Unless attorneys state that they are inactive or exempt, they must report that they took at least 25 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) to the State Bar.
Sometimes, however, attorneys may be able to report a reduced number of hours because of a change in their circumstances during the three-year compliance period. This is called a “proportional requirement.”
A proportional requirement is based upon the number of months an attorney was on active or non-exempt status during the period. Here are some examples of people who may be able to claim a reduced number of hours:
You can use the proportional table below to find the number of hours to complete.
Calculate your hours
Count the number of months you were subject to the requirement and consult the table below. If you were subject to the requirement for part of any month, you must count the entire month.
Proportional Requirement Table
Months on Active Status & Not Exempt
Total hours required
Incl. Hours of Legal Ethics
Incl. Hours of Elimination of Bias*
Incl. Hours of Competence Issues
*When two hours are required at least one hour must focus on implicit bias and the promotion of bias-reducing strategies.