Attorneys that are licensed to practice law in Iowa have an annual continuing legal education (CLE) requirement. Under the Iowa CLE Rules, attorneys licensed to practice in Iowa must complete a minimum of 15 IA CLE credit hours every year. Iowa attorneys must also complete 3 credit hours of legal ethics as part of the IA CLE requirement. However, please note that the Iowa ethics requirement must only be completed every two years.
Iowa CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements
- Reporting Cycle: Annual
- Compliance Deadline: December 31
- Reporting Deadline: March 31
The required 15 IA CLE credit hours must be completed by December 31. Iowa attorneys must report completion of the Iowa CLE requirement by March 1 and each attorney must self-report completion of the IA CLE that they complete. All Iowa attorneys that fail to file the annual IA CLE report or pay the proper amount of fee by must pay a penalty that can be as much as $250.
The Iowa CLE requirement helps ensure that lawyers and judges keep abreast of the latest legal developments.
Iowa attorneys do have the ability to complete a portion of their Iowa CLE requirement through online CLE courses. Iowa attorneys have the option to complete six (6) credit hours of the IA CLE requirement each annual compliance period by completing computer-based legal education courses accredited by the Iowa CLE Commission. Please note that Iowa attorneys may only complete online streaming videos and may not take any downloadable CLE courses such as MP3 courses. For more information about CLE in Iowa please click the following link: IA CLE.
 In order to fulfill the annual IA CLE reporting obligation, each Iowa attorney must make a written report to the Iowa CLE Commission detailing the completion of IA CLE during the preceding calendar year.
 CLE Credit Information