Florida lawyers shall complete a minimum of 33 credit hours every 3 years. Four of the 33 credit hours must be in approved legal ethics, bias elimination, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness programs. One of the 33 credit hours must be in approved professionalism program. Three of the 33 credit hours must be in approved technology programs.
Attorneys that have compliance deadlines ending on or after 12/31/2019 must complete 3 credit hours in approved technology programs each compliance period. For example, if your last reporting cycle ended on 12/31/2016, then you would not be required to complete the technology requirement until the end of your next compliance period on 12/31/2019.
Effective March 5, 2019, at least 1 of the 5 required legal ethics hours must be approved for professionalism credit. This applies to attorneys with compliance dates on or after February 2022.
All required credit hours. To see a list of CLER courses offered in Florida please click the following link: Florida Course List.
All of our online and downloadable on-demand CLER courses have been approved for CLER credit by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education.
Reporting Cycle: 3 years
Compliance Deadline: Each Florida attorney is assigned a 3-year reporting cycle chosen at random by a computer program
Reporting Deadline: No later than the last day of the 3-year cycle
Yes. The Basic Skills Course Requirement (BSCR) is a two phase requirement for new lawyers. Phase I is a Practicing with Professionalism course and Phase II consists of 3 basic level Young Lawyers Division (YLD) courses.
In order to satisfy the BSCR, a newly admitted attorney must complete Practicing with Professionalism in person at one of the locations provided by The Florida Bar. New Lawyers or members completing Phase II of the BSCR can either attend a live presentation or by completing the online CLE version on The Florida Bar’s website.
Practicing with Professionalism must be completed within 1 year of admission to The Florida Bar. The 3 basic substantive CLE programs sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar must be completed by the end of the newly admitted attorneys’ initial CLER reporting cycle.
No. BSCR courses are only provided by the Florida Bar.
No. Florida does NOT allow CLER credit hours to be carried over from one compliance period to the next.
No. Florida attorneys monitor their own progress and verify their own completion once the course has been completed.
No. Attorney Credits does not report your completed courses to the Florida Bar. Florida attorneys are required to self-report their hours. We do maintain a record of all your completed courses and you can access your certificates of completion at anytime from our website.
The Florida Bar requires that you self-report your CLER credit hours on the Florida Bar website. In order to self-report your Florida credit hours, you will need to know the Florida Bar course number for the CLER course that you complete. The Florida Bar course numbers are printed on your certificates of completion. To post your credit hours on the Florida Bar website use the following link: https://member.floridabar.org/.
Three months before the end of your Florida CLER reporting cycle, you will receive a CLER Reporting Affidavit if you are still deficient CLER hours. You will need to report your completed Florida CLER courses online or return the Affidavit with any CLER courses or activities you are not able to report online.
For more information about the CLER in Florida, please call the Florida Legal Specialization and Education department at (800) 342-8060 ext. 5842 or visit the Florida Bar CLER webpage: http://wwws.floridabar.org/CLER.
You may also contact Attorney Credits by phone. For further assistance and information about the Florida CLER, please call our Support Center at (760) 434-1885.
Total MCLE Credits Required: 33
Total Online Credits Allowed: 33
Legal Ethics or Substance Abuse or Elimination of Bias or Mental Illness - Minimum Credit Hours Per Cycle: 4
Professionalism - Minimum Credit Hours Per Cycle: 1
Technology - Minimum Credit Hours Per Cycle: 3
Reporting Cycle: 3 years
Compliance Deadline: Varies
Reporting Deadline: Varies
Completing your Florida Bar CLE requirement has never been easier! With Attorney Credits, your CLE courses are available to you when you want to study them – and you can study your CLE courses where you want. We offer streaming video CLE courses if you prefer to study your Florida CLE online – or you can download an Audio or Video Download course and study offline. Attorney Credits is a Florida Bar Approved CLE Sponsor (CLE Sponsor # 236059) and all of our Florida CLE courses have been pre-approved by the Florida Bar. Lawyers in Florida may satisfy all 30 FL CLE credit hours through online CLE courses offered by Attorney Credits, including 5 required hours of legal ethics. Effective January 1, 2017, each Florida attorney must complete 3 credit hours in approved technology programs each compliance period. Compliance with the new rule will begin in the member's next reporting cycle following the January 1, 2017 effective date. For example, if your last reporting cycle ended on December 31, 2016, then you would not have to complete the technology requirement until the end of your next compliance period on December 31, 2019.
Each member of the Florida Bar must complete 30 hours of approved Florida CLE every three year compliance period. As part of the 30 unit requirement, Florida attorneys must complete 5 credit hours in the area of ethics, professionalism, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness. Each Florida attorney is assigned a 3-year reporting cycle chosen at random by a computer program upon registering with the Florida Bar. You may find your reporting date on the mailing label of The Florida Bar News. Effective January 1, 2017, each Florida attorney must complete 3 credit hours in approved technology programs each compliance period. Compliance with the new rule will begin in the member's next reporting cycle following the January 1, 2017 effective date. To learn more, visit our Florida State Bar CLE Requirements page.