Attorneys licensed to practice in Louisiana must complete 12 credit hours each year as part of the annual LA MCLE requirement. As part of the LA CLE requirement, Louisiana attorneys must make sure to complete at least 1 credit hour of legal ethics and 1 credit hour of professionalism each year. Louisiana attorneys must complete the required 12 credit hours by December 31 and report MCLE compliance by January 31 in order to avoid fines and suspensions.
Louisiana CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements
- Reporting Cycle: 1 year
- Compliance Deadline: December 31
- Reporting Deadline: January 31
Louisiana attorneys do have the ability to complete online CLE courses. While Louisiana attorneys may not complete all 12 CLE credit hours through online CLE courses, they may complete up to 4 credit hours each year. Online and downloadable CLE courses are considered ‘technologically assisted programming’ under the Louisiana MCLE Rules.
The Supreme Court rules allow up to 4 hours of technologically assisted programming per reporting period. MCLE Committee guidelines for accreditation require that a course have an interactive component, and that the sponsor have a tracking mechanism to verify the actual time spent engaged in the program by the participating attorney.
A $150 late fee will be assessed against members of the Louisiana State Bar Association who fail to comply with the LA MCLE Rules – including completing and reporting LA CLE. Any member of the Louisiana Bar who is not in compliance with their LA MCLE requirements within 60 days of the Notice of Noncompliance being sent by the LA MCLE Committee will be declared ineligible to practice law in Louisiana.
For more information about CLE in Louisiana, please click on the following link: LA CLE.