Attorney Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Requirements by State
Written by Norton Gappy   

Alabama
Alabama State Bar
415 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 269-1515
www.alabar.org
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  • 12 total hours per calendar year of CLE.
  • 1 hour of which must be a mandatory ethics/professionalism course.

Alaska
Alaska Bar Association
550 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 1900
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-263-1841 direct
907-272-2932 fax
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www.alaskabar.org

  • 3 hours of mandatory ethics (ECLE) per year.
  • 9 additional hours of voluntary CLE (VCLE) are encouraged.
  • Annual reporting requirements for both ECLE and VCLE hours .
  • Reporting deadline is December 31st.

Arizona
State Bar of Arizona
4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85016-6288
(602) 340-7302
www.myazbar.org

  • 15 hours per calendar year which must include 3 hours of ethics/professional responsibility, professionalism, substance abuse, or ADR.
  • Reporting date is September 15th.

Arkansas
Supreme Court of Arkansas
Office of Professional Programs
Justice Building
625 Marshall Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 374-1855
(501) 374-1853 Fax
http://courts.state.ar.us

  • 12 hours per year including 1 hour of legal ethics.
  • Reporting date is June 30th.

California
Office of Certification
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 538-2100
www.calbar.ca.gov

  • 25 hours over 3-year period including 4 hours of legal ethics; 1 hour substance abuse and 1 hour elimination of bias in the profession.
  • Reporting date is January 31st .

Colorado
Colorado Supreme Court
Board of Continuing Legal & Judicial Education
1560 Broadway, Suite 1820
Denver, CO 80202
303-866-6500
www.coloradosupremecourt.com
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  • 45 hours over 3-year period including 7 hours legal ethics, professionalism.
  • Reporting date is anytime within 3 year period.

Connecticut
Connecticut Bar Association
30 Bank Street
PO Box 350
New Britain, CT 06050-0350
http://www.ctbar.org/

  • No CLE required.

Delaware
Commission on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of Delaware
Carvel State Office Building
820 N. French Street, 11th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801-3545
www.courts.state.de.us

  • 24 hours over 2-year period including 4 hours Enhanced Ethics, Fundamentals of Law 3-day series for new admittees (within 4 years of admission).
  • Reporting date is December 31st.

Florida
Legal Specialization & Education Department
The Florida Bar
650 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
(850) 561-5842
(850) 561-5660 Fax
www.flabar.com
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  • 30 hours over 3-year period including 5hours legal ethics, professionalism, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness; basic skills course for newly admitted attorneys.
  • Reporting date is assigned monthly every 3 years.

Georgia
Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency
104 Marietta Street, NW Ste. 100
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 527-8710
(404) 527-8717 Fax

  • 12 hours per year including 1 hour legal ethics, professionalism, basic skills within 1st 2 years, ADR 3 hours one time only.
  • Reporting date is January 31st.

 

Guam
Guam Bar Asssociation
655 S. Marine Corps Dr.
Suite 202
Tamuning, Guam 96913
011/671/648-5050
011/671/646-9403 (Fax)
www.guambar.org

  • 10 hours per year including 2 hour legal ethics or professionalism.
  • Reporting period is January 1 - December 31.
  • Reporting date is January 31st.

Hawaii

Hawaii State Bar Association
1132 Bishop Street, Suite 906
Honolulu, HI 96813
http://www.hsba.org/

  • No CLE requirement.

Idaho
Idaho State Bar
P.O. Box 895
Boise, ID 83701-0895
(208) 334-4500
(208) 334-4515 Fax
www2.state.id.us

  • 30 hours over 3-year period including 2 hours legal ethics, basic skills course for new admittees.
  • Reporting date is every 3rd year depending on year of admission.

Illinois
CLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois
200 West Madison Street, Suite 3420
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 924-2420
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www.CLEboard.org

  • 20 hours of CLE activity during the initial two-year reporting period, which ends June 30, 2008 for attorneys whose last name begins with A-M and June 30, 2009 for attorneys whose last name begins with N-Z.
  • CLE increases to 24 hours for the subsequent reporting period. 4 of the total hours required for any two-year period must be in the area of professionalism, diversity issues, mental illness and addiction issues, civility, or legal ethics.
  • Reporting date is June 30th.


Indiana
Indiana Commission for CLE
Merchants Plaza
South Tower #1065
115 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3417
(317) 232-1943
(317) 233-1442 Fax
www.in.gov/judiciary/cle

  • 36 hours over 3 calendar year period with 6 hour minimum per year including 3 hours legal ethics.
  • Reporting date is December 31st.

Iowa
Commission on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of Iowa
Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
(515) 725-8029
(515) 725-8032 Fax

  • 15 hours per calendar year including 2 hours legal ethics every 2 years.
  • Reporting date is March 1st.

Kansas
Kansas CLE Commission
400 S. Kansas Avenue
Ste. 202
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 357-6510
www.kscle.org

  • 12 hours per year including 2 hours legal ethics.
  • Reporting date is 30 days after program.

Kentucky
Kentucky Bar Association
514 West Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601-1883
(502) 564-3795
(502) 564-3225 Fax
www.kybar.org
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  • 12.50 hours per year including 2 hours legal ethics, new lawyer skills training within 12 months of admission.
  • Reporting date: June 30th.

Louisiana
Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on CLE
2800 Veterans Memorial BLVD., Ste. 310
Metairie, LA 70002-6130
504-828-1414
504-828-1416 (Fax)
www.lsba.org

  • 12.50 hours per year including 1 hour ethics and 1 hour professionalism.
  • Newly admitted attorneys need 12.50 hours including 8 hours ethics, professionalism or law practice management.
  • CLE Completion deadline is December 31. Reporting date is January 31st.

Maine
Board of Overseers of the Maine Bar
P.O. Box 527
Augusta, ME 04332-0527
(207) 623-1121
(207) 623-4175 Fax
www.mecle.com

  • 11 hours per year including 1 hour ethics/professional responsibility.
  • Reporting date is annually in connection with filing of registration statement required by Maine Bar Rule 6(a).

Maryland

Maryland State Bar Association
520 W. Fayette St
Baltimore, MD 21201
http://www.msba.org/
Phone:  410-685-7878

  • No CLE requirement.

Massachusetts 

MBA Boston Massachusetts office
20 West St.
Boston, MA 02111-1204
(617) 338-0500
MBA Western Mass. office
73 State St.
Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 731-5134
http://www.massbar.org/

  • No CLE requirement.

Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
Michael Franck Building
306 Townsend Street
Lansing, Michigan 48933-2012
Phone: (517) 346-6300
Toll Free: (800) 968-1442
Fax: (517) 482-6248
http://www.michbar.org/

  • No CLE required.


Minnesota
Minnesota Board of CLE
180 East 5th Street, Suite 950
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 297-7100
(651) 296-5866 Fax
www.mbcle.state.mn.us

  • 45 hours over 3-year period, 3 hours legal ethics, 2 hours elimination of bias required, maximum of 6hours law office management.
  • Reporting date is August 30th.

Mississippi
Mississippi State Bar
P. O. Box 369
Jackson, MS 39205-0369
450 High Street, Jackson, MS 39201
(601) 576-4622
(601) 576-4733 Fax
www.mssc.state.ms.us/cle_bccr/cle_bccr.html

  • 12 hours per year including 1 hour legal ethics, professional responsibility, or malpractice prevention each year.
  • Reporting date is July 31st.

Missouri
Missouri Bar Center
P. O. Box 119
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0119
(573) 635-4128
(573) 659-8931 Fax
www.mobar.org

  • 15 hours per year including 3 hours ethics every 3 years, new admittees 3 hours professionalism, legal/judicial ethics within 12 months.
  • Reporting date is July 31st.

Montana
Montana Board of CLE
P. O. Box 577
Helena, MT 59624
(406) 442-7660
(406) 442-7763 Fax
www.montanabar.org
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  • 15 hours per year including a minimum of 5 hours of ethics every 3 years.
  • Reporting date is March 1st.

Nebraska 

Nebraska State Bar
635 S. 14th Street
PO Box 81809
Lincoln, NE 68501
http://www.nebar.com/

  • No CLE requirements.

Nevada
Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education
295 Holcomb Avenue, Ste. A
Reno, NV 89502
(775) 329-4443
(775) 329-4291 Fax
www.nvbar.org
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  • 12 hours per year of which 2 must be in ethics.
  • Reporting date is March 1st.

New Hampshire
New Hampshire Minimimum CLE Board
2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300
Concord NH  03301-3502
603.715.3222 Direct Dial
603.224.6942 NHBA
603.224.2910 Fax
www.nhbar.org/NHCLE

  • 12 hours per year/at least 6 from out of the office live programs, including 2 hours legal ethics/professionalism, or substance abuse.
  • Reporting date is August 1.

New Jersey

New Jersey State Bar
1 Constitution Sq
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 249-5000
www.njsba.com

  • No CLE requirement.

New Mexico
New Mexico CLE
P.O. Box 93070
Albuquerque, NM 87199
(505) 797-6015
(505) 797-6097 Fax
www.nmCLE.org

  • 12 hours per year including one (1) hour ethics, one (1) credit must be professionalism.
  • Reporting date is December 31st.

New York
New York State Continuing Legal Education Board
25 Beaver Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10004
(212) 428-2105
(212) 428-2188 Fax
www.courts.state.ny.us

  • Newly Admitted Attorneys: Practicing less than 2 years in NY (or less than 5 years in another jurisdiction immediately preceding admission to the NY Bar.).
  • 32 hours of "transitional" education within the first two years admission to the Bar.
  • 16 hours completed each year including 3 hours ethics/professionalism, 6 hours practical skills, 7 hours practice management and areas of professional practice. ("Transitional" courses help the newly admitted attorney develop a foundation in practical skills, techniques and procedures essential to the practice of law.).
  • Experienced Attorneys:  24 hours over two year period including 4 hours ethics/professionalism.
  • Reporting period is every two years from the time admitted to the bar.


North Carolina
North Carolina State Bar
208 Fayetteville Street Mall
P.O. Box 26148
Raleigh, NC 27611
(919) 733-0123
(919) 821-9168 Fax
www.ncbar.com

  • 12 hours per year including 2 hours ethics, 9 of the 12 hours in practical skills during first 3 years of admission, and 1 hour substance abuse or debilitating mental conditions every 3 years.
  • Reporting date is February 28th.

North Dakota
North Carolina State Bar
208 Fayetteville Street Mall
P.O. Box 26148
Raleigh, NC 27611
(919) 733-0123
(919) 821-9168 Fax
www.ncbar.com

  • 45 hours over 3-year period, 3 hours ethics every 3 years. 
  • Reporting date is June 30th.

 

Ohio
Supreme Court of Ohio
Commission on Continuing Legal Education
65 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215-3431
(614) 387-9000
www.sconet.state.oh.us

  • 24 hours every two years including 2 hour of ethics based on the Code of Professional Responsibility, 1 hour of professionalism based on A Lawyer’s Creed and A Lawyer’s Aspirational Ideals and thirty minutes of substance abuse education that includes a discussion of prevention, detection, causes and treatment alternatives. 
  • An attorney’s reporting date is determined by the alphabetical grouping of the attorney’s last name and is every two years on January 31st.

Oklahoma
CLE Commission
Oklahoma State Bar
1901 North Lincoln Blvd.
P.O. Box 53036
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-3036
(405) 524-2365
(405) 524-1115 Fax
www.okbar.org

  • 12 hours per year including 1 hour ethics.
  • Reporting date is February 15th.

Oregon
Oregon State Bar
5200 S. W. Meadows Road
P.O. Box 1689
Lake Oswego, OR 97035-0889
(503) 620-0222 x368
(503) 684-1366 Fax
www.osbar.org/programs
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  • 45 hours over 3-year period including 6 hours ethics, 1 of those 6 hours on child abuse reporting, 3 of the general hours must be in courses pertaining to the role of lawyers concerning racial and ethnic issues, gender fairness, disability issues, and access to justice. New admittees-15 hours of which 10 must be in practical skills and 2 hours in ethics.
  • Reporting date is December 31st every 3 years.

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board (PACLE)
5035 Ritter Road
Ste. 500
P.O. Box 869
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
(800) 497-2253 / (717) 795-2139
(717) 795-2120 Fax
www.pacle.com

  • 12 hours per year for all 3 compliance groups. 1 hour ethics, professionalism, or substance abuse and a minimum of 11 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure, CLE for ethics, professionalism, or substance abuse may be applied to any substantive law, practice and procedure requirement, no more than two times the current annual CLE requirement may be carried forward into the two succeeding years.
  • Reporting date is 30 days after CLE program.

Puerto Rico
Supreme Court of Puerto Rico
Universidad de Puerto Rico
P.O. Box 23349
San Juan, PR 00931-3349
(787) 999-9651
(787) 999-9603 (Fax)
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  • 24 credit hours of continuing legal education per compliance period.

Rhode Island
Rhode Island CLE Commission
250 Benefit Street, 4th Floor
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-4942
(401) 222-3599 Fax
www.courts.state.ri.us

  • 10 hours per year including 2 hours ethics.
  • Reporting date is July 1st to June 30th annually.

South Carolina
Commission on CLE and Specialization
Supreme Court of South Carolina
P.O. Box 2138
Columbia, SC 29202
(803) 799-5578
(803) 799-4118 Fax www.comCLE.org/

  • 14 hours per year including 2 hours ethics/professional responsibility each reporting period.
  • Reporting date is March 1st.

South Dakota
222 E Capitol Ave # 3
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 224-7554
www.sdbar.org

  • No CLE requirement.

Tennessee
Tennessee Commission on CLE and Specialization
221 Fourth Ave. North, Ste. 300
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 741-3096
(615) 532-2477 Fax
www.cletn.com
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  • 15 hours per year. Including 3 hours ethics/professionalism.
  • Reporting date: is March 1st.

Texas
State Bar of Texas
P.O. Box 13007
Austin, TX 78711-3007
(800) 204-2222 x2106
(512) 463-1463 x2106
(512) 463-1498 Fax
www.texasbar.com

  • 15 hours per year including 3 hours legal ethics.
  • 1 hour of the 3 hours of legal ethics may be completed thorough self-study.
  • 5 hours of the total 15 hours may be completed thorough self-study.
  • Reporting date: last day of birth month each year.

Utah
Utah Law and Justice Center
645 South 200 East, Ste. 312
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-3834
(801) 531-9077
(801) 531-0660 Fax
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  • 27 hours every 2 years including 3 hours ethics each reporting period.
  • Reporting date is the end of second year compliance period.

Vermont
Vermont CLE Board
C/O Vermont Supreme Court
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-0702
(802) 828-3281
(802) 828-3457 Fax
www.vermontjudiciary.org
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  • 20 hours over 2 years including 2 hours ethics each reporting period.
  • Reporting date is July 15th.

Virginia
Virginia State Bar
8th and Main Bldg.
707 E. Main Street, Ste. 1500
Richmond, VA 23219-2803
(804) 775-0578
(804) 775-0501 Fax
www.vsb.org
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  • 12 hours per year including 2 hours ethics each reporting period.
    CLE compliance deadline October 31.
  • Reporting date is December 15th.

Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Virgin Islands Bar Association
P.O. Box 4108
Christiansted, VI 00822
(310) 778-8855
(307) 632-3737 Fax
www.vibar.org

  • 12 hours per calendar year including 2 hours ethics or professionalism.
  • Reporting date: January 31st (first reporting date, January 31, 2009).

Washington
Washington State Board of CLE
Washington State Bar Association
2101 Fourth Avenue, 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98121-2330
(206) 733-5912
(206) 727-8320 Fax
www.courts.wa.gov

  • 45 hours over 3 years including 6 hours ethics, professional responsibility, professionalism, anti-bias and diversity.
  • At least 30 credits must be earned by attendance at live CLEs, and up to 15 may be earned by self-study.
  • Reporting date: January 31st.

West Virginia
West Virginia CLE Commission
2006 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25311-2204
(304) 558-7992
(304) 558-2467--Fax
www.wvbar.org

  • 24 hours over 2 years including 3 hours ethics or office management or substance abuse per cycle.
  • Reporting date is June 30th every 2 years.

Wisconsin
Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners
110 East Main Street, Ste. 715
Madison, WI 53703-3328
(608) 266-9760
(608) 266-1196 Fax #
www.wicourts.gov

  • 30 hours over 2 years including 3 hours ethics and professional responsibility.
  • Reporting date: December 31st every other year.

Wyoming
Wyoming State Board of CLE
Wyoming State Bar
500 Randall Avenue
P.O. Box 109
Cheyenne, WY 82003-0109
(307) 632-9061
(307) 632-3737 Fax
www.wyomingbar.org

  • 15 hours per year including 1 hour ethics. 
  • Reporting date is January 30th.