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Discover all of the MCLE programs offered at the San Francisco Law Library!
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The San Francisco Law Library MCLE Collection


The San Francisco Law Library MCLE Collection covers a wide range of topics including legal ethics, recognition and elimination of bias in the legal profession and society, competence issues in the legal profession, fundamental lawyering skills, family law, employment law, real estate, taxation, and more.


Our self-study audio CDs may be borrowed by our card holders or used in the library. For circulation policy details and a complete list of program titles, descriptions, and credit details, please click hereFor information on obtaining a library card, click here.


The Library also offers free participatory MCLE credit through select Lunchtime Speakers programs in the library. Check our Lunchtime Speaker Series Guidethis guide, or our website for more information on upcoming programs.


Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)


California requires attorneys to complete a total of 25 hours of State Bar approved continuing legal education credit every three years. This can be completed with a mix of participatory and self-study credit, and attorneys must track their own hours. All attorneys, even those exempt, must report compliance to the State Bar online through My State Bar Profile to verify that they have completed ther MCLE requirement. Read here about approved education options and the difference between participatory and self-study credit.


Many California attorneys are unfamiliar with the record-keeping rules for self-study credits. MCLE Rule 2.73 states that members of the Bar must maintain a log of self-study hours that includes the title, provider, credit hours, and date of each activity. Attorneys are advised to maintain these records for one year from the time compliance is reported in case of an audit. The State Bar of California provides a Continuing Education Log to help attorneys keep track of their MCLE hours. For more information, see the State Bar's Record Keeping Requirements for Self-Study MCLE Credits.  For questions about audits, visit the MCLE Audit FAQ page.


If you are an Exempt Attorney, a New Admittee, on Inactive or Not Eligible Status, a Certified Specialist, or an Out-of-State Resident click here. You can learn about how to request a modification of your MCLE requirement here


Visit the State Bar's MCLE FAQs page for more information.



Check your compliance group's deadlines:



Period: 2/1/18 - 1/31/19 Deadline: 2/1/2019


Period: 2/1/15- 1/31/18 Deadline: 2/1/2018


Period: 2/1/14 - 1/31/17 Deadline: 3/1/2020*


*Note the later March 1 deadline for Group 3


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MCLE Self-Study Audio Programs

The San Francisco Law Library offers over 110 MCLE programs from Versatape and ACCESS MCLE. Our programs are self-study audio CDs. Programs include: 


Competence Issues in the Legal Profession


Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the

Legal Profession and Society


Legal Ethics 


General Credit Programs 




Rental Period: 

Rental Fee: 

Overdue Fines: 


One week (up to 5 programs at a time), or use in the library.

$5 per loan; $2 for in-library use. Free for nonprofits.

$1 per day.

One week, unless on hold.


The SFLL does not have equipment for in-library use, so please bring your own device and headphones.

If the course you want is checked out, you can place holds on up to five programs. We will call you when the item is returned, and you will have one business day to pick it up.


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Free Lunchtime MCLE Programs at the Library

The Library offers free participatory MCLE programs as part of our ongoing Lunchtime Speaker Series. Listed below are upcoming programs. Be sure to check our SFLL Lunchtime Speaker Series guide and the Library's website for new programs. You can also sign up to receive our E-Updates to ensure that you never miss a program!


Upcoming Programs:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 12 to 1pm

California’s Maligned Environmental Law:
An Overview of the California Environmental Quality Act, its Public Impression, and its Ongoing Importance, with a Focus on Large-Scale (and Controversial) Projects

Presented by:
Tom Engels, PhD, Principal, Horizon Water & Environment
Rob Peterson, PhD, CEQA Project Manager, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
Jonathan Koltz, Legal Counsel, CPUC

1 hour free Participatory MCLE Credit 

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In this hour-long program, Tom Engels, Rob Peterson, and Jonathan Koltz will provide a brief overview of the CEQA process, discuss why CEQA’s policy goals can be poorly perceived—and why those perceptions might not be entirely accurate—and explain why CEQA remains a vital tool for informing both the government and the public about the projects subject to the law. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 12 to 1pm

 Lexis Advance Training, Part 2:

Drinking from a Fire Hydrant: Basic Legal Research in the Age of Technology

Presented by Rebecca Cattich, Esq.
Solutions Consultant, LexisNexis

1 Hour of free Participatory MCLE Credit

This program will build on basic topics introduced in the July 13 program, but patrons who did not make it to Part 1 are welcome to come.

Recent Programs:


No registration required. You can email with "subscribe" in the subject line to receive our e-updates with information about upcoming programs. Programs are free and open to everyone. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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