Monterey College of Law is pleased to announce that five of its graduates will join the ranks of new California lawyers as a result of passing the July 2011 California Bar Exam. Phillip Crawford,Thor Larson, Steve Mudd, Ryan O’Connell, and Elizabeth Xyr will be sworn in as new lawyers at a ceremony at the law school on December 1, 2011.
Mitchel Winick, President and Dean of MCL, stated, “We are extremely proud of our five new lawyers. Passing the California Bar Exam is an extraordinary professional achievement because
the California Bar exam is the most difficult in the country.” Although MCL has a small number of candidates each year, four out of five of the law school’s first-time applicants passed the July
bar exam for an 80% first-time pass rate. “This means that MCL’s results exceeded the state-wide average and placed MCL graduates among the top achievers in California,” reported Assistant Dean Wendy LaRiviere. In comparison, the State Bar of California reported a 69% state-wide pass rate for first-time applicants on the July 2011 exam.
MCL’s cumulative pass rate for previous graduating classes also continues to improve. The cumulative pass rate for the most recent five years is now 64% which places MCL among the top state accredited law schools. “Law school graduates are not limited in the number of times that they can retake the bar exam, so MCL’s cumulative pass rates continue to improve due to the tenacity and dedicated efforts of our graduates,” said Winick. “We also initiated a new program with BarBri, the largest U.S. bar review company under which 100% of our students have access to a comprehensive bar review program. As part of this initiative, we are the first law school in the U.S. to integrate the Apple iPad into our supplemental academic support program,” explained Winick.
“All of our efforts are focused on continuous improvement of our legal education programs,” said Winick. “We are very pleased that the continued success of our graduates on the California Bar Exam represents an important indicator that we are developing our program in the right direction.”
MCL will be hosting a public swearing-in ceremony at the law school’s Community Justice Center at 100 Col. Durham St. in Seaside, Thursday, December 1st at 5:30 p.m.
The law school also welcomes local graduates of other law schools who passed the bar and who would like to participate in the swearing-in ceremony. Individuals are welcome to contact Lisa Williams at 831-582-4000 for further information.