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Monterey College of Law’s mission is to provide a quality legal education in a community law school setting with graduates who are dedicated to professional excellence, integrity, and community service.

Monterey College of Law is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California to offer three law degree programs.

  • The Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree 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.

  • The Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) is a two-year (36 unit) graduate degree program for individuals who do wish to study American law, but who do not intend to prepare for the California State Bar Exam.

  • The LL.M in International Law (LL.M) degree program is a one-year (24 unit) advanced graduate law degree for individuals who have already completed their first degree in law.  It is available for qualified U.S. and International law school graduates who wish to study International law and policy.


Monterey College of Law offers serious, highly motivated students the opportunity to seek a career change, re-enter the workforce, or advance their current professional career by obtaining a legal education. Most of the students at Monterey College of Law work while attending law school in the evenings.   Courses are taught by practicing lawyers and judges who emphasize training in legal skills and professional responsibility.  Professors are knowledgeable in legal theory and practice.  Small classes allow students the opportunity to get to know our faculty and to build long-lasting professional networks with their fellow students.

Through our Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management, the law school provides clinical programs that provide practical training for our students and help meet the needs of the under-served members of our community.  We have partnered with the Monterey and Santa Cruz Superior Courts to develop grant-funded mediation programs that are the first of their type in Northern California, including mediation programs for small claims, landlord-tenant, collections, and neighbor disputes.

Monterey College of Law was founded fifty years ago to serve the communities of the California central coast.  We continue to succeed in that mission.  Our alumni are community leaders, judges, lawyers and business professionals representing the broad spectrum of individuals, organizations and industries that define the region.

MCL At Dusk
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Theresa Goldner, Chair -
Attorney, Private Practice, Bakersfield
Ian Oglesby, Past Chair -
Mayor, City of Seaside
Theresa Goldner, Chair Elect - Attorney, Private Practice, Bakersfield
Kate Daniels, Secretary - 
Former Chief of Staff, Mary Adams
Liza Horvath, Treasurer - 
President, Monterey Trust Mgmt.
Seth Pollack, At Large -  
Professor /Director of Service Learning, CSUMB

Philip Candreva –
Senior Lecturer of Budgeting and Public Policy, NPS

Geoff Cox – 
Senior Assoc. Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Barry Currier-
former Managing Director of Accreditation and Legal Education, American Bar Association
Jeff Jackson –
former Sr. VP, Tanimura and Antle

Andrew Liu –
Judge, MC Superior Court

Creighton Mendivil –
Executive Director, Senior Citizens Legal Services, Monterey County

Kellie Morgantini –
Executive Director, Legal Services for Seniors, Monterey County

Amy Sands –
former Provost, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey

Sarah Cavassa, Faculty Rep. MCL – Attorney, Private Practice, Monterey
Stephen Wagner,Faculty Rep. SLOCL - Attorney, Private Practice, SLO

Bill Daniels –
Attorney, Private Practice, Monterey
Hon. Ralph Drummond –
Hon. Richard Silver –
Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS
Michelle Welsh –
Attorney, Private Practice, Pacific Grove