NC CLE: Now 6 Online CLE Credit Hours Annually


Almost every attorney around the country has some type of continuing legal education requirement. At this point in time only a handful of states around the country have yet to adopt a mandatory CLE requirement for attorneys licensed to practice law in their state. Attorneys licensed to practice law in North Carolina must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each annual North Carolina CLE compliance period.

North Carolina CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Required Hours: 12 credit hours
  • Online CLE Allowed: 6 credit hours

There is one bright spot for attorneys in North Carolina when it comes time to complete the NC CLE requirement. North Carolina recently amended their CLE Rules to now allow 6 credit hours of computer-based CLE courses. The NC CLE rules previously allowed only 4 online credit hours each year. That means that North Carolina attorneys may now complete half of their annual NC CLE requirement through online CLE courses.

.1604 (e) Computer-Based CLE. Effective January 1, 2014, a member may receive up to six hours of credit annually for participation in a course on CD-ROM or on-line. A CD-ROM course is an educational seminar on a compact disk that is accessed through the CD-ROM drive of the user’s personal computer. An on-line course is an educational seminar available on a provider’s website reached via the Internet.

Under the North Carolina CLE rules CD-ROM or online CLE courses are considered computer based-CLE. An online course is considered an educational seminar that is available on a CLE provider’s website that is accessed via the Internet. Attorney Credits offers streaming video CLE courses for North Carolina attorneys to study their CLE online and we also offer MP3 and Video Download courses for attorneys to study their NC CLE offline. All online NC CLE courses have been pre-approved by the NC CLE Board. For more information about CLE in North Carolina please click here: NC CLE.