Membership

Mandatory Course

The D.C. Bar administers the Mandatory Course on the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct and District of Columbia Practice for new admittees to the District of Columbia Bar and certain other individuals. For questions or for more information, call 202-626-1315 or 1-877-33-DCBAR, ext. 3315.


Start Time and Location

All participants must be present at the start of the mandatory course. 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.
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 or Orange line
Parking: Available at the International Trade Center for $23 all day on weekdays and $13 all day on Saturdays. (Prices subject to change.)

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Course Dates and Registration

Learn more about mandatory course pricing.


Curriculum

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

The District of Columbia Bar will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities as required by individual circumstances. Requests for accommodations shall be made in writing to D.C. Bar, ATTN: Mandatory Course Accommodations, 1101 K Street NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20005-4210 or e–mailed to cle@dcbar.org. Deadline for receipt of request is at least five 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.