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SLO College of Law provides applicants the option of concurrently enrolling in the J.D. and Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree programs. Upon successful completion of the 90-unit program, the student is granted both the J.D. and M.L.S. degrees. Completion of the J.D./M.L.S. program requires successful completion of the program requirements of BOTH the M.L.S. degree and the JD degree. Students should carefully review the separate program requirements of both degrees prior to electing to concurrently enroll in the J.D./M.L.S. program.
Completion of the M.L.S. degree requires a major writing project. All other credit courses are completed concurrently with the J.D. program. Students in the J.D./M.L.S. program may elect to discontinue their legal studies upon completion of the M.L.S. degree program without continuing in the J.D. program. Students in the J.D./M.L.S. program may also choose not to complete the writing requirement of the M.L.S. and still be eligible to complete the JD program.
The M.L.S. degree is not a replacement for a law degree, does not entitle an individual to practice law or hold themselves out as a lawyer, and does not qualify the holder to sit for a bar exam. The following notice is required by Guideline 13.3 of the Guidelines for Accredited Law School Rules:
Except as provided in rule 4.30 of the Admission Rules (Legal Education in a foreign state or country), completion of a professional law degree program (MLS) at SLO College of Law other than the Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Exam 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 a requirement 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.
The law school has a policy effective 2019 under which the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) may be optional for certain eligible applicants. For more information about the LSAT policy, please contact Dean of Admissions, Wendy LaRiviere at email@example.com. Foreign applicants of non-English background may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TEOFL) and submit their official scores to MCL. Individuals who received undergraduate or graduate degrees from a foreign academic institution must submit their transcripts to one of the State Bar approved evaluation services. Information is provided on the State Bar of California website (www.calbar.ca.gov).
Decisions on admissions are made on the basis of a “full file” review that includes each applicant’s previous academic record, test scores (if required or submitted), work experience, personal and professional recommendations, and a personal statement.
[Please note: The following are subject to periodic faculty review and modification.]