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:

Deadline to report: Feb. 1, 2022
Deadline to report: Feb. 1, 2021
Deadline to report: Feb. 3, 2020

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



Free CLE is included in your ACBA Membership!

In a momentous step, the ACBA Board approved a new plan for free MCLE for ACBA members. On-site MCLE classes at the ACBA offices, which previously cost an average of $20 to $65 depending on membership, are free to all members. The archive of past MCLE classes will be available to watch on-demand through the ACBA website, and will also be free to members. This is a value of more than $1,600!

Read more on the ACBA Blog

Check out our upcoming programs on our calendar:

ACBA MCLE Programs

We can help you keep track of your FREE MCLE

The Alameda County Bar Association, in concert with its sections, programs and committees presents several MCLE programs and special events each month.

We are proud to offer all our on-site MCLE for free to ACBA members! You can’t beat that deal.

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.



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 for a $10 fee, 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.

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