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NJ CLE: Attorneys Living Outside of New Jersey Might Qualify to Complete 24 CLE Hours Online

New Jersey attorneys are normally allowed to take 12 of the required 24 hours by completing online CLE courses.[1] There are two exceptions, however, that allow all 24 hours to be completed online. The medical and non-resident exception.

What is the non-resident CLE exception?

You must:
(1) Reside in
(2) Work in
(3) And be licensed in

  • EITHER a mandatory CLE state that allows for 100% of the CLE requirement to be taken through online CLE courses
  • OR a state with NO mandatory CLE requirement

While the requirements are listed above, it’s probably best practice to contact the NJ CLE Board to ensure that you qualify for this exception. Please click the following link if you need more information about New Jersey CLE: NJ CLE.

[1] As well as downloadable CLE courses such as MP3 and Downloadable Video.

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NJ CLE: New Jersey CLE Compliance Groups

Every New Jersey attorney is permanently assigned to one of two compliance groups for NJ CLE purposes. One compliance group reports each year. New Jersey attorneys that have birthdays that fall between January 1 to June 30 are in Compliance Group 1. Attorneys whose birthdays fall between July 1 to December 31 are in Compliance Group 2.

  • Compliance Group 1
    • Birthday between January 1 – June 30
  • Compliance Group 2
    • Birthday between July 1 – December 31

Please note that New Jersey attorneys must complete at least 24 credit hours of NJ CLE each two year CLE compliance period. Without a medical or non-resident CLE exception, New Jersey attorneys are limited to completing 12 of the required NJ CLE hours through online and downloadable CLE courses. Please click here for more information about CLE compliance in New Jersey: NJ CLE.

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NJ CLE: Complete 24 Hours by December 31

New Jersey attorneys! Be advised that you must complete at least 24 hours of NJ CLE every 2 years. Please note that New Jersey has two different compliance groups.

Compliance Group 1

If your birthday fall between July 1 to December 31, you are in Compliance Group 1.  Complete 24 hours by December 31, 2018.

Attorneys in Compliance Group 1 must certify their New Jersey CLE compliance in each EVEN numbered years. If you are a Group 1 attorney that you must complete your 24 required hours by December 31, 2018. For more information on New Jersey CLE please click here: NJ CLE.

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NJ CLE: Complete 24 CLE Hours by December 31

New Jersey attorneys are required to complete at least 24 hours of NJ CLE each 2 year CLE compliance period. The deadline to complete your required CLE and report your New Jersey CLE compliance is December 31. If you are in NJ CLE Compliance Group 2 you must complete and report your CLE by December 31, 2017.

NJ CLE Compliance – Group 2

  • Birthday between July 1 – December 31
  • NJ CLE deadline is 12/31/17

Don’t wait until New Years Eve to get started! With Attorney Credits you sign up in minutes and start studying your NJ CLE courses right away. New Jersey attorneys are allowed to complete 12 hours via online CLE without a valid non-resident or medical exception. Please click here for more information about CLE in New Jersey: NJ CLE.

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New CLE on IP Protection & the Cannabis Industry

Yes, the cannabis industry is growing like a weed… a well-watered weed. Since states have begun legalizing marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, consumer demand has skyrocketed.

The Cannabis Industry & IP Protection

Marijuana sales are projected to exceed $20 billion annually within the next few years. As this new legal industry grows exponentially, so too do the intellectual property issues associated with these new cannabis businesses.

Intellectual property attorney Dave Branfman has been a pioneer in this field, recognizing very early that these new cannabusinesses face novel IP issues. In this course, Dave joins fellow IP attorney Eric Hanscom for an enlightening and entertaining look at how patent, copyright and trademark law can protect these new companies, their “flowers” and the derivative products they produce. To access the course please click here: Growing Like a Weed: Intellectual Property Issues in the Cannabis Industry.

Eric and Dave will also discuss:

  • Design, utility & plant patents
  • Provisional patents
  • The PVPA (Plant Variety Protection Act)
  • Federal law
  • Cannabis patents issued
  • Strong & weak trademarks
  • Increasing competition in the industry
  • Selecting names for strains
  • Developing content rich logos
  • Licensing
  • IP litigation in the cannabis industry

An intellectual property attorney, Eric Hancom is actively involved in overseeing litigation, contract negotiation and customs issues in the US, Asia, Europe, South American and Australia over matters ranging from patent and trademark infringement to breach of contract. David Branfman’s practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment law, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, motion pictures & TV and music.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in New York and around the country. For more information about New York CLE in please click the following link: NY CLE.

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How to Handle Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases

When allegations of sex abuse arise in family law cases, they often surface in the heat of custody litigation where it is difficult for judges, attorneys and mental health professionals to assess the veracity of the allegations. These are extremely complicated and emotional cases that can be a minefield for attorneys and other family law professionals. An understanding of divorce dynamics and motives is essential.

How to Handle Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases

Allison Williams will provide you with a working understanding of the psychological and legal issues that are present when sexual abuse allegations arise in family litigation.

In this CLE course, Allison Williams will provide practical advice and helpful insight into how to handle these sensitive and complicated cases by discussing the interplay between CPS & child protective services, how sexual abuse allegations are validated, litigation of child sexual abuse cases, the expert evaluation process, key rules of evidence and strategies & tactics. To access the course please click here: How to Handle Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases.

Additional topics discussed:

  • Key resources
  • Finding words
  • Fantastical thinking & recantation
  • Parental access
  • Parental alienation as a defense
  • Risk factors
  • Psychological testing
  • Childhood disclosure of abuse
  • Finding corroborating evidence
  • The victim-patient privilege
  • The business records exception
  • The admissibility of police Reports
  • How to challenge a psychologist’s opinion
  • Tips for cross examining experts

Allison C. Williams, Esq., is Founder and Owner of the Williams Law Group, LLC, with offices in Union and Wall Township, New Jersey.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. Attorney Credits offers CLE in New Jersey and around the country, for more information about New Jersey CLE please click here: NJ CLE.

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NJ CLE: New Jersey Attorneys Can Complete 12 Hours of Online and Downloadable CLE

New Jersey attorneys are required to complete at least 24 credit hours of continuing legal education (CLE) each two-year New Jersey CLE compliance period. Without a valid exception New Jersey attorneys may complete 12 credit hours by completing online and downloadable CLE courses.

Two Exceptions – 24 Hours Online[1]

  • Medical
  • Non-Resident Exception

If your birthday fall between July 1 to December 31, you are in Compliance Group 2.  Attorneys in Compliance Group 2 must certify their New Jersey CLE compliance in each ODD numbered – which means that you must completed your 24 required hours by December 31, 2017. For more information on New Jersey CLE please click here: NJ CLE.

[1] Attorneys that have a serious medical condition may apply to the New Jersey CLE Board to obtain all of their required CLE credits through alternative verifiable learning formats such as online CLE courses. And under BCLE 201:8 lawyers admitted to the New Jersey Bar Association who reside in, work in, and are licensed in another mandatory CLE state that allows for 100% of CLE courses to be taken through alternative verifiable learning formats may satisfy their entire NJ CLE requirement through 100% alternative verifiable learning formats.

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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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NJ CLE: New Jersey CLE FAQ

How many NJ CLE hours do I need to complete? How many ethics hours are required every two years? When do I report my New Jersey CLE compliance? Do CLE providers report my completed courses? Are there special requirements for newly admitted New Jersey attorneys?

Top New Jersey CLE Questions

  • When must I complete and report my NJ CLE compliance?
    • The New Jersey CLE compliance and CLE reporting deadline is December 31.
  • What is the non-resident exception in New Jersey?
    • If you qualify for this exception you may satisfy your entire NJ CLE requirement by taking online CLE courses. To qualify you must (1) reside in (2) work in and (3) be licensed in another mandatory CLE state that allows for 100% of CLE courses to be completed with online courses.
  • How do I report my NJ CLE compliance?[1]
    • New Jersey attorneys certify NJ CLE compliance on the Annual Attorney Registration and Billing Statement.

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

[1] Every New Jersey attorney is assigned to one of two compliance groups based on your birth date. Compliance Group 1 (born January 1-June 30) will certify NJ CLE compliance in even-numbered years and Compliance Group 2 (born July 1-December 31) will certify NJ CLE compliance in odd-numbered years.

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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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