New Jersey: Effective January 1, 2021, The Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Continuing Legal Education has amended Rule 1:42-1 (“Continuing Legal Education Required”) and CLE regulations 103:1 and 201:1 to increase the total credit hours required for professionalism and ethics from four to five credits (of the overall total requirement of 24 credits per two-year reporting cycle) and require that at least two credit hours of those five credit hours in professionalism and ethics include the completion of qualifying coursework on diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias. For further information on the rule change, please see the notice and order on the Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Continuing Legal Education website.
Oregon: Effective September 18, 2020, the Supreme Court ordered amendments to the MCLE Rules and Regulations that move the MCLE compliance deadlines to the spring. Reporting period end dates have changed from December 31 to April 30 of the following year, and reporting deadlines have changed from January 31 to May 31. For further information on the changes, please see the MCLE Deadline Changes FAQ on the Oregon State Bar website.
Vermont: Effective July 1, 2020, the total hour requirement per two-year reporting period for attorneys is 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 Judiciary website.
Wyoming: An attorney may receive a maximum of eight hours of continuing legal education credit each calendar year for self-study programs where audio, video or online material is used. Activities in which the attorney does not have the opportunity to ask the presenter questions during the presentation may be eligible for self-study credit subject to the eight-hour limit. No self-study hours may be carried over to any subsequent years. For further information on the rule change, please see Rule 6(d) of the Rules of the Wyoming State Board of Continuing Legal Education.
North Carolina: Beginning in 2020, members may take all of their CLE hours online. For members trying to satisfy a deficit prior to 2020, they may take up to six hours of online credit each year towards their CLE requirements. For additional information on the rule change, please refer to the rules and regulations FAQ’s on the North Carolina State Bar website.
Maine: Starting January 1, 2020, and each year thereafter, attorneys shall demonstrate CLE for the prior calendar year. In order to transition from a fiscal year to a calendar year CLE reporting system, attorneys will report for calendar years 2018 (11 credits) and the 2019 CLE requirements (12) credits, for a total of 23 credits beginning January 1, 2020. Attorneys who are deficient in their MCLE requirements at the end of the applicable reporting period shall be considered noncompliant and are entitled to an automatic grace period until the close of business on the last business day of February of the succeeding year to make up their deficiencies.
Ohio: Effective July 1, 2019, Ohio attorneys may earn up to 24 credits per biennial compliance period via Live Interactive Webinars. Live Interactive Webinars are live webcasts that include at least two means of interactivity. Live interactivity may include any direct audience participation and audience response techniques such as the ability to ask a question of the live presenter (attendees can personally ask questions of speakers or can submit written questions to be asked of live speaker); interactivity via chat room accessible by the presenters and other program attendees; the ability for participants to make real-time comments and interact; real-time polling; real-time surveys; and live Q&A sessions. For more information on the rule change, please refer to Supreme Court Rule X, Section 5(E)(2) and Appendix I, Regulation 100(V) on the Supreme Court of Ohio website. View live interactive webinars approved in Ohio.
Illinois: Under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 796(a), Illinois-licensed attorneys are responsible for submitting an MCLE certification ("Initial MCLE Notice") within 31 days after the end of their reporting period. Attorneys can log in to their MCLE account to submit the certification. Effective August 5, 2019, CLE providers are required to report attendance to the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois for all credits earned on or after July 1, 2019. This is in addition to an attorney’s obligation to report. Please update your PLI account to include your Illinois ARDC number. For additional information on the rule change, please refer to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 795(a)(9) and (c)(4).
Missouri: Effective July 1, 2019, all active Missouri attorneys are required to complete one live credit hour per reporting year in explicit or implicit bias, diversity, inclusion or cultural competency. For additional information on the rule change, please refer to Rule 15.05 on the Supreme Court of Missouri website. View explicit or implicit bias, diversity, inclusion or cultural competency programs approved in Missouri.
Arkansas: Effective March 7, 2019, the Supreme Court of Arkansas Continuing Legal Education Board allows Arkansas-licensed attorneys to fulfill their requirements with on-demand programs. For additional information on the rule change, please refer to Rule 4.04(6) on the Arkansas Continuing Legal Education Board website. View on-demand programs approved in Arkansas. View on-demand ethics programs approved in Arkansas.
South Carolina: Effective May 1, 2019, Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit shall be a part of the general CLE requirement and cannot be applied to satisfy the legal ethics and professional responsibilities (LEPR) requirement. The credit limit for alternatively delivered programs has increased from 6 to 8 credits per compliance period. For additional information on the rule changes, please refer to the Regulations for Mandatory CLE on the Supreme Court of South Carolina Commission on CLE and Specialization website.
Maine: Effective January 1, 2019, Rule 5(a)(1) has been amended to increase the required annual number of hours of CLE credits from 11 to 12 and to require that at least one live credit hour per year be primarily concerned with ethics and professionalism and one live, in-person credit hour per year be primarily concerned with the recognition and avoidance of harassment and discriminatory conduct or communication related to the practice of law as set out in the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct. This subdivision has also been amended to require attorneys whose required hours are prorated or who register under emeritus status to complete the ethics/professionalism and harassment/discrimination credits. For additional information on the rule change, please refer to Maine Bar Rule 5 on the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar website.
Florida: Effective March 5, 2019, 5 of the required 33 credit hours must be in approved legal ethics, professionalism, bias elimination, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness programs, with at least 1 of the 5 hours in an approved professionalism program. Compliance for the new rule will begin in the member’s next reporting cycle following the March 5, 2019 effective date. For further information, please see the new professionalism requirement amendment to rule 6-10.3(b) on the Florida Bar website.
Oregon: Effective January 1, 2019, all active Oregon attorneys are required to complete one credit hour on the subject of mental health, substance use or cognitive impairment. At the same time, the credit hour requirements for general/practical skills credits (depending on length of bar membership) will be reduced by one hour. This means the total number of credit hours needed per period will not change. For active members in a regular 3 year cycle, the new credit will count toward the 45 credit minimum. For newly admitted members, the new credit reduces the practical skills credits needed towards the 15 hour minimum. For additional information on the rule change, please refer to the Mental Health and Substance Use Requirement FAQs and MCLE Rule 3.2 and Regulation 3.300(a) on the Oregon State Bar website.
Oklahoma: Effective January 1, 2019, attorneys are no longer subject to the 6 credit limit of "distance learning" per compliance period. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via distance learning programs. For additional information on the rule change, please refer to Rule 7, Regulation 4.1.9 of the Rules of the Oklahoma Supreme Court for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.
North Carolina: Effective January 1, 2019, attorneys must complete 1 credit hour devoted to technology per compliance period. This type of credit will count as part of the existing requirement of 12 credits, including 2 professional responsibility credits. For additional information on the rule change, please refer to the Amendments to the Annual CLE Requirements on the North Carolina State Bar website.
Indiana: Effective January 1, 2019, attorneys may earn a maximum of 18 distance education credits per three-year compliance period. For additional information on the rule change, please refer to the Order Amending Indiana Rules for Admission to the Bar and the Discipline of Attorneys.