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TOP ILLINOIS MCLE QUESTIONS

How many MCLE hours are required?

Thirty credit hours every 2 years – including 4 required hours of Professional Responsibility, 1 hour of Diversity & Inclusion and 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance.

What is the new Professional Responsibility requirement?

Starting with the 7/1/2017-6/30/2019 compliance group the Professional Responsibility requirement has been modified. All Illinois attorneys will be required to complete a minimum of 1 hour of Diversity & Inclusion and 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The rule change does not affect the total number of hours required to fulfill the Professional Responsibility requirement, which remains at 6. The total number of MCLE credits required in each 2 year compliance period also remains at 30.

How many MCLE hours can I take through Attorney Credits?

All 30 credit hours. To see a list of MCLE courses offered in Illinois please click the following link: Illinois Course List.

How do Attorney Credits' MCLE courses qualify for credit in Illinois?

Attorney Credits is an Accredited CLE Provider in Illinois (ATT0001). All of our online on-demand MCLE courses have been approved for MCLE credit by the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois.

What are my MCLE compliance and reporting requirements?

Reporting Cycle: 2 years
Compliance Deadline: June 30
Reporting Deadline: July 31
Reporting Group A-M: even years
Reporting Group N-Z: odd years

What is the requirement for newly admitted attorneys?

Newly admitted attorneys must complete a total of 15 MCLE hours – which can include a 6 hour Basic Skills course OR a mentoring program approved by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism; and at least 9 hours of general or Professional Responsibility MCLE hours. Please note that only the 6 hour Basic Skills requirement may be satisfied prior to being sworn into the bar. Credits must be completed by the last day of the month one year after admission to the Illinois Bar.

Does Attorney Credits offer courses for newly admitted attorneys?

No. Attorney Credits does not offer an Illinois approved Basic Skills course.

Can I carry hours forward to the next year?

Yes, up to 10 general CLE hours may be carried over to the next compliance period – including excess professional responsibility, mental health & substance abuse and diversity & inclusion hours.

Does Attorney Credits verify my completion?

No, Illinois attorneys monitor their own progress and must report to the MCLE Board within 31 days of their compliance deadline.

Does Attorney Credits report my MCLE hours to the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois?

Yes. As of July 1, 2019, providers are required to report CLE attendance. This report is for the MCLE Board's records, if an attorney is audited the MCLE Board will have a report of credits earned from Attorney Credits. Our automated attendance reports run on the 1st and 15th of each month.

How do I report the completion of my MCLE requirement at the end of my compliance period?

Illinois is a self-reporting state. All Illinois attorneys are required to report compliance, non-compliance or exemptions within 31 days after the end of the attorney's 2 year MCLE reporting period. You must report compliance through the MCLE Board website. Once you login, click on the MCLE tab and follow the steps to report compliance. Here is the link to the MCLE Board website: https://www.mcleboard.org/

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information about MCLE in Illinois, please call the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois at (312) 924-2420 or visit the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois webpage: https://www.mcleboard.org/

You may also contact Attorney Credits by phone. For further assistance and information about the Illinois MCLE requirement, please call our Support Center at (760) 434-1885.

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