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North Carolina CLE

Top North Carolina CLE Questions


How many CLE hours are required?

Twelve credit hours every year - including 2 required hours of legal ethics every year and 1 required hour of substance abuse every 3 years.

How many CLE hours can I take through Attorney Credits?

A maximum of 6 credit hours each year. To see a list of CLE courses offered in North Carolina please click the following link: North Carolina Course List

How do Attorney Credits' CLE courses qualify for credit in North Carolina?

All of our online and downloadable on-demand CLE courses have been approved for CLE credit by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education.

What are my CLE compliance and reporting requirements?

Reporting Cycle: Annual
Compliance Deadline: December 31
Reporting Deadline: February 28

What is the requirement for newly admitted attorneys?

A newly admitted attorney must complete the Professionalism for New Attorneys (PNA) program.

Does Attorney Credits offer courses for newly admitted attorneys?

No. The Professionalism for New Attorneys (PNA) Program is only presented by the North Carolina Bar Association.

Can I carry hours forward to the next year?

Yes, up to 12 credit hours may be carried over to the next compliance period. No more than 2 hours of legal ethics may be carried over to the next year. Please note that if you take more than 6 online hours in one compliance year, any excess hours over the 6 online hours allowed will be applied to the following compliance year and may result in compliance problems.

Does Attorney Credits verify my completion?

Yes, under the North Carolina CLE Requirements we must monitor your completion of the course. For online streaming video courses you must click on randomly inserted pop ups to confirm that you are viewing the video. For downloadable courses we have embedded numeric codes in the courses. You must write these numbers down and then enter them on our website after you complete the course to obtain your course certificate. Please note that the date you enter the codes and get the certificate is the date that will be printed on the certificate.

Does Attorney Credits report my CLE hours to the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education?

Yes, Attorney Credits does report your completed courses to the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education. We will report your course attendance within 30 days of course completion. We report on the 1st and 15th of every month. In addition, we also maintain a record of all your completed courses and you can access your certificates of completion at anytime from our website. Please note that the State Bar of North Carolina charges $3.50 per credit hour which the attorney pays directly to the state bar. North Carolina attorneys will be billed by the North Carolina Bar for their attendance fees after they return their annual report forms each year.

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

In January you will receive an annual report form showing all of the information that the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education has regarding your CLE credit hours for the preceding year. All active members of the North Carolina State Bar must update and return this form to the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education by February 28.

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information about CLE in North Carolina, please call the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education at (919) 733-0123 or visit the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education webpage: http://www.nccle.org/

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

North Carolina CLE Requirements

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State Requirements

Total MCLE Credits Required: 12
Total Online Credits Allowed: 6

Specialty Requirements

Legal Ethics OR Professionalism - Minimum Credit Hours Per Cycle: 2
Substance Abuse - Minimum Credit Hours Per Cycle: 1

Compliance Requirements

Reporting Cycle: 1 year
Compliance Deadline: 31-Dec
Reporting Deadline: 28-Feb


North Carolina CLE Info

With Attorney Credits convenient online, on-demand North Carolina continuing legal education (CLE) courses, North Carolina attorneys can complete their CLE requirement on their own schedule from the comfort of their home or office! Attorney Credits' online streaming video, MP3 and video download CLE courses have all been approved for CLE credit by the North Carolina State Bar CLE Department. You can access AttorneyCredits.com and complete your North Carolina State bar CLE courses on most computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones – so you can study your CLE courses where it's convenient for you! Under the North Carolina CLE Rules, attorneys may complete up to 6 CLE credits through online North Carolina CLE courses as part of the annual 12 hour CLE requirement for the state.

Attorneys in North Carolina must complete 12 hours of mandatory North Carolina state bar CLE each annual compliance period. Of the 12 mandatory NC bar CLE hours, 2 hours must be in the area of legal ethics or professionalism. In addition, North Carolina attorneys must also complete at least 1 hour on Substance Abuse and Debilitating Mental Conditions every 3 calendar year. This hour is credited to the 12 hour NC CLE requirement for the annual compliance year, but NOT to the two hour legal ethics requirement. Attorneys in North Carolina may complete up to 6 hours of the required 12 hours, including 2 hours of legal ethics, with online North Carolina CLE courses. All of Attorney Credits' North Carolina CLE courses have been approved by the North Carolina State Bar Department of Continuing Legal Education.