Mandatory Course

 The Mandatory Course on the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct and D.C. Practice is administered by the D.C. Bar once per month.

  • The Mandatory Course is a requirement of the D.C. Court of Appeals to be completed after swearing-in (either in-person or in-absentia)
  • The Mandatory Course is offered once each month.  In July and December, we offer the Mandatory Course the day after the in-person swearing-in ceremonies by the D.C. Court of Appeals.
  • In-person attendance is required
  • Noncompliance results in suspension
  • Active and inactive members must complete the Mandatory Course within 12 months of admission

A. Who must take the Mandatory Course?
There are strict guidelines about who must complete the Mandatory Course.

1. All new admittees to the D.C. Bar (Active and Inactive)

    • Suggested that members attend within first 6 months of admission
    • Must be completed within 12 months of admission
    • Failure to comply will result in administrative suspension

2. Certain Inactive members switching to Active status

    • Holding an Inactive status for 5 years or more and wishing to switch status to Active

3. Certain Suspended members

    • Holding a Suspended status for 5 years or more

4. Certain Resigned and Retired members

    • Holding a Resigned or Retired status for 5 years or more and wishing to reinstate to Active status

5. Judicial members switching to Active status

    • Any member who has held any combination of non-Active statuses for 5 years or more

If you have previously completed the Mandatory Course but are required to take it again as stipulated by the guidelines above, you may qualify for Refresher Compliance. To qualify, you must be in good standing. You will be required to submit statements containing your disciplinary history from all jurisdictions to which you are admitted.   Please email the Mandatory Compliance Office at or call (202) 737-4700 Ext. 2020 to learn if you are eligible and how to apply.

Attorneys in good standing may, in cases of extreme hardship only, request that the Mandatory Course requirement be completed via Alternative Compliance.


B. Consequences of Noncompliance

What happens if I do not complete the Mandatory Course before the deadline?

  • Suspension from practice of law in the District of Columbia
  • Notice of administrative suspension is sent to the Courts of the District of Columbia
  • You must notify your clients of your suspension
  • You must withdraw your representation in any cases filed in the D.C. Courts
  • If you reinstate, you must pay a reinstatement fee
  • Administrative suspensions become a permanent part of your membership record
  • During the period of suspension, any practice of the law would be unauthorized.

C. Start Time and Location

Registration: Opens at 7:30 AM.
                       Must show photo I.D. to register.
                       Breakfast will be provided.

Time: 9:00 AM- 3:30 PM   *We strongly encourage you to arrive no later than 8:45 AM

Breaks/Lunch: 15-minute morning break
                         40-minute lunch (lunch will be provided)
                         10-minute afternoon break

Price: $229-$289
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Location: International Trade Center
                 Ronald Reagan Building
                 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
                 Washington, DC
                 Atrium Ballroom on the Concourse Level

Metro: Federal Triangle on the Blue, Orange, or Silver metro lines.

Parking: Available at the International Trade Center for a daily rate of $25 on weekdays and $15 all day on Saturdays. (Prices subject to change.) Please allow time for extensive security checks upon entering the parking garage.

D. Course Dates and Registration

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Mandatory Course

Date: July 14, 2018

Event start time: 9:00 AM. Registration 7:30-8:45 AM
*We strongly encourage participants to arrive by 8:45 AM

Event end time: 3:30 PM

Venue: International Trade Center - Ronald Reagan Building
            1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
            Washington, DC 20004-3002
            Atrium Hall on the Concourse Level

Description: Completion of the Mandatory Course of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct and D.C. Practice is required for:

  • All new members [must be completed within first 12 months of admission];
  • Any member of the Bar who has held an Inactive status for 5 years or more and wishes to change to Active status;
  • Any individual who has voluntarily resigned his/her membership in the D.C. Bar for 5 years or more and desires to be reinstated;
  • Any individual who has been suspended for 5 years or more for either a failure to pay dues or a failure to file a resignation statement and seeks to be reinstated to membership in the D.C. Bar.
  • Judicial members switching to an Active status

Notes: Registration will be from 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM. Photo Identification is required for check-in. Please plan to arrive no later than 8:45 AM. Late arrivals cannot be admitted once doors are closed at 9:00 AM. If driving, allow time for security checks at the ITC Building. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Members must attend the course in full to receive their certification of completion.

There will be a 15-minute break in the morning, a 40-minute lunch break, and a 10-minute afternoon break.

You will only be allowed to register for the Mandatory Course once you received your attorney license number (Bar ID) from the D.C. Bar. Issuance of your license number may take up to 30 days after registration statements have been submitted. If you wish to attend the next Mandatory Course, but do not yet have your attorney license number, please call the D.C. Bar Member Services at (202) 626-3475.

Metro: Federal Triangle on the Blue, Orange, or Silver metro lines.

Parking: Available at the International Trade Center for a daily rate of $25 on weekdays and $15 all day on Saturdays. (Prices subject to change.) Please allow time for extensive security checks upon entering the parking garage.

Learn more about mandatory course pricing.


While the curriculum may vary slightly for each session, it includes:

  • D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct
  • District of Columbia System for Regulation of Attorney Conduct
  • How to Fulfill Pro Bono Obligations
  • District of Columbia Court Practice
  • D.C. Bar Non-Disciplinary Regulatory Programs
  • District of Columbia Administrative Practice

There are strict guidelines regarding who must complete the mandatory course and what requirements must be fulfilled in order to receive the certification of completion. In cases of extreme hardship, attorneys in good standing may seek alternative compliance to the course.

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.

Special Accommodations

Pursuant to applicable law, any individual with a disability or any other individual who requires reasonable accommodations as required by individual circumstances (e.g., special dietary needs, nursing mothers, etc.) to attend the Mandatory Course, may request assistance by submitting a written statement to the D.C. Bar, ATTN: Mandatory Course Accommodations, 1101 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20005-4210, or emailed to Deadline for receipt of request is at least three business days before the course date.

If the member is in good standing, and an in-person attendance to the Mandatory Course would be an extreme hardship, please contact the Mandatory Course Compliance Office to gain more information about Alternative Compliance at 202-737-4700 ext. 2020 or send an email to  

MCLE Credit

If you are seeking MCLE credit in any jurisdiction, please bring your state(s) attorney registration number(s)/bar number(s) to the Mandatory Course.

This course has been approved for 5.0 total CLE credit hours, including 3.0 legal ethics credits. These hours are calculated on a 60-minute hour. Breaks have already been deducted from the time.

The D.C. Bar CLE Program is an accredited or approved sponsor in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. All Mandatory Course sessions qualify for credit in New York. The D.C. Bar will apply for credit for individual courses in other states, including Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming. 

The Mandatory Course satisfies MCLE requirements in Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, and New Hampshire, but attorneys must apply individually for credit for courses and submit accreditation fees, if any, directly to these states. 

*Note:  New members must be sworn-in to the D.C. Bar before they may take the Mandatory Course.