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California CLE

Top California CLE Questions


How many MCLE hours are required?

Twenty-five credit hours every 3 years - including 4 hours of Legal Ethics, 1 hour of Elimination of Bias and 1 hour of Competence Issues (formerly Substance Abuse).

How many MCLE hours can I take through Attorney Credits?

All 25 credit hours, including all required Participatory credit. To see a list of MCLE courses offered in California please click the following link: California Course List

How do Attorney Credits' MCLE courses qualify for credit in California?

Attorney Credits is an Approved Provider of MCLE in California (#13825). All of our online, downloadable and CD MCLE courses have been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

What are the California MCLE compliance groups?

Group 1 (A-G) 2/1/2019 - 1/31/22 Report by 2/1/2022
Group 2 (H-M) 2/1/2018 - 1/31/2021 Report by 2/1/2021
Group 3 (N-Z) 2/1/2020 - 1/31/2023 Report by 2/1/2023

How many hours must be Participatory?

At least 12.5 credit hours of Participatory credit must be completed each 3 year compliance period.

Can I take online MCLE courses for Participatory credit?

Yes, our online MCLE courses are can be taken for Participatory credit because we monitor your participation and verify your attendance in the course.

Is there a special requirement for newly admitted attorneys?

Yes, attorneys admitted after Feb. 1, 2018 must complete 10 hours of training under the New Attorney Training Program. The training must be completed within the first year of an attorney's admission to the bar.

If I am a newly admitted attorney how many CLE hours am I required to complete before the end of my first compliance period?

In addition to the required 10 hours, newly admitted California attorneys have a proportional MCLE requirement that is based on the number of months you are on Active status out of the possible 36 months of the compliance period. Please click this link to calculate your proportional requirement if you qualify: https://members.calbar.ca.gov/login.aspx.

Does Attorney Credits offer courses for newly admitted attorneys?

The 10 hours of training must be completed online through the State Bar of California website, however, the remainder of the proportional requirement can be completed with Attorney Credits.

Can I carry hours forward to the next year?

No. California does NOT allow MCLE credit hours to be carried over from one compliance period to the next.

Does Attorney Credits verify my completion?

Yes and no. For self-study courses we do NOT monitor or verify your completion. You will affirm your completion at the end of the course.

For participatory courses we must verify your participation. For online streaming video courses you must click on randomly inserted pop ups during the video to confirm that you are viewing the course. For downloadable and CD courses we have embedded numeric codes in the courses. You must write these numbers down and then after you complete the course you must enter the codes on the website to obtain your course certificate. Please note that the date you enter the codes and get the certificate is the date that will be printed on the certificate.

Does Attorney Credits report my MCLE hours to the State Bar of California?

No. Neither attorneys nor CLE providers report completed MCLE courses to the State Bar of California.

How do I report the completion of my MCLE requirement at the end of my compliance period?

Attorneys must self-report overall completion of the 25 credit hour MCLE requirement to the State Bar of California. California attorneys may no longer submit a paper compliance card, attorneys must now report their compliance online through My State Bar Profile. My State Bar Profile is an online feature for California attorneys to pay fees, update personal information, report MCLE compliance and manage other administrative tasks. Please click the following link to access the My State Bar Profile webpage on The State Bar of California website: https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/MyStateBarProfile.aspx. You can report compliance after December 1.

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information about MCLE in California, please call the State Bar of California MCLE Program at 1-888-800-3400 or visit the State Bar of California website: http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov/MCLE.aspx.

You may also contact Attorney Credits by phone. For further assistance and information about the California MCLE requirement, please call our Support Center at (760) 434-1885.

California CLE Requirements

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State Requirements

Total MCLE Credits Required: 25
Total Online Credits Allowed: 25

Specialty Requirements

Elimination of Bias - Minimum Credit Hours Per Cycle: 1
Legal Ethics - Minimum Credit Hours Per Cycle: 4
Competence Issues - Minimum Credit Hours Per Cycle: 1

Compliance Requirements

Reporting Cycle: 3 years
Compliance Deadline: January 31
Reporting Deadline: February 1


State Bar California CLE Info

Attorney Credits online CLE courses are available 24/7, so you can complete your mandatory California CLE requirements at any time of the day or night. Attorney Credits is an Approved Provider (#13825) of continuing Legal Education (CLE) with the State Bar of California and all of our CLE courses have been approved for credit. Attorneys may complete all 25 required CLE hours through online CLE courses to meet the mandatory CLE credit requirements in California. You may choose from CLE courses in the following media formats: streaming video, MP3, Video Download & CD. All California CLE courses can be completed for self-study or participatory credit.

California attorneys must complete 25 CA CLE credit hours every 3 years and at least 12.5 units must qualify for participatory credit. All of Attorney Credits' CA CLE courses may be completed for participatory credit. Of the 25 required CLE credit hours, California attorneys must complete at least 4 hours of Legal Ethics, 1 hour of Elimination of Bias and 1 hour of Competence Issues every three-year compliance cycle. The three compliance groups are based on last name (A-G, H-M, N-Z). The last day to complete your mandatory California bar association CLE requirements is January 31 and the reporting deadline is February 1. Because California is a self-reporting CLE state, CA attorneys must self-report CA CLE compliance through "My State Bar Profile" on the State Bar of California website. The State Bar of California does not allow CLE credit to be carried over from one compliance period to the next. Read all our information on California State Bar MCLE compliance requirements.