PA CLE: Reporting CLE Compliance

Pennsylvania attorneys must complete at least 12 CLE hours each annual compliance period.[1] Pennsylvania attorneys in Compliance Group III must complete the 12 required Pennsylvania CLE hours by December 31.

PA CLE 

  • Group III deadline is December 31

The PA CLE Board keeps a record of your CLE compliance and will inform you of your CLE status and will provide you with a final compliance report.[2] If you have not completed your required CLE, you must cure any CLE deficiency. Click here for more information about Pennsylvania CLE: PA CLE.

[1] Including 2 required hours of Legal Ethics each compliance period.

[2] And will also provide a final compliance report after the end of the CLE compliance period. If the report indicates that you are in compliance, you do not need to take any further action.

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CO CLE: Online CLE Courses Are Considered Homestudy

Colorado attorneys must complete 45 credit hours of CLE every 3 years to complete the CO CLE requirement. And don’t forget, at least 7 of the required 45 credit hours must be in the area of legal ethics. All Colorado CLE credit hours must be completed by December 31 and reported by January 31. Luckily, Colorado attorneys may complete all 45 hours through online and downloadable CLE courses.

Online CLE in Colorado

Colorado attorneys may complete all required CLE credit hours through online and downloadable CLE courses.

Online CLE courses are considered to be homestudy CLE hours in Colorado. To receive CLE credit for any home study course, a Homestudy Affidavit must be submitted to the Colorado CLE Board. Every Colorado attorney was given a Homestudy Affidavit from the Colorado Supreme Court upon admission to the bar, or subsequently with an address change. For more information about CLE in Colorado please click here: CO CLE.

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Arizona CLE: September 15 CLE Reporting Deadline

Arizona attorneys have annual CLE requirements as part of the mandatory Arizona MCLE requirement. During the compliance period, each Arizona lawyer must complete a total of 15 credit hours of Arizona CLE, including at least 3 credit hours of professional responsibility or legal ethics. The annual AZ CLE compliance period for Arizona attorneys runs from July 1 to the following June 30.

Arizona CLE Compliance & Reporting

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: June 30
  • Reporting Deadline: September 15

Arizona attorneys are also required to report completion of their AZ MCLE requirement each year by September 15. Arizona lawyers must submit proof of completing their AZ MCLE requirements annually on a form provided by the State Bar of Arizona.[1] Alternatively, Arizona attorneys may also use the blank affidavit that’s located in the Arizona Attorney magazine issued in mid-August to report compliance with the Arizona MCLE requirements.

When is the Arizona CLE affidavit due?

Unless exempted, Arizona attorneys must file the CLE affidavit annually by September 15.

Please be aware that the State Bar of Arizona does not certify CLE providers nor courses. However, Attorney Credits is a national provider of CLE and currently offers CLE courses in 48 states. We are Approved Providers of CLE in a number of main states including California, Illinois and Texas. Arizona attorneys have also completed thousands of CLE credit hours through Attorney Credits by completing our interactive online and offline CLE courses. For more information about CLE in Arizona please click here: AZ CLE.

[1] The online electronic affidavit is made available on the State Bar of Arizona website beginning in July.

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NJ CLE: Late Group 1 2016 Compliance Deadline is 7/28

Attorneys that are licensed to practice law in New Jersey must complete at least 24 credit hours of continuing legal education (CLE) each two year NJ CLE compliance period. The deadline for Group 1 attorneys to complete and report your New Jersey CLE compliance was 12/31/2016. If birthday falls between January 1 – June 30 you are in Compliance Group 1.

2016 Late NJ CLE Compliance

Group 1 New Jersey attorneys are given a grace period until 07/28/2017 to complete their CLE requirement.

Group 1 attorneys that did not complete the required CLE by 12/31/2016 are given a grace period until 07/28/2017 to complete their CLE requirement. If you complete your CLE requirement within the grace period, you MUST return to the on-line New Jersey registration system to report final compliance on or before 07/28/2017. Failure to complete the CLE and to report that by the end of the grace period will result in an attorney being considered noncompliant.[1] For more information about New Jersey CLE please click here: NJ CLE.

[1] Continuing Legal Education https://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/attorneys/attcle.html

Once an attorney is in noncompliant status, he or she will no longer be able to report compliance on-line and will have to report through a reporting form provided by the Board. In addition, attorneys in this status must provide certificates of attendance proving compliance before his or her record can be modified to a compliant status.

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Group II Pennsylvania CLE Deadline is August 31

Pennsylvania attorneys must complete at least 12 CLE credit hours each annual compliance period, including 2 required hours of Legal Ethics. There are 3 reporting groups for Pennsylvania CLE compliance purposes. Pennsylvania attorneys that are in compliance Group II must complete the 12 required Pennsylvania CLE hours by August 31.

Group II PA CLE Compliance Deadline

  • August 31

Group II attorneys may complete 6 PA CLE hours by completing Attorney Credits online and downloadable CLE courses. Attorney Credits offers individual courses (including legal ethics) and also offers 6 hour PA CLE bundles for Pennsylvania attorneys, the maximum allowed under the PA CLE Rules. For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania please click here: PA CLE.

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NY CLE: Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias Required in 2018

Change is coming to the New York CLE requirement in 2018. On January 1, 2018, a new category of CLE credit will be required in New York: “Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.” This follows suit with state like Illinois and California that also have a diversity/bias requirement.

Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

Starting on January 1, 2018, New York attorneys will be required to complete 1 hour of “Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.”

This CLE rule change will not add to the current experienced attorney biennial CLE requirement of twenty-four (24) credit hours, nor does it change the requirement that experienced attorneys earn at least four (4) credit hours in Ethics and Professionalism. New York attorneys will still be required to completed 24 total NY CLE hours, including 4 hours of Ethics & Professionalism and 1 hour of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias. For more information about New York CLE please click here: NY CLE.

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New Required CLE in Illinois: Diversity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Illinois attorneys now have new requirements. Attorneys in Illinois still must complete 30 credit hours every 2 years.  However, Illinois attorneys must now complete 1 hour of Diversity & Inclusion and 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance as part of the 6 required hours of Professional Responsibility to complete the Illinois CLE requirement.

New Illinois CLE Requirements

Diversity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Substance Abuse are now required hours in Illinois.

This rule change went into affect on 7/1/2017 and starts with the 7/1/2017-6/30/2019 compliance group.  Please note that Illinois attorneys completing late compliance from can complete Diversity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Substance Abuse hours as part of the 6 required hours of Professional Responsibility. Please click here for more information about IL CLE.

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FL CLE – 3 Hour Technology Requirement

The Florida Supreme Court recently approved a new rule requiring Florida lawyers to take technology-related CLE courses. If your Florida CLE compliance is due in the next couple years you don’t have to worry about it.

FL CLER – Technology Requirement

For example, if your last reporting cycle ended on 12/31/2016, then you would not be required to complete the technology requirement until the end of your next compliance period on 12/31/2019.

If your compliance deadline ends on or after 12/31/2019 you must complete 33 credit hours every 3 years. Five of the 33 credit hours must be in approved legal ethics, professionalism, bias elimination, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness programs. Three of the 33 credit hours must be in approved technology programs. Please click here to see more information: FL CLE.

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NY CLE: What should I do if I have not received an attorney registration form by my birthday?

“Experienced” New York attorneys must complete at least 24 NY CLE credit hours each two-year New York CLE reporting cycle.[1]  At least 4 of these NY CLE credit hours must be in the area of Ethics and Professionalism.  You must file your attorney registration form and complete your NY CLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years.[2]

NY CLE/Attorney Registration Form

If you have not received your attorney registration form by your birthday in your reporting year you must contact the New York Attorney Registration unit.

At the time of their biennial registration, all New York attorneys must certify that they have properly completed their CLE requirement for that reporting cycle and that they have retained the proper CLE certificates and documentation.  If you have not received your attorney registration form by your birthday in your reporting year you must contact the New York Attorney Registration unit by e-mail at attyreg@nycourts.gov or by telephone at (212) 428-2800.  For more information about CLE in New York please click here: NY CLE.

[1]  Experienced attorneys have been admitted to the New York Bar for more than 2 years.

[2]  If you were admitted before January 1, 1982 or in an even-numbered year (e.g., 1998), then you will register in even-numbered years. If you were admitted in an odd-numbered year after 1982, then you will register in odd-numbered years.

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TX CLE: Whose Responsibility is it to Ensure That Your TX CLE Hours are Properly Reported?

Texas attorneys are required to finish fifteen (15) TX CLE credit hours each annual Texas MCLE compliance period, including three (3) credit hours of legal ethics or professionalism. The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period. It begins on the first day of the month you were born and your compliance year ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes the month of your birth.

TX CLE Reporting

Although MCLE providers are required to report completed CLE courses, Texas is technically a self-reporting state. Individual attorneys must ensure that their CLE credits were properly reported.

When you finish CLE courses, CLE providers are required to complete your completed TX CLE courses to the State Bar of Texas. However, since Texas is technically a self-reporting CLE state you must verify the receipt of your TX CLE compliance information because Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for ensuring that CLE courses are properly reported. For more information about Texas CLE please click here: TX CLE.

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