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)

Compliance Deadline:

January 31st

Group 1: Attorneys with last names beginning with A-G. Compliance period: 2/1/19 - 1/31/22

Group 2: Attorneys with last names beginning with H-M. Compliance period: 2/1/18 - 1/31/21

Group 3: Attorneys with last names beginning with N-Z.
Compliance period: 2/1/17 - 1/31/20

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, 2020

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.

*COVID-19 Temporary Change: The State Bar of California ordered that the deadline for attorneys in group 3 is extended from June 30th to September 30, 2020, September 30, 2020, as the final deadline for licensees in Compliance Group 3 to comply with their MCLE requirements or be administratively enrolled on Involuntary Inactive status.

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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