California Bar eJournal

MCLE Special Edition 2012

Keeping track of MCLE credits is going to get a lot easier for members of the State Bar in early 2013. The bar is planning to launch an online tool that will track MCLE hours, including the name and type of program, when it was taken and number of credit hours.
Can an out-of-state program qualify for MCLE? How do you file for an exemption from MCLE compliance? Where do you find an MCLE provider? Answers to these questions and more are detailed in this list of MCLE frequently asked questions.
MCLE Self-Assessment Test
Does your last name start with the letters A through G? You're up next for MCLE compliance. Take this month's test and earn one hour of credit.
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    A second yearly audit of how well attorneys complied with the State Bar’s Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements showed they did better overall than in the previous year, a recent report showed. But a minority of lawyers still failed and now face possible disciplinary action.
    With the Feb. 1 deadline looming, local bar associations and law schools are offering attorneys last-minute opportunities to complete MCLE hours. Officials say going local is a good way to locate programs offering credits in ethics, substance abuse and elimination of bias.
    State Bar members whose MCLE reports were audited made a series of mistakes that could have been avoided. Some of the most common include basic arithmetic errors and participating in programs that didn’t qualify for MCLE credit.
    With the State Bar stepping up its efforts monitor attorneys’ continuing education requirements, experts offer tips to help them avoid getting into trouble – and prevent problems from ballooning if they are audited.


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    Founded in 1927 by the legislature, The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court. All lawyers practicing in California must be members of the State Bar. The mission of the State Bar: "Preserve and improve our justice system in order to ensure a free and just society under the law."