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The "typical" California bar member reports compliance with the regular MCLE education requirement of 25 hours every three years, as he/she:

 1) is subject to the education requirement for all 36 months of the compliance period

2) has no physical impediments to compliance







  • Members must fulfill at least one-half of their MCLE requirement with activities approved for "participatory" MCLE credit.

  • Maximum "self-study" hours: 12.5 hours


Special Requirements within the total hours required

(may be taken as participatory or self-study):


  • Legal Ethics: 4 hours 

  • Competence Issues: 1 hour 

  • Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society: 1 hour 

  • Members who are subject to the MCLE requirement for only a portion of the compliance period must complete education in proportion to the amount of time they were subject to the requirement.

  • Members are not subject to the requirement during months that they are:

    • on voluntary Inactive status

    • "Exempt" from the requirement; or

    • not yet a member of the bar (new admittees)

  • Members who are on Active status for four months or less of their compliance period do not have to comply.

  • Members who are Exempt for all but four months of the compliance period do not need to complete any education. However, all Exempt members, including these members, must report compliance. Simply mark the box that corresponds to the type of exemption applicable for 32 months or more of the compliance period.


If you were Inactive or Exempt for any amount of time, use the Proportional Table below to find the number of hours of education you must complete.









A proportional requirement is based upon the number of months you are on Active status out of the possible 36 months of the compliance period. A proportional requirement may be owed because you are a new admittee, have been on Inactive status for a period of time, or have been on Active status but in an Exempt category for a period of time. Additionally, one half of MCLE required hours must be participatory. 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.

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