CA CLE Requirements

What are CA MCLE requirements?

The Board of Trustees has modified the final deadline for licensees in Compliance Group 3 to comply with their MCLE requirements or be administratively enrolled on Involuntary Inactive status. The new deadline is 9/30/2020.

California attorneys are required to complete 25.00 credit hours every 3 years. Members must fulfill at least 12.50 credit hours of their CLE requirement with activities approved for Participatory CLE credit.

What are CA MCLE specialty credit requirements?

Specialty credit hours may be taken as Participatory or Self-Study.
Legal Ethics: 4.00 credit hours (required)
Elimination of Bias: 1.00 credit hour (required)
Competence Issues, such as substance abuse and mental health: 1.00 credit hour (required)

When is the CA MCLE compliance deadline?

January 31st

How do I report my CA MCLE?

Attorneys are responsible for tracking and reporting their own CLE credits.

A Verified Certificate of Completion will be sent to you. Please retain for your records.

Report your MCLE compliance no later than the day following the end of the compliance period. The report must be made online ( using My State Bar Profile or with an MCLE Compliance Form.

What are CA MCLE requirements for newly admitted attorneys?

Proportional Requirement - New admittees are allowed pro-rated credit hours based on months in active status. Go to the State Bar of California website at for calculating instructions.

Attorneys admitted after Feb. 1, 2018 are under a new State Bar requirement to complete 10 hours of training under the New Attorney Training Program which can be accessed through their My State Bar Profile. The training must be completed within the first year of an attorney's admission.

What is allowed for Self-Study credit?

Self-Study credit hours are allowed in the delivery formats indicated. Maximum 12.50 credit hours.

Requirements by Format

Course Book Course Book Included With All Formats

Participatory Credit

The below formats are considered Participatory by the State Bar of California.

You can obtain 25.00 of 25.00 required hours with the below formats.

View all Participatory Credit formats

Self Study Credit

The below formats are considered Self Study by the State Bar of California.

You can obtain 12.50 of 25.00 required hours with the below formats.

View all Self Study Credit formats

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