California CLE requirements

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

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California CLE requirements - general information

General information
CLE credit requirement

25 credits every 3 years


4 ethics CLE

elimination of Bias CLE

1 implicit bias CLE

1 technology CLE

1 civility CLE

2 competence issues CLE

15 general CLE

CLE compliance deadline

January 31

CLE reporting deadline

February 1

Approved Quimbee formats


Live Webcasts


Carryover is not allowed.

CLE reporting instructions

Quimbee reports the previous week's attendance to the State Bar of California through their website each Wednesday. Quimbee on-demand courses are considered participatory credit. Please retain this certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time.

California CLE requirements

What is my requirement as a California-licensed attorney?

California attorneys are required to complete 25 credits, including 4 ethics CLE credits, 1 elimination of bias CLE credit, 1 technology CLE credit, 1 civility CLE credit, 1 implicit bias CLE credit, and 2 competence issues credits every three years.

How can Quimbee help me complete my CLE requirement?

All of Quimbee’s on-demand courses are considered participatory and can fulfill the California CLE requirement. Quimbee’s California bundle provides multiple required credits, including 15 general credits, 4 ethics credits, 1 elimination of bias credit, 1 competence issues credit, and 1 implicit bias credit. If attorneys wish, they can also get credit through our live webcasts.

How else can I earn CLE credit?

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.)

When must I complete my CLE requirement?

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, 2025
  • Group 2 (H-M): Reports February 1, 2024
  • Group 3 (N-Z): Reports February 3, 2026

Can I carry over credit from my last reporting cycle?

No, carryover is not allowed.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

I'm a new attorney. When do I report CLE credit?

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

When do I report the CLE credits that I have earned?

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

How do I report the CLE credits that I have earned?

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


Contact info

MCLE Program

The State Bar of California

180 Howard Street

San Francisco, CA 94105


[email protected]