MCLE - California

Detailed jurisdiction information about MCLE regulations and general information accreditation of ABA CLE events, webinars, teleconferences, and on-demand CLE courses

MCLE Rules Changes

The State Bar of California has issued an order extending the late CLE deadline, which was previously June 30, 2020, to September 30, 2020 for attorneys in Group 3 who have not yet completed their MCLE requirement. Failure to complete the requirement by September 30, and pay any outstanding license fees, will result in being enrolled in Involuntary Inactive status.

MCLE Requirements

Credit hours required: 25 hours per reporting period

Specialty credits required: 4 hours of ethics credit; 1 hour of competency issues credit; and 1 hour of elimination of bias in the profession credit, per reporting period

Length of reporting period: 3 years

Compliance date: January 31

Reporting date: February 1

Compliance group: California attorney membership is divided into 3 compliance groups by last name: Group 1 (A-G); Group 2 (H-M); and Group 3 (N-Z). Each group is up for compliance every 3 years. Group 1's compliance period is 2/1/16 -1/31/19; Group 2's is 2/1/15 - 1/31/18; and Group 3's is 2/1/17-1/31/20.

Minutes per credit hour: 60 minutes. To calculate credit for a specific program, divide the total length of the program in minutes by 60 and round to the nearest quarter hour.

Limit on credit hours for self-study: Attorneys must earn 12.5 credit hours through activities qualified for participatory credit (or one half of their proportional requirement). The remainder (up to 12.5 hours) can be earned via self-study.  ABA On-Demand CLE courses are considered participatory in California. All 25 credit hours may be earned with ABA On-Demand CLE courses. 

Attendance Reporting Procedure: Attorneys are responsible for tracking their CLE credit and reporting compliance to the State Bar of California at the end of the reporting period. Prior to the end of the reporting period, the State Bar sends compliance cards to those who must comply that year. Attorneys must retain their certificates of attendance for participatory credit activities. Neither the ABA nor attorneys send certificates of attendance to the California State Bar unless requested during an audit. 

Approval of ABA Programs

The ABA is a pre-approved provider in California.

Approved ABA Live Program Formats 
Live, in-person meetings (e.g., National Institutes)
Live Webinars and Teleconferences

Approved ABA CLE Product Formats
On-Demand Online Courses*

* ABA On-Demand CLE courses are considered participatory in California. 

State Contact Information

The State Bar of California
Office of Certification
180 Howard Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 538-2130

A Note About MCLE Credit

The content on this page is for informational and educational purposes only. Each state has its own rules and regulations indicating what qualifies for CLE credit. Certain programs, subjects, and formats may not receive credit in some states and there may be specific rules regarding who may earn credit or the maximum number of credit hours that may be earned with specific formats. Please contact your state MCLE regulatory entity for specific questions about your MCLE rules.