MCLE Requirements

State Bar of California Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements

The State Bar of California requires attorneys to complete a total of 25 hours of approved credit every three years, including four hours of legal ethics, one hour of detection/prevention of substance abuse or mental illness, and one hour of elimination of bias in the legal profession. As part of their 25-hour requirement, attorneys can obtain a maximum of 12.5 hours of self-study credit. 

Attorneys are divided into three compliance groups:

February 1, 2016 -

January 31, 2019
Deadline: February 1, 2019

February 1, 2015 -
January 31, 2018
Deadline: February 1, 2018

February 1, 2014 -
January 31, 2017
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Please see the State Bar of California website for more information about MCLE requirements, compliance groups, and reporting.


The ACBA is now offering MCLE-Plus Membership.  By joining this group, you’ll be investing in your legal education.  Just one flat yearly rate gives you access to all MCLE events at the ACBA (except for those with restaurant fees), and registering for an event becomes a snap!  No more confusing fee schedules to decipher and no more payments to send in.  Membership in this group is just $185, or $135 for paid Section members. MCLE-Plus Membership needs to be renewed each year along with your ACBA Membership. Please contact with any questions, or to enroll!

ACBA MCLE Programs

The Alameda County Bar Association, in concert with its sections, programs and committees presents several MCLE programs and special events each month. ACBA members receive a discount on MCLE programs, and section members can save even more!

As a courtesy, members can now view their ACBA MCLE history by going to My Page and clicking on My MCLE. Please note that attorneys are responsible for tracking their own hours, and for reporting their compliance to the State Bar of California. If audited by the State Bar of California, you will need to provide your certificates of attendance and your record of self-study activities. The MCLE history available on the ACBA website will not suffice. The State Bar of California provides a Personal MCLE Log form you can use to keep track of your credit hours.


Paid registrations are required for all MCLE programs and ACBA events. There is no guarantee that space will be available unless you have an advance registration. Please register online for events, or send your registration with a check (payable to ACBA) to Alameda County Bar Association, Attn: MCLE, 1000 Broadway, Suite 480, Oakland, CA 94607. Some programs may accommodate "at the door" registration, but the ACBA cannot guarantee that space will be available.

Program schedule is subject to change. Please note reservations can only be held for 5 minutes beyond the start time. At that time, seats are considered "no-shows" and may be given to other attendees. 

The ACBA does not provide refunds for MCLE registration. However, registrations are transferable to another attendee for the same program.