Georgia CLE Deadline is December 31

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Attorneys that are licensed to practice in the state of Georgia must complete 12 CLE credit hours each year – including 1 credit hour of legal ethics and 1 credit hour of professionalism. Georgia attorneys may complete 6 of the required 12 GA CLE credit hours per year through online CLE courses – these are called “in-house” hours.[1]

Georgia CLE Compliance & Reporting Deadlines

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: January 31

You must complete the required 12 Georgia CLE credit hours before December 31. However, if you don’t complete your required GA CLE credit hours by December 31 you are entitled to a grace period. The grace period for Georgia attorneys runs until March 31. And if you miss the March 31 grace period deadline, you must pay a $100 late fee at which point your GA CLE deadline will be extended until June 30. Please note that if you complete your Georgia MCLE requirement after June 30, there will be an additional $150 late fee. You can monitor your GA CLE record during the year by logging into your account on the State Bar of Georgia website.

If a Georgia attorney remains in noncompliance with the GA MCLE requirement, the attorney may be suspended from the practice of law in Georgia.

Why risk fines and suspension?? Get your GA CLE done before the December 31 GA CLE deadline! Attorney Credits offers a variety of 6 credit hour GA CLE compliance packages and you can study your GA CLE online or offline. Georgia attorneys may complete 6 credit hours annually with Attorney Credits online CLE courses and we report the credit you complete to the State Bar of Georgia. For more information about Georgia CLE please click here: GA CLE.

[1] These type of hours are called in-house hours and they are tracked on attorneys’ CLE transcripts maintained by the State Bar of Georgia CLE department staff.

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Delaware CLE: DE CLE Deadline is 12/31

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Delaware is a mandatory CLE (Continuing Legal Education) state. Attorneys that are licensed to practice in Delaware must complete the required number of DE CLE credits each compliance period in order to avoid being fined and suspended by the Delaware CLE Commission. Attorneys in Delaware must complete the required 24 CLE credit hours every two years, including a minimum of 4 credit hours of legal ethics.

Delaware CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: February 1

The deadline to complete your DE CLE requirement depends on the year you were admitted to the Delaware State Bar Association. Delaware attorneys must report CLE compliance biennially, as compliance groups are broken into two-year cycles. If a Delaware attorney is admitted in an even-numbered year, DE CLE credits are due by December 31 of every even-numbered year. Those Delaware attorneys with odd-numbered year admissions must complete DE CLE credits by December 31 of every odd-numbered year. All DE CLE credit hours must be timely reported by February 1 to avoid fines.[1]

Notice Regarding CLE Compliance Date

The Delaware CLE reporting period ends on December 31 of the applicable year – even year deadline for even year admittees and odd year deadline for odd year admittees.

Delaware does limit the number of online DE CLE credit hours attorneys can complete each compliance period. Delaware attorneys may use Attorney Credits’ online DE CLE Courses to fulfill 12 of the required 24 DE CLE credit hours. Attorney Credits offers a full selection of Delaware CLE compliance packages and individual DE CLE courses. For more information about CLE in Delaware please click the following link: Delaware CLE.

[1] After March 1, Delaware attorneys reporting late compliance are fined $5/day for each day they are late.

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CO CLE: December 31 CO CLE Deadline

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Attorneys that are licensed in Colorado must complete 45 credit hours of approved CLE every 3 years in order to complete the CO CLE requirement. Of the 45 required CO CLE credit hours, at least 7 credit hours must be completed in the area of legal ethics.

Colorado CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Every 3 years
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: January 31

If you are a Colorado attorney and your CLE compliance is due in 2014 you are rapidly running out of time – there is a little over a month to complete the 45 credit hour CO CLE requirement. The deadline to complete your CO CLE requirement is December 31. Colorado attorneys also have CLE reporting obligations. The deadline to report completion of your CO CLE requirement is January 31.

You must complete 45 credit hours over your three year compliance period. At least 7 of the credit hours must be in legal ethics. The deadline to complete the 45 credit hours is December 31.

There is one bright spot for Colorado attorneys when it comes to completing the CO CLE requirement – all 45 credit hours may be completed through online CLE courses. Attorney Credits is an Approved Sponsor of CLE courses in Colorado. Our Colorado CLE courses have all been pre-approved for credit by the Colorado CLE Board for homestudy credit because our CLE courses meet the requirements set forth in Colorado MCLE Rule 103(j). For more information about CLE in Colorado, please click the following link: Colorado CLE.

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Alabama CLE: January 31 CLE Reporting Deadline

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Attorneys licensed to practice in Alabama have an annual mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) requirement. Alabama attorneys must complete 12 CLE credit hours each year in order to fulfill the Alabama MCLE requirement.[1] Please note that at least 6 of the required 12 hours must be live CLE programming and 6 credit hours may be completed through pre-recorded video, including online CLE courses.

Alabama MCLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: January 31

The deadline to complete the required 12 AL CLE units is December 31. All AL CLE courses that are taken online must be completed by midnight in order to be considered timely completed before 12/31. Alabama attorneys must report MCLE compliance to the Alabama CLE Commission by January 31 by submitting a report on a form provided by the Alabama MCLE Commission.[2]

Participatory Online CLE programs may be approved for a maximum of 6 CLE credit hours per year.[3]

Alabama attorneys have the option to complete up to 6 online CLE credits hours each annual AL MCLE compliance period. Attorney Credits offers online continuing legal education (CLE) for Alabama attorneys and all of our AL CLE courses have been approved by the Alabama Continuing Legal Education Commission. We’re here to help you get your Alabama CLE done by December 31! For more information about CLE in Alabama, please click here: AL CLE.

[1] In addition, at least 1.0 credit hour must be completed in the areas of Legal Ethics or Professionalism.

[2] Any MCLE compliance report sent by regular, certified, registered or express mail of the USPS and postmarked January 31 – or the next business day if January 31 is a Saturday or Sunday – will be considered to be timely filed.

[3] See AL MCLE Rule 4.1.16.

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IL CLE: Are attorneys required to maintain CLE records proving MCLE compliance?

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Attorneys that are licensed to practice law in Illinois must complete a minimum of thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every two years in order to fulfill the IL MCLE requirement. As part of the 30 credit hour IL CLE requirement a minimum of six (6) credit hours must completed in the area of Professional Responsibility. If your last name begins with N-Z, you must complete your IL MCLE requirement by June 30, 2015 and report IL MCLE compliance by July 31, 2015.

Illinois MCLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Credit Hours: 30
  • Compliance Deadline: June 30
  • Reporting Deadline: July 31

Illinois attorneys do have a record keeping responsibility as part of the IL MCLE requirement. Attorneys that are licensed in Illinois are required to maintain sufficient CLE records to prove their IL MCLE compliance. Illinois is a self-reporting CLE state, which means the IL MCLE Board doesn’t track individual attorneys’ CLE activity. Each Illinois attorney must retain the CLE records listed below as proof of their IL MCLE compliance and CLE hours earned because the IL MCLE Board is authorized to conduct audits.[1]

Each Illinois attorney is required to:[2]

  1. Collect certificates issued for each accredited CLE program.
  2. Use certificates and other relevant documents to calculate total IL CLE hours earned in the reporting period.
  3. Report IL CLE compliance to the IL MCLE Board.
  4. Retain certificates and other relevant documentation for three years after the IL MCLE reporting period ends.

Attorney Credits is an Accredited Provider of CLE in Illinois and Illinois attorneys may satisfy all 30 IL CLE credit hours by completing online on-demand CLE courses. Once you complete a CLE course through Attorney Credits, your certificate of attendance is permanently accessible from the My Certificate portion of the website seen below.

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To access more information about the IL CLE requirements, deadlines and IL CLE compliance packages, please click the following link: IL CLE.

[1] See Rule 796(f)(1).

[2] IL MCLE FAQ

http://mcle.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/411

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NY CLE: Approved Jurisdiction Policy

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Attorneys licensed in New York that are considered ‘experienced’ attorneys must complete at least 24 credit hours of approved New York CLE (Continuing Legal Education) each biennial compliance period. A minimum of 4 credit hours of legal ethics must be completed as part of the mandatory 24 credit hour NY CLE requirement. The biennial compliance period is considered the two-year period between attorney registrations.

New York CLE Compliance Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: Birth date
  • Reporting Deadline: 30 days after your birthday

Attorney Credits is an Accredited CLE Sponsor in New York. We have such a strong track record of offering CLE around the country and in New York, we have presumptive approval over all NY CLE courses that are listed on our NY CLE course list. Since we are an Accredited CLE Sponsor in New York we do not have to accredit individual CLE courses or rely on the “Approved Jurisdiction” policy.

What is New York’s “Approved Jurisdiction” policy?

Under the Approved Jurisdiction policy a New York attorney may earn CLE credit for attendance at an out-of-state course provided that the course is accredited by the CLE agency of another state or foreign jurisdiction that has been approved by the New York State CLE Board as meeting New York’s accreditation standards.

With our online, on-demand NY CLE format we have helped thousands of New York attorneys conveniently complete their NY CLE requirement from the comfort of their home or office. If you want to study your NY CLE online we offer streaming video CLE courses. And if you want to study your NY CLE offline we offer NY CLE courses in a downloadable audio and video formats. For more information about the New York CLE requirement please click the following link: NY CLE.

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CA CLE: 25 Credit Hours Every Three Years

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Attorneys that are licensed to practice in California have minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) requirements. Luckily for California attorneys, California has one of the lightest CLE requirements compared to the rest of the country. While attorneys in California must complete 25 credit hours, they have 3 years to complete the 25 credit hours.[1] That means that on average you only have to complete about 8 credit hours each year!

CA MCLE Requirements

  • Total Units: 25
  • Legal Ethics: 4
  • Elimination of Bias: 1
  • Substance Abuse: 1

California attorneys in CA MCLE Compliance Group 2 have the most impending MCLE deadline. Group 2 attorneys (last name H-M) must complete the 25 credit hour CA MCLE requirement by January 31, 2015. Group 2 attorneys must report CA MCLE compliance by February 2, 2015. The State Bar of California requires attorneys to report MCLE compliance through My State Bar Profile to verify that the CA MCLE requirement has been completed.[2]

Attorneys, including those who are exempt, are required to report compliance to the State Bar through My State Bar Profile to verify that they have complied with their CA MCLE requirement.[3]

Please remember that at least 12.5 of the credit hours must qualify for participatory CA CLE credit. Don’t wait until January 30 to get started on your CA CLE! Sign up with Attorney Credits and get started on your CA MCLE today! For more information about the mandatory CA CLE requirement please click here: CA CLE.

[1] As part of the 25 credit hour CA MCLE requirement, California attorneys must complete 4 credit hours of legal ethics, 1 credit hour of substance abuse and 1 credit hour of elimination of bias in the legal profession.

[2] Minimum Continuing Legal Education

http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov

[3] Minimum Continuing Legal Education

http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov

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Nevada CLE: March 1 Late CLE Deadline

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Attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar of Nevada must complete a minimum of twelve (12) CLE credit hours each annual NV CLE compliance period as part of the mandatory NV CLE (continuing legal education) requirement.  In order to properly complete the 12 unit Nevada CLE requirement, Nevada attorneys must complete at least two (2) credit hours of legal ethics.[1]

Nevada CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: December 31

All NV CLE credit hours must be completed and reported by December 31 to remain compliant with the mandatory Nevada continuing legal education (CLE) requirement. If you do not complete and report your required NV CLE credit hours by December 31, you can request an extension of time with the NV CLE Board. You must put your request in writing and send it to the NV CLE Board along with a $50 extension fee. Most Nevada attorneys will be given until March 1 to complete the NV CLE requirement.

If you haven’t completed your NV CLE credits by December 31, you can request an extension of time. Please put your request in writing, along with a $50 extension fee and send it to the NV CLE Board. More than likely you will be given until March 1 to complete your NV CLE requirement.

December 31 will be here before you know it. Don’t risk fines, suspension or your Nevada law license – start completing your NV CLE requirement today! To access Attorney Credits’ Nevada CLE compliance packages please click the following link: NV CLE.

[1] Nevada attorneys now also have a substance abuse requirement that must be completed every three years. If you did not complete your substance abuse requirement in 2013, you must complete 1.0 credit hour of substance abuse for 2014.

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Group 3 PA CLE Compliance Deadline: 12/31

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Attorneys that are licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must complete a minimum of twelve (12) CLE credit hours each annual PA CLE compliance period in order to fulfill the mandatory Pennsylvania CLE requirement. As part of the 12 unit annual PA CLE requirement, Pennsylvania attorneys must currently complete a minimum of 1 hour of legal ethics, professionalism or substance abuse. Please note that the legal ethics requirement will be increased to 2 credits hours annually for Pennsylvania attorneys with 2015 compliance deadlines.

Group 3 PA CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: The PA CLE Board will notify you

Pennsylvania attorneys that are in compliance group 3 are required to complete their CLE requirement by December 31, 2014. Accredited Providers of CLE are given 30 days from the date of course completion to report CLE credits to the PA CLE Commission. The PA CLE Board will account for this 30 day reporting period before determining non-compliance with the 2014 PA CLE requirement. To review your transcript and track your CLE credits reported you can access your MyPacle account.

Frequently Asked Questions[1]

Each active lawyer shall maintain records sufficient to establish compliance with the CLE requirement in the event of a dispute with the final compliance report. (Regulation Section 7) The recommendation from the Board is that you maintain those records for three (3) years. The MyPacle account access is intended to assist in tracking of courses and credits.

Attorney Credits is an Accredited Sponsor of CLE in Pennsylvania and has a number of PA CLE programs that have been pre-approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board. We offer streaming video courses for you to study your PA CLE online and we offer MP3 and video download courses if you prefer to work offline. And for the most convenience and flexibility we also offer MP3 Player and USB Stick compliance packages that come pre-loaded with 4 credits hours of PA CLE. For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania, please click the following link: Pennsylvania CLE.

[1] https://www.pacle.org/lawyer/lawyer_faq.asp

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Colorado CLE: I Don’t practice in Colorado – do I have still have a CLE requirement?

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Active attorneys that are licensed to practice law in Colorado have mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) requirements. Colorado attorneys must complete 45 required CO CLE credit hours, including a minimum of 7 credit hours in the area of legal ethics. You must complete your CO CLE requirement by December 31 and report your Colorado CLE compliance by January 31.

Colorado CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 3 years
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: January 31

Even if you don’t practice law within the borders of the state of Colorado, you still must complete your Colorado CLE requirement. Unless you file for inactive status, you still must comply with the requirements of Colorado Rule 260 and complete your 45 credit hour CO CLE requirement. If you go on inactive status, your CO CLE requirements are suspended for the time you are inactive. Please be advised that you may not practice law in Colorado if your license is inactive.

Unless you file for inactive status, you must comply with the requirements of Rule 260. If you take inactive status, CLE requirements are suspended for the time you are inactive.[1]

Attorney Credits is an Approved Sponsor of CLE in Colorado. Our Colorado CLE courses have all been pre-approved by the Colorado CLE Board for homestudy credit because our CO CLE courses meet the requirements promulgated in Colorado MCLE Rule 103(j). For more information about CLE in Colorado, please click the following link: CO CLE.

[1] Colorado Supreme Court CLE FAQ

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