Illinois CLE: Reporting MCLE Compliance

screen-capture-4For Illinois attorneys with the last name A-M it’s almost time to complete your 30 credit hour Illinois MCLE requirement.  You must complete the required 30 credit hours, including 6 credit hours of Professional Responsibility, by June 30.  You must also report your IL MCLE compliance by July 31 in order to properly fulfill your Illinois MCLE requirement.

Illinois MCLE Compliance Requirements

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

 

Illinois is a self-reporting CLE state. As part of the MCLE requirement, all Illinois attorneys are required to report compliance, non-compliance or exemptions at the end of the two-year reporting period. The Illinois MCLE Board will mail a Certification Form to each attorney at the address on file with the ARDC (Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission). The Certification Form must be completed and returned to the IL MCLE Board by the due date listed on the form.

All Illinois attorneys are required to report MCLE compliance at the end of the attorney’s two-year reporting period. The Certification Form must be completed and returned to the Illinois MCLE Board by the due date on the form.

If you are an attorney practicing in Illinois and your last name starts with A-M, its time to get started on your IL MCLE requirement so you can complete it on time and get your MCLE compliance reported by July 31.  Please click the following link for more information about Illinois MCLE: IL MCLE.

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New York CLE FAQ

Many mandatory CLE states set year-end deadlines for attorneys to complete their required CLE.  New York is not a state with a year-end deadline … although many attorneys probably wish that was the case.  That’s because in New York, the mandatory CLE compliance deadline is determined by your birth month.[1]  And I don’t think a lot of attorneys want to be completing their NY CLE requirement right around their birthday.

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While many New York attorneys are familiar with when compliance is due, there are many other CLE rules in New York.  Do you know what is considered an experienced attorney or what to do if you haven’t received your attorney registration form by your birthday?  In case you need to brush up on the New York CLE rules, we have created an NY CLE FAQ for you.

Top New York CLE Questions

What is an ‘experienced’ attorney in New York?

  • Attorneys that have been admitted to the New York Bar for more than 2 years are considered ‘experienced’ attorneys.

As an ‘experienced’ New York attorney, what is my NY CLE requirement?

  • Experienced New York attorneys must complete a total of 24 accredited NY CLE credit hours during each two-year CLE reporting cycle – the two-year period between your attorney registrations. At least 4 credit hours of Ethics and Professionalism must be completed each biennial NY CLE compliance period. The remaining NY CLE credit hours may be earned in any category of CLE credit.

If I am an experienced New York attorney how many online NY CLE courses can I take?

  • All 24 required NY CLE credit hours.

When must I complete my NY CLE requirement and report compliance?

  • Your NY CLE compliance deadline is your birthday.  You have 30 days after your birthday to report your NY CLE compliance.

What are the New York CLE compliance groups?

  • If you were admitted BEFORE 1/1/82 – or in an even-numbered year – then you report your New York CLE compliance in EVEN-numbered years. If you were admitted in an odd-numbered year AFTER 1982 then you report your NY CLE compliance in ODD-numbered years.

Does the New York CLE Board keep a record of my CLE activities?

  • No, the New York State CLE program is a self-reporting system. Certificates of Completion and other supporting CLE documentation must be retained by the attorney for at least 4 years from the date of course completion.

How do I report my NY CLE compliance?

  • The NY CLE Board will mail you an attorney registration form. You must file your attorney registration form and indicate that you have completed your required NY CLE within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years. At the time of your biennial registration, you must certify that you have completed your NY CLE requirement for that reporting cycle and that you have retained the proper records.

Who can I contact for more information about NY CLE?

  • For more information about CLE in New York, please call the NY CLE Board at (212) 428-2105 or toll free from outside of New York City at (877) NYS-4CLE (697-4253). You can 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.

We hope that this saves you some time and keeps you in compliance with your NY CLE requirement.  If you have further questions, you can visit our full New York CLE FAQ.  And if you need to complete your NY CLE requirement, please visit our New York CLE webpage: NY CLE.


[1] New York attorneys must report MCLE compliance when their registration card is mailed – which is determined by month of birth.

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California CLE: 12.5 Credit Hours of Participatory Credit

Attorneys licensed in California must pay special scrutiny to properly completing their CA MCLE requirement.  The State Bar of California has greatly increased the number of MCLE audits – and 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

California attorneys must make sure to complete a minimum of 25 credit hours, including 4 credit hours of elimination of legal ethics, 1 credit hour of substance abuse and 1 credit hour of elimination of bias.  Many attorneys also overlook the self-study/participatory credit requirement.  Attorneys must make sure to complete at least 12.5 credit hours of participatory credit.  Or put another way – attorneys cannot complete any more than 12.5 credit hours for participatory credit.

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If a CLE provider verifies your “participation,” then an activity is considered “participatory.”[1]  In order to verify your participation we utilize verification prompts for our online CLE courses and number codes for our offline CLE courses.  Therefore, any of our California CLE courses can be completed for self-study or participatory credit.  You choose the type of credit you would like to receive before you begin the course.

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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 courses, CD ROM-based courses, and some tape-based courses can count for participatory credit if they are verified by an approved provider. If unsure, contact the individual provider to verify that the program has been approved for participatory credit.

Participatory vs. Self-Study Credit

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

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Nevada CLE FAQ

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Do you have questions about your Nevada CLE requirement?  Do you need to know about late NV CLE reporting or how many substance abuse units you must complete each year?  Do you need to know how many online CLE courses you can complete each annual compliance period?

Nevada CLE Compliance Requirements

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

Well, we have created a NV CLE FAQ for you.  Now you can easily find the answers that you need to those pressing NV CLE questions.  Did you know that Nevada made substance abuse mandatory for 2013 – but you must only complete the substance abuse requirement once every three years?[1]

Top Nevada CLE Questions

What are the mandatory NV CLE requirements?

Nevada attorneys must complete at minimum of 12 CLE credit hours each annual NV CLE compliance period.

How many online NV CLE courses can I take?

Attorneys admitted to the State Bar of Nevada may complete all 12 required NV CLE credit hours through online CLE courses.

When must I complete & report my NV CLE compliance?

All NV CLE credit hours must be completed and reported by December 31.

Does the Nevada CLE Board keep a record of my CLE activities?

The Nevada CLE Board does track your CLE compliance. In October, the Nevada CLE Board mails out a courtesy notice to all members of the Nevada Bar. In mid January of the following year, the NV CLE Board will mail you a Compliance Report (Form 6) reflecting NV CLE credits earned from the previous CLE compliance year.

How do I report my NV CLE compliance?

Nevada attorneys must report their own NV CLE compliance through the annual report mailed by the NC CLE Board. The Nevada CLE Board will mail you an annual report by January 15 reflecting your NV CLE credits earned from the previous year. You should retain your CLE records verifying CLE compliance with the NV CLE Rules for a period of three (3) years. Attorneys should maintain and use Certificates of Completion issued by Attorney Credits in order to verify compliance. The NV CLE Board may periodically require you to produce independent verification of compliance.

Who can I contact for more information about NV CLE?

For more information about CLE in Nevada, please call the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education at (775) 329-4443. 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

We hope that this saves you time and keeps you in compliance with your NV CLE requirement.  If you have further questions, you can visit our full Nevada CLE FAQ.  And if you need to complete your NV CLE requirement, please visit our Nevada CLE webpage: NV CLE.


[1] See: Substance Abuse CLE Now Mandatory in Nevada

http://www.attorneycredits.com/wordpress/2013/09/substance-abuse-cle-now-mandatory-in-nevada/

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Pennsylvania CLE FAQ

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.

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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?[1]

  • 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.[2]  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.[3]

For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania, please click the following link: PA CLE.


[1] There are amendments to the Pennsylvania CLE rules and regulations will take effect with CLE compliance periods that have requirement deadlines in 2015.

[2] Pennsylvania CLE State Provider #8066.

[3] 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.

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Colorado CLE: 45 Online Credit Hours Each Compliance Period

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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.[1]  Of the 45 required CO CLE credit hours, at least 7 credit hours must be completed in the area of legal ethics. Of the forty-five (45) required CO CLE credit hours, a minimum of seven (7) credit hours must be completed in the area of legal ethics

Colorado CLE Compliance and Reporting Requirements

Reporting Cycle: Every 3 years

Compliance Deadline: December 31

Reporting Deadline: January 31

There is one bright spot for Colorado attorneys when it comes to completing the CLE requirement – all 45 credit hours may be completed through online CLE courses.  To receive Colorado CLE credit for a home study course, a Homestudy Affidavit must be submitted to the Colorado Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education.[2]

Homestudy

You can receive CO CLE credit for a CLE course referred to as “homestudy” provided the activity:[3]

  1. Is a structured course of study
  2. Is organized by an eligible sponsor
  3. Includes the use of thorough, high-quality written materials, available to the attorney or judge completing the course
  4. Incorporates some other educational medium, such as video or audio tapes, correspondence work, testing or individual conferences. Regulation 103(j).

 

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 in Colorado because our CLE courses meet the requirements set forth in Colorado MCLE Rule 103(j).

For more information about continuing legal education in Colorado, please click the following link: Colorado CLE.


[1] In order to keep your license to practice law in Colorado in good standing you must complete your CO CLE requirement and report your Colorado CLE compliance by January 31.

[2] Contact the sponsor of the course, or consult the Colorado CLE Board’s CLE Index to determine if a course is accredited.  Every Colorado attorney was given a Homestudy Affidavit from the Colorado Supreme Court upon admission to the bar or subsequently with an address change.

[3] Colorado CLE FAQ

https://www.coloradosupremecourt.com/CLE/CleFaq.htm

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Arizona CLE: Online CLE Must Be Interactive

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In order to fulfill the Arizona Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirement, attorneys that are licensed to practice law in Arizona must complete 15 AZ CLE credit hours each annual compliance period.  As part of this annual 15 credit hour AZ CLE requirement, Arizona attorneys must also complete 3 credit hours of Professional Responsibility credit.[1]

Arizona MCLE Compliance Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: June 30
  • Reporting Deadline: September 15

 

It is interesting to note that the State Bar of Arizona does not certify CLE courses or CLE Providers.  It is up to Arizona attorneys to decide if a CLE course will be considered for CLE credit under the CLE Rules of Arizona, specifically Arizona MCLE Regulation 104(a).[2]  For online AZ CLE programs, the course must be considered interactive.

For online programs, what qualifies for interactive or self-study?[3]

“Where the order of presentation or the content of the course material is dependent on the attorney’s response and the attorney has an opportunity to respond to prompts initiated by the faculty or placed within the course material, it is considered to be interactive. All of the State Bar’s Online Programs are considered interactive.”

All of Attorney Credits’ online and offline Arizona CLE courses are considered interactive.  For online AZ CLE programs we use verification prompts during the course of the online course to monitor your participation.  For offline CLE courses we use number codes embedded in the course to verify your participation and completion.

For further information about the mandatory CLE program in Arizona please click the following link: Arizona CLE.


[1] A minimum of 3 credit hours must be completed in the area of professional responsibility. This includes – but is not limited to – legal and judicial ethics, professionalism, substance abuse and malpractice prevention.

[2] See: MCLE Regulation 104(a).[2]

http://www.azbar.org/cleandmcle/mcle/mcleregulations

[3]  Frequently Asked Questions About MCLE in Arizona

http://www.azbar.org/cleandmcle/mcle/frequentlyaskedquestionsaboutmcleinarizona

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New Jersey CLE: 12 Online Units each Compliance Period

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Active New Jersey attorneys must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of continuing legal education (CLE) every two year NJ CLE compliance period.[1]  Of the required twenty-four (24) NJ CLE credit hours, at least four (4) credit hours must be in the area of ethics and/or professionalism.

Can attorneys take online and offline NJ CLE courses?

Generally, NJ attorneys may take online and offline CLE courses.  The courses must be approved for CLE course accreditation by the NJ CLE Board.  Courses offered under an “alternative verifiable learning format” must have a reliable method of verifying and recording participation.[2]

Of the required 24 NJ CLE credit hours, 12 credit hours may be completed through online and offline CLE courses.[3]  They key is that the CLE provider is able to verify your participation in the online and offline CLE courses.  Attorney Credits’ monitors your participation through online prompts in our streaming audio and video courses, and number codes that are embedded in our MP3, Video Download (MP4), CD & DVD NJ CLE courses.

NJ CLE courses completed through alternative verifiable learning formats such as online and offline NJ CLE courses can account for no more than one-half of the total credit hour requirement per compliance period.  If you are subject to the 24 credit hour NJ CLE requirement, you may complete up to 12 credit hours of NJ CLE through online and offline NJ CLE courses.

For more information about the New Jersey CLE requirement and NJ CLE compliance packages, please click the following link: NJ CLE.


[1] The NJ CLE program is mandatory for all NJ attorneys, in-house corporate counsel, judges and government attorneys – regardless of whether the attorney is actually practicing within the state of New Jersey.

[2] Supreme Court of New Jersey Continuing Legal Education, see: BCLE Reg. 201:8 and 301:9.

http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/cle/att_faq.htm#13

[3] Some New Jersey attorneys, however, may qualify for either a medical or non-resident exception and may be able to take all 24 units through online on-demand CLE courses.  If a medical condition prohibits you from attending a live CLE event, you may qualify to take all required 24 NJ CLE units online.   Some attorneys licensed in New Jersey that live outside of the Garden State may also be able to apply for a non-resident exception which allows all NJ CLE courses to be completed though online courses

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Florida CLE: 5 Credit Hours of Legal Ethics Each Compliance Period

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Like just about every other attorney across the country, attorneys in Florida have continuing legal education requirements.  The continuing legal education requirement in Florida is called the CLER – or Continuing Legal Education Requirement.

Florida calls its mandatory Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program the Florida CLER – Continuing Legal Education Requirement.[1]

As part of the Florida CLER, each member of the Florida Bar must complete a minimum of 30 Florida CLE credit hours each three-year CLE compliance period.  As part of this 30 credit hour requirement, Florida attorneys must also complete 5 credit hours in the area of legal ethics – which also includes CLE courses in professionalism, substance abuse and mental illness awareness.  These 5 credit hours of legal ethics are included in – and not in addition to – the regular 30-hour requirement.

Five of the 30 hours must be in approved legal ethics, professionalism, bias elimination, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness programs.[2]

Florida attorneys can complete all 30 required CLER credit hours through online and offline CLE courses, including the 5 credit hour legal ethics requirement.  The Florida Bar allows the entire CLER to be completed thorough streaming audio & video, MP3, MP4, CD and DVD CLE courses.  To see a listing of legal ethics courses offered in Florida, please click this link: Florida Ethics CLE.

For more information about Attorney Credits’ Florida CLE courses and the CLER in Florida please click this link: Florida CLE.


[1] The Supreme Court of Florida adopted The Florida CLER back in 1988.

[2] Rule 6-10.3 Minimum Continuing Legal Education Standards http://www.floridabar.org/divexe/rrtfb.nsf/FV/B60A3DD3EC4FB70E852574F6007602DB

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Texas CLE: Definition of Accredited CLE

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Every active member of the State Bar of Texas must complete at least 15 hours of accredited TX CLE during each Texas MCLE compliance year.  Failure to complete and properly report TX MCLE credit hours could result in a non-compliance penalty, with penalties ranging from $100 to $300.

Every active State Bar of Texas member must complete a minimum of 15 hours of accredited CLE during each MCLE compliance year.

  • 12 hours – Must be in accredited CLE classes
  • 3 hours – Must be in legal ethics[1]
  • 3 hours – Could be in self study[2]

But exactly what is the definition of ‘accredited’ MCLE credit in Texas?  You can earn accredited CLE credit by attending Texas MCLE approved activities.  Texas MCLE approved activities include live presentations, pre-recorded online CLE courses, webinars, podcasts and DVDs & CDs.[3]  At least 12 hours of the 15-hour TX CLE requirement for each compliance year must be in a form of accredited CLE.  Of the 15 required TX CLE credit hours a minimum of 3 credit hours must be in the area of legal ethics/legal professional responsibility.

Texas MCLE Compliance Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • MCLE Deadline: Last day of month before birth month
  • Reporting Deadline: First day of attorney’s birth month

 

Attorney Credits is an Approved Provider of CLE in Texas.[4]  All of Attorney Credits’ online and downloadable CLE courses have been pre-approved for CLE credit in Texas.  You can study your TX CLE courses online though our streaming courses or download your TX CLE courses as an MP3 or Video Download (MP4) and study offline.  Certificates are available instantly after course completion.

For more information about CLE in Texas, please click the following link: Texas CLE.


[1] Three of the fifteen hours must be completed in the area of legal ethics or professionalism, this includes CLE courses in substance abuse and elimination of bias.

[2] Including 1 hour of legal ethics.

[3] Accredited CLE

http://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Determine_MCLE_Hours&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=18968

[4] Texas State Provider #12507.

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

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