San Luis Obispo 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.

San Luis Obispo 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.)

  • 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 LL.M in International Law (LL.M)

  • 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.

The Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.)

  • 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.

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.

San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo 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.  Internships and collaborative clinical programs in Family Law, Legal Line, and Mediation provide students with hands on practical experience.  Our professors are knowledgeable in legal theory and practice.  Small classes allow students the opportunity to get to know faculty and to build long-lasting professional networks with their fellow students.

Monterey College of Law – Photo by Nicole Barkis

Monterey College of Law was founded more than forty years ago to serve the communities of the California central coast.  San Luis Obispo College of Law continues 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.

2019- 2020 Board of Trustees



Charles McKee, Chair – Attorney, County Counsel, Monterey County
Douglas McKnight, Immediate Past Chair – General Manager (Retired), KAZU Radio
Ian Oglesby, Chair-Elect – Mayor, City of Seaside
Kate Daniels, Secretary – former Chief of Staff, Supervisor Mary Adams
Liza Horvath, Treasurer–
President, Monterey Trust Management, Monterey
Seth Pollack, At Large – Professor and Director of Service Learning, CSU Monterey Bay


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


Patricia Andreen – Former Campus Dean at SLOCL-Attorney (Ret.)
Philip Candreva – Senior Lecturer of Budgeting and Public Policy, Naval Post Graduate School
Geoff Cox – Senior Assoc. Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Jeff Jackson – former Sr. VP, Tanumura and Antle
Jeanine Kraybill – Asst. Professor, Pre-Law Advisor, C.S.U., Bakersfield
Andrew Liu – Judge, Monterey County Superior Court
Crighton Mendivil – Executive Director, Senior Citizens Legal Services, Santa Cruz 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
Teresa Goldner, Faculty Rep. KCCL — Attorney, Private Practice, Bakersfield
Stephen Wagner, Faculty Rep. SLOCL — Attorney, Private Practice, San Luis Obispo


Jan Howell Marx, Campus Dean & Chair
Attorney Raymond Allen
Patricia Andreen, Former Campus Dean
Dan Dow, District Attorney
Ron Den Otter, Phd Cal Poly Professor
Attorney Micheal Dewitt
Attorney Crystal Forsher
Attorney Jacqueline Frederick
Barbara George, Cuesta College Trustee
Hon. Douglas Hilton (Ret.)
Attorney Amy Kardel
Attorney Angie King
Attorney Abby Lassen
Attorney Sharon Lizardo, SLOCL Faculty
Mediator Ray Mattison
Attorney Bill Powell
Paralegal Ellen Sheffer
Attorney Jeff Stein


Mitchel Winick
President and Dean
831-582-4000 ext. 1015


Wendy LaRiviere
Assoc. Dean of Admissions
831-582-4000 ext. 1012


Jan Howell Marx
Campus Dean
805-439-4096 ext. 2015


Sharon L. Lizardo
Academic Dean


Dena Dowsett
Campus Administrator
805-439-4096 ext 2044