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.

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 Deadline for receipt of request is at least five business days before the course date.

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

MCLE Credit

The D.C. Bar is an accredited or approved sponsor in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, 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, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The D.C. Bar will assist with applications to Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, and Montana, but attorneys must apply individually for credit for courses and submit payment directly to these states, if required.

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.

Alternative Compliance

Attorneys in good standing may, in cases of extreme hardship only, request that the requirement that they complete the mandatory course on the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct and D.C. Practice be met by use of a media presentation provided by the D.C. Bar, instead of attending one of the regularly scheduled sessions of the course. However, the Bar's procedures contemplate that in-person attendance of the course is the preferred method of compliance.

An attorney seeking alternative compliance to the course must submit an original, signed request and must provide evidence that substantiates his or her claim of extreme hardship. Extreme hardship may include a severe, prolonged illness that makes physical attendance inordinately difficult, or such other cause as may be determined. Although travel requirements and work and personal schedules may pose an inconvenience for attorneys who do not reside in close proximity to the District of Columbia, extreme hardship shall not include absence from the District of Columbia except under extraordinary circumstances.

An individual requesting alternative compliance shall attest to and furnish such substantiation of his or her extreme hardship as the D.C. Bar may require. The determination of the D.C. Bar shall be final.

A request for alternative compliance shall be made in writing to D.C. Bar, ATTN: Mandatory Course Alternative Compliance, 1101 K Street, NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20005-4210.

For more information on alternative compliance, call 202-737-4700, extension 3234; for registration and other general information, call 202-626-1315.

Course Dates and Registration