Continuing Legal Education rules and requirements can be hard to find and even harder to decipher. Each state has rules on everything from the number of units required to record keeping requirements to prove that CLE has been completed. Finding the exact rule or information that you are looking for can be a daunting task, and you are limited on time.
For this reason, we have created FAQs for every state that we offer CLE in. If you are an attorney in Pennsylvania, we have the answers that you need in regards to your PA CLE requirement. We have information for you about everything from PA CLE compliance groups, to late PA CLE compliance.
Top PA CLE Questions
What are the mandatory Pennsylvania CLE requirements?
- Pennsylvania attorneys must currently complete twelve (12) credit hours each compliance period, including a minimum of one (1) hour of legal ethics, professionalism or substance abuse.
How many online PA CLE courses can I take?
- Pennsylvania lawyers taking Distance Learning CLE courses may complete four (4) hours per annual CLE compliance year by completing online and offline PA CLE programs.
What are the PA CLE compliance groups?
- All Pennsylvania attorneys are permanently assigned to 1 of 3 PA CLE Compliance Groups chosen randomly by lawyer ID number. Group I – May 1 through April 30; Group II – September 1 through August 31, and; Group III – January 1 through December 31.
Does Attorney Credits report my CLE hours completed to the PA CLE Board?
- Attorney Credits reports your PA CLE credit completed to the PA CLE Board within 30 days of course completion. We generally report on the 1st and 15th each month.
What if my PA CLE hours are not reported as of my CLE compliance deadline?
- If the PA CLE credits are properly completed prior the PA CLE deadline, the attorney will not be considered non-compliant once the PA CLE credits are reported.
How do I report my PA CLE compliance?
- The PA CLE Board maintains a record of each attorney’s PA CLE compliance. The CLE Board will notify you regarding your CLE status prior to the final day of your compliance period and will provide a final compliance notice after the end of the PA CLE compliance period. If the report indicates that you are in compliance, then you do not need to take any further action.
What happens if I do not comply with the PA CLE requirements within my Compliance Period?
- If you do not comply with the PA CLE Rules and Regulations, the PA CLE Board will send you a report of non-compliance. Within sixty (60) days from the date of the notice you must comply with the PA CLE Rules and Regulations. In addition, you must pay an initial $100 late fee. Additionally, a second $100 late fee will be assessed if the required PA CLE credit hours are not completed within the 90-day period from the initial notice of non-compliance.
Should I keep a list of my PA CLE activities that I complete?
- Each active Pennsylvania attorney must maintain records sufficient to establish compliance with the PA CLE requirement in case there is a dispute with the final compliance report. The PA CLE Board recommends that you maintain your PA CLE records for three (3) years. The Certificates of Completion issued by Attorney Credits should be used to verify attendance.
Who can I contact for more information about Pennsylvania CLE?
- For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania, please call the Pennsylvania CLE Board at (800) 497-2235. You may also contact Attorney Credits support via email or telephone. For further assistance and information, please call our Support Center at 877-910-MCLE (6253) or visit the support page on the website.
Attorney Credits is an accredited CLE provider in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania attorneys may complete PA CLE courses in the following media formats: streaming video & audio, MP3 and video download (MP4). We also offer MP3 Player and USB Stick compliance packages that come pre-loaded with PA CLE credit hours. Please note that without a valid exception, Pennsylvania attorneys may only currently complete 4 of the required 12 credit hours through online and offline CLE courses.
For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania, please click the following link: PA CLE.
 There are amendments to the Pennsylvania CLE rules and regulations will take effect with CLE compliance periods that have requirement deadlines in 2015.
 Pennsylvania CLE State Provider #8066.
 For 2015 compliance, Pennsylvania has increased the amount of credits lawyers may earn via online CLE courses from four (4) to six (6) credits annually. The PA CLE Board also increased the ethics component of the annual CLE requirement from one (1) to two (2) credit hours. The total number of CLE credits required annually will remain 12 hours. The amendments to the Pennsylvania CLE rules and regulations will take effect with CLE compliance periods that have requirement deadlines in 2015.