Pennsylvania attorneys must complete 12 PA CLE credit hours every annual compliance period to fulfill the Pennsylvania minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) requirement. As part of the 12 unit MCLE requirement, Pennsylvania attorneys must complete at least 1 hour of legal ethics, professionalism or substance abuse. Pennsylvania attorneys may complete 4 credit hours through online CLE courses each compliance period.
The public properly expects that lawyers, in the practice of law, will maintain certain standards of professional competence and ethical behavior. The requirement for continuing legal education was established to ensure that, throughout their careers, lawyers admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania remain current regarding the law and maintain the requisite knowledge and skill necessary to fulfill their professional responsibilities.
Pennsylvania has three separate MCLE compliance groups. Each Pennsylvania attorney is permanently assigned to one of the three compliance groups. Once a Pennsylvania attorney is assigned to a compliance group, the compliance group will never change. You will always remain in the same Compliance Group – even if your last name changes your Compliance Group will remain the same.
All Pennsylvania lawyers have been permanently assigned to one of three (3) Compliance Groups:
Group I: May 1 – April 30
Group II: September 1 – August 31
Group III: January 1 – December 31
Groups are chosen randomly by lawyer ID number.
Attorneys in Compliance Group 1 are required to complete the Pennsylvania PA CLE requirement by April 30, 2013. Accredited Providers are given 30 days from the date of course completion to report credits to the PA CLE Board. The PA CLE Board accounts for this reporting period before determining non-compliance with the 2013 CLE requirement.
Pennsylvania attorneys may complete 4 credit hours through Attorney Credits online PA CLE courses. Attorney Credits offer individual courses – including legal ethics, professionalism and substance abuse CLE courses. Attorney Credits also offers four unit CLE compliance packages for PA Pennsylvania attorneys.
 Frequently Asked Questions
 If a lawyer fails to comply under the Rules and Regulations, the Board will send the lawyer a report of non-compliance. The lawyer must, within sixty (60) days from the date of the notice, comply with the Rules and Regulations. In addition, the lawyer must pay a late fee as required by the Board.