending the Monterey College of Law campuses in Seaside and Santa Cruz are subject to the regular tuition schedule as detailed on the MCL website. Transfer students from USLO are covered under a special tuition program. Please contact Dean of Admissions Wendy LaRiviere (wlariviere@montereylaw.edu) for specific details.

Tuition Installment Plan (TIP) and Student Loans

Students are also eligible for the law school’s Tuition Installment Plan (TIP) that allows students to pay tuition and fees over a 12-month period for a 5% fee.
Students also are eligible to apply for the Sallie Mae federal private student loan program, subject to the Sallie Mae eligibility requirements.

Required Disclosures:
Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its educational and admission requirements.

Except as provided in rule 4.30 of the Admissions Rules (Legal education in a foreign state or country), completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to qualify to sit for the bar examination or to be admitted to practice for information regarding their legal education requirements.

If you have any additional questions about the new branch campus, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mitchel L. Winick
President and Dean
Monterey College of Law and
San Luis Obispo College of Law
mwinick@montereylaw.edu