Monterey College of Law’s Class of 2010 is Third Recent Class to Reach 70%-plus Pass Rate on California Bar Exam

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Monterey College of Law announced that Matthew Bogosian, Daniel Cullem, Andy Kim, Molly Koontz, Olga Mikheeva, Eric Milliken, Deanna Trinidad, and Tyson Wiles will soon be sworn-in as MCL’s newest California lawyers.

Monterey College of Law extended its run of 2010 “good news” stories by announcing eight new lawyers from the July 2010 California Bar Exam results released Friday, November 19. Matthew Bogosian, Daniel Cullem, Andy Kim, Molly Koontz, Olga Mikheeva, Eric Milliken, Deanna Trinidad, and Tyson Wiles will soon be sworn-in as MCL’s newest California lawyers.

Mitchel Winick, President and Dean of MCL, stated, "We are extremely proud of our eight new lawyers. Passing the California Bar Exam is one of the highest professional achievements because the State Bar sets the standards to make it the hardest bar exam in the country.” The State Bar of California reported a 54.8% overall pass rate for all applicants for the 2010 July Bar exam, the lowest state bar exam pass rate in the U.S., and a five percent drop from last year’s July bar exam results.

MCL’s graduating class of 2010 has a cumulative pass rate of 71%, which means that three out of the last four graduating classes at MCL have exceeded a 70% cumulative pass rate. “This level of success places MCL graduates among the top achievers among state-accredited law schools in California," reported Assistant Dean Wendy LaRiviere. “It is also worth noting that the one graduating class below 70% is only two people short of reaching that level after adding one new lawyer from this exam,” pointed out LaRiviere. “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.”

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 2nd at 5:30 p.m. Monterey Superior Court Judge Lisa Mineta will be officiating at the ceremony. 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.

In addition to celebrating the success of its graduates, it has been a busy year for MCL. The law school opened its new Community Justice Center this past April as only the second law school in the U.S. to achieve Platinum LEED certification. Platinum LEED certification represents the highest standard for “green” building design and construction. MCL also opened a new first-year law school program in Santa Cruz this year and has been granted authorization to begin offering a graduate LL.M. degree in International Law at the main campus as early as next year. The law school received national press, including more than one envious comment, in August when it became the first law school in the U.S. to initiate a program that provides iPads for each MCL law student.

This past month, MCL also announced its intended affiliation with San Francisco-based Alliant International University. Under the proposed affiliation agreement, MCL will remain a separate non-profit college, but will offer its M.L.S., J.D., and LL.M. law degrees as part of Alliant’s professional graduate degree programs. The affiliation agreement creates the potential for future joint-degree graduate programs, international law programs, and provides access to Federal student loan programs for MCL students. The proposed affiliation agreement requires approval from the State Bar of California, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the U.S. Department of Education before it is finalized.

“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 moving in the right direction.”


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