To be eligible for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) accreditation, an MCLE activity must meet State Bar standards outlined in the MCLE provider rules and be directly relevant to active attorneys licensed to practice law in California.
The presenter or presenters of the MCLE activity must have significant professional or academic experience related to the activity’s content. If the MCLE activity lasts one hour or more, the provider must provide participants with substantive written materials relevant to the MCLE activity either before or during the activity. Any materials provided online must remain online for at least 30 calendar days following the MCLE activity.
Additionally, a provider may request MCLE credit for welcoming remarks, introductions of speakers, closing remarks, and question and answer periods.
General creditMCLE activities for general credit must relate to legal subjects directly relevant to State Bar licensees and have current significant, educational, professional, or practical content with an objective to increase each participant's professional competency as an attorney. Activities designed for nonattorney participants will not be approved for general MCLE credit. MCLE activities that may be eligible for general MCLE credit include those that provide education or practical instruction in:
California licensees do not receive credit for breaks, lunch periods, or nonlegal education functions such as networking or company business meetings.
Legal ethics—subfield credit
MCLE activities for legal ethics credit must focus on attorneys' professional responsibility and obligations, including education on, and citation to, the California Rules of Professional Conduct, the State Bar Act, and related authorities such as applicable case law, ethics opinions, the ABA Model Rules, or the professional conduct rules of a tribunal. Activities that focus on the ethics of business, corporate or government affairs, or society in general do not qualify for MCLE credit.
Recognition and elimination of bias—subfield credit MCLE activities for credit in recognition and elimination of bias must focus on education in the recognition and elimination of impermissible bias in the courtroom and law offices; attorney-client relationships and relationships with other attorneys; legal and nonlegal employment and workplaces, including hiring, managing, and terminating employees; and housing, including accommodations and services. Courses required by Government Code section 12950.1 also qualify for credit in recognition and elimination of bias.
Courses required by AB 1825—mandatory sexual harassment awareness and prevention training for personnel managers—are approved for elimination of bias credit.
Implicit bias—subfield creditMCLE activities for implicit bias credit must meet the requirements of Business and Professions Code section 6070.5 and must focus on implicit bias and the promotion of bias-reducing strategies to address how unintended biases regarding race, ethnicity, gender, identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics undermine confidence in the legal system.
Prevention and detection competence—subfield creditMCLE activities for prevention and detection competence must consist of education that relates to the prevention and detection of substance use disorders, mental illness, and other mental or physical issues that impair an attorney’s ability to perform legal services with competence.
Wellness competence—subfield creditMCLE activities for wellness competence may include physical and mental wellness, well-being, or stress management so long as the activity addresses these topics in the context of the practice of law and the impact these issues can have on an attorney’s ability to perform legal services with competence.
Technology in the practice of law—subfield creditMCLE activities for technology credit must include education on technology tools, programs, or applications to assist attorneys in their law practice. Credit will not be rewarded for course content consisting of marketing of a technology product or service. Examples of courses that would qualify for this credit include:
Civility in the legal profession—subfield creditMCLE activities for civility credit must include education that discusses the link between civility and bias, incivility that is directed at opposing parties or counsels, and incivility toward the judiciary.
Legal Specialist—add-on credit
MCLE activities for legal specialists must provide high-quality legal education in one or more areas of the law eligible for LSMCLE credit as set forth in Title 3, Division 2 of the State Bar Rules.
For questions, please contact the State Bar’s MCLE program at:
MCLE & LSMCLE Certification ProgramThe State Bar of California180 Howard StreetSan Francisco, CA 94105Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 415-538-2126