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CLE Obligations for D.C. Bar Members
Credit in MCLE States
Seeking Course Accreditation


CLE Obligations for D.C. Bar Members

The District of Columbia Bar does not have mandatory or minimum continuing legal education requirements, although its members are encouraged to engage in such continuing legal education as is necessary to maintain their competence to practice law. See D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.1, Comment [6].

All attorneys admitted to the District of Columbia Bar after July 1, 1994, however, are required to complete the Mandatory District of Columbia Course on the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct and District of Columbia Practice (Mandatory Course). This course must be completed within 12 months after admission to the D.C. Bar. After completion of the entire course, new admittees receive a certificate confirming their compliance with this mandatory requirement.

Attorneys who have been inactive members of the D.C. Bar for five or more years, or have resigned or have been suspended for five or more years, including suspension for nonpayment of dues, also must take the Mandatory Course before returning to active status. Register for the Mandatory Course today.

In addition, the CLE Program does not accredit courses for D.C. Bar members. Learn more.

The D.C. Bar offers a full schedule of continuing legal education courses accredited in most jurisdictions that have mandatory or minimum continuing legal education requirements. To receive a catalog of courses, please call the CLE Program at 202-626-3488, or view course descriptions online.


Credit in MCLE States

All D.C. Bar CLE courses satisfy MCLE credit requirements in every state that has minimum continuing legal education requirements. The process for obtaining credits varies by state. See chart below. You may contact the CLE Office (202-626-3488) for further information about course accreditation. 

The D.C. Bar is an accredited or approved sponsor in the following states: 

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 courses qualify for New York credit. 

The D.C. Bar applies for credit for individual courses in other states, including Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming. 

Courses satisfy requirements in Arizona, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, and New Hampshire, but attorneys must apply individually for credit and, if the state requires it, submit accreditation fees directly to the state.

Instructions By State for Completion and Submission of MCLE Forms

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All D.C. Bar CLE courses have been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California. The D.C. Bar certifies that these activities conform to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

Credit hours for courses are listed after the time of the course (if credit hours are not listed, please call the CLE Office at 202-626-3488). These hours are calculated on a 60–minute hour. A separate chart for New York credits is available. Breaks already have been deducted in all credit calculations. However, some states round down to the nearest half–hour.

 

Seeking Course Accreditation

The D.C. Bar does not provide CLE accreditation for organizations’ courses or events. Since the D.C. Bar does not have mandatory CLE requirements at this time, there is no CLE accreditation body. The Bar does not certify CLE providers or keep records of members’ attendance at other providers’ CLE courses. While the D.C. Bar requires members to maintain their legal competence, it does not specify how they must do so and does not require that attorneys submit attendance documentation from any courses they attend.

For more information, contact the Continuing Legal Education Program at 202-626-3488.