Attorneys in California must now pay special attention to completing their CA MCLE requirements. The State Bar of California has greatly increased the amount of MCLE audits over the last few years. Since the Cal Bar increased the number of MCLE audits some attorneys have even been suspended or disbarred for not properly completing the annual three-year 25 credit hour CA CLE requirement.
California MCLE Participatory Requirement
- At least 12.5 credit hours each compliance period
One common error that California attorneys make is failing to take enough participatory credits. California attorneys must make sure to complete at least 12.5 credit hours of participatory credit each three-year compliance period. Or put another way – attorneys can NOT complete any more than 12.5 credit hours for self-study credit. California attorneys must also make sure to complete a minimum of 25 credit hours of CA CLE – including 4 credit hours of legal ethics, 1 credit hour of competence issues (formerly substance abuse) and 1 credit hour of elimination of bias.
- If a CLE provider verifies your “participation,” then an activity is “participatory.” Online courses, CD courses and downloadable CLE courses count for participatory credit if they are verified by an approved provider.
As an Approved Provider of CLE in California, all of our online and downloadable California CLE courses can be completed for self-study or participatory credit. You choose the type of credit before you begin your CLE course. For more information about California CLE, please click the following link: CA MCLE.