Active New Jersey attorneys must complete 24 credit hours of continuing legal education (CLE) each two-year compliance period – unless a valid exemption applies. New Jersey attorneys may complete 12 credit hours each two-year compliance period though online NJ CLE courses offered by Attorney Credits.
What is the non-resident exception in New Jersey?
BCLE 201:8 states that attorneys admitted to the New Jersey State Bar Association who reside in, work in, and are licensed in another mandatory CLE state that allows for 100% of the CLE requirement to be taken through alternative verifiable learning formats may satisfy their entire NJ CLE requirement through 100% alternative verifiable learning formats.
However, some attorneys who live outside of New Jersey may qualify for a non-resident exception. This non-resident exception allows the attorney to complete all 24 NJ CLE credit hours through online NJ CLE courses.
Four elements must be met to qualify for the 24 unit non-resident exception:
- Reside outside of New Jersey.
- Work outside of New Jersey.
- Licensed in a state with mandatory CLE.
- The other mandatory CLE state you are licensed in allows the ENTIRE mandatory CLE requirement to be met through online CLE courses.
For example, if you are an attorney licensed in New Jersey who lives and works in California – and has a valid California law license – you may take all 24 NJ CLE credits through online CLE courses. That’s because California is a mandatory CLE jurisdiction and the State Bar of California allows 100% of CLE courses to be taken through alternative verifiable learning formats.
For more information about New Jersey CLE please click the following link: New Jersey CLE.
 Of the required twenty-four (24) NJ CLE credit hours, at least four (4) must be in ethics and/or professionalism. The NJ CLE program is mandatory for judges, attorneys, in-house corporate counsel and attorneys who work for government entities – regardless of whether the attorney is actually practicing within the borders of New Jersey.