California MCLE Reporting Deadline is March 1

The California MCLE compliance reporting deadline normally falls on February 1. However, due to a delayed start on the State Bar of California billing and MCLE compliance cycle, the Board of Trustees approved the CA MCLE reporting deadline for March 1. California Group 3 attorneys (last names N-Z) who are reporting compliance for the 2/1/2014-1/31/2017 compliance period must complete and report completing of the required CLE no later than March 1, 2017 in order to avoid a $75 noncompliance fee.

CA MCLE Reporting Deadline

  • Group 3
  • Last Names N-Z
  • 3/1/2017

Please note that the next Group 3 MCLE compliance period formally starts February 1, 2017. Therefore, any CA CLE course taken in February may be used for the 2017 or the 2020 period – but not both. Group 3 California attorneys must keep careful records in order to avoid double-counting any hours earned in February. For more information about California CLE please click here: CA CLE.

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CA CLE: Don’t Forget the Ethics, Bias and Competence Issues by the California MCLE Deadline

Under the CA MCLE Rules, California attorneys are required to complete 25 hours of minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) every three years. Of those 25 required CA CLE hours, attorneys must complete at least 12.5 hours for participatory credit.[1]

CA MCLE Requirement – Specialty Credits

  • 4.0 Legal Ethics
  • 1.0 Competence Issues
  • 1.0 Elimination of Bias

California attorneys also have specialty credits that must be completed.  Each three year compliance period California attorneys must complete 4.0 hours of Legal Ethics, 1.0 hour of Competence Issues, 1.0 hour of Elimination of Bias. Please note that California attorneys in Group 3 (Last Names N-Z) must report MCLE compliance by March 1.[2]  For more information about California please click here: CA CLE.

[1] For online streaming video CA CLE courses you must click on randomly inserted pop ups while you are viewing the CLE video to confirm that you are watching the course. For downloadable and CD CLE courses we have embedded numeric codes in the courses. You must write these number codes down and then enter them on our website after you complete the CA CLE course to obtain your course certificate.

[2] California attorneys that are in Group 3 for MCLE reporting purposes are technically required to complete their required CA MCLE by February 1, 2017.  However, if Group 3 California attorneys complete and report their MCLE compliance by March 1, 2017, it will be accepted and they will not be penalized nor will they be assessed a late fee.

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CLE FAQ on CLE Requirements

One thing I’ve learned about CLE is that the rules of each state are completely different and many attorneys aren’t even aware of the most basic requirements. Total credits, the legal ethics requirement, compliance and reporting deadlines – there is a lot of information to keep track of. And this takes on even more importance when you get audited because your ability to practice law rests on your completing your MCLE requirements properly.

CLE Requirements

  • Do you know the CLE requirements in your state??

Luckily, if you need answers to your CLE questions we have compiled multiple helpful resources. We work hard to bring you the most current information about your CLE rules and regulations so you can keep your law license and continue to practice law. We have a CLE FAQ for every state like this one for California: CA CLE FAQ.

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CA CLE: Complete 25 California MCLE Hours

Group 3 California attorneys…. now is the time!!  California attorneys with last name N-Z, its time to get your CA MCLE done! California Group 3 attorneys must complete 25 hours of minimum continuing legal education (CA MCLE) every three years as part of the California MCLE requirement.

CA CLE Compliance & Reporting

  • California attorneys that are in Group 3 for MCLE reporting purposes are technically required to complete their required CA CLE by February 1, 2017
  • However, if Group 3 (N-Z) California attorneys complete and report their MCLE compliance by March 1, 2017, it will be accepted and they will not be penalized nor will they be assessed a late fee

And don’t forget the specialty credits and 12.5 hours of participatory credit![1] Please note: the State Bar of California has conducted thousands of California MCLE audits over the last few years. Make sure to get your CA MCLE done right! For more information on California MCLE please click here: CA CLE.

[1] Specialty hours required: 4 hours legal ethics, 1 hour competence issues, 1 hour elimination of bias.

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Pay Fees and Report CA MCLE Compliance by March 1

California attorneys are accustomed to paying their fees and reporting CA MCLE compliance by February 1.  Not this year!  Due to a funding impasse with the State Bar of California and the California Legislature, the MCLE reporting deadline and the deadline to pay annual fees has been pushed back.

CA MCLE Reporting & Fee Deadline

  • March 1

The new deadline to pay fees and report compliance with the mandatory CA CLE requirement is now March 1.[1]  As part of the mandatory CA CLE requirement don’t forget to complete at least 12.5 participatory hours, 4 hours of legal ethics, 1 hour of competence issues and 1 hour of elimination of bias. For more information about CLE in California please click here: CA CLE.

[1] Attorneys licensed in California that are in compliance Group 3 are technically required to complete their required CA MCLE by February 1, 2017.  However, if Group 3 California attorneys complete and report their CA CLE compliance by March 1, 2017, it will be accepted and they will not be penalized nor will they be assessed a late fee (as long as the MCLE requirement is properly completed).

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CA CLE: 1 Elimination of Bias for MCLE Requirement

California attorneys must complete 25 hours of minimum continuing legal education (CA MCLE) every three years to be able to practice law in the state of California. And meeting all your required California CLE requirements has taken on even greater importance over the last few years as the Cal Bar has greatly stepped up the amount of CA MCLE audits.[1] One common error that California attorneys frequently commit is failing to take enough of the required specialty credit hours.

CA MCLE – Specialty Hours

  • 4 Legal Ethics
  • 1 Elimination of Bias
  • 1 Competence Issues

California attorneys need to make sure to complete at least 1 hour of Elimination of Bias each three-year compliance period.[2] For attorneys with last names that start with N-Z, the time is now… time to get your required CA CLE done! Don’t get fined, suspended or disbarred – start completing your CA CLE today! For more information about the California MCLE requirement please click the following link: CA CLE.

[1]  That’s because the State Bar of California has decided to increase the number of MCLE audits conducted every year.

[2] In addition to 4 hours of Legal Ethics and 1 hour of Competence Issues.

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CA MCLE: Complete 1 Hour of Competence Issues

Under the California MCLE Rules, attorneys are required to complete 25 hours of minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) every three year CA MCLE compliance period. Due to the increased number of MCLE audits that the State Bar of California is now conducting each year, it is extremely important to properly complete your California MCLE requirement.

Competence Issues

At least one hour of the required California MCLE must address substance abuse or other mental or physical issues that impair a member’s ability to perform legal services with competence.

Please note that the substance abuse requirement is now called the “Competence Issues” requirement. Essentially, the Cal Bar expanded out the substance abuse category to deal with more issues that impair an attorney’s ability to perform legal services with competence.[1] California attorneys must make sure to complete at least 1.0 hour of Competence Issues each three-year compliance period. For competence issues courses please click here: Competence Issues.

[1] At least one hour of MCLE must address substance abuse or other mental or physical issues that impair a member’s ability to perform legal services with competence.

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CA CLE: Four Legal Ethics Required for CA MCLE

California attorneys with last names N-Z (Group 3) must complete the required CA CLE by January 31 and report compliance with the CA MCLE requirement by the March 1 CA CLE reporting deadline.[1] California attorneys need to beware that the State Bar of California has been conducting thousands of California MCLE audits each year.

Required CA MCLE

  • At least 4 of the 25 required CLE hours
  • Must be in the area of Legal Ethics

Please make sure to complete at least 4 hours of Legal Ethics as part of the 25 hour requirement.  Many attorneys forget to complete the correct amount of legal ethics credits. This will make you feel much better if you get one of those CA MCLE audit letters from the State Bar of California in July. For more information about the CA MCLE requirement please click the following link: CA CLE.

[1] California attorneys that are in Group 3 for MCLE reporting purposes are technically required to complete their required CA MCLE by February 1, 2017.  However, if California attorneys complete and report their MCLE compliance by March 1, 2017, it will be accepted and they will not be penalized nor will they be assessed a late fee.

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CA CLE: Last Names N-Z Get Your CA MCLE Done!!!

Are you a California attorney?  Does your last name start with the letters N-Z?  If so, it’s time to start completing your CA MCLE!!  Each three-year CA CLE compliance period California attorneys must complete a total of 25 hours of approved California CLE credit. Of those 25 required CLE hours, you must complete 4 hours of legal ethics, 1 hour on competence issues and 1 hour of elimination of bias.[1]

CA MCLE Compliance

  • Last Names N-Z
  • Compliance Deadline: 2/1
  • Grace Period: 2/1 – 2/28
  • Reporting Deadline: 3/1

California attorneys with last names N-Z (Group 3) must complete the MCLE requirement by January 31 and report CA CLE compliance by the March 1 CA MCLE reporting deadline.[2] California attorneys beware: the Cal Bar has conducted thousands of California MCLE audits over the last few years. If you want to continue to practice law in California you must properly complete your required California CLE! For more information about the CA MCLE requirement please click the following link: CA CLE.

[1] Make sure to complete at least 12.5 hours for participatory credit!

[2] The Cal Bar strongly encourages you to complete your MCLE by 1/31.  However, the month of February is essentially a grace period for you to finish your CA MCLE.

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CA CLE: Don’t Forget the 12.5 Hours of Participatory!!

Starting in November we get quite a few calls from California attorneys as the CA MCLE compliance deadline approaches. I’m always surprised to find that many California attorneys don’t know about the participatory and/or self-study CLE requirements when it comes to CA MCLE compliance. California attorneys must make sure to complete at least 12.5 credit hours of participatory credit each three-year compliance period.[1]

CA MCLE – Participatory Credit

  • 12.5 Hours

And yes, you can take online and downloadable CLE course for participatory CLE credit.  If a CLE provider verifies your “participation” (attendance) in the course, then a CA CLE activity is considered participatory.  Attorney Credits offers online and downloadable CA CLE courses that can be completed for self-study or participatory credit.[2] For more information about California CLE, please click the following link: CA CLE.

[1] California attorneys CANNOT complete more than 12.5 credit hours of self-study credit.

[2] You select the type of credit you want before you begin your CA CLE course.

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