California CLE Requirements: A Friendly Overview

The Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) is a Multiple Activity Provider approved by the State Bar of California and our courses are automatically approved for CLE credit in California.

CLE Requirements

You’ll need to complete at least 25 hours of CLE every three years, including:

  • 4 hours of Ethics
  • 1 hour of Competence Issues
  • 2 hours of Elimination of Bias (including at least 1 hour of implicit bias)
  • 18 hours of any general CLE topic

Remember, there’s a new rule that increases the elimination of bias requirement to 2 hours, with one focused on implicit bias. This applies to MCLE compliance periods ending after January 31, 2022.

For more details, visit the FAQ page on the State Bar of California website or check their MCLE Requirements page: California State Bar MCLE Requirements.

Compliance Groups, Deadlines, and Reporting Period

The compliance deadline is January 31 every three years. California attorneys are split into 3 groups based on last name at the time of admittance (A-G, H-M, N-Z). Each group has a specific three-year reporting period and deadline.

  • Group 1 (A – G): 2/1/22 – 1/31/25
  • Group 2 (H – M): 2/1/21 – 1/31/24
  • Group 3 (N – Z): 2/1/23 – 2/1/26

For more details, visit the Compliance Groups page on the State Bar of California website. Attorneys can verify their group assignment in their State Bar of California online profile.

Limits on Self-Study, Carry Over Credit, and Credit Hours Calculation

You must earn at least 12.5 credit hours through participatory activities (or half of your proportional requirement). The remaining hours can be obtained through self-study. All BHBA live and OnDemand CLE courses are considered participatory in California, and there’s no limit to how many credits you can earn this way.

Unfortunately, excess credit hours can’t be carried over to the next compliance period. [Rule 2.72(D)]

BHBA shares the available credit hours for each course beforehand. To figure out your credit hours, simply divide the course’s duration (in minutes) by 60 and round to the nearest quarter hour.

Attendance Reporting and Records Retention

Attorneys are responsible for tracking their CLE credit and reporting compliance to the State Bar of California at the end of the reporting period. Prior to the end of the reporting period, the State Bar sends compliance cards to those who must comply that year. Attorneys must retain their certificates of attendance for participatory credit activities. Additionally, BHBA reports your CLE credits to the State Bar of California every Tuesday.

Your CLE certificates are emailed to you in minutes after attending a live CLE webinar on Zoom or after watching a course though BHBA OnDemand. They are also stored in your BHBA+ profile for five years. BHBA makes State Bar compliance a breeze. One click and you have all your proofs of attendance ready to go. Individual certificates, self-study CLE tracking form, and a full list of courses taken are all right at your fingertips.

California Newly Admitted Attorney CLE Rules

New attorneys must complete a 10-hour New Attorney Training program provided by the State Bar of California. This training can also count towards fulfilling the regular MCLE requirement for new attorneys. Find more information about this program here.

This summary is provided as a courtesy and is not intended to replace official rules and FAQs issued by the State Bar of California. In the event of a conflict between this information and that of the State Bar, the State Bar prevails.

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