Category Archives: Newly Admitted Attorney

CLE FAQ on CLE Requirements

One thing I’ve learned about CLE is that the rules of each state are completely different and many attorneys aren’t even aware of the most basic requirements. Total credits, the legal ethics requirement, compliance and reporting deadlines – there is a lot of information to keep track of. And this takes on even more importance when you get audited because your ability to practice law rests on your completing your MCLE requirements properly.

CLE Requirements

  • Do you know the CLE requirements in your state??

Luckily, if you need answers to your CLE questions we have compiled multiple helpful resources. We work hard to bring you the most current information about your CLE rules and regulations so you can keep your law license and continue to practice law. We have a CLE FAQ for every state like this one for California: CA CLE FAQ.

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NY CLE: Online CLE for Newly Admitted Attorneys

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Newly admitted attorneys in New York have special CLE requirements.[1] Newly admitted NY attorneys must complete at least 16 transitional CLE credit hours in each of the first two years of admission to the New York State Bar. The requirements are shown on the chart below.

Newly Admitted NY CLE Requirement[2]

  • Sixteen (16) accredited hours
  • Completed in EACH of the first two (2) years of admission
    • 3 hours of ethics & professionalism
    • 6 hours of skills
    • 7 hours of law practice management and/or areas of professional practice

Newly admitted New York attorneys may NOW complete 14 of the required 32 credit hours by completing by completing on-demand computer based CLE programs.[3] For more information about New York CLE please click here: NY CLE.

[1] Under the New York CLE Rules, attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar for two (2) years or less are considered newly admitted attorneys.

[2] The first set of 16 transitional NY CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the New York State Bar Association, in the designated categories of credit. The second set of 16 transitional hours must be completed between the first and second anniversaries of admission to the NY State Bar.

[3] (In the required areas of Law Practice Management & Areas of Professional Practice.

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