Continuing Legal Education

Active attorneys and attorneys registered for corporate status must complete 24 hours of accredited CLE activities every two years. Fulltime, part-time, and retired judges must complete 40 hours of accredited CLE activities. Magistrates and acting judges must complete 24 hours of accredited CLE activities every two years. Judges, acting judges, and magistrates also have a Judicial College requirement. CLE requirements are contained in Gov. Bar R. X and Gov. Jud. R. IV and are administered by the Commission on Continuing Legal Education and the Office of Attorney Services.

Late Compliance for the 2016/2017 Biennium

Notices of apparent noncompliance will be mailed in mid-February to A-L attorneys and judges who did not comply with the continuing legal education requirements for the 2016/2017 compliance period, which ended Dec. 31, 2017.  The notice of apparent noncompliance indicates the deficiencies for the compliance period and the late compliance fee assessed.  If you do not receive either a notice of apparent noncompliance or an email notification of compliance in February, please contact our office immediately at 614.387.9320.

Attorneys and judges may take up to 12 hours of CLE designated as self-study credit for the 2016/2017 compliance period. This includes online CLE courses, live webcasts, and teleconferences. The total number of self-study courses that may be taken during the 2016/2017 compliance period and the late compliance period (Jan. 1, 2016 through April 2, 2018) cannot exceed 12 hours.

To return to compliance status: attorneys and judges who are out of compliance with the continuing legal education requirements for the 2016/2017 compliance period must remove all hour deficiencies on or before April 2, 2018. To submit a request for late compliance, a Continuing Legal Education Late Compliance Reporting Form (Form 19) should be completed providing evidence of the continuing legal education activities that have been completed on or before April 2, 2018, to fully remove the hour deficiencies for the 2016/2017 compliance period.  The form should include the date, title, activity code number, and the number of hours completed.  Requests for late compliance must be submitted with the late compliance fee, postmarked on or before May 2, 2018.  Failure to remove the hour deficiencies on or before April 2, 2018, and failure to submit the request for late compliance by the May 2, deadline, will result in the Commission issuing a monetary sanction and/or suspension from the practice of law.

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The late compliance fee is based upon the number of hours that you are deficient. Please refer to the fee schedule for more information.

To return to compliance status from a New Lawyers Training deficiency:  new attorneys who are out of compliance with the New Lawyers Training requirements for the 2016/2017 compliance period ending Dec. 31, 2017, must remove the New Lawyers Training deficiencies to avoid suspension from the practice of law.   For a complete list of New Lawyers Training courses being offered, please check the Approved CLE/New Attorney Activity link, and select New Attorney in the drop down box.

To submit a request for late compliance, a Continuing Legal Education Late Compliance Reporting Form (Form 19) should be completed providing evidence of the new lawyers training activities that have been completed to fully remove the hour deficiencies for the 2016/2017 compliance period.  The form should include the date, title, activity code number, and the number of hours completed.  Requests for late compliance must be submitted with the $300 late compliance fee, postmarked on or before May 2, 2018.  Failure to remove the New Lawyers Training hour deficiencies on or before April 2, 2018, and failure to submit the request for late compliance by the May 2, deadline, will result in the Commission issuing a suspension from the practice of law.

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