The new MCLE rule (APR 11) taking effect on Jan. 1, 2016,
gives lawyers the opportunity to customize their continuing education to best meet their needs. Lawyers will be able
to take advantage of new MCLE-approved course subjects
and activities to address important topics like lawyer-client issues, office management, personal and professional
development, and stress management, in addition to the
standard ethics and law and legal procedure subjects. The
increased flexibility is designed to create more meaningful
learning opportunities to support excellent lawyer-client
relationships and office practices and improve work-life
balance, job satisfaction, and career stability, which should
ultimately benefit clients as well as lawyers. Here is a quick
6 ETHICS CREDITS
Ethics credits can be earned by writing, participating in a
structured mentoring program, or attending or presenting
courses in ethics.
15 LAW & LEGAL PROCEDURE CREDITS
At least 15 credits must be earned from attending approved courses (live or recorded) in the subject of law and
24 OTHER CREDITS
The remaining 24 credits can be earned in the above categories, as well as in the new subject areas:
• Professional development
• Personal development and mental health
• Office management
• Improving the legal system
Or by engaging in approved activities, such as:
• Legal writing
• Legal teaching
• Providing pro bono legal services
• Judging law school competitions
• Participating in a structured mentoring program
NO LIVE CREDITS REQUIREMENT
The 2013–15 reporting group (the group that needs to finish
credits by Dec. 31, 2015, and certify by Feb. 1, 2016) will need to
meet the current MCLE requirements. The 2014–16 reporting
group will be the first group affected by the new MCLE rules.
All credits will be migrated to the benefit of the lawyer, i.e.,
“general credits” will be migrated to the new reporting system
as “law and legal procedure credits.”
For more information go to www.wsba.org/mcle.
Fewer restrictions, more
options, better outcomes.
What is the membership year?
Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
What about law students?
Law students can join any section
What about new attorneys?
Newly admitted attorneys can join
one section for free during their first
It’s easy to join online!
firstname.lastname@example.org • www.wsba.org/legal-community/sections
Why join a section?
Membership in one or more of the
WSBA’s sections provides a forum for
members who wish to explore and
strengthen their interest in various areas of the law.
Who can join?
Any active WSBA member can join.
What are the benefits?
• Professional networking
• Resources and referrals
• Leadership opportunities
• Being “in the know”
• Advancing your career
• Affecting change in your practice
• Skill development in involvement
with programs and the legislative
• Sense of community among peers
Is there a section that meets my
With 28 practice sections, you’ll find at
least one that aligns with your practice
area and/or interest.
Learn more about any section at www.