New York has different CLE rules for experienced attorneys and attorneys that are newly admitted to the New York State Bar. If you are an experienced New York attorney you must complete a minimum of 24 NY CLE credit hours during each two-year reporting period. According to the NY CLE Rules, an “experienced” New York attorney is an attorney that has been admitted to the New York Bar for more than two years.
NY CLE Requirements — Experienced Attorneys
- NY CLE Credits Required: 24
- Reporting Cycle: 2 years
- Compliance Deadline: Date of Birth
- Reporting Deadline: 30 days after your birthday
Experienced attorneys in New York do have a specialty unit requirement. Experienced attorneys must complete ethics courses to properly fulfill their NY CLE requirement. As part of the NY CLE requirement experienced attorneys must complete 4 credit hours of Ethics and Professionalism every two years. Ethics is widely construed and includes courses on substance abuse and “the promotion of fairness, justice and morality” in the legal profession.
(c) Ethics and Professionalism may include, among other things, the following: the norms relating to lawyers’ professional obligations to clients (including the obligation to provide legal assistance to those in need, confidentiality, competence, conflicts of interest, the allocation of decision making, and zealous advocacy and its limits); the norms relating to lawyers’ professional relations with prospective clients, courts and other legal institutions, and third parties (including the lawyers’ fiduciary, accounting and record-keeping obligations when entrusted with law client and escrow monies, as well as the norms relating to civility); the sources of lawyers’ professional obligations (including disciplinary rules, judicial decisions, and relevant constitutional and statutory provisions); recognition and resolution of ethical dilemmas; the mechanisms for enforcing professional norms; substance abuse control; and professional values (including professional development, improving the profession, and the promotion of fairness, justice and morality).
If you need ethics or general CLE in New York we have you covered. Attorney Credits is an Accredited Sponsor of CLE in New York and we have numerous courses on ethics, substance abuse and eliminating bias in the legal profession that qualify for ethics credit in New York. For more information about the mandatory New York CLE requirement, please click here NY CLE.
 Attorneys that are newly admitted to the New York State Bar Association must complete a minimum of 16 “transitional” NY CLE credit hours in each of the first two years of admission for a total of thirty-two (32) CLE credit hours. 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 NY CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the New York Bar Association in the designated categories of credit. The second set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed between the 1st and 2nd anniversaries of admission to the New York State Bar.
 The two-year reporting cycle is defined as the two-year period between your attorney registrations.
 New York CLE Rules