Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) refers to the approved continuing legal education required of California attorneys. Attorneys, including those who are Exempt, are required to submit a Compliance Card to the State Bar to verify that they have complied with their MCLE requirement. To ensure that lawyers receive quality legal education, the State Bar approves MCLE Providers and education activities.
California's attorney membership is divided into 3 compliance groups. Compliance periods for the three groups are staggered, so that each group reports compliance in a different year. Compliance periods are 36 months in length.
Just prior to the end of a group's compliance period, the State Bar sends compliance cards to those who must comply that year. The table below lists the next reporting deadline for each compliance group and the breakdown of the 25-hour education requirement.
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 538-2155
GROUP 1 (A-G)
Period: 2/1/10 - 1/31/13
Group 2 (H-M)
Period: 2/1/09 - 1/31/12
GROUP 3 (N-Z)
Period: 2/1/11 - 1/31/14
- "REGULAR" MCLE REQUIREMENT: Total Hours Required - 25 hours required
(maximum of 12.5 hours self-study)
- Special Requirements within the total hours required (may be taken as participatory or self-study):
Legal Ethics - 4 hours required; Detection/Prevention of Substance Abuse - 1 hour required; Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession - 1 hour required