California MCLE Requirements

What are CA MCLE requirements?

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)
Competence Issues, such as substance abuse and mental health: 1.00 credit hour (required)
Elimination of Bias: 2.00 credit hour (required). Increased for compliance periods beginning 2/1/2021 - 1/31/2024 onward at which time, one hour must focus on implicit bias and the promotion of bias reducing strategies.

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.

Newly admitted California attorneys must complete the 10-hour online New Attorney Training Program. The training must be completed within one year of an attorney’s admission to the State Bar. This training consists of a specific program of instruction created by the State Bar of California.

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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