Understanding the California CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

25 credit hours every three years

Credit Format:

All credit hours may be completed online. All TRTCLE courses are approved for "participatory" MCLE credit.

Credit Breakdown:

Legal Ethics: At least 4 hours

Competence Issues: At least 1 hour

*Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society: At least 1 hour

General: 19 hours (max)

For compliance groups who must report for the period ending on January 31, 2023, and thereafter

Rule 2.72 of the Rules of the State Bar of California, which addresses attorney MCLE requirements, was recently amended. Below is a breakdown of the credits required on and after January 1, 2022:

Half of the 25 MCLE hours must be in activities approved for what is called participatory MCLE credit. No more than 12.5 hours can be for self-study

Other special requirements:
At least four hours of legal ethics
At least one hour on competence issues
At least two hours dealing with elimination of bias. Of the two hours, at least one hour must focus on implicit bias and the promotion of bias-reducing strategies.

The new requirements will first apply to attorneys in MCLE compliance group 3 who must report compliance for the period ending on January 31, 2023.

Compliance Deadline:

Attorneys with last names beginning with A-G. Compliance period: 2/1/19-1/31/22
Deadline to report: Feb. 1, 2022

Attorneys with last names beginning with H-M. Compliance period: 2/1/21-1/31/24
Deadline to report: Feb. 1, 2024

Attorneys with last names beginning with N-Z. Compliance period: 2/1/20-1/31/23
Deadline to report: Feb. 1, 2023

Reporting Deadline:

Attorneys are required to complete their MCLE requirements by the end of their compliance group's deadline.

Group 1: Feb. 1, 2022

Group 2: Feb., 1, 2021

Group 3: Feb., 3, 2023

Reporting Information:

California is a self-reporting jurisdiction. Attorneys must certify their compliance by logging into their State Bar Profile at My State Bar Profile and submitting a statement of compliance.

Attorneys may not carry over credits into the next compliance period.

Newly Admitted Requirement:

New admittees may be subject to a proportional requirement based on their date of admission. Click here to calculate your newly admitted requirement.

State Contact Information:

  • Address

    Office of Certification
    State Bar of California
    180 Howard Street
    San Francisco, CA 94105-1639

  • Numbers (T) (415) 538-2000
  • mail www.calbar.ca.gov

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