The State Bar of California is the only entity authorized to approve providers and education activities for California Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit and Legal Specialty Minimum Continuing Legal Education (LSMCLE) credit.
MCLE and LSMCLE providers are categorized as either Single Activity Providers or Multiple Activity Providers.
A Single Activity Provider (SAP) is an organization approved to hold and grant MCLE or LSMCLE credit for a single MCLE or LSMCLE activity for a period of two years from the date of the activity, provided that no substantive changes are made to the program, after applying for and receiving approval of the activity in accordance with the State Bar procedures and paying appropriate fee(s). More information on becoming an SAP.
A Multiple Activity Provider (MAP) is an organization approved to hold and grant credit for any MCLE or LSMCLE activity for a period of two years, after applying for and receiving approval of MAP status in accordance with State Bar procedures and paying the appropriate fee(s). Providers approved for MAP status do not have to submit separate applications to request approval for each program offered. More information on becoming an MAP.
Effective October 2, 2023, the State Bar implemented a new attendance record upload process. State Bar Rule 3.602(C) requires an MCLE or LSMCLE provider to provide the State Bar with electronic attendance records for any MCLE participatory activity within 60 days of completion of the activity.
Attendance records are uploaded by completing the following steps:
If you do not receive notification that your submission was successful, please contact ProviderRecords@calbar.ca.gov.
The State Bar implemented a new paperless online application and payment process for providers to complete their applications, attach supporting documents, and submit fees via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and Discover).*
The application review process takes four to six weeks from the date of receipt and cannot be expedited. The State Bar notifies providers that an application is approved or denied by email.
*Only credit card payments are accepted for online applications, and a nonrefundable service fee of 2.5 percent will be added to all transactions.
To submit an application through another format, or to use another form of payment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new provider fee structure was approved by the State Bar’s Board of Trustees that includes different application and renewal fees for for-profit, nonprofit, and government providers, and possible late fees.
Application Fees with Late Fees: General MCLE and Legal Specialty Provider
Fees are nonrefundable.
Application & Fee Deadlines
For-Profit Application Fee & Late Fee
Nonprofit/Gov. Agency Application Fee & Late Fee
Beginning with the compliance period ending January 31, 2025, licensees are required to also complete and report compliance on the following new subfields:
MCLE and LSMCLE Certification Program
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