Course Accreditation Process

Determining if a course is already approved

Adding an approved course to your roster

Submitting a course for approval and credit

Credit Types

Live

Audio-Visual (A/V)

Ethics

Credit for Special Activity/Course Types

Teaching / panelist preparation time

Pro Bono

Writing

Nexus

Law school courses — Credit for taking

Law school courses — Credit for teaching

Law school competitions

Bar review courses

Mealtime CLE activities

Compliance requirements if living outside of the U.S.

Retention period for course materials, agendas, and certificates of attendance

 


Determining if a course is already approved

To see if a CLE course is approved in Washington:

  1. Click “Login” in the top right corner of the screen, and log in.
    If you need to set up a password, click the "Activate your account" link to set up a new password. Your user name will be your bar number. 
    If you do not have a valid email address on file, you must contact the Service Center at questions@wsba.org or by phone at 800-945-9722 or 206-443-9722 to have an email address added to your records.
  2. Click on the “MCLE” link on the left side on your My Profile page.
  3. Click on the "Search Approved Activities" link on the top right side of your CLE roster.
  4. Search to find the course in our system (see search suggestions on the screen).

You may also contact the WSBA Service Center at 800-945-9722, 206-443-9722, or questions@wsba.org.

Adding an Approved Course to Your Online Roster

Ideally, when you attend a live CLE activity, the sponsor of that activity will have received course accreditation from the WSBA, and will submit your attendance within 30 days of the end date of the event.

For pre-recorded A/V programs, although the sponsor should apply for accreditation, you need to report the credits you earned for taking the course. If the program has been approved, you can simply add it to your roster. The screen will then prompt you to fill in (a) the date(s) you took the course, and (b) the number of credits you earned.

To add an approved course to your roster, follow the procedures below.

Procedures:

  1. Go to www.mywsba.org
  2. Click “Login” in the top right corner of the screen, and log in.
    If you need to set up a password, click the "Activate your account" link to set up a new password. Your user name will be your bar number. 
    If you do not have a valid email address on file, you must contact the Service Center at questions@wsba.org or by phone at 800-945-9722 or 206-443-9722 to have an email address added to your records.
  3. Click on the “MCLE” link on the left side on your My Profile page.
  4. Click on "Add Activity" just above the left side of your CLE credit roster.
  5. Search to find the approved course in our system. If you already know the Activity ID number for the course, you only need to enter it in the “Activity ID #” field on the search screen and click “Search”.
  6. If you do not know the Activity ID number, you will need to do a search to see if a Form 1 has been approved for the course (see search suggestions on the screen).
    "Add Approved Activities" lists can be sorted, by clicking on the column headings, to make finding a course easier.
  7. Locate the course (activity) on the list and click on the “Act ID” number link in the left column to add it to your roster.
  8. For live courses, correct the number of credits earned, if needed, by clicking the “Edit/Delete” link to the right of the course.
    For A/V courses, in the screen that comes up, fill in the (1) date(s) you took the course, and (2) number of credits you earned.
  9. If you were not able to find the Form 1 for the course, click the "New Live Form 1"or "New AV Form 1" button on the search results screen, fill out the form, and submit the course for accreditation review.

Form 1 applications must include a detailed agenda of the activity, including the start and end times for each session and break. Without a detailed agenda, no credit can be granted.

Note:

  • One (1) MCLE credit may be claimed for each 60 minutes of participation in an accredited activity. Time spent on course registration, introductions, breaks, and business meetings are not included in activity accreditation and may not be counted. Bar members are responsible for making appropriate adjustments to their records when the actual time spent in an accredited activity is less than the maximum approved credit-hours. Adjustments must also be made for late arrival, early departure or other periods of absence or non-participation.
  • You can Edit or Delete any activity on your Current Reporting Period roster by clicking on the link to the right of an activity.
  • Your online CLE credit roster is provided only for your convenience and is not an official record. At the end of your reporting period you must certify your credits with the online or paper MCLE Certification (C2) form to meet Supreme Court MCLE compliance requirements.
  • A "Certificate of Attendance" or other sponsor-provided certification is not sufficient to receive course credit.

Submitting a Course for Approval and Credit

In most instances, the sponsor of the course will apply for accreditation of live CLE courses and will report attendance within 30 days of the end date of the course. However, for some out-of-state courses from smaller CLE providers, the lawyer may apply for approval and credit on their own behalf. However, lawyers may not submit Form 1s for in-house courses sponsored by private law firms or in-house legal departments that have offices in Washington State if the lawyer is employed by or associated with that sponsor.

For pre-recorded A/V programs, normally the sponsor will apply the for course accreditation. However, you need to report the credits you earned for taking the course and the date(s) you listened to/viewed the A/V course.

To apply for CLE course accreditation, submit a Form 1. A detailed time schedule of topics to be covered (or that were covered) in the CLE course must be included with the Form 1 application (both electronic and paper versions) in order for accreditation to be determined. Start times and end times for each session, each break, and meal times must be given. Do not send course materials or handouts. These will be requested if needed to determine accreditation.

Credits approved for a course represent the total number of attendance credits that can be claimed for the course. Once the course is approved, an attendee must claim the credits earned based on actual attendance, up to the maximum credits for which the course was accredited. The credits in your online roster can be edited to make corrections, if needed, by clicking on the "Edit/Delete" link to the right of the course in your online roster.

Procedures — There are two ways a member can apply for CLE credit:


ONLINE – You may submit a Form 1 application online by following the procedures below. This is the preferred method.

  1. Go to www.mywsba.org
  2. Click “Login” in the top right corner of the screen, and log in.
    If you need to set up a password, click the "Activate your account" link to set up a new password. Your user name will be your bar number. 
    If you do not have a valid email address on file, you must contact the Service Center at questions@wsba.org or by phone at 800-945-9722 or 206-443-9722 to have an email address added to your records.
  3. Click on the “MCLE” link on the left side on your My Profile page.
  4. Click on "Add Activity" just above the left side of your CLE credit roster.
  5. Do a search to see if the activity has already been approved (see search suggestions on the screen).
  6. If you do not find a Form 1 for the approved course, click on the link at the bottom of the screen for the type of Form 1 activity you want to submit (Live or A/V) and fill it out.

Note – for A/V programs:

  • In the "Location" section, use the drop-down box next to the word "or" to input the A/V program type.
  • In the right side of the "About the Course" section, fill in the run time of the program.
  • The number of credits given for an A/V course may not match the live program credits due to the way that the recorded version was edited.
  • Check back in periodically to your MCLE home page. If any more information is needed, the activity will be flagged as "Incomplete" and will contain instructions on what added information to include.

PAPER FORM 1 – You may download a printable Form 1 application and fax (206-727-8313) or mail it to us. This method normally involves a much lengthier processing time than online Form 1 submissions.

For further assistance, contact the Service Center at 206-443-WSBA(9722), 800-945-WSBA (9722), or questions@wsba.org.

Credit Types

Live — A "Live" activity takes place in "real time" – it is not pre-recorded. For a live activity, participants attend either in person or through an electronic medium – such as a teleconference, videoconference, or webcast – at the time the course is actually being presented. 

 Teleconferences, videoconferences, and webcasts are considered live if and only if:

    • Presenters and expert moderators are available to all course attendees at the time the course is actually being presented; and
    • All attendees can hear other attendees' questions and resultant responses, also at the time the course is actually being presented.
    • Group Viewings of pre-recorded courses, presented by one or more expert moderators qualified and available at the time of the viewing to answer questions and expand on topics may also be considered live.
    • Writing credits, as defined in Regulation 103(j) (effective 1/1/09), are considered to be live credits.

Audio-Visual (A/V) — "A/V" courses are pre-recorded CLE courses. These courses are the only type that can be used for earning "self study" credits.
    •  A/V courses include audio and video tapes, compact discs, DVDs, archived webcasts, and other media that include the soundtrack of an MCLE Board-approved course presentation.
    • These programs cannot be more than five years old from the date of recording, except MCLE Board-approved "skills-based" courses.
    • Written materials must be included with the A/V program and reviewed by the applicant to earn credit.
    • Written materials must be purchased by each member, when required by the sponsor, to claim CLE credit for listening to or viewing an A/V program borrowed from another party.
    • Text-only and read-and-test presentations are not accreditable in Washington State.

Ethics — "Ethics" courses, and sessions of larger courses devoted exclusively to ethics, must meet the specific requirements of APR 11 Regulation 101(g) to be considered for ethics credit.


APR 11 Regulation 101(g) — "Ethics" includes discussion, analysis, interpretation, or application of the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct, Code of Judicial Conduct, judicial decisions interpreting these rules, and ethics opinions published by bar associations relating to these rules. It also includes the general subject of professional conduct standards for lawyers representing clients and the public interest. Ethics credits may also be awarded for accreditable activities in the areas of diversity and anti bias with respect to the practice of law, or the risks to ethical practice associated with diagnosable conditions of stress, anxiety, depression, and addictive behavior.

Credit for Special Activity / Course Types

Teaching / Panelist Preparation Time — If you have presented material at a CLE activity as a speaker or panelist, you can receive CLE credit in two ways:

  1. Attendance Credit — The time spent actually presenting material at the event is treated exactly the same as that for your audience. An hour spent lecturing at the podium or as a panelist earns the same attendance credit as the attendees earn from listening to the lecture or panel presentation.
  2. Preparation Time Credit — You may also receive CLE credit for the time spent in preparation for that individual or panel presentation
    The first step is to have the sponsor report your attendance at the activity. If the sponsor does not report your attendance within 30 days of the end date of the course you may add it to your roster (if it is already approved in our system) or apply to have it accredited by submitting a Form 1 application. Once your attendance has been added to your online roster, you may apply for preparation time credit.

Note:

Lawyers associated with or employed by a private law firm or corporate legal department that maintains an office within Washington State:

    • May not apply to receive credit for a continuing legal education course sponsored by that private law firm or corporate legal department. The sponsor must apply for accreditation. (APR 11 Regulation 104(b)(2)).
    • May apply individually for preparation time for speaking and panelist activity at these CLEs once the course has been accredited and added to your online roster.
    • For activities presented on or after 1/1/09, members may receive one hour of "prep time" for each hour actually spent in preparation for substantive presentation (not organizational aspects of the activity).  Prep Time is limited to a maximum of 10 credits per activity for both presenters and panelists. In addition, a lawyer may earn credit only once for teaching or participating in the same accredited course, regardless of the number of times the course is presented. (APR 11 Regulation 103(d))
    • For activities presented on or before 12/31/08 members may receive one hour of "prep time" for each hour actually spent in preparation for a substantive presentation (not organizational aspects of the activity).  Preparation time credit is limited to a maximum of:
      •  Five hours per course for panelists, or
      • Ten hours per single hour of presentation time for individual speakers.

    Procedures — There are two ways a member can apply for CLE credit:

    You may submit a Prep Time Form 1 application online by following the procedures below. This is the preferred method, with an expedited processing time of approximately three weeks.

    1. Go to the "mywsba" website at www.mywsba.orgNote: You must have a valid e-mail address on file with the WSBA to log in. If this is your first time accessing your MCLE roster through www.mywsba.org, you must use the "Reset password" link to set up a new password. Your user name will still be your bar number.  If you do not have a valid email address on file, you must contact the Service Center at questions@wsba.org or by phone at 800-945-9722 or 206-443-9722 to have an email address added to your records.
    2. Click “Login” in the top right corner of the screen, and log in.
    3. Click on the “MCLE” link on the left side on your My Profile page.
    4. Verify that the underlying activity at which you spoke has been accredited and has been added to your roster. If the course has not been approved, you must complete a Form 1 application for the underlying activity (and wait for it to be accredited) before applying for Prep Time credit.
    5. Click on "Add Activity."
    6. Click on the "Speaker or Panelist Prep Credit" Form 1 link.
    7. Select the course at which you presented.
    8. Fill out the Preparation Time form and then click "Submit."

    You can print out a Form 1 application, found here, and fax or mail it to us. Processing paper submissions generally takes much longer than online applications.

    For further assistance, see here or contact our Service Center at 206-443-WSBA (9722), 800-945-WSBA (9722), or questions@wsba.org.

    Note — How to distinguish between presentation credit, attendance credit, and prep time credit:

    To claim speaking credits, a member adds the activity at which he or she spoke to his/her roster and adjusts the hours, if necessary, to reflect the actual time spent at the event.  To claim credits for preparation time, the member also submits a Prep Time Form 1 for the hours he or she took to prepare for the course.

    For example: Paul and Jill went to a course in 2009 called "Skills for Thinking Through Ethical Dilemmas."  It was approved for 2 credits; the Activity ID was #241234.  The speaker was great — another attorney by the name of Nick.  Paul, Jill (who had to leave early for a client meeting), and Nick have all earned CLE credit — Paul and Jill for attending and Nick for speaking.

    Here is how we handle it: All three members get course #241234 put in their roster, because speaking credit and attendance credit are exactly the same.  Everyone attending the course, whether teaching or taking copious notes, gets the same course (#241234) added to their roster for the time they were there. The only perk or advantage that Nick gets because he spoke is that he can receive prep time credit in addition to attendance, and Paul and Jill do not.

    Nick spent a total of 12 hours preparing for his two-hour presentation.  To claim prep credits, Nick would submit a Prep Time Form 1, and enter only the number of hours that he took to prepare.  On this form, only preparation time is recorded — he has already recorded his speaking time in his roster by adding course #241234.

      • Because he was an individual speaker at this seminar, Nick is limited to receiving up to 10 preparation credits total for the activity.  Nick's Prep Time Form 1 is approved for 10 credits, and is given the Activity ID #241235.
      • If he had been one of several panelists at the seminar, he also would have been limited to receiving up to 10 preparation credits total for the activity.

    In summary:

    Paul's roster lists a total of 2 credits:
    #241234 – Skills for Thinking Through Ethical Dilemmas – 2 credits

    Jill's roster lists a total of 1 credit:
    #241234 – Skills for Thinking Through Ethical Dilemmas – 1 credit
     (Jill left early, and only gets credit for the 1 hour that she was there.)

    Nick the Speaker's roster lists a total of 12 credits:
    #241234 - Skills for Thinking Through Ethical Dilemmas – 2 credits
    #241235 - Skills for Thinking Through Ethical Dilemmas PREP TIME – 10 credits.


    Pro Bono Six pro bono credits can be earned per year. [APR 11 Regulation 103(f)] Of the six credits, two are for the required annual pro bono training. Four credits may be earned per year for pro bono service credits if at least four hours of pro bono work were provided through a qualified legal services provider and if two credits of MCLE Board-approved pro bono training were completed within the same calendar year.

    Apply for credit for the pro bono training following the normal process for adding an approved course to your online roster.  If the course has not yet been approved, you may submit an online Form 1 in the same way as you would for any other Live or A/V program. If you prefer not to use an online process, you may submit a paper Form 1

    Apply for pro bono service credit online or by a paper Form 1:

    Online -- Submitting a pro bono training Form 1 and the Pro Bono Credit Form 1 online is the preferred method, with a greatly expedited approval time relative to paper submissions.  

    1. Go to the "mywsba" website at www.mywsba.org. You must have a valid email address on file with the WSBA to be able to log in.
    2. Click “Login” in the top right corner of the screen, and log in.
    3. Click on the “MCLE” link on the left side of your My Profile page.
    4. Click on the “Add Activity” link that is just above your roster of CLE activities.
    5. For the pro bono training, do a search for  the course following the instructions on the screen.
    6. For the pro bono service, click on the “Pro Bono Credit” link.


    Paper Form 1 --Print out a standard Form 1 application. Paper Form 1s take much longer to process than online applications. You should use the following guide for adapting the standard Form 1 application to request pro bono credit.

    1. Clearly write "Pro Bono" in the upper-right-hand corner to indicate its type. 
    2. Utilize the form fields to present information about the prerequisite training activity taken from a Qualified Legal Services Provider. For example, the "Sponsor" of the activity will be the Qualified Provider, and the "dates of each presentation" will be the date or dates on which you undertook the training.
    3. Attach a separate written statement detailing the following: 
    4. the number of service hours provided;
    5. the Qualified Legal Service Provider through which you provided the service;
    6. the dates on which such service occurred; and
    7. the type of service rendered.

    Note: For both paper and online Form 1 applications related to pro bono service, the sponsor listed must be recognized by the WSBA as a Qualified Legal Services Provider as defined in APR 8(e)(2).  If your prerequisite training was completed by mentoring another attorney, enter "Pro Bono Training – Mentor" as the activity's Title and include the name of the mentored attorney within the "Agenda and Time Schedule" field (in addition to the actual time schedule and topics covered in the mentoring).

    Contact a Qualified Legal Services Provider to earn CLE credit through pro bono activities, or to find out about approved live and A/V pro bono training programs.  Many pro bono trainings and volunteer opportunities are available through the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services Volunteer Attorneys program. Additional information about Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities click here.

    For further assistance contact the Public Service Program at (206) 733-5905 or e-mail publicservice@wsba.org, or our Service Center at 206-443-WSBA (9722), 800-945-WSBA (9722), or email questions@wsba.org.


    Writing — Credit for writing substantial published works (e.g., law textbooks or law review articles) is granted sparingly and on a case-by-case basis. Applications for writing credit, along with the written work, are reviewed directly by the MCLE Board. The number of actual hours claimed should be based on the number of hours spent in preparing the material; the maximum number of credits that may be claimed is ten.

    The Board meets every two months. See here for the Board meeting schedule. At each meeting, the Board reviews writing applications received at least two weeks prior to the meeting. You will be informed of the Board's decision regarding your application within two weeks of the review. Credits granted are based on:

    1. The number of hours spent writing, and
    2. the depth and scope of the published material as it relates to the education of the WSBA members.

    Procedures — There are two ways to apply for writing credit:

    You may submit a Writing Credit Form 1 application online. This is the preferred method, with a greatly expedited processing time relative to paper submissions.

    1. Go to the "mywsba" web site at www.mywsba.org, you must use the "Reset password" link to set up a new password. Your user name will still be your bar number.  If you do not have a valid e-mail address on file, you must contact the Service Center at questions@wsba.org or by phone at 800-945-9722 or 206-443-9722 to have an e-mail address added to your records.
    2. Click “Login” in the top right corner of the screen, and log in.
    3. Click on the “MCLE” link on the left side on your My Profile page.
    4. Click on "Add Activity."
    5. Click on the "Writing Credit" Form 1 link, complete the Form 1, and then click on "Submit."
    6. Write the Form 1 Activity ID number on the writing submission.
    7. Mail a copy of the written work to the MCLE Board at the address below, referencing the system-generated Activity ID number.  Failure to indicate your Activity ID number with your written submission will substantially delay the Form 1 processing.
    8. Check back in two to four weeks. If any more information is needed, the activity will be flagged as "Incomplete" and will contain instructions as to what added information to include.

    You can print out a Form 1 application here and fax (206-727-8313) or mail it to us, along with a copy of the written work.

    When applying for writing credit using a paper application:

      • The "sponsor" is the publisher of the work. The "date" of the activity is the publication date.
      • Clearly mark the application "WRITING" in the upper right corner to indicate its type.
      • You must indicate the number of hours you spent writing and/or editing the material.

    All Form 1 applications concerning writing credit, and a copy of the written work, must be sent to:

    MCLE Board
    Washington State Bar Association
    1325 Fourth Ave., Suite #600
    Seattle, WA  98101

    For further assistance contact the WSBA Service Center at 206-443-WSBA (9722), 800-945-WSBA (9722), or questions@wsba.org.

    Nexus — A lawyer may earn credits for actually attending, teaching, or participating at a course that does not qualify for approval under the MCLE regulations and does not directly deal with the practice of law but that is substantially related to the lawyer's area of practice. To earn nexus credits, the lawyer must demonstrate – in a statement submitted on the Form 1 course accreditation application – that the topic, depth, and skill level will improve the lawyer's competence to practice law.

    Procedure

      • Online Form 1: Write the nexus statement in the "Comments about Activity" box.
      • Paper Form 1: Write the nexus statement in the box at the top of the second page, or attach a separate letter.

    Law School Courses – Credit for Taking

    Under APR 11 Regulation 103, a lawyer may earn one credit for each 60 minutes of instructed class time the lawyer attends in law school courses at the J.D. or advanced education level. The course may be taken within or outside the United States, and the lawyer is not required to take or be successful on any examination given in connection with the course in order to earn CLE credits for attending the course.

    Courses presented on or after January 1, 2009
    Credit for law school courses will be computed on the basis of one (1) credit for each clock hour of instructed law school class time actually attended.  There is no limit on the number of credits that can be claimed for each law school course.

    Courses presented on or before December 31, 2008
    Credit for law school courses will be computed on the basis of one (1) credit for each hour of instructed law school class time actually attended up to a maximum of 15.00 hours per course.

    For example, an active lawyer who actually attends 30 hours of instruction in a law school course may claim a maximum of 15.00 hours of credit under APR 11, with the remaining 15.00 hours being inapplicable toward the requirement and not capable of being carried over to the next reporting period.  However, an active lawyer attending two separate courses may earn a maximum of 15.00 hours of credit for course and in such instance may carry the excess 15.00 hours of credit over to the next reporting period.

    To earn MCLE credit for law school courses, the lawyer must:

    1. Fill out a Form 1 application, as with any other CLE activity.  The most important portion of the application will be the syllabus/agenda information for the course. Unlike the high degree of specificity required with respect to shorter conferences and seminars, more generalized agendas are acceptable for lengthier law school programs.
    2. Arrange for the instructor or law school registrar to verify the lawyer's actual attendance at the various sessions of the course and to report such attendance to the MCLE Board; and
    3. Comply with the applicable regulations of the law school or university involved.

    If you have questions, contact the WSBA Service Center at 800-945-9722, 206-443-9722, or questions@wsba.org, and ask that your inquiry be forwarded to an MCLE Analyst.

     

    Law School Courses – Credit for Teaching

    Full-time teachers and lawyers whose primary employment is teaching law school courses may not earn credit for teaching or preparation of law school courses.

    A lawyer who is acting as a part-time adjunct professor or lecturer may earn credit in connection with that lawyer's first presentation of a specific law school course, as follows:

    1. Presentation time — one credit for each 60 minutes of presentation time for that lawyer's first presentation of a specific law school course, up to a maximum 15 credits for actual presentation time; and
    2. Preparation time — one credit for each 60 minutes the lawyer spends preparing for each 60 minutes of presentation time, up to a maximum of 10 credits of actual preparation time for each 60 minutes of presentation time. (APR 11 Regulation 103(e)(2))


    Law School Competitions
    A member may earn a maximum of 6 credits in any three-year reporting period for judging and preparing law students (at an ABA accredited law school) for law competitions, mock trials, or moot court competitions provided that the member:

    1. Receives accreditable training prior to each competition in the feedback process to be used by the "judge" to give performance feedback to each student during the event;
    2. Implements that process appropriately during the competition; and
    3. Receives certification from the sponsor. Such certification shall include: 
        • the member's name;
        • the name, date, and location of the course or program; and
        • the number of CLE credit hours earned.

    Neither prep time nor ethics credit may be earned, nor can credit be earned for reviewing or grading written papers connected with this type of activity, such as briefs.  [APR 11 Regulation 103(g)]

    Procedures — There are two ways a member can apply for Law School Competition (Moot Court) credit:

    Online procedures — This is the preferred method, with a greatly expedited processing time relative to paper submissions. Currently, our processing time for online applications is approximately three weeks.

    1.  Go to the "mywsba" website at www.mywsba.orgNote: You must have a valid e-mail address on file with the WSBA to log in.  If this is your first time accessing your MCLE roster through www.mywsba.org, you must use the "Reset password" link to set up a new password.  Your user name will still be your bar number. If you do not have a valid e-mail address on file, you must contact the Service Center at questions@wsba.org or by phone at 800-945-9722 or 206-443-9722 to have an e-mail address added to your records.
    2. Click “Login” in the top right corner of the screen, and log in.
    3. Click on the “MCLE” link on the left side on your My Profile page.
    4. Check to see if the "pre-event" training is listed in your roster. If it is not:
      • Click on "Add Activity" and do a search to find the Form 1 for the activity.
      • If you find it, add it to your roster. 
      • If you do not find it, click on the "New Live Form 1" or "New AV Form 1" button and fill out a Form 1 for the program.
      • Click on "Add Activity."
      • Click on the "Moot Court" Form 1 link. Fill out the form and click "Submit" when finished.

      Paper Form 1 procedures — Print out a standard Form 1 application here and fax or mail it to us. Processing paper submissions generally takes much longer than online applications. You should use the following guide for adapting the standard Form 1 application to request pro bono credit.

        • Clearly write "MOOT COURT" in the upper-right-hand corner to indicate its type.
        • If the "pre-event" training was not listed in your online roster, submit a Form 1 for the program.  Write "MOOT COURT PRE-EVENT TRAINING" in the upper right corner.

      Bar Review Courses — CLE credit cannot be earned for bar review courses offered in preparation for the Washington State Bar examination. (APR 11 Regulation 103(m)(6)).

      For currently-licensed lawyers who are preparing to take bar exams in other jurisdictions, MCLE credit is available for the bar review courses of those jurisdictions. Lawyers may receive one CLE credit for each live or A/V classroom hour of substantive legal instruction.  Credit is not given for course content related to how to successfully take the bar exam itself (e.g. how to write good answers to bar exam questions).


      Mealtime CLE Activities — Educational activities occurring during a meal may be approved if the duration of the substantive portion of the presentation is indicated separately in the time schedule from the general meal time. Generally, time must be allowed for attendees to get or be served food before the actual presentation begins.

      Compliance Requirements if Living Outside the U.S.

      If you are an active lawyer residing outside of the U.S., you must still comply with MCLE requirements.

      A lawyer may earn credit for programs outside the United States, including courses concerning laws of jurisdictions outside the United States, if those courses are approved for credit by the MCLE Board.

      A lawyer residing in a foreign country where standard live CLE courses are unavailable may earn credit for courses that do not fully meet the standards of the MCLE regulations and which would not be approved if offered within the United States. In determining whether to grant credit for such courses, the MCLE Board will consider, among other things, the availability of courses in the area involved and the good faith attempts of the lawyer to comply with the requirements of APR 11 and the MCLE regulations.

      With approval from the MCLE Board, a lawyer in a foreign country with no reasonable opportunities for attendance at live CLE programs may earn a maximum of 45 credits per reporting period through approved A/V courses (waiving the live credit requirement) or by attending informal live CLE programs developed and presented by lawyers in the foreign jurisdiction.

      Send a written request to the MCLE Board if a waiver of the live credit requirement or permission to be granted credit for taking live CLE programs in a foreign jurisdiction is needed.  Include a detailed description of your circumstances for each type of request. The request can be sent to the MCLE Board, Washington State Bar Association, 1325 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101-2539 or e-mailed to questions@wsba.org.

      Retention Period for Course Materials, Agendas, and Certificates of Attendance

      Once the WA MCLE Board has approved the course, it generally will not request the associated written materials from you, so you should keep them according to your own need.  For the purpose of a possible MCLE audit, however, agendas and certificates of attendance for a course should be retained for four years after the reporting period in which you took that course.


       
      Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington State Supreme Court, or the bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, bylaws and policies.

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