Understanding the California CLE Requirement
Total CLE Requirement:
25 credit hours every three years
All credit hours may be completed online. All TRTCLE courses are approved for "participatory" MCLE credit.
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)
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
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
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:
Office of Certification
State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
- (T) (415) 538-2000
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