KABA MCLE Program
One benefit of being a KABA member is free participation in KABA’s minimum continuing legal education (“MCLE”) program. KABA is an approved multiple activity provider by the State Bar of California. Accordingly, KABA is able to grant MCLE credit for MCLE activities.
Over the course of the year, KABA’s goal is to provide its members with participatory MCLE activities that will help satisfy MCLE requirements. These take the form of in-person and online video continuing legal education seminars.
For more information on KABA’s upcoming MCLE seminars, please click on the following link
MCLE Requirement Information
Most California attorneys are required to complete a total of 25 hours of approved minimum continuing legal education (“MCLE”) credit every three years and report compliance to the California State Bar.* Within those 25 hours, there are special subject requirements that must be completed: 4 hours of legal ethics, 1 hour of competence issues, and 1 hour of recognition and elimination of bias in the legal profession and society. 12.5 hours of the minimum 25 hours of MCLE required can be taken as self-study.
For more information regarding the State Bar’s MCLE requirements, please go to the Requirements
page of the California State Bar’s website.
* = The following attorneys are Exempt, according to Rule of Court 9.31 and Business & Professions Code Section 6070[Rule 2.54]
The exemption for retired judges was deleted from Business & Professions Code section 6070, effective January 1, 2000.
Please note that members can participate in each seminar once for a total of 1.0 MCLE hours credit.
Attorney Reporting Requirements
California’s attorney membership is divided into three compliance groups. Compliance periods for the three groups are staggered so that each group reports compliance in a different year. Compliance periods are 36 months (three years) in length. Reporting deadlines for each compliance group are listed above.
To ensure that lawyers receive quality legal education, the State Bar approves MCLE providers and education activities.
Self-Study vs. Participatory
The California MCLE rules specify that some types of activities qualify only for self-study credit. Other kinds of activities can qualify for either participatory or self-study credit, depending on whether or not the particular activity is verified by a provider.
If a provider verifies your “participation,” an activity is “participatory.” Provider verification consists of the following:
- the provider has you sign in at the time of the activity (electronic sign-in is acceptable),
- the provider keeps a list of those who sign in, and
- the provider issues a certificate of attendance to attendees.
Online courses, CD ROM-based courses, and some tape-based courses can count for participatory credit if they are verified by an approved provider.