Continuing Legal Education - Mandatory CLE
What is MCLE?
MCLE stands for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. It is also referred to as
CPD (Continuing Professional Development).
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) is an obligation that is imposed on holders of
local practising certificates (ie, solicitors and barristers).
For solicitors it is imposed as a condition of a solicitor's practising
certificate (condition 1).
Barristers are also required to meet the obligations and are required to affirm
compliance when applying to renew their practising certificate.
How many points are required?
Generally, a legal practitioner is required to undertake 10 units of continuing
legal education a year.
One hour of continuing legal education equals one unit.
Are there special requirements as to the content of the units?
Yes, there are. Here is a checklist of the requirements:
Every year (Rule 57 Professional Conduct and Practice Rules 2013; NSW Bar
Association CPD Policy)
- 10 points per year (year ending 31 March);
- At least 1 unit in each of the following fields:
- Ethics and Professional Responsibility;
- Practice Management and Business Skills;
- Professional Skills.
Every 3 years (Regulation 176 Legal Profession Regulation 2005)
- One unit relating to the management of the practice of law that deals with the
- equal employment opportunity
- discrimination and harassment
- occupational health and safety law
- employment law.
It's easy to overlook compliance with the MCLE obligations. At NSW State
Legal Conference we realise this and we ensure that at every conference we hold
(in March and August of each year) we have sessions designed to help you to meet
Does the Law Society audit compliance with the requirements?
Yes, it does. In order to verify solicitors' compliance with the MCLE scheme the
Law Society of NSW conducts random audits.
Does NSW State Legal Conference hold a record of my previous MCLE
Yes we do. We have learnt that solicitors sometimes need a written record of
their previous attendances at our conferences for MCLE purposes and we can
provide this to you very quickly. Simply contact us by phone, fax or email and
we will send you confirmation of your attendances.