Mandatory Course

The D.C. Bar now offers a monthly "simultaneous webcast" of the in-person sessions of the Mandatory Course. The in-person session will be presented once per month at the D.C. Bar Headquarters. Please click here to register for either option. 

A. Who must take the Mandatory Course?
B. Consequences of Noncompliance
C. Start Time and Location
D. Course Dates and Registration
E. Curriculum
F. Special Accommodations
G. MCLE Credit

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.
  • A member can complete the Mandatory Course requirement either by attending an in-person session or viewing the live-stream webcast.
  • 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

On-Site Information 

• Online registration closes at 2:00 PM ET the day before the Course session. 
• Late and on-site registrations are accepted for in-person attendance only. A $60 fee will be applied. 

• $229 for pre-registration, or 
• $289 for late and on-site registration (after 2:00 p.m. the day prior to the Course) 
• Learn more about mandatory course pricing

On-Site Morning Check-in: 
• Must show photo I.D. to register. 
• Breakfast will be provided. 

• Please plan on registering by 8:45 AM 
• Course duration is from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Members must attend the entire Course session to be in compliance)

     o 15-minute morning break 
     o 40-minute lunch break (Lunch will be provided) 
     o 10-minute afternoon break 

D.C. Bar Headquarters 
901 4th Street, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20001 

Metro: Judiciary Square, Mount Vernon, and Gallery Place on the Red, Green, and Yellow lines 
Parking: Limited parking is available at the D.C. Bar building, at the "I" Street entrance for $16 a day or check here for alternative parking options. 

Online Simultaneous Webcast Information

• Closes at 2:00 PM ET the day before the Course session for the webinar. 
     o No late registrations will be allowed at this time. 

• $229- Must register online

• On a computer- viewed remotely. 
• To access the webinar, a member must log-in to their D.C. Bar account with their username and password. Please click here to log-in

Online Check-in: 
• Webcast attendees need to log on before 9:00 AM ET. 
     o Please note our webcast platform tracks attendee login time. 
• We strongly encourage you to log in to your D.C. Bar account at 8:00 AM ET to test your system. (See instructions below) 

Webinar Schedule: 
• 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM ET 
• We strongly encourage you to log in to your D.C. Bar account by 8:45 AM

• Breaks: 
     o 15-minute morning break 
     o 40-minute lunch break 
     o 10-minute afternoon break 

Helpful Information: 
• To access the webinar, members must log in to their D.C. Bar account with their username and password. 
     o You must log in to your Member Account that is on file with the D.C. Bar.  You must not create a new account, or your compliance will not be reflected on your Member Record. 
• You will need to have Flash enabled to stream the webinar. 
     o We strongly encourage webcast attendees to test their computer by accessing their DC Bar Account the day before the webcast to troubleshoot any potential technical issues. 
     o You can run a system check prior to the day of the Course. Follow the instructions below. 
• Tech support for troubleshooting can be reached at 1-866-3278 
• More instructions and information about the Webinar will be emailed to you after you have registered for the Course.

D. Course Dates and Registration


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.

E. 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 
  • D.C. Bar Non-Disciplinary Regulatory Programs 
  • District of Columbia Administrative Practice 

You must attend or view the Course in full to receive a certification of completion. In cases of extreme hardship, attorneys in good standing may seek alternative compliance to the course. 

F. 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, 901 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, 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 or live-streamed video of 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

G. 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 3.5 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.