Updated: Nov. 17, 2023

Earning MCLE Credits

Realtime Course

Attending, teaching, presenting, or participating in or at an approved realtime continuing legal education course.

Prerecorded Audio/Video Course

Listening to or viewing an approved recorded continuing legal education course provided it was recorded less than five years prior to the view date.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

Course Preparation

Preparation time for a teacher, presenter, or panelist of an approved activity at the rate of up to five credits per hour of presentation time, provided that the presentation time is at least 30 minutes in duration. Applies to realtime or recorded course and law school teaching.


Participating in a structured mentoring program approved by the MCLE Board, provided the mentoring is free to the mentee and the mentor and mentee are both active licensed legal professionals of the WSBA in good standing. The mentor needs to have been admitted to the practice of law in Washington for at least five years. Find more details and access to the MCLE Board approved self-directed mentoring program materials here.

Pro Bono Service

Providing pro bono legal services through a Qualified Legal Service Provider (QLSP) as defined in APR 1. Visit the QLSP directory to find a QLSP.

Legal Writing

Writing for the purpose of lawyer, LLLT, or LPO education, when the writing has been published by a recognized publisher of legal works as a book, law review, or scholarly journal article of at least 10 pages, will earn one credit for every 60 minutes devoted to legal research and writing.

Teaching Law School Courses

When the instructor is not a full-time law school professor.

Law School Competitions

Judging or preparing law school students for law school recognized competitions, mock trials, or moot court. The sponsoring law school must comply with all sponsor requirements under this rule.

Law Clerk Tutoring

Tutors in the APR 6 law clerk program can earn credit for their "personal supervision" time.