Working with self-represented litigants with real problems allow MCL students to become compassionate, responsible, and reflective lawyers. Students working under the close supervision of their clinical professors are encouraged to identify and pursue their own learning goals while providing essential assistance to a diverse mix of self-represented litigants. The goal of the Monterey College of Law’sl community education programs is to provide much needed legal help to the Monterey County community while allowing law students to gain real world legal experience and practical skills.
Two other goals of the community education program at Monterey College of Law are one, students are encouraged throughout their experience to envision how legal institutions and practices can be reformed and reorganized to provide the best service to their communities. And two, clinic students provide assistance to self-represented litigants who are in need of legal help but unable to afford the cost of a private attorney.