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California MCLE

Top California MCLE Questions


How many MCLE hours are required?

25 hours every 3 years – including 4 hours of Legal Ethics, 1 hour of Competence Issues and 2 hours of Elimination of Bias. Of those 2 hours, at least 1 hour must focus on Implicit Bias.

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) 2/1/2022 - 1/31/2025 Report by 2/1/2025
Group 2 (H-M) 2/1/2021 - 1/31/2024 Report by 2/1/2024
Group 3 (N-Z) 2/1/2023 - 1/31/2026 Report by 2/1/2026

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?

New attorneys 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 3 digit number 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?

As of July 2021 we will be reporting to attendance 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 MCLE Requirements

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State Requirements

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

Specialty Requirements

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

Compliance Requirements

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


California MCLE Info

All CLE courses offered by AttorneyCredits are approved for MCLE credit in California because Attorney Credits is a state bar approved California MCLE provider #13825. Our highly rated Attorney Credits online CA MCLE courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year - so you can complete your California MCLE courses at any time of the day, or night! California MCLE courses are available in the following media formats: streaming video, streaming audio, audio download, video download and even offline via MP3 player and CD bundle. Everyone of our quality courses can be taken either as participatory credit or self study credit. This allows you to complete your entire CA MCLE requirement online through our website. Attorneys may complete all 25 required CLE hours through online CLE courses to meet the mandatory CA Bar CLE requirements.

Attorneys in California must complete 25 CA MCLE credit hours every 3 year compliance cycle and at least 12.5 MCLE units must be considered participatory CLE credit. All of the MCLE California courses offered by AttorneyCredits.com may be completed for participatory credit, it's easy just check a box. As part of the 25 unit CA MCLE requirement, California attorneys must complete a minimum of 4 hours of Legal Ethics, 1 hour of Elimination of Bias and 1 hour of Competence Issues each compliance cycle. The three CA MCLE compliance groups are broken down by last name (A-G, H-M, N-Z). The last day to complete California MCLE credits is January 31 and the MCLE reporting deadline in California is February 1. Because California is a self-reporting MCLE state, CLE providers cannot report MCLE compliance for attorneys. California attorneys must self-report CA MCLE compliance through the My State Bar Profile on the State Bar of California website. The State Bar of California does not allow California attorneys to carry over MCLE credit from one MCLE compliance period to the next. Get started on your CLE credit in California. Read all our information on California State Bar MCLE compliance requirements. We are one of the largest California MCLE providers and have offered MCLE for over decade. Our CLE is available nationwide and we have issued over 2 million credit hours of courses. If you need continuing legal education support or information, don't hesitate to call us.