Academic Year 2013

STUDENT DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

of McMillan Academy of Law

4670 Nebo Drive, Suite 200

La Mesa, California 91941-5230

Ph (619) 393-1798    Website:  www.maol.info


 

1.         The McMillan Academy of Law is registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the California Bar as an unaccredited law school.  The McMillan Academy of Law is not accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California, and is not accredited by the American Bar Association (“ABA”).

 

2.         The McMillan Academy of Law has not applied for accreditation in the previous five years.  There is no present intention to apply for accreditation.

 

3.         The McMillan Academy of Law submitted a registration application to the California State Bar in September 2006 to operate as an unaccredited law school that was granted in May of 2007.

 

4.         The McMillan Academy of Law was issued a notice of noncompliance on October 20, 2008, regarding Guideline 2.3(D) of the Guidelines for Unaccredited Law School Rules, and then the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California found The McMillan Academy of Law’s response to the notice satisfactory on December 6, 2008.  A copy of the notice of noncompliance is available on the McMillan Academy of Law website at: http://www.maol.info/081106_Not_Noncompliance.html

            

5.         The instruction at the McMillan Academy of Law is offered principally through classroom study.

 

6.         Students enrolled in the Juris Doctor (“J.D.”) degree program at this law school who successfully complete the first year of law study must pass the First-Year Law Students’ Examination required by Business and Professions Code § 6060(h) and Rule 4.25 of Title 4, Division I of the Rules of the State Bar of California as part of the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. A student who passes the First-Year Law Students’ Examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all legal studies completed to the time the examination is passed. A student who does not pass the examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it must be promptly disqualified from the law school’s J.D. degree program. If the dismissed student subsequently passes the examination, the student is eligible for re-enrollment in this law school’s J.D. degree program, but will receive credit for only one year of legal study.

 

7.         Completion of any degree program at this law school other than for the Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California.

 

8.         Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice in jurisdictions other than California. A student intending to seek admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirements in that jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.

 

9.         Updated disclosure statements are also provided online at:

http://www.maol.info/current_maol_rule_4241_disclosure_statement.html

 

10.       FIRST-YEAR LAW STUDENTS’ EXAMINATION PASSAGE STATISTICS

            Data Source: State Bar of California


                All Takers                       First Timers                       Repeaters

Exam

Date

Took

Passed

%

Passed

 

Took

Passed

%

Passed

 

Took

Passed

% Passed

Oct

2012

1

1

100%

 

1

1

100%

 

0

—-

—-

June

2013

2

0

0

 

2

0

0

 

0

—-

—-

Total

3

1

33%

 

3

1

33%

 

0

 

 

  

 

11.       The library houses approximately 1,400 legal volumes. 

 

12.       The ratio of faculty to students for the previous five years has been:

                        2013:  4 Faculty per 4 students

                        2012:  4 Faculty per 5 students

                        2011:  4 Faculty per 0 students

                        2010:  4 Faculty per 0 students

                        2009:  4 Faculty per 3 students           

 

13.       Qualifications of Faculty.

            a.         Scott A. McMillan serves as Dean and faculty member.  Mr. McMillan received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of California at San Diego in 1988 and his Juris Doctor from Western Sierra School of Law in 1999. The State Bar of California admitted Mr. McMillan in 2001.  Mr. McMillan founded and ran a successful computer distribution business for 16 years before taking up the practice of law.  After graduating from law school, Mr. McMillan taught bar preparation courses at Western Sierra School of Law.  Scott McMillan is a principal in The McMillan Law Firm, APC, of La Mesa, California.

 

            b.         Michelle Volk also serves as Assistant Dean and faculty member.  Ms. Volk earned an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies & Planning from the University of California at San Diego in 1997.  She then obtained a law degree from California Western School of Law in 2001.  Since graduating from law school, Ms. Volk has primarily practiced civil litigation.  In 2009, Ms. Volk taught Legal Research and Writing at University of San Diego’s Paralegal Program.  Ms. Volk taught torts at the Academy in 2012.

 

            c.         Brian Gard also serves as a faculty member.  Mr. Gard earned his law degree from California Western School of Law in 1983.  He has practiced civil litigation, corporate law and family law since graduating from law school.  In addition, Mr. Gard has been a partner of two firms, namely Wasserman & Gard and Arena & Gard and served as in-house counsel to a venture capital company.  In addition, Mr. Gard has taught online courses for the Master’s in Business Program at the University of Phoenix from 2001 to 2004.  Also, Mr. Gard coached mock trial competitions for high school students from approximately 1995 to 2005.  Mr. Gard taught civil procedure at the Academy in 2013.

 

            d.         John Kauffman also serves as a faculty member.  Mr. Kauffman received his undergraduate degree in political science from Illinois State University in 1993 and his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1998. Mr. Kauffman is currently a member of the Florida Bar and has practiced law in both Florida and Illinois in the following practice areas: civil litigation, contracts, insurance and personal injury.  Mr. Kauffman founded Kauffman Law, P.A. in 2010.  He taught legal writing at the Academy in 2013.

 

14.       The McMillan Academy of Law has an estimated $10,000.00 in assets, consisting of a capital commitment, and has no presently demanded liabilities.  The operating costs of the McMillan Academy of Law are as follows: Rent and utilities for the facilities costs $800 per month.  Professors teaching substantive law courses will be paid $242 per week during the 10 weeks of instruction each quarter, excluding Scott A. McMillan.  Legal Writing professors will be paid $56.94 each week for 10 weeks.

 

15.       Units earned at the McMillan Academy of Law will probably not be transferable to any other college or university.  For example, if you entered our school as a first year law student, you will still be a first year law student if you enter another college or university at some time in the future even though you earned units here at the academy.  In addition, if you earn a degree, diploma, or certificate in our Juris Doctor program, in most cases it will probably not serve as a basis for obtaining a higher level degree at another college or university.




 

16.       Guideline 2.3(D) of the Guidelines for Unaccredited Law School Rules provides:


The method of instruction at this law school for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program is principally in physical classroom facilities.

 

Students enrolled in the J.D. degree program at this law school who successfully complete the first year of law study must pass the First-Year Law Students’ Examination required by Business and Professions Code § 6060(h) and Rule 4.26©) of Division 1, Title 4 of the Rules of the State Bar of California (Admissions Rules) as part of the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. A student who passes the First-Year Law Students’ Examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all legal studies completed to the time the examination is passed. A student who does not pass the examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it must be promptly disqualified from the law school’s J.D. degree program. If the dismissed student subsequently passes the examination, the student is eligible for re-enrollment in this law school’s J.D. degree program, but will receive credit for only one year of legal study.

 

Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice in jurisdictions other than California. A student intending to seek admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirements in that jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.

 

[Rule 4.241 Disclosure - Updated Aug. 2013]

 

 


 
 
 

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