Experienced New York Attorneys: 24 NY CLE Hours

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What is your CLE requirement in New York? Well, that depends on how long you have been practicing law. In New York, as in a number of states across the country, there are different requirements for newly admitted attorneys and experienced attorneys.

In New York, newly admitted attorneys have their own set of CLE rules. Newly admitted attorneys must fulfill their CLE requirement by taking accredited transitional continuing legal education (CLE) courses or programs.[1]

Those attorneys that have been admitted to the New York Bar for more than two years are considered to be experienced attorneys. Experienced attorneys in New York are not subject to the requirements for newly admitted attorneys.  Experienced attorneys in New York must complete a total of 24 NY CLE credit hours during each biennial reporting cycle.  A minimum of 4 of these 24 required CLE credit hours must be in the area of Ethics and Professionalism. The remaining CLE hours can be in any category of credit.

Nontraditional CLE formats in New York include audiotapes, videoconferences and online CLE courses.

Experienced attorneys in New York have the option to earn New York CLE credit by completing CLE courses offered in a live classroom setting or in nontraditional formats, such as online CLE courses. Experienced attorneys in New York may complete all 24 NY CLE units through Attorney Credits CLE because Attorney Credits is an Accredited Provider of CLE in New York. All of our course formats have been accredited by the New York CLE Board.

[1] Transitional continuing legal education courses are courses designed to help recent law graduates and newly admitted attorneys establish a solid foundation in the practical skills, techniques and procedures essential to becoming a quality attorney.

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California MCLE

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MCLE. The Minimum Continuing Legal Education requirement. Yes, it is that time of year for a number of lucky California attorneys… time to get your CA MCLE requirement done! Under the MCLE Rules of California, active California are required to complete 25 hours of approved continuing legal education every 3 years. The compliance deadline for California attorneys with last names H-M is January 31, 2015.

California MCLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 3 years
  • Compliance Deadline: January 31
  • Reporting Deadline: February 2
  • Compliance Group: Last Names H-M

The California MCLE requirement lists the minimum legal education you can complete without being fined or suspended. And it is now more important than ever to ensure that you are taking enough courses, you complete enough specialty courses and you complete enough participatory courses.[1] That’s because the State Bar of California has greatly increased the amount of annual MCLE audits it is conducting – as many as 10% of the attorneys in the next MCLE compliance group will be audited.

California MCLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Total Units: 25
  • Legal Ethics: 4
  • Participatory Credit: 12.5
  • Elimination of Bias: 1
  • Substance Abuse/Competence: 1

The State Bar of California has provided an excellent FAQ about CA MCLE audits. Please visit the Cal Bar webpage for more information. You can also visit our CA MCLE FAQ for answers to all of your California MCLE questions. Now go and get that CA MCLE done before the California MCLE deadline!!

[1] It is extremely important to make sure you complete 25 total credit hours including 4 credit hours of legal ethics, 1 credit hour of elimination of bias and 1 credit hour of substance abuse. It is also extremely important to make sure that you complete at least 12.5 credit hours of participatory CLE credit.

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California CLE: 12.5 Hour Self-Study Limit

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Attorneys in California beware! The State Bar of California has greatly increased the amount of CA MCLE audits it will be conducting in the coming years. Therefore, California attorneys must pay special scrutiny to properly completing their CA MCLE requirement. Since the Cal Bar increased the number of MCLE audits some attorneys have even been disbarred for not properly completing their CA MCLE requirement.

California MCLE Compliance Requirements

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

One common error that attorneys take is the type of credit they take and failing to take enough participatory credits. Many attorneys overlook the self-study/participatory credit requirement. Attorneys must make sure to complete at least 12.5 credit hours of participatory credit each three-year compliance period. Or put another way – attorneys cannot complete any more than 12.5 credit hours for participatory credit.[1]

California MCLE Self-Study Credit

  • No more than 12.5 credit hours of self-study each compliance period

Essentially, if a CLE provider verifies your “participation” in the course, then an activity is considered “participatory.” As an Approved Provider of CLE in California, all of our online or downloadable CA CLE courses can be completed for self-study or participatory credit. As part of CLE Your Way, you will choose the type of credit you would like to receive before you begin your CLE course. For more information about California CLE, please click the following link: CA CLE.

[1] California attorneys must also make sure to complete a minimum of 25 credit hours of CA CLE – including 4 credit hours of legal ethics, 1 credit hour of competence (formerly substance abuse) and 1 credit hour of elimination of bias.

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California CLE: 1 Hour of “Competence” Each CA MCLE Compliance Period

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The State Bar of California requires all active California attorneys to complete 25 hours of minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) each three year CA MCLE compliance period. Due to the increased MCLE audits that the State Bar of California is now conducting, it is extremely important to properly complete your California MCLE requirement.

California MCLE Compliance & Reporting

  • Reporting Cycle: 3 years
  • Total Credit Hours: 25 credit hours
  • Competence Requirement: 1 credit hour
  • Compliance Deadline: January 31
  • Reporting Deadline: February 2

It is also important to note that there were some changes made to the California MCLE Rules on July 1, 2014. The substance abuse requirement is now called the “Competence” requirement. Essentially, the Cal Bar expanded out the substance abuse category to deal with more issues that impair an attorney’s ability to perform legal services with competence. The main reason for this is the fact that 60% to 70% of the state bar cases involving discipline also involve an underlying substance abuse issue. California attorneys must make sure to complete at least 1.0 credit hours of Competence each three-year compliance period.

Education regarding substance abuse, mental or physical issues that impair professional competence[1]

Approved activities must consist of education that identifies and discusses the detection of substance abuse, mental illness or other mental or physical issue that impairs a member’s ability to perform legal services with competence.

You must make sure to properly complete your required California CLE if your last name starts with H-M and your CLE compliance is due January 31, 2015. Why risk being fined, suspended or disbarred… get started on your California MCLE today! For more information about the California MCLE requirement please click the following link: CA CLE.

[1] Qualifying Activities for MCLE Credit

http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov/Providers/EducationApproval/QualifyingActivities.aspx

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California CLE: 1 Elimination of Bias Hour Each MCLE Compliance Period

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California attorneys must complete 25 hours of minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) every three years to be able to practice law in the state of California. Because California MCLE compliance is broken down into 3 different compliance groups California attorneys have three years to complete the CA MCLE requirement.

The California MCLE compliance deadline for attorneys with last names H-M is January 31, 2015.

Properly completing your California MCLE requirement has taken on even greater importance over the last few years. That’s because the State Bar of California has decided to increase the number of MCLE audits conducted every year. One common error that California attorneys frequently commit is failing to take enough of the required specialty credit hours. California attorneys must complete a minimum of 1 credit hour of elimination of bias each three-year compliance period.[1]

The required elimination of bias course may be completed for either self-study or participatory credit.[2]

For attorneys with last names that start with H-M, the time is now… time to get your required CA CLE done! Don’t get fined, suspended or disbarred – start getting your CA CLE done today! For more information about the California MCLE requirement please click the following link: CA CLE.

[1] As part of the 25 credit hour CA MCLE requirement, California attorneys must complete a minimum of 4 credit hours of legal ethics each three-year compliance period, in addition to 1 credit hour of elimination of bias and 1 credit hour of competence.

[2] See California MCLE FAQ

http://www.attorneycredits.com/california-mcle-faq

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CA CLE: 4 Ethics Each MCLE Compliance Period

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The State Bar of California generally requires all active California attorneys to complete 25 hours of minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) every three years. Since the CA MCLE compliance is broken down into 3 different compliance groups not every attorney has to complete their CA CLE requirement at one time.

The CA CLE compliance deadline for California attorneys with last names H-M is January 31, 2015.

Due to the increased MCLE audits in California it is extremely important to properly complete your California MCLE requirement. One common compliance error is that some California attorneys fail to take enough of the required specialty credits. As part of the 25 credit hour CA MCLE requirement California attorneys must complete at least 4 credit hours of legal ethics each three-year compliance period, in addition to 1 credit hour of elimination of bias and 1 credit hour of substance abuse. These 4 required credit hours of legal ethics may be completed for either self-study or participatory credit.[1] The key is that you complete at least 4.0 credit hours of courses approved for legal ethics credit in California.

California attorneys must complete a minimum of 4.0 credit hours of legal ethics each three-year CA MCLE compliance period.

Don’t get fined, suspended… or even disbarred! You must make sure to properly complete your required CA CLE if your last name starts with H-M and your CLE compliance is due January 31, 2015. For more information about the California MCLE requirement please click the following link: CA CLE.

[1] See California MCLE FAQ

http://www.attorneycredits.com/california-mcle-faq

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CA CLE: 12.5 of 25 Hours Must Be Participatory

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Attorneys in California beware! The State Bar of California has greatly increased the amount of MCLE audits it will be conducting. California attorneys must pay special scrutiny to properly completing their CA MCLE requirement. Since the Cal Bar increased the number of MCLE audits some attorneys have even been disbarred for not properly completing their CA MCLE requirement.

California MCLE Requirements

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

One common error that attorneys take is the type of credit they take and failing to take enough participatory credits. Many attorneys overlook the self-study/participatory credit requirement. Attorneys must make sure to complete at least 12.5 credit hours of participatory credit each three-year compliance period. Or put another way – attorneys cannot complete any more than 12.5 credit hours for participatory credit. California attorneys must also make sure to complete a minimum of 25 credit hours of CA CLE – including 4 credit hours of legal ethics, 1 credit hour of competence (formerly substance abuse) and 1 credit hour of elimination of bias.

California MCLE Participatory Requirement

  • At least 12.5 credit hours each compliance period

If a CLE provider verifies your “participation,” then an activity is considered “participatory.”[1] As an Approved Provider of CLE in California, any of our online or downloadable California CLE courses can be completed for self-study or participatory credit.[2] You will choose the type of credit you would like to receive before you begin your CLE course. For more information about California CLE, please click the following link: CA MCLE.

[1] Provider verification consists of the following: the provider has you sign in at the time of the activity (electronic sign-in is acceptable), the provider keeps a list of those who sign in, and the provider issues a certificate of attendance to attendees.  Online CLE courses, CD courses, and some tape-based courses can count for participatory credit if they are verified by an approved CLE provider.

See: Participatory vs. Self-Study Credit

http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/EducationOptions.aspx

[2] In order to verify your participation we use random verification prompts for our online streaming video CLE courses and number codes for our offline audio and video CLE courses.

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What Happens if I don’t Complete my Texas CLE?

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Attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of Texas must complete at least 15 Texas CLE credit hours each annual MCLE compliance period as part of the mandatory CLE requirement in Texas. Texas attorneys must also complete at least 3 credit hours of Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility to properly complete the mandatory 15 credit hour TX CLE requirement.

Texas MCLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: Last day of month preceding birth month
  • Reporting Deadline: First day of month of attorney’s birth month

It is each individual Texas attorney’s responsibility to ensure that the mandatory CLE hours are accurately and timely reported to the State Bar of Texas MCLE Department. If you fail to timely complete and report your TX CLE credit hours it could result in a non-compliance penalty of $100, $200, or $300. Further, Texas attorneys that fail to comply with the TX MCLE requirement, fail to pay the non-compliance fee, or that are otherwise in non-compliance with the TX MCLE requirements will be suspended from the practice of law. And guess what…. you will still have to complete your Texas CLE requirement in order to resume practicing!

If you have not completed or reported the minimum 15 hours by the last day of your compliance year, a reminder Notice will be emailed and mailed to you at the beginning of the birth month (grace period). You will automatically be given your birth month as a grace period in order to comply with MCLE requirements without a penalty. If you do not complete and report at least 15 hours of CLE by the last day of your birth month (grace peri0d), you will be in non-compliance and subject to a penalty.[1]

Get your Texas CLE done today with Attorney Credits! Attorney Credits is an Approved Provider of CLE courses in Texas.[2] All of Attorney Credits’ online and downloadable CLE courses have been pre-approved for CLE credit by the State Bar of Texas. You can study your Texas CLE courses online with our streaming video CLE courses or download your TX CLE courses and study offline. For more information about CLE in Texas, please click the following link: Texas CLE.

[1] Report Your MCLE Hours

http://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Report_Your_MCLE_Hours

[2] Texas State Provider #12507

http://www.attorneycredits.com/Texas-cle-information

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IL CLE Deadline (N-Z) is June 30

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Attorneys that are licensed to practice law in Illinois have continuing legal education requirements. Illinois attorneys must complete a minimum of thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every two years in order to fulfill the IL MCLE requirement and maintain their good standing to practice law. As part of the 30 credit hour IL MCLE requirement a minimum of six (6) credit hours must be completed in the area of Professional Responsibility.

Illinois MCLE Compliance Requirements:

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

There are two different compliance groups in Illinois which means that attorneys have two years to complete the required 30 credit hours. The Illinois CLE reporting period depends on the first letter of your last name as it appears on the master roll of attorneys with the ARDC.[1] If your last name begins with A-M, your two-year Illinois CLE compliance period ends on June 30 of EVEN numbered years. If your last name starts with N-Z, your two-year Illinois CLE compliance period ends on June 30 of ODD numbered years. That means that attorneys with the last name N-Z must complete the 30 hour IL MCLE requirement by June 30, 2015.

Illinois MCLE Reporting Deadline:

  • Last names A-M: – June 30, 2016
  • Last names N-Z – June 30, 2015

Attorneys licensed to practice in Illinois and subject to the IL MCLE requirement may satisfy all 30 IL CLE credit hours by completing online on-demand CLE courses. Attorney Credits is an Accredited Provider of CLE in Illinois and all of our IL CLE courses are presumptively pre-approved by the Illinois MCLE Board. To access more information about the Illinois MCLE requirements, deadlines and IL CLE compliance packages, please visit the following webpage: IL CLE.

[1] ARDC stands for Attorney Discipline and Registration Committee.

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NY CLE: 24 Credit Hours Every 2 Years

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Experienced attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar Association must complete a minimum of twenty-four (24) CLE credit hours during each two-year reporting period.[1]  According to the New York CLE Rules, an “experienced” New York attorney is an attorney that has been admitted to the New York Bar for more than two years.  Please be advised that newly admitted attorneys in New York have their own set of special CLE requirements that must be completed.[2]

NY CLE Requirements — Experienced Attorneys

  • Total NY CLE Credits Required: 24
  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: Birth date
  • Reporting Deadline: 30 days after your birthday

Attorneys in New York can study their NY CLE courses online. In fact, the entire mandatory 24 credit hour NY CLE requirement may be completed through online and offline NY CLE courses. Attorneys in New York may also complete 4 credit hours of Ethics and Professionalism though online and offline CLE courses.

What kinds of NY CLE courses count toward my CLE requirement?

Experienced attorneys may earn CLE credit by attending CLE courses offered in the traditional live classroom format, or in nontraditional formats such as audiotapes, videoconferences, online, etc., so long as the CLE Board has accredited the provider to offer the course in the particular format, or the course is eligible for credit under New York’s Approved Jurisdiction policy.[3]

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in New York and around the country. We feature one-click state bundle compliance packages, credit hour packages and individual CLE courses if you just need to pick up a couple of units.  For more information about the mandatory New York CLE requirement, please click here: NY CLE.

[1] The biennial reporting cycle in New York is defined as the two-year period between your attorney registrations.  The registration card is sent to you around the time of your birthday.

[2] Attorneys that are newly admitted to the New York Bar must complete a minimum of sixteen (16) “transitional” CLE credit hours in each of the first two years of admission to the New York Bar for a grand total of thirty-two (32) CLE credit hours.  Sixteen (16) of those credit hours must be in the following areas: Skills, Ethics and Professionalism & Law Practice Management and/or Areas of Professional Practice. The first set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the New York Bar in the designated categories of credit. The second set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed between the first and second anniversaries of admission to the New York Bar.