Every three years, members of the California State Bar have to complete a minimum of 25 hours of continuing legal education (“CLE”). These include four hours of specifically approved “legal ethics” training. CLE hours typically run from about $35 to $50 or so per hour, of $875 to $1,250 per reporting period. Not going to break anyone’s bank—these are lawyers, after all. But catching up on hours every third January tightens the budget a bit.
Finishing up my final hour this afternoon, I was struck by the quiz at the end. Check out the instructions at the top:
Passing score is 14% on a 20-question on a true/false exam! That’s 3 out of 20. I would have had to actually try to deviate that far from the 50% score I could have gotten by random guessing.
It made me wonder whether the CLE requirements are really designed to improve the quality of lawyering in the state, or whether, like the State Bar’s annual dues form, they’re just padding the bill.