CLE State Requirements

2017 ARIAS·U.S. Fall Conference CLE State Requirements and Updates 

Below are a list of state requirements and approval. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and is representative of states where most of ARIAS·U.S. Conference attendees request credit. For any additional questions,  please contact Joyce Arawole, Assistant Director of Education and Certification at jarawole@arias-us.org .

California

A California attorney can claim California MCLE credit for education activities attended/taken outside California, provided that:

  • the attorney is outside California when attending/taking the activity
  • the activity is the type of activity that can be approvedfor California MCLE credit;
  • the activity is approved by an Approved Jurisdiction.

For more information, click http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/MCLE-CLE/Requirements/Approved-Jurisdictions

Connecticut

There is no formal approval process for organizations that want to provide MCLE courses in Connecticut. If an organization’s MCLE program or course has been approved by the authority authorized to approve MCLE courses in another jurisdiction, then the organization’s MCLE course is automatically approved in Connecticut. MCLE providers that want to offer a MCLE course in Connecticut that has not first been approved in another jurisdiction must comply with the content and delivery requirements contained within the rule, specifically Practice Book§2-27A(b)(1) and (c)(6).

For more information, click https://www.jud.ct.gov/mcle/default.htm

Florida

Florida attorneys who participate in a CLE course or activity that is approved in another mandatory CLE jurisdiction can apply to receive credit. Florida attorneys must email or fax their Uniform Certificate of Attendance found in this link Application for Course Attendance and program agenda to the Florida Bar in order for their credits to be posted to their CLE total. There is no fee for Florida attorneys to use the reciprocity provision.

 For more information, click https://www.floridabar.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/CLE-Application-for-COURSE-ATTENDANCE-Credit-ADA-Fill-In-RE.pdf

Illinois

Course Approval PendingAn application was submitted for a total of 7.5 General MCLE Credit(s) to the Illinois MCLE Board. Of that total, 1.00 Credit was submitted as Professional Responsibility Credit(s). Illinois is a 60-minute state with fractions of an hour rounded down to the nearest quarter hour. The maximum amount of credits earned is limited to the total amount approved for this course by the Illinois MCLE Board.

Massachusetts

No CLE Requirement There are no Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirement for members of the Massachusetts Bar.
For more information, http://www.clerequirements.com/massachusetts-cle-requirements/

Minnesota

Course Applied for and PendingAn application was submitted for a total of 7.5 total Credit(s) and 1.00 Ethics Credit was submitted as Professional Responsibility Credit(s). Credit is awarded on the basis of one hour for each 60 minutes of actual classroom training.

North Carolina

Individual members of the North Carolina State Bar may apply for CLE credit in North Carolina when the course sponsor is unable or unwilling to apply on the member’s behalf. Bar members may apply for CLE credit before taking a program or after completing the program. Bar members that teach a CLE course may also apply for teaching credit.

For more information, https://www.nccle.org/for-lawyers/forms

New Hampshire

ARIAS·U.S. does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. The provider believes this course meets the requirements of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for 450 minutes* toward the annual NHMCLE requirement. New Hampshire attendees must self-determine whether a program is eligible for credit, and self-report their attendance. *Please note the actual instruction time in minutes (due to variations in interpretations of a course “hour” we require that totals be reported in total minutes rather than hours).

For more information,  https://www.nhbar.org/uploads/pdf/NHMCLE-ART-CourseProviderNotice.pdf

New Jersey

New Jersey attorneys who are satisfying the CLE requirement of another mandatory CLE state or who take courses approved for CLE by another state will receive 1:1 credit for courses approved in that jurisdiction through reciprocity. However, attorneys should be aware that there are differences in requirements from state to state. Attorneys relying on reciprocity must ensure that they are also meeting the requirements of New Jersey’s program. For example, New Jersey requires that four credits be taken in courses related to ethics, professionalism and/or professional responsibility. In addition, half of the required credits must be earned from attendance at live courses with the instructor physically in the same room as the participants. A course taken that has not been approved in a mandatory CLE jurisdiction will not have the benefit of reciprocity.

For more information,  https://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/attorneys/attclefaq.html

New York

ARIAS·U.S. is an accredited provider of New York State Continuing Legal Education. Up to 9.0 hours of Continuing Legal Education credits are available to conference attendees and breaks down to: 1. 0 CLE for Ethics and 8.0 CLE credits for Areas of Professional Practice. New York is a 50-minute state with fractions of an hour rounded down to the nearest half hour.

Pennsylvania

Course Approval PendingAn application has been submitted for a total of 7.00 hours for substantive credit and 1.00 for ethics credit. Pennsylvania is a 60-minute state with fractions of an hour rounded down to the nearest half hour.

Washington, DC

The District of Columbia Bar does not have mandatory or minimum continuing legal education requirements, although its members are encouraged to engage in such continuing legal education as is necessary to maintain their competence to practice law. See D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.1, Comment [6].

For more information,  https://www.dcbar.org/cle/obligation.cfm