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Monterey College of Law Announces New Hybrid Online J.D. Degree Program

Monterey College of Law Announces New Hybrid Online J.D. Degree Program
Seaside, CA, April 18, 2018 --( Monterey College of Law (MCL) has announced a new hybrid J.D. law degree that will allow students to complete up to 70% of their law school curriculum online. As an accredited law school, MCL received approval from the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners to initiate the new degree program for Fall 2018. The innovative new degree program will be one of the first hybrid law degree programs offered in California. “MCL has been working with the Committee of Bar Examiners for many years to develop appropriate standards and guidelines for distance education,” said Mitchel L. Winick, President and Dean of MCL. “By adding this degree option to our traditional residential J.D. program, we are providing students with a valuable new learning opportunity,” said Winick.

MCL will initially offer the part-time hybrid degree program starting Fall 2018 through its Santa Cruz satellite campus. Students will complete their first year of classes in a traditional classroom setting and then participate in upper division courses utilizing distance education technology. “Although it has taken years to develop this program and have it accepted by the State Bar, we knew that it was critical to demonstrate that the course content and delivery are equally as rigorous and comprehensive as a traditional J.D. program,” said Elizabeth Xyr, MCL’s academic dean in charge of the new program.

It is not surprising that MCL is one of the first accredited law schools to integrate distance education into their curriculum. MCL has been known as an innovator in legal education, being the first U.S. law school to issue iPads to students and faculty (2010), the first California law school to require mediation certification as a requirement for the J.D. degree (2011), and the first California accredited law school to offer a concurrent Master of Legal Studies and J.D. degree program (2013).

MCL is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 inaugural class of the hybrid J.D.

For more information, contact Dean of Admissions Wendy LaRiviere at, call 831-582-4000 ext. 1012, or go to Potential applicants who wish to pre-qualify for admissions can go to to submit their information.

About Monterey College of Law: Monterey College of Law was founded more than 45 years ago by a group of lawyers and judges who wanted to bring quality local legal education to the California Central Coast. The institution has grown from its main Monterey College of Law campus in Seaside, California to now include two accredited branch campuses – San Luis Obispo College of Law and Kern County College of Law – and a satellite MCL campus in Santa Cruz. Under California law, as a state-accredited law school, qualified applicants are not required to have a bachelor’s degree and may apply with an A.A. degree or at least 60-units of undergraduate studies. Our regular students are also not required to take and pass the California First Year Law Student Exam, otherwise known as the Baby Bar.

For more information, go to or contact Wendy LaRiviere, Dean of Admissions, or 831-582-4000 ext. 1012.
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Monterey College of Law
Mitchel L. Winick
831-582-4000 ext. 1015
Dean of Admissions
Wendy LaRiviere

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