The State Bar of California requires all active California attorneys to complete 25 hours of minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) every three years. As part of the 25 credit hour California MCLE requirement attorneys must complete at least four hours of legal ethics, one hour of elimination of bias in the legal profession and one hour of substance abuse. CA MCLE compliance is broken down into 3 different compliance groups so that not every attorney has to complete their CA CLE requirement at one time.
Extensions of Time
If you can comply by June 30, there is no need to request an extension of time, although a late fee of $75 will be assessed if you have not reported your compliance by February 1.
First, the bad news if you belong to the Group 3 MCLE compliance group in California – you are late completing your MCLE. Now, for the good news. If you comply with your CA MCLE requirement by June 30, you simply have to pay a $75 late fee. There is no suspension, there is no make up plan, there is no disbarment – you simply have to comply with your CA MCLE requirement by June 30.
“You cannot be disbarred for failure to take MCLE … but you can be disbarred for lying about it.” – Jerome Fishkin, Walnut Creek legal ethics attorney
However, it is important to properly complete your California MCLE requirement. This means completing the proper amount of bias, ethics and substance abuse hours and making sure that you don’t exceed the 12.5 credit hours of self-study credit. And most importantly, don’t try to lie or deceive the State Bar of California. The Cal Bar has been greatly increasing the amount of MCLE audits and the penalty for trying to deceive the Bar has even been disbarment in some cases.
Don’t get suspended or disbarred, get your CA MCLE done today! For more information about the California MCLE requirement please click the following link: California CLE.
 There are some limited exceptions to the 25 credit hour MCLE requirement.
 Attorneys with the last name N–Z are in Group 3 for MCLE compliance in California.
 Extensions of Time
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