With a few exceptions, most attorneys who are actively practicing law in California must take 25 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) every three years and file a report with the State Bar.
Attorneys in MCLE Group 3 who were required to report compliance
by March 1 but have not reported compliance or paid outstanding MCLE
penalties by Aug. 31 will be ineligible to practice law effective Sept.
Here is a breakdown of the required credits:
Some attorneys may be able to claim a reduced number of hours because they were just admitted to the State Bar, were inactive or claimed an exempt status. Find out more about attorneys subject to “proportional requirements.”