New California MCLE Requirements for 2025

CA MCLE requirements will impact Group 1 (A-G) attorneys first.

California has adopted new Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements that begin with attorneys that have a compliance period ending January 31, 2025. Group 1 attorneys, attorneys with last names beginning with A-G are the first to be required to meet the new requirements as your compliance period is 2/1/2022 – 1/31/2025.

The new CA MCLE course requirements are as follows:

Competence Credit (2 hours required):

·         At least one hour focused on prevention and detection education that address substance use or other mental or physical issues that impair a licensee’s ability to perform legal services with competence (prevention and detection competence); and

·         An optional hour focused on wellness education, including physical and mental wellness and wellbeing or stress management, in the context of the practice of law and the impact these issues can have on an attorney’s ability to perform legal services with competence (wellness competence).

Technology in the Practice of Law Credit (1 hour required):

·         One hour addressing technology in the practice of law, including education on technology tools, programs, or applications to assist attorneys in their law practice.

Civility in the Legal Profession Credit (1 hour required):

·         One hour addressing civility in the legal profession, including education that discusses the link between civility and bias, incivility that is directed at opposing parties or counsel, and incivility aimed at the judiciary.

Attorney Credits is one of the largest California MCLE providers, #13825. We will have new California MCLE Compliance Bundles that meet the new CA MCLE requirements shortly after the current compliance cycle has ended (think March 2024). You can find our current CA bundles here. Remember that these new CA MCLE requirements don’t apply until the January 31, 2025 compliance deadline, so if you are in the current compliance deadline cycle you don’t have to worry about these right now. If you have any questions, please contact us at 760-434-1885.