As a branch of Monterey College of Law, Kern County College of Law is provisionally accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. The branch campus is eligible for full accreditation upon the law school’s 5-year accreditation on-site visit scheduled for October of 2018.
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Practicing Law in Other States
Many states other than California may require a degree from an American Bar Association accredited school or approval from an examining committee as a prerequisite to taking their bar examination. Kern County College of Law is not seeking accreditation from the American Bar Association. 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 law outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements.
Eligibility to Sit for the Bar Exam in Other Jurisdictions
The Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, a publication by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar provides detailed information on bar admissions requirements in all jurisdictions.
Disclaimer for Master of Legal Studies Degree
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 Kern County College of Law other than the Juris Doctor 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 be admitted to practice for information regarding their legal education requirements.
Information about the State Bar of California Bar Exam
The State Bar of California maintains information about qualifications to sit for the California Bar Exam, including dates, fees, locations at www.calbar.ca.gov/admissions. Statistics for previous bar exam pass rates, including historical data for individual law schools in California can also be found at State Bar of California Examinations Statistics. The State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners has also established a five-year cumulative pass rate requirement of 40% for all California Accredited Law Schools. MCL’s five-year cumulative pass rate for the most current reporting period (2015) is 57%, exceeding the bar’s required standard.
Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination
Kern County College of Law operates in accordance with policies and procedures that comply with the Constitutions and all applicable laws of both the United States and the State of California so as to provide both equal opportunities and to prohibit unlawful discrimination.