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FL CLE: 30 CLE Hours or 33 CLE Hours??

The Florida Supreme Court approved a new rule on 1/1/2017 requiring Florida attorneys to complete 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

The first Florida attorneys that need to complete 33 hours – including 3 hours of technology – have compliance dates starting in December 2019.

Only if your compliance deadline ends in December 2019 (or later) then you must complete 33 credit hours every 3 years. Five of the 33 credit hours must be in approved legal ethics and 3 of the 33 hours must be in approved technology programs. Please click here to see more information: FL CLE.

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FL CLE: All 30 Hours (33 in some cases) May be Completed by Online Florida CLE Courses

Florida attorneys must complete at least 30 total Florida CLE credit hours every 3 years, including 5 credit hours of legal ethics.  For future CLER compliance, Florida attorneys will need to complete 33 hours every 3 years.[1]  However, this new 33 hour requirement (and technology requirement) does not a apply for another few more years.[2]

Florida CLE Requirement 

Florida attorneys are allowed to complete all 30 hours through online FL CLE courses.

Florida attorneys are allowed to complete all 30 hours by completing online and downloadable FL CLE courses. Florida attorneys may complete courses though online streaming video, audio (MP3) download, video (MP4) download, CD and other offline media formats. For more information about Florida CLE courses and the CLE requirement in Florida please click this link: Florida CLE.

[1] FL CLER: Technology CLE Required

FL CLER: Technology CLE Required

[2] The first Florida attorneys that need to comply with this new requirement are those attorneys whose CLE deadline is December 2019.

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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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FL CLE: Florida CLE FAQ

How many FL CLE hours do I need to complete?  When do I need to complete my 30 hours?  How do I report compliance?  Do providers report my completed courses?  What in the world is CLER?

Top FL CLE Questions

  • How are CLE credits reported to the Florida Bar?
    • You must self-report your FL CLE credit hours on the Florida Bar website. In order to self-report your FL CLE, you will need to know our Florida Bar course numbers for FL CLE course that you complete. The Florida Bar course numbers are printed on your Certificates of Completion.
  • How often and by when do I need to report CLE compliance?
    • Florida attorneys are required to report FL CLE hours earned every three years. Each Florida attorney is assigned a three year reporting cycle. You can find your reporting date on the mailing label of The Florida Bar News.
  • What is the new technology requirement?
    • Effective January 1, 2017, each Florida attorney must complete 3 credit hours in approved technology programs each compliance period. Compliance with the new rule will begin in the member’s next reporting cycle following the January 1, 2017 effective date. For example, if your last reporting cycle ended on December 31, 2016, then you would not have to complete the technology requirement until the end of your next compliance period on December 31, 2019.

If you’re like many Florida attorneys – even attorneys that have practiced for years – you have questions about your Florida CLE compliance. That’s why we created our Florida CLE FAQ… so we can help you easily find the information that you need about your FL CLE compliance! For more information about your FL CLE compliance please click here: FL CLE FAQ.

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FL CLER: Technology CLE Required

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The Florida Supreme Court just approved a new rule requiring Florida lawyers to take technology-related CLE courses. On Thursday September 29, the Court issued a short opinion adopting The Florida Bar’s proposal for mandatory technology FL CLE hours.

FL CLER – Technology Requirement[1]

We amend subdivision (b) (Minimum Hourly Continuing Legal Education Requirements) to change the required number of continuing legal education credit hours over a three-year period from 30 to 33, with three hours in an approved technology program.

The rule change will go into effect January 1, 2017, and it will require Florida lawyers to take a minimum of three (3) hours of technology-related Florida CLE courses during each three-year CLER compliance cycle. The Court approved the Florida Bar’s proposal to raise the minimum number of CLE hours from 30 to 33 in a three-year cycle to accommodate the new technology requirement. Check back on our blog, we will provide more information as it becomes available.

[1] http://www.abajournal.com/files/OP-SC16-574_AMDS_FL_BAR_SEPT29_(1)_copy.pdf

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FL CLE: Late Reporting or CLER Non-Compliance

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Every three-years Florida attorneys must complete at least 30 total FL CLE credit hours, including 5 credit hours of legal ethics.[1] Florida Bar members are also required to report compliance with the FL CLER (continuing legal education requirement) every three years.[2]  If you fail to complete and report the required 30 Florida CLE hours, then you will be deemed delinquent. All Reporting Affidavits will be reviewed to determine compliance with the FL CLER and if you are deemed delinquent you can be suspended from the practice of Florida law.

FL CLE Noncompliance Includes:

Incomplete reports

Unexecuted reports

Failure to timely file a report

Failure to report sufficient FL CLE credit

The Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE) will prepare and serve notices of delinquency to attorneys that are determined to be in noncompliance with the FL CLER.[3]  If you are notified and deemed to be CLER delinquency, then you will be suspended from the practice of Florida law. Florida attorneys are allowed to complete all 30 required CLER credit hours through on-demand online and offline CLE courses.[4] For more information about Attorney Credits Florida CLE courses and the CLER in Florida please click this link: Florida CLE.

[1] Courses in professionalism, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness also qualify for legal ethics credit.

[2] Each member of The Florida Bar is assigned a three-year reporting cycle, chosen at random by a computer program. If you fail to complete and report the required FL CLE hours you can be suspended from the practice of Florida law.

[3] Notice will be considered effective if it is in writing and served at the attorneys address on file with The Florida Bar or last known address.

[4] The Florida Bar allows the entire CLER to be fulfilled via streaming video, audio & video download and CD courses.

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FL CLE: Can I Carry CLE Hours Forward to the Next Compliance Period?

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Members of the Florida Bar are subject to the CLER. Florida attorneys must complete and report 30 total FL CLE credit hours every three-year reporting cycle to fulfill the CLER.[1] This compliance and reporting requirement is called the Continuing Legal Education Requirement (CLER) in Florida.

Florida does NOT allow CLER credit hours to be carried over from one compliance period to the next.

But does Florida allow you to carry over CLE hours from one compliance to the next? No, Florida does NOT allow CLE credit hours to be carried over from one compliance period to the next. To access more information about Florida CLE please click the following link: FL CLE.

[1] Your FL CLE reporting cycle is chosen randomly by a computer program.

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The Florida CLER

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Members of the Florida Bar are subject to the CLER. The CLER stands for “Continuing Legal Education Requirement.” Each Florida attorney is assigned a reporting date and required to complete 30 hours of approved Florida CLE every three years.

Non-Compliance with the Florida CLER

If you fail to complete and report the required 30 FL CLE hours you can be suspended from the practice of Florida law.

Florida attorneys may complete all 30 required CLER credit hours through on-demand online and downloadable CLE courses. The Florida Bar allows the entire CLER to be fulfilled via streaming video, audio & video download and CD courses. For more information about Attorney Credits FL CLE courses and the CLER please click this link: FL CLE.

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FL CLE: Noncompliance or Late Reporting CLER

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Every three-year FL CLE compliance period Florida attorneys must complete at least 30 total FL CLE credit hours, including 5 credit hours in the area of legal ethics.[1] Florida Bar members are also required to report compliance with the FL CLER (continuing legal education requirement) every three years.[2]

If you fail to complete and report the required FL CLE hours you can be suspended from the practice of Florida law.

If you fail to complete and report the required Florida CLE hours, then you will be deemed delinquent. All Reporting Affidavits will be reviewed to determine compliance with the FL CLER. The Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE) will prepare and serve notices of delinquency to attorneys that are determined to be in noncompliance with the FL CLER.[3] If you are deemed delinquent and notified of the delinquency, then you will be suspended from the practice of Florida law.

Noncompliance Includes:

  • Incomplete reports
  • Unexecuted reports
  • Failure to timely file a report
  • Failure to report sufficient FL CLE credit

Florida attorneys are allowed to complete all 30 required CLER credit hours through on-demand online and offline CLE courses. The Florida Bar allows the entire CLER to be fulfilled via streaming video, audio & video download and CD courses. For more information about Attorney Credits Florida CLE courses and the CLER in Florida please click this link: FL CLE.

[1] Courses in professionalism, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness also qualify for legal ethics credit.

[2] Each member of The Florida Bar is assigned a three-year reporting cycle that is chosen at random by a computer program.

[3] Notice will be considered effective if it is in writing and served at the attorneys address on file with The Florida Bar or last known address.

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How is CLE Course Completion Reported to the Florida Bar?

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Florida attorneys must complete at least thirty (30) FL CLE credit hours every three years. In order to complete and report the FL CLER, Florida attorneys are randomly assigned a 3-year reporting cycle. This 3-year reporting cycle determines when you must complete your required 30 Florida CLE credit hours. All thirty (30) required FL CLE credit hours may be completed by online, downloadable and CD CLE courses.

Florida CLE Attendance Reporting

The FL CLER rules require that you self-report your FL CLE credit hours on the Florida Bar website.

Florida is a self-reporting CLE state. That means that CLE providers are not allowed to report your CLE course completion. Once you have completed a course, The Florida Bar requires that you self-report your FL CLE credit hours on the Florida Bar website. In order to self-report your FL CLE credit that you complete, you will need to know the Florida Bar course number for the FL CLE course that you complete. The Florida Bar CLE course numbers are printed on your Certificates of Completion that you are issued once you complete a course. To self-report your FL CLE credit click this link: Report FL CLE.

Notice Regarding Your FL CLE Completed

Three months prior to the CLE due date, The Florida Bar sends attorneys notice regarding CLE that has been completed.

Don’t risk becoming delinquent, get your Florida completed and reported on time! Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) in Florida and around the country. For more information about the continuing legal education requirement (CLER) in Florida, please click the following link: Florida CLE.

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