The State Bar of California requires all active California attorneys to complete a minimum of 25 credit hours of MCLE (minimum continuing legal education) every three years. However, not every attorney is required to complete their CA CLE requirement at one time.
California MCLE Compliance Groups
- Group 1 (A-G) Period: 2/1/2013 – 1/31/2013 Deadline 2/1/2016
- Group 2 (H-M) Period: 2/1/2012 – 1/31/2015 Deadline 2/1/2015
- Group 3 (N-Z) Period: 2/1/2014 – 1/31/2014 Deadline 2/1/2017
California MCLE compliance is broken down into 3 different compliance groups and compliance groups are based on the last name of the attorney. Attorneys that are members of the State Bar of California are assigned to an MCLE compliance group only once – and permanently remain in that same compliance group, even if the member subsequently changes his/her last name.
Attorneys should report their CA MCLE compliance online through My State Bar Profile. The benefits of reporting compliance electronically include real-time reporting to the Cal Bar database with an instant confirmation emailed to the attorney.
Group 3 attorneys that have not yet completed and reported their CA MCLE compliance should do so quickly. Group 3 attorneys have until June 30 to complete their CA MCLE requirement, report MCLE compliance and pay the $75 late penalty. Failing to fulfill CA MCLE requirements can result in the attorney being placed on administrative inactive status.
For more information about CLE in California, please click the following link: CA CLE.
 As part of the 25 credit hour CA MCLE requirement, California attorneys must complete at least 4 hours of legal ethics, one hour of elimination of bias in the legal profession and one hour of substance abuse.
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