About the Mandatory D.C. Course

Start Time and Location

You must be punctual for the start of the mandatory course as late arrivals will not be admitted. Allow ample time for security checkpoints as you enter the facility.

The course always meets at the following time and location.

Time: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
(No admittance after 9 a.m.)
Registration: Opens at 8 a.m.

International Trade Center
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC
Atrium Ballroom on the concourse level

Metro: Federal Triangle on the Blue or Orange line

Available at the International Trade Center for $23 all day on weekdays and for $13 all day on Saturdays. (Prices subject to change.)

Course Dates


While the curriculum is subject to vary slightly from session to session, it includes:

  • D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct
  • District of Columbia System for Regulation of Attorney Conduct
  • Pro Bono Obligations and How to Fulfill Them
  • District of Columbia Court Practice
  • District of Columbia Administrative Practice

Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy

All requests to cancel and reschedule must be submitted in writing and include the reschedule fee. There is a $60 fee for each request.

Notice About the Mandatory Course on the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct and D.C. Practice

In 1994 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals established under Rule II Section 3 of the Rules Governing the Bar a Mandatory Course on the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct and D.C. practice for new admittees to the D.C. Bar.

Through Article III of the D.C. Bar Bylaws, the course requirement has been extended to members seeking to change, or to be reinstated, to active status if they have been inactive or on inactive (retired) status for five or more years; individuals seeking to be reinstated to active membership after having been voluntarily resigned for five or more years; and individuals seeking reinstatement after being suspended for five or more years for nonpayment of dues or failure to file a registration statement.

The mandatory course is administered by the D.C. Bar. The requirement must be met by new admittees within 12 months after admission to the Bar, in order to maintain membership in the D.C. Bar. For individuals seeking change to active membership status or reinstatement of membership after five or more years, completion of the course is a prerequisite.

Any new admittee who fails to complete the Mandatory Course on the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct and D.C. Practice within 60 days after the D.C. Bar issues written notice of noncompliance shall be administratively suspended from membership in the D.C. Bar.

Any new D.C. Bar member otherwise in good standing who is administratively suspended for failure to complete the course on D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct and D.C. Practice shall be reinstated as a member of the D.C. Bar upon completion of the mandatory course and fulfillment of such other administrative requirements as the Bar’s Board of Governors may impose.