Ohio CLE FAQ

TOP OHIO CLE QUESTIONS

How many CLE hours are required?

Twenty-four (24) credit hours, including two and a half (2.5) hours of professional conduct.

How many state CLE hours can I take through Attorney Credits?

Up to twelve (12) credit hours. Ohio attorneys are limited to 12 online CLE credits of the 24 required by the Ohio Supreme Court. To see a list of CLE courses offered in Ohio please click the following link:
http://www.attorneycredits.com/classes.php?stateID=41

What are my compliance and reporting requirements?

Reporting Cycle: Biennial
Compliance Deadline: December 31
Reporting Deadline: January 31

May I carry over CLE credits from one reporting cycle to the next?

Up to twelve (12) credit hours can be carried over to the next compliance period. However, you must complete and timely report more than the required number of credit hours in a given reporting period in order for them to be carried over.

If you are a judge and you complete more than the required number of credit hours in a reporting period, you can apply a maximum of one-half of the judge's required credit hours to the next reporting period, provided that you have completed and timely reported more than the required number of credit hours in a given reporting period.

Ethics, substance abuse and professionalism credits do NOT carry over. CLE hours used as carryover from one biennial reporting period to another will be categorized as general hours.

How are CLE credits reported to the state bar?

The Ohio CLE Commission keeps track of the CLE credits that you earn and will mail you an INTERIM report in July of the second year of the biennial reporting period. Sixty (60) days before the filing deadline for your biennial report, the Ohio CLE Commission will mail your final Reporting Transcript. You must review and return your final signed reporting transcript to the Commission verifying completion of all applicable MCLE requirements by January 31. Alternatively, you may submit your transcript electronically.

Does Attorney Credits keep track and report my CLE hours completed?

Attorney Credits does keep track and report your compliance to the Ohio CLE Commission within 30 days of course completion. Further, as long as you maintain an active account with Attorney Credits you will always have a record of the CLE courses that you have competed on our website. Users will also soon have access to our CE Gauge, a new CLE compliance tool to help you keep track your CLE compliance and the number of hours completed.

Does Attorney Credits verify my completion?

We verify your completion by using numerical codes embedded in the audio or video course.

STATE REQUIREMENTS

Who must comply with the CLE requirement?

Each attorney admitted to the practice of law in Ohio must comply. There are no exemptions from CLE requirements except in some limited instances.

When must I complete my CLE requirements?

All Ohio lawyers are permanently assigned to one of two groups based on last name.

Last name A – L: Report by January 31 of EVEN numbered years.

Last name M – Z: Report by January 31 ODD numbered years.

Does my reporting period change if my last name changes?

No. If your last name changes after you are admitted to the practice of law in Ohio, you will remain in the same group for all future reporting purposes.

Can credit be earned through online or computer-interactive seminars?

Lawyers may satisfy up to twelve (12) CLE credit hours through online courses. Online courses are considered self-study by the Ohio CLE Commission. Self-study includes: audio, video, Internet-based, and CD based educational activities.

I have severe health problems. Can I do all my CLE by self-study?

If you have a permanent physical disability that makes attending CLE activities difficult, you may request approval of a substitute program by filing a written request with the Commission.

What is the Professional Conduct Requirement?

During each biennial reporting period each attorney must complete two and one-half (2.5) hours of instruction related to professional conduct.. This includes courses on legal ethics, substance abuse and professionalism.

What happens if I go from active status to inactive status?

Lawyers registered as inactive are NOT required to complete CLE requirements OR to file their MCLE compliance report.

What happens if I go from inactive status to active status?

An attorney must comply with all applicable MCLE requirements if the attorney was not registered as inactive for AT LEAST twenty-four (24) consecutive months, immediately preceding registration as active and will not have his or her CLE requirements prorated.

I am newly admitted. How long do I have before I must comply with CLE requirements?

Attorneys admitted to the practice of law by examination as well as attorneys initially registered for corporate status are required to complete 12 hours of new lawyers training instruction during their first biennial reporting period. Three (3) of the twelve (12) new lawyers training hours must include one hour EACH of instruction in professionalism, law office management, and client fund management. Attorneys may meet their new lawyers training hour requirements by taking individual courses that they select. However, attorneys are no longer required to take the standard two-day program. You are also still required to file a report with the Ohio CLE Commission.

For more information related to your obligations as a new attorney, please click the link below:
http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/CLE/nlt/FAQ_NLTaftNov08.asp

I have been admitted to practice on Motion. What are my CLE requirements?

Ohio attorneys who are admitted pursuant to motion must comply with the Ohio MCLE requiremens. However, the attorney's hour requirements may be prorated pursuant to Ohio CLE Regulation 305.

What provisions are made for lawyers licensed in Ohio but who reside and/or work in another state or country?

There are no special provisions for attorneys living or working outside of Ohio. If you are registered for active status, you must comply with the MCLE requirements of Ohio. Based on your individual circumstances, you may want to consider registering for inactive status. However, if you go on inactive status you are unable to practice law in the State of Ohio. If you decide to maintain active registration status in Ohio, you can apply for accreditation for the CLE programs you attend in other states.

Do my CLE credits have to be earned in Ohio?

No. The key factor is whether the program or activity is submitted for accreditation and approved for CLE credit in Ohio.

How can I find out more about the CLE requirements?

For more information about MCLE in Ohio, please call the Ohio CLE Commission at (614) 387-9325.

You may also contact Attorney Credits support via email or telephone. Please call our Support Center at (760) 434-1885 or visit the support page on the website by clicking the following link:
http://support.cesupportsite.com/index.php?/attorneycredits

TRACKING/MONITORING/REPORTING COMPLIANCE & MCLE AFFIDAVITS

Does the Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education keep a record of my CLE activities?

Yes. However, the Commission’s records will only reflect attendance credits that have been reported by a sponsor and sponsors have 30 days to report course completion. Therefore, your CLE record contains a list of the approved CLE activities submitted by a sponsor that you have been awarded credit during your current biennial reporting period. Your CLE record will also contain a separate notation of hours that meet the Professional Conduct requirement.

What happens if a sponsor does not report my attendance?

If a sponsor does not report your attendance, it is your responsibility to report your hours to the Ohio CLE Commission. You can accomplish this by one of three ways:

  1. Completing and submitting Form 1(a);
  2. Adding the information on your Interim or Final Reporting Transcript; OR
  3. Adding the credit information online at the link below:

https://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/asw

Does Attorney Credits keep track and report my CLE hours completed?

Attorney Credits does keep track and report your compliance to the Ohio CLE Commission within 30 days of course completion. Further, as long as you maintain an active account with Attorney Credits you will always have a record of the CLE courses that you have competed on our website. Users will also soon have access to our CE Gauge, a new CLE compliance tool to help you keep track your CLE compliance and the number of hours completed.

How can I obtain a copy of my CLE record?

You will receive an Interim Report from the Ohio CLE Commission in the first week of August of the second year in your biennial reporting period. Sixty (60) days before the filing deadline for your biennial report, the Ohio CLE Commission will mail your final Reporting Transcript. To view your CLE record online, click the link below:
www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/asw

If you prefer to receive a certified copy of your CLE record, please send a written request along with a check or money order for $5 made payable to Supreme Court of Ohio.

How will the Ohio CLE Commission learn of my attendance at a CLE program?

Sponsors like Attorney Credits that have received pre-approval of an activity for CLE credit are required to notify the Ohio CLE Commission of your attendance within 30 days after the completion of the CLE course.

How do I report my compliance?

You will be mailed a FINAL report 60 days prior to your MCLE filing deadline. It is your responsibility to review your Reporting Transcript promptly. After prompt review, you must inform the Commission if any of the information contained in your CLE record is inaccurate OR if information that should be contained in the record is missing. You must return your final signed reporting transcript to the Commission verifying completion of all applicable MCLE requirements by January 31 of your reporting year. Alternatively, you may submit your transcript electronically at:
https://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/ASW

Should I keep a list of my CLE activities?

Yes. You should maintain records sufficient to establish compliance with Ohio CLE requirements in the event of a dispute with the final reporting transcript and in order to fully comply with Ohio CLE Regulation 303.2.

What should I use to verify course completion?

The Certificate of Completion issued by Attorney Credits should be maintained and used to verify attendance.

What happens if I do not comply with my CLE requirements?

If you fail to comply with the Ohio MCLE Regulations, the Commission will send you a notice of Noncompliance. The Noncompliance notice will specify the nature of your Noncompliance. The Commission will issue an order imposing sanctions unless you come into compliance OR file evidence of compliance that is satisfactory to the Commission by the date set forth in the notice. As a condition of acceptance of late Compliance, the applicable fee must accompany your report of completion. The notice of Noncompliance will be withdrawn if you submit evidence that establishes timely compliance or late compliance.

If you do not come into compliance or file evidence of compliance that is satisfactory, the Commission will issue an order imposing a sanction consistent with Commission regulation. Any sanction or reinstatement will be published by the Supreme Court Reporter in the Ohio Official Reports and the Ohio State Bar Association Report.

If I find I am unable to complete my requirements prior to the December 31 deadline, can I get an extension of time?

In Ohio, there are no extensions of time to complete your MCLE requirements. However, you may cure your deficiency by completing "late compliance." You must remove all deficiencies on or before April 30 of your reporting year, report your hours to the Commission and pay the applicable late compliance fee by May 31.

You may also file a request for exemption or register inactive if you feel it is appropriate. However, if you do not remain on inactive status for a minimum of 24 consecutive months immediately preceding your return to active status, you will be required to comply with all MCLE requirements, including curing any deficiencies that you may have existed when you registered for inactive status.

How do I apply for an exemption from my duty to meet CLE requirements?

An attorney on full-time military duty who does not practice law in Ohio can apply for an exemption using Form 9(a) Application for Exemption from Educational Requirements Full Time Military Duty.

An attorney suffering from a “severe, prolonged illness or disability” that prevents participation in accredited programs and activities may apply for an exemption using Form 9(b).

An attorney may apply for up to a one-year exemption based on special circumstances unique to an attorney if good cause is demonstrated, as determined by the Commission using Form 9(c).

Upon approval by the Ohio CLE Commission, an attorney would be exempted from the MCLE requirements, BUT would still be required to file the report required by that section.

To see our General FAQ, please click the following link:
http://www.attorneycredits.com/generalFAQ.php