California attorneys (active, inactive, or disbarred) can access the Lawyer Assistance Program's (LAP) free MCLE presentations, a free assessment with service referrals, short-term counseling, and longer-term support groups.
The LAP hosts free, virtual or in-person presentations on wellness strategies for legal professionals. Topics include addressing substance use and mental health issues that can impair the ability to practice law competently. These one-hour presentations qualify for an hour of MCLE competency credit and are appropriate for:
To schedule a presentation, please complete a request form.
“This was a fantastic CLE that I would recommend to my peers and colleagues.”
The State Bar provides free, short-term counseling for attorneys who need help with a difficult personal problem or career transition. You can access up to two free one-on-one counseling sessions with a local therapist who specializes in working with legal professionals around any personal issue or concern impacting work productivity—stress, burnout, depression, career concerns, or relationship issues.
“Be open-minded to it. It absolutely transformed my life. I had no anticipation or expectation of that.”
You can also access up to two free one-on-one sessions with a career counselor for participants who:
“I joined the program because I discovered that I had a major depression problem that affected my ability to function and make good decisions.”
For information on short-term counseling services, please complete this form or call 800-341-0572.
“There were a lot of different people with a lot of different experiences all working to help give me guidance and help me with improving my life.”
—LAP support group participant
Do you need to satisfy a specific monitoring or verification requirement imposed by an employer, the Office of Chief Trial Counsel, the State Bar Court, the Office of Admissions, or another entity? If so, see Monitored LAP.
For more information, please complete the LAP/OPC Support Intake Form, give us a call (877-LAP-4HELP or 877-527-4435), or send an email to LAP@calbar.ca.gov. Contacting us is confidential.