Vermont CLE Requirements: The Vermont MCLE Board requires attorneys to complete 24 credits, including 2 ethics credits, by June 30 every two years. All credits must be reported by July 1. Attorneys are assigned to one of two groups for reporting depending on year admitted. For additional information, please see the FAQ page on the Vermont MCLE Board website.
NEW! Effective July 1, 2020, the total hour requirement per two-year reporting period for attorneys has increased from 20 to 24 hours. The new rules require that at least 12 of the 24 required hours be either Moderated Programming or Non-Moderated Programming with Interactivity as a Key Component and limit the total number of hours of Non-Moderated Programming Without Interactivity to 6 of the 24 required hours. At least one credit hour must be earned per reporting period in Diversity and Inclusion Programming and at least one credit hour must be earned per reporting period in Attorney Wellness Programming. Additionally, excess credit earned in the second year of a reporting period can now be carried over to the next reporting period. For further information on these rule changes, please see Vermont's New MCLE Rules on the Vermont MCLE Board website.
Coronavirus update: The Vermont Supreme Court issued an order stating that for the license renewal period ending June 30, 2021, under the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Rules as amended effective July 1, 2020:
- The 6-hour limit on the number of hours for programs delivered as Non-Moderated Programming Without Interactivity that can be claimed for a reporting period, as specified in Rule 3(A)(3) of Rules of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, is suspended for the 2019-2021 reporting period.
- The 12-hour minimum number of hours for programs delivered as either Moderated Programming or Non-Moderated Programming With Interactivity as a Key Component that must be taken in a reporting period, as specified in Rule 3(A)(2), is suspended for the 2019-2021 reporting period.
- The limits on the number of hours that can be claimed under all sections of Rule 6 for a reporting period are suspended for the 2019-2021 reporting period.
The Vermont Supreme Court previously lifted the 10 hour cap on credits earned via self-study programs for the 2018-2020 reporting period. For additional information, please see Rule 15(f) of the Administrative Order No. 49 on the Vermont Judiciary website.
The Vermont Judiciary also issued a notice stating "In light of possible cancellations/rescheduling of CLE programming due to COVID-19 concerns, the Office of Attorney Licensing wants to remind attorneys that "live" programming includes non-recorded programming presented via electronic means, such as webinars and teleseminars."
Learn about the specific requirements for newly-admitted Vermont attorneys.
Completing Your Vermont Requirements with PLI: PLI and SEC Institute's live seminars, live webcasts and co-sponsored locations qualify as "Moderated Programming" for Vermont. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live programs. View live CLE programs approved in Vermont.
PLI and SEC Institute's on-demand programs, MP3s, and MP4s qualify as "Non-Moderated Programming with Interactivity as a Key Component" for Vermont. There is no limit to the number of credits attorneys can earn via on-demand programs per reporting period. View on-demand CLE programs approved in Vermont.
PLI and SEC Institute programs are presumptively approved by the Vermont MCLE Board.
Attendance Reporting: Attorneys must report their own attendance online to the Vermont MCLE Board.