CLE stands for Continuing Legal Education and MCLE stands for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. Both phrases can be used interchangeably. According to the ABA, attorneys are required to take a certain number of hours of educational courses over a period of time in order to maintain a valid bar license. The CLE/MCLE requirements vary from state to state for attorneys. California Business & Professions Code § 6450(d) requires paralegals to maintain a certain number of CLE/MCLE hours.
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