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Monterey College of Law welcomes the communities of Kern County into the MCL extended family. The law school is pleased to announce the opening of Kern County College of Law (KCCL) in Summer 2017 as a provisionally accredited branch of Monterey College of Law until our final site visit in Fall 2018.
Kern County to get new state-accredited law school
By Lyle Moran Daily Journal Staff Writer Monterey College of Law plans to open a new campus that will be the only state-accredited law school in Kern County, news that has been well received by the local legal community looking for new hires. Kern County College of Law will be located in Bakersfield and is set to open next summer….Read More
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- Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)
- JD/MLS – Concurrent Degree Program
- Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.)
Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)
Kern County 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.
JD/MLS – Concurrent Degree Program
Kern County College of Law provides applicants the option of concurrently enrolling in the J.D. and Master of Legal Studies degree programs. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is granted both the J.D. and M.L.S. degrees. Completion of the M.L.S. degree requires a major writing project. All other credit courses are completed concurrently with the J.D. program.
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.
The LL.M. international 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. The LL.M degree is awarded through Monterey College of Law.