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Everything You Need To Know To Comply With Minimum Continuing Legal Education Rules

MCLE Requirements

Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) refers to the approved continuing legal education required of California attorneys.   Here are the basics:

  • Attorneys are required to complete a total of 25 hours of approved credit every three years.

  • Attorneys must fulfill at least one-half of their MCLE requirement with activities approved for "participatory" MCLE credit.

  • Special Requirements within the total hours required are as follows:  Legal Ethics - 4 hours; Detection/Prevention of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness - 1 hour; Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession - 1 hour.

More detailed information is available at the State Bar of California website.

Compliance Information

Attorneys should report their compliance online through My State Bar Profile.

Reporting Deadlines

GROUP 1 (A-G)
Period: 2/1/10 - 1/31/13
Deadline: 2/1/2016

GROUP 2 (H-M)
Period: 2/1/012 -1/31/15
Deadline: 2/1/2015

GROUP 3 (N-Z)
Period: 2/1/11-1/31/114
Deadline:2/1/2014

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