With a few exceptions, all attorneys who are actively practicing law in California must complete ongoing legal training. This requirement is called Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). The required 25 hours every three years must include credits on ethics as well as competence issues, such as substance abuse and mental health.
To make sure attorneys complete their training on a regular schedule, the State Bar requires attorneys to report their training once every three years. The bar also conducts yearly audits on a random set of attorneys to determine whether they are meeting the requirements.
Depending on the first letter of your last name, you will be organized into one of three groups with a different reporting deadline. Attorneys are responsible for tracking all of their MCLE activities and for reporting them to the State Bar every three years.
Lawyers can also attend Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses beyond the minimum the State Bar requires to help stay current with new laws or expand their legal expertise.
A career in law can involve continuing education of all kinds. You may want to add or switch specialties, gain new skills or simply update yourself in your field.
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