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State Bar MCLE Requirements

Find your group by the first letter of your last name*. The current group is Group 3 (N-Z). The Group 3 MCLE compliance deadline is February 1, 2020.

Compliance Group* Total Hours
Required
Legal Ethics Competence Issues
(formerly Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness)
Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society
 
Group 1 (A–G)
Period:
2/1/16 – 1/31/19
Deadline:
February 1, 2019
25 hours required
(12.5 may be self-study)
4 hours required 1 hour required 1 hour required
 
Group 2 (H–M)
Period:
2/1/18 – 1/31/21
Deadline:
February 1, 2021
25 hours required
(12.5 may be self-study)
4 hours required 1 hour required 1 hour required
 
Group 3 (N–Z)
Period:
2/1/17 – 1/31/20
Deadline:
February 1, 2020
25 hours required
(12.5 may be self-study)
4 hours required 1 hour required 1 hour required

* Attorneys are permanently assigned to a compliance group once. You always remain in that same group, even if you subsequently change your last name. 

More MCLE Information from the California State Bar:

  • Attorneys admitted on or before February 1, 1992 were assigned to a compliance group based on the first letter of their last name as listed on official State Bar records on Feb. 1, 1992 (the beginning of the MCLE program).
  • Attorneys admitted after February 1, 1992 were assigned to a compliance group based on the last name listed on their admit card, which they fill out when they are sworn in as a member of the Bar.