Mandatory Course

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  • For questions about compliance with the Mandatory Course, call (202) 737-4700 ext. 2020 or email
  • For questions about registration, call (202) 626-1315 or email

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
  • 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.

MCLE Credit*

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 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.

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.

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.

*Note: This course is a post admission requirement. New members must be sworn in to the Bar before they take the Mandatory Course.