Seaside, CA (PRWEB) November 14, 2013
Monterey College of Law President and Dean Mitchel Winick has been appointed by State Bar President Luis J. Rodriguez to the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform.
Chaired by former State Bar President Jon Streeter, the task force is charged with implementing three significant changes to the regulation of legal education and admissions to the California Bar. The proposed changes will mandate additional skill-based competency training in law school, new pro bono (free) legal service requirements as a condition of licensure, and additional continuing legal education requirements during the first year of practice that focus on law practice competency.
The State Bar Board of Trustees adopted the proposals in October and authorized the creation of a special committee to develop an implementation plan for the three recommendations. The Board adopted findings stating: “… In our view, a new set of training requirements focusing on competency and professionalism should be adopted in California in order to better prepare new lawyers for successful transition into law practice, and many of these new requirements ought to take effect pre-admission, prior to the granting of a law license.”
Winick, Dean of Monterey College of Law since 2005, has been very active in regulatory reform of the California accredited law schools. He previously served as one of two law school deans on the Rules Advisory Committee of the Committee of Bar Examiners and is the former Vice Chair of the Law School Council of the State Bar of California.
During his tenure as dean of MCL, Winick has been instrumental in integrating the type of changes included in the new proposals.
“My initial assessment is that MCL is well ahead of most law schools and may, in fact, already be in compliance with each of these proposed changes,” Winick said. “I look forward to sharing our experience with the other members of the task force.”
Founded in 1972, MCL offers an evening law school program that includes the traditional J.D. law degree, LL.M. (Master of Laws) and Master of Legal Studies degrees. The law school has ranked consistently among the top California-accredited law schools for cumulative bar pass rates. Students can begin their first-year program in classes held in Seaside or Santa Cruz.