A mandatory one-day course
for new lawyers on the
of Professional Conduct
and Massachusetts Practice
Temporary emergency order re: Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:16
In light of the ongoing and urgent public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Supreme Judicial Court, pursuant to its rulemaking authority, issues the following ORDER:
Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:16, requiring that lawyers newly admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth complete a Practicing with Professionalism Course within eighteen months of admission, is suspended until further order of the court. Suspension of this Rule shall not affect the status of individuals who have been suspended in accordance with S.J.C. Rule 3:16, Section 5.
This Order shall be effective on May 14, 2020, and shall remain in effect until further order of the court.
Completion of your Rule 3:16 requirementand much more
Observance of the highest ethical standards, proficiency in essential elements of law practice, and engagement in the legal community are among the hallmarks of professionalism. MCLE's Practicing with Professionalism course brings these principles to life through video, lecture, interactive polling, compelling hypotheticals, and valuable best practices.
SJC Rule 3:16 requires all newly admitted lawyers in Massachusetts to complete a mandatory professionalism course within 18 months of admission. Spend the morning with MCLE and build a foundation in professionalism that will serve you throughout your career.
MCLE is offering Practicing with Professionalism on the following dates:
The program runs from 9:00 am to 1:15 pm, with check-in beginning at 8:15 am. Breakfast will be provided. Late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the program.
All presentations are held at MCLE's Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, via Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108.
Register and reserve your seat in any of the remaining sessions. Space is limited. To ensure you get your preferred date, register as soon as possible. Your online registration must be received by no later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of the program. Registrations will not be accepted at the door.
Attendance at this program, per SJC Rule 3:16, is a post-admission requirement. Only those already admitted to the Massachusetts bar will receive credit for the course; anyone not yet admitted to the bar will have to retake the course after admission.
Attendance at the entire program is required. Registrants who arrive after the course has commenced will not be permitted to attend the day’s program, but must register for another course date.
A major advantage of taking the Practicing with Professionalism course at MCLE is the rich compilation of resource materials—provided in electronic format—over 1,000 pages of original articles from existing MCLE publications, and materials from a number of regulatory agencies and professional organizations.
These publications serve not only as a valuable companion for the course, but also as a continuing resource for research and reference in daily practice.