The State Bar of Arizona ensures that Arizona attorneys meet and maintain the highest standards of competency and technical skill.
The ever-growing complexity of the law and its reach into the lives of every Arizonan demand that Arizona lawyers demonstrate skill and proficiency as prerequisite to admission to the State Bar, and that competency is maintained through a lifelong commitment on the part of every Arizona attorney to continued legal education and professional development.
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The CLE Department creates educational opportunities for you to expand your professional knowledge and improve your technical skills, as well as fulfill the annual MCLE requirement. In addition, CLE courses taken with the Bar are automatically added to your yearly CLE affidavit report.
Annually, the department presents more than 300 live seminars and webcasts; and produces online (interactive and self-study) programs covering a full spectrum of legal topics. The department also publishes a variety of desk books that offer information on current legal developments, as well as useful "how-to" guidance.
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MCLE stands for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. In 1989 the Supreme Court of Arizona mandated that every active member of the Bar must participate in 15 hours of continuing legal education every year, including three hours of professional responsibility.
While the Court requires MCLE, the State Bar is responsible for ensuring compliance. For each educational year (July 1 to June 30), members must submit a signed MCLE affidavit to the State Bar no later than September 15. In addition to recording the affidavits, the State Bar also carries out random MCLE audits.