Generally, attorneys that are members of the Washington D.C. Bar do not have a mandatory CLE requirement. Members of the D.C. Bar are encouraged to engage in such continuing legal education as is necessary to maintain the requisite competence to practice law (See D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.1, Comment ). As part of their professional duties, members of the D.C. Bar should complete CLE in order to keep current on new developments in the law and should continue to sharpen their skills as the practice of law continues to evolve in the 21st century.
There are, however, two classes of attorneys that do have some form of continuing legal education requirement in Washington D.C. First, all attorneys admitted to the District of Columbia Bar after 1994 are required to complete the Mandatory District of Columbia Course on the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct and District of Columbia Practice. This mandatory course must be completed within 12 months after admission to the D.C. Bar. Second, attorneys who have been inactive members of the D.C. Bar for five or more years must also take the Mandatory Course before returning to active status. This includes attorneys that have resigned or that have been suspended for five or more years, including suspension for nonpayment of dues.
Attorney Credits offers an assortment of one-click D.C. CLE bundles that will help you to maintain your professional competence to practice law. Attorney Credits also offers individual DC CLE courses if you need to pick up legal ethics credits or complete courses on malpractice prevention. Attorneys in non-mandatory CLE states such as Washington D.C. may be eligible to receive discounts on their malpractice insurance. ALPS offers a 10% credit for each attorney in a firm that completes 3 CLE credits in the areas of ethics, risk management or office management.
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