The San Luis Obispo College of Law has received its final accreditation from the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners to operate as an accredited branch of the Monterey College of Law, according to the school’s president and dean Mitch Winick.
The new local law school program is currently accepting applications for its fall semester, which starts Aug. 17.
A ribbon-cutting for the new location at 733 Marsh St. will be held Tuesday, May 12, at 5 p.m. with representatives from the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce in attendance. An open house will follow at 5:30 p.m. The community will have the opportunity to meet administrators and faculty.
The San Luis Obispo law school had been operated by Charles Porter, a retired Kern County judge, since 1999. Porter will stay on as the college’s inaugural campus dean and a professor of law.
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First-year classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Upper-division courses for the students who are continuing on from Porter’s program will be held Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for at least one year to keep a similar existing schedule, Winick said.