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The primary purpose of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education(MCLE) in Montana is to improve the competence of attorneys.

The MCLE program should function in the interest of consumer protection, assisting Montana attorneys in remaining abreast of changes in the law in order to better serve the public.

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 with the same thoughtful deliberation it devotes to deciding cases.

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.