New dates have not yet been announced for 2019.

Since 1992, the Nyingma Institute has offered courses that fulfill the MCLE requirements established by the State Bar of California. We offer several sections of all required courses: Legal Ethics, Competence Issues, and Bias in the Legal Profession. We have worked with practicing attorneys to design our schedule to meet your needs. Courses are scheduled so that you can earn up to 6 MCLE credits in a single day. Most programs are held in the peaceful environment of the Nyingma Institute and include a delicious vegetarian lunch.

How to Register

To register, call (510) 809-1000, or send a check for full payment, payable to the Nyingma Institute. Please indicate the following:

  • Title and date(s) of the course(s) you wish to attend
  • Your name, address, firm, telephone number, and email

We will email you confirmation, directions and parking instructions. Note:  Tuition is non-refundable, but can be applied to other MCLE programs. VISA and MasterCard accepted.

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Course Schedule

8:30 AM–9:30 AM / Competence Issues

9:45 AM–10:45 AM / Bias in the Legal Profession

11:00 AM–1:00 PM / Exploring Legal Ethics Part 1

1:15 PM–2:00 PM / Lunch

2:00 PM–4:00 PM  / Exploring Legal Ethics Part 2


Upcoming Courses:

  • TBD: Please check back for date in Fall and Winter 2018.

Course Descriptions

Competence Issues

This course is about detecting factors that can impair an attorney’s ability to work competently. The focus will be on identifying the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and stress. The goal will be to educate attorneys in detecting these problems in a timely fashion so that appropriate actions can be taken before they impact job performance. 1.0 MCLE credit in Competence Issues. Cost: $55. See schedule for times.

Bias in the Legal Profession

This one-hour course explores the roots of bias and offers communication practices that will assist in recognizing and preventing bias in the legal profession. 1.0 MCLE credit in Bias. Cost: $55. See schedule for times.

Exploring Legal Ethics, Part 1: Applying the Rules to Real Life Scenarios

This course explores two primary sources of an attorney’s ethical duties in California: the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) and the Business & Professions Code. Participants will use these sources as a toolbox as they identify and discuss the issues presented by various fact patterns. The course emphasizes the responsible use of technology and other areas where rapid changes in the legal field may be in tension with ethical obligations. 2.0 MCLE credits in Legal Ethics. Cost: $110. See schedule for times.

Exploring Legal Ethics, Part 2: Learning from our Mistakes

This discussion will focus on three basic questions: Where do attorneys typically go wrong? How can they make it better? How can they avoid making it worse? Participants will examine recent data to shed light on the most common forms of attorney misconduct and their disciplinary consequences, with an emphasis on aggravating and mitigating factors. 2.0 MCLE credits in Legal Ethics Cost: $110. See schedule for times.

About the Program

Comments from participants:

“This was the best substance abuse/stress class I have been to.” “Great discussion – thought provoking.” “Outstanding. Highly Effective/Useful.” “Terrific; gracious; open; easy to participate.” “I’m always struck by the effectiveness and benefits of Nyingma programs.”

State Bar Approval

Nyingma Institute has been approved as a continuing legal education provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California.