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California MCLE Requirements and Compliance Information

What is California's MCLE requirement?

California requires attorneys to complete 25 Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit hours every 3 years. The 25 CA MCLE hours must include 4 hours of legal ethics, 1 hour of competence issues (formerly substance abuse), and 1 hour of elimination of bias in the legal profession and society.

Attorneys can easily complete all of their California MCLE online with LexVid:

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When is my California MCLE deadline?

California groups attorneys into 1 of 3 compliance groups, depending on your last name. The MCLE deadline for these groups are:

Group 3 (N-Z)
Compliance Deadline: Feb 3, 2020

Group 2 (H-M)
Compliance Deadline: Feb 1, 2021

Group 1 (A-G)
Compliance Deadline: Feb 1, 2022

How do I report my California MCLE compliance?

Attorneys are required to report compliance by their deadline by mailing in the affidavit sent to them by the State Bar or electronically through their My State Bar Profile (https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/MyStateBarProfile.aspx). You do not need to send in your certificates or report the individual courses you have completed.

What if I'm a newly admitted attorney in California?

New attorneys in California have a reduced MCLE requirement under Rule 2.72(C). The number of MCLE hours you need to complete is proportional to the amount of time you have been a member of the bar. You can find the proportional requirement table here: http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/Requirements.aspx#proportional

What if I've been inactive or exempt for part of my California MCLE cycle?

Attorneys who were inactive or exempt for any amount of time during their CLE cycle are subject to the same proportional requirement as new attorneys under Rule 2.72(C). You can find the proportional requirement table here: http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/Requirements.aspx#proportional

What if I don't comply by my California MCLE deadline?

Failing to comply with the CA MCLE deadline results in a $75 late fee. You must pay the fine and comply by June 30th in the year of your deadline. Otherwise, you will need to request an extension or risk disciplinary action.
* In response to COVID-19 The State Bar of California has issued an order extending the late CLE deadline to September 30, 2020 (previously June 30) for attorneys in Group 3 who have not yet completed their requirement.

Click here to see the order.

What if I take a continuing legal education course outside of the state of California?

Attorneys can earn credit for courses taken while physically outside of California as long as the course was accredited by an Approved Jurisdiction. The list of Approved Jurisdictions can be found here: http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/EducationOptions/ApprovedJurisdictions.aspx

How are California continuing legal education credit hours calculated?

CLE credit is calculated by rounding the length of the program instruction to the nearest 1/4.

Can I carry over extra California CLE credit hours?

Sorry, according to Rule 2.72(D), attorneys who earn more than 25 hours during a compliance period cannot carry excess hours forward to the next compliance period.

Are LexVid programs participatory in California?

Yes! All of our on-demand programs are considered participatory in California. That means you can fulfill your entire MCLE requirement right here!

Can I earn self-study CLE credits in California?

All LexVid courses are participatory. However, you can earn up to a maximum of 12.5 self-study credits [Rule 2.72].

How long do I need to keep my California MCLE certificates?

Attorneys must maintain their records of CLE program attendance for one year from the time compliance is reported in case they are audited. All of your LexVid certificates can be found at http://www.lexvid.com/account/certificates. To learn more about what to do in case of an MCLE audit, please visit http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov/MCLE/MCLEAuditFAQ.aspx

How can I contact the California MCLE board?

The State Bar of California MCLE Department
Phone: 888-800-3400
Email: mcle@calbar.ca.gov

What if I have more questions about California MCLE?

Check our help center: https://help.lexvid.com, shoot us an email at support@lexvid.com or give us a call at 1-877-327-1226. We look forward to hearing from you!

What do I do if I am audited by The California Bar?

The California Bar will notify you via mail and email if your MCLE compliance is being audited. If you are audited, you will need to log into your State Bar Profile and complete the online MCLE Summary Log. Next, you will need to email your certificates of compliance in a single PDF attachment to auditsubmission@calbar.ca.gov. Make sure you reference your bar number in the subject line of the email.

Please note that you can download all of your LexVid certificates at once into a ZIP file by visiting http://www.lexvid.com/account/certificates.

Failure to submit adequate proof by the stated deadline will result in a $75 penalty, and issuance of a 60-day Notice of Non-Compliance. If such proof and penalty payment is not submitted by the final deadline of October 30th, you will be placed on Not Eligible to Practice status effective on October 31st of your audit year.

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