CLE Requirements: The Virginia State Bar requires attorneys to complete 12 credits, including 2 ethics credits, by October 31 every year. All credits must be reported by December 15. Attorneys are limited to 8 credits of pre-recorded programs per compliance period. Attorneys are required to fulfill a minimum of 4 credits via live interactive programs. A maximum of 12 credits may be carried over to the next compliance period, only 8 of which (including 2 ethics) may come from pre-recorded programs. For additional information, please see the FAQ page on the Virginia State Bar website.
Beginning November 1, 2019, each active member of the Virginia State Bar shall certify whether they have attended, within the past three years, at least one credit hour of lawyer well-being education related to the practice of law. Failure to comply with this rule shall not subject the member to the penalties of Paragraph 13.2 of these rules. For further information, please see rule C(4) of the Continuing Legal Education Requirements.
Coronavirus update: The Supreme Court of Virginia has issued an order dated April 14, 2020 to extend the October 31, 2020 CLE compliance deadline to December 31, 2020. The deadline to report has also been extended to February 15, 2021. Each active member of the Virginia State Bar shall certify prior to February 15, 2021, that such lawyer attended approved Mandatory Continuing Legal Education programs for the minimum number of hours required during the previous calendar year ending December 31.
Learn about the specific requirements for newly-admitted Virginia attorneys.
Completing Your Virginia Requirements with PLI: PLI and SEC Institute's live seminars, live webcasts and co-sponsored locations qualify as "live interactive" credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs. View live interactive CLE programs and live interactive ethics CLE programs approved in Virginia.
PLI and SEC Institute's on-demand programs, MP3s, and MP4s qualify as "pre-recorded" credit. Attorneys are limited to 8 credits of pre-recorded programs per compliance period. View pre-recorded CLE programs and pre-recorded ethics CLE programs approved in Virginia.
PLI is an Accredited Sponsor with the Virginia State Bar. Providers are required to submit applications for each program.
Attendance Reporting: Attorneys must report their own attendance to the Virginia State Bar via www.vsb.org