If you’re considering taking or already participated in a course or educational activity, you may have a question about whether it qualifies for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit. If you already hold legal training or workshops at your law firm, you and your colleagues may also be able to get MCLE credit for it from the State Bar.
To qualify as legal education, an educational program must be applicable to practicing attorneys. A significant portion of the program content must enhance an attorney's professional ability to practice law and be directly relevant to his or her knowledge of the law, including ethical obligations and professional standards.
If you think your activity meets these standards, you can do one of two things:
Check the approved jurisdictions list to see if you need to submit the activity for approval. You can submit your hours for MCLE credit if it is already approved by one of these jurisdictions. If an educational activity is not already approved, you can submit a MCLE Credit Request Form for your participation in the program.
If you represent a group that has never offered MCLE credit for training or other educational activities, you may want to file an application to become a provider.
Check the approved jurisdictions list to see if you need to submit the activity for approval. You may not have to do anything else if it is already approved by another jurisdiction.
If you are offering the activity in an area of the law in which the State Bar offers legal specialization credit, you can also apply for this kind of credit. Use our provider search for a list of the areas in which legal specialization credit is offered.
Educational activities approved for legal specialization credit by the State Bar automatically qualify for MCLE credit. The State Bar’s legal specialization program offers both single and multiple activity provider status. Applications are also available on the State Bar website.
Find out what types of programs qualify for MCLE credit.