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California CLE Requirements

Whether you're an experienced California attorney or a California newly admitted attorney, here's what you need to know about California’s mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) requirements.

California CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement

25 credits every 3 years

Categories

4 ethics

1 elimination of Bias

1 competence Issues

19 general

CLE Compliance deadline

January 31

CLE Reporting deadline

February 1

Approved Quimbee formats

On-demand

Carryover

Carryover is not allowed.

CLE reporting instructions

California is a self-reporting jurisdiction and Quimbee does not report your completed courses to the State Bar of California. Please retain your certificate as a record of your attendance for at least one year from the time your CLE compliance is reported. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time.

California CLE Requirements

California-licensed attorneys are required to complete 25 credits, including 4 ethics credits, 1 elimination of bias credit, and 1 competence issues credit every three years.

All of Quimbee’s on-demand courses are considered participatory and can fulfill the California CLE requirement. Quimbee’s California bundle provides all 25 required credits, including ethics, elimination of bias, and competence issues credits.

California approves two types of education: participatory or self-study. No more than 12.5 self-study credits are allowed per reporting cycle.

Participatory activities

  • Attend approved CLE courses, in person or delivered via live or recorded technology.
  • Teach at an approved CLE course. Single speakers may earn the total credit of the actual minutes of speaking times 4. Panelists may earn the actual minutes of speaking time 4, plus the remaining time in attendance.
  • Attending a law school class. Attorneys may earn 1 credit for each hour of attendance.
  • Teaching a law school class. Attorneys may earn the total credits of the number of units of the course times 12.

Self-Study activities

  • Self-assessment tests
  • Writing published legal materials. Attorneys may earn 1 credit for each hour writing published legal materials.
  • Unverified electronic education (CDs, online courses, etc.)

California attorneys will report credit based on their compliance group. Attorneys are assigned to one of three compliance groups based on the last name on their admit cards when they are sworn in. An attorney will remain in the same compliance group, even if there is a name change.

  • Group 1 (A-G): Reports February 1, 2022
  • Group 2 (H-M): Reports February 1, 2021
  • Group 3 (N-Z): Reports February 3, 2020

No, carryover is not allowed.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

A new California attorney’s first reporting cycle begins on the first day of the month of admission and ends when the assigned compliance group cycle ends. If the attorney’s initial cycle is less than three years, the requirement may be reduced. See the Proportional Requirements table to determine if you have a reduced requirement.

New California attorneys are required to complete the State Bar New Attorney Training.

Program within 12 months of admission. This is a 10-hour program accessed through the attorney’s State Bar Profile. The training includes 4 hours of ethics, 3 hours of basic skills, 1.5 hours of competence, and 1.5 hours on the elimination of bias that can be applied toward the CLE requirement.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

California attorneys must report compliance by February 1 of their reporting year. See California’s Compliance Group page to see when each group reports.

California attorneys must submit a statement of compliance by logging into their California State Bar profile.

Resources

MCLE Program

The State Bar of California

180 Howard Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

888-800-3400

[email protected]

Newest California courses

Attorney Professionalism: There’s More to it Than Just Making a Lot of Money and Having a Lot of Clients

by Ken Kula
On demand
1h 1m 39s
An attorney is a professional; and being a good and respected attorney means more than just making lots of money and having lots of clients. It means displaying, encouraging, and garnering reciprocal professionalism. In this introduction to legal professionalism, we cover some of the major temptations, quandaries, and slip ups that attorneys can handle properly if they adhere to a high standard of professionalism. We also review a sample state’s creed on professionalism, as well as a recent ethics - related case before ending with a summary of suggested best practices for maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and avoiding the scrutiny of the local bar’s ethics board.

Cannabis Conundrum: Weeding Among the Hazy Legal Ethics Lines

by Jan L. Jacobowitz
On demand
1h 3m 06s
The entrepreneurial cannabis industry requires legal assistance like any other growing, innovative business sector. However, the cannabis industry does not necessarily resemble other evolving start-up business areas. Unlike most other industries, cannabis continues to be a federally designated illegal controlled substance, while various states have legalized cannabis and planted a patchwork garden of cannabis statutes, regulations, and ethics advisory opinions. What’s a lawyer to do? Legal ethics questions abound! What type of legal assistance may a lawyer provide to a client involved in the cannabis industry? May a lawyer accept product or an interest in a cannabis business in lieu of fees? Will a lawyer who participates in a medical marijuana program or indulges in recreational cannabis face ethical repercussions? This course will explore the historical context of the cannabis debate, the legal ethics implications for lawyers seeking to represent cannabis clients, and the current state of the legal profession’s response to legal ethics questions posed by lawyers traipsing through the patchwork garden of state regulations.

Humanizing the Defendant Through Criminal Mitigation Evaluations: Rethinking Presentence Strategies as a Strategic Tool for Criminal Defense Lawyers

by Mark Silver
On demand
1h 2m 12s
This course provides an advanced overview of criminal mitigation as a key strategic tool for criminal defense lawyers, and reviews various humanizing processes that a criminal law attorney can utilize to better advocate for his or her client. Mr. Silver discusses how the use of psycho-social analysis, which can also impact the factual analysis of the case, can provide a more positive and informed narrative of a client and increase their chances of success in the courtroom. Both experienced and novice lawyers will gain important insight into various criteria to consider and deploy at the pre-sentence or pre-plea stage of representation.

Introduction to Copyright Law: The Charles Dickens of Law

by Ken Kula
On demand
1h 0m 14s
Copyright Law can be the Charles Dickens of the law. It can be the best of times; it can be the worst of times. It truly is A Tale of Two Scenarios. If the attorney handling the copyright matter for the client is well prepared, does the initial research, and understands the general principles, it will be the best of times—going from initial application through final issuance and, possibly, victory at trial. If the attorney handling the copyright matter is unprepared, does not conduct sufficient research ahead of time, or does not understand the general principles of copyright law, then it will be the worst of times. The initial application may result in rejection from the U.S. Copyright Office, or the attorney could find himself embroiled in protracted and, ultimately, unsuccessful copyright-infringement litigation. In this introduction to Copyright Law, we cover the basics from application through litigation in an effort to ensure the attorney practices Copyright Law in the best of times.