It is of primary importance to the members of the State Bar of Montana and to the public that attorneys continue their legal education throughout their active practice of law. To better serve the public, the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) program functions in the interest of consumer protection, assisting Montana attorneys to keep abreast of changes in both the law and the practice of law to better serve the public. Because the profession’s obligation to the public is paramount, all active attorneys must comply with MCLE, subject to the need to accommodate special circumstances.
The primary purpose of MCLE in Montana is to improve the competence of attorneys. The MCLE program should be a means of inculcating principles of ethics and professional conduct, as well as providing knowledge and training in substantive areas of the law.
Regulatory authority for MCLE rests with the Montana Supreme Court. In light of the authority of the Court provided in Article VII, Section 2, of the Montana Constitution permitting the Court to make rules governing admission to the bar and the conduct of its members, the Court oversees the continuing legal education system.