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CLE Ethics and Specialty Credits by State

Posted on 04/05/22 By Evan Stiger


Attorneys must renew their license to continue the practice of law. For most states this includes obtaining Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits including ethics or professional responsibility credit.

If CLE requirements are not met, it can mean serious repercussions such as license suspension.

Learn each state’s CLE ethics requirements and deadlines below.

This post was last updated on March 30, 2022.

 

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Alabama CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 1 ethics credit

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Alaska CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 4 ethics credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Arkansas CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: June 30th

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 1 ethics credit

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Arizona CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: June 30th

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 3 professional responsibility/ ethics credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

California MCLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: January 31st 

Reporting period: 3 years based on last name

Specialty credit requirement: 4 ethics credits, 1 hour of competence issues and 1 hour of recognition and elimination of bias in the legal profession and society

Browse Courses: Ethics, Elimination of Bias, Competence Issues

 

Colorado CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st 

Reporting period: 3 years based on when admitted

Specialty credit requirement: 5 ethics credits; 2 EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusivity) credits

Browse Courses: Ethics; Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI)

 

Connecticut CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st 

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 2 hours of ethics and/or professionalism

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Delaware CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st 

Reporting period: 2 years based on when admitted

Specialty credit requirement: 4 ethics credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Florida Ethics CLER

Deadline: Date issued

Reporting period: 3 years based on when admitted

Specialty credit requirement: 5 ethics, professionalism, or mental illness and 3 technical credits

Browse Courses: Ethics, Substance Abuse, Mental Illness

 

Georgia CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st 

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 1 ethics credit, 1 professionalism credit, and 3 hours of trial practice for trail attorneys only

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Hawaii CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st 

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 1 ethics credit every 3 years

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Iowa CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st 

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 1 “traditional” ethics credit and 1 wellness or diversity and inclusion credit

Browse Courses: Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion, Attorney Wellness

 

Idaho CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st 

Reporting period: 3 years based on when admitted

Specialty credit requirement: 2 ethics or professional responsibility credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Illinois CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: June 30th  

Reporting period: 2 years based on last name

Specialty credit requirement: 6 professional responsibility credits, including 1 diversity and inclusion credit and 1 mental health or substance abuse credit

Browse Courses: Ethics, Professionalism, Diversity and Inclusion, Mental Health and Substance Abuse

 

Indiana CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st 

Reporting period: 3 years based on when admitted

Specialty credit requirement: 3 ethics credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Kansas CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: June 30th  

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 2 ethics credits

Browse Courses: Ethics and Professionalism

 

Kentucky CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: June 30th  

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 2 ethics

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Louisiana CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st   

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 1 ethics and 1 professionalism credit

Browse Courses: Ethics, Professionalism

 

Massachusetts CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: CLE is recommended, not required   

Reporting period:

Specialty credit requirement:

Browse Courses:

 

Maryland CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: CLE is recommended, not required   

Reporting period:

Specialty credit requirement:

Browse Courses:

 

Maine CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st    

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 1 live, online ethics or professional responsibility credit and 1 in-person, harassment or discrimination credit

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Michigan CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: CLE is recommended, not required   

Reporting period:

Specialty credit requirement:

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Minnesota CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: June 30th

Reporting period: 3 years based on when admitted

Specialty credit requirement: 3 ethics credits and 2 elimination of bias credits

Browse Courses: Ethics, Elimination of Bias

 

Missouri CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: June 30th

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 2 ethics, professionalism, or malpractice prevention, 1 explicit or implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, or cultural competency credit (must be taken as a live webinar)

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Mississippi CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: July 31st

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 1 legal ethics, professional responsibility, professionalism, malpractice prevention, substance abuse or mental health credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Montana CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: April 1st

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 2 hours of ethics or professionalism

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

North Carolina CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 2 ethics or professionalism credits, 1 technology training credit, and 1 substance abuse credit

Browse Courses: Ethics, Technology, Substance Abuse

 

North Dakota CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: June 30th 

Reporting period: 3 years based on when admitted

Specialty credit requirement: 3 ethics credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Nebraska CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st 

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 2 ethics or professional responsibility credits

Browse Courses: Professional Responsibility

 

New Hampshire MCLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: June 30th

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 2 ethics, professionalism, substance abuse, prevention of malpractice, or attorney-client relations credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

New Jersey CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st

Reporting period: 2 years based on birthday

Specialty credit requirement: 5 ethics or professionalism credits, including 2 credits on diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias

Browse Courses: Ethics; Diversity, Inclusion, Elimination of Bias

 

New Mexico CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 2 ethics or professionalism credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Nevada CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 2 ethics credits and 1 substance abuse credit

Browse Courses: Ethics, Substance Abuse

 

New York CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: Birth month

Reporting period: 2 years based on when admitted

Specialty credit requirement: 4 ethics and professionalism credits and 1 diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias credit

Browse Courses: Ethics and Professionalism; Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias

 

Ohio CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st

Reporting period: 2 years based on last name

Specialty credit requirement: 2.5 professional development credits

Browse Courses: Professional Conduct

 

Oklahoma CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement: 1 ethics credit

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Oregon CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st

Reporting period: 3 years based on when admitted

Specialty credit requirement:  5 ethics or professionalism credits and 1 lawyers’ statutory duty to report child abuse credit.  In alternate reporting periods, at least 3 additional elimination of bias credits and 1 mental health and substance use credit

Browse Courses: Ethics, Access to Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse

 

Pennsylvania CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: Based on group assignment (4/30, 8/31, 12/31)

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement:  2 ethics credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Rhode Island CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: June 30th

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement:  2 ethics credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

South Carolina CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: March 1st 

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement:  2 ethics or professional responsibility credits. At least once every 3 annual reporting periods, 1 of the 2 specialty hours must be substance abuse or mental health issues credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

South Dakota CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: CLE is recommended, not required   

Reporting period:

Specialty credit requirement:

Browse Courses:

 

Tennessee CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement:  3 ethics credits

Browse Courses: Dual

 

Texas MCLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: Birth month

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement:  3 ethics or professional development credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Utah CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: June 30th 

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement:  1 ethics credit and 1 professionalism and civility credit

Browse Courses: Ethics, Professionalism and Civility

 

Virginia CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: October 31st  

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement:  2 ethics or professional responsibility credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Vermont CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: June 30th   

Reporting period: 2 years based on when admitted

Specialty credit requirement:  2 ethics credits, 1 diversity credit, and 1 wellness credit

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

Washington CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st    

Reporting period: 3 years based on when admitted

Specialty credit requirement:  6 ethics and professional responsibility credits, including 1 equity, inclusion, and mitigation of bias credit; 15 law and legal procedure credits

Browse Courses: Ethics, Law and Legal, Other

 

Wisconsin CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st    

Reporting period: 2 years based on when admitted

Specialty credit requirement:  3 ethics or professional responsibility credits (must be taken as a live webinar)

Browse Courses: Ethics

 

West Virginia CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: June 30th     

Reporting period: Even years

Specialty credit requirement:  3 ethics, office management, substance abuse, or elimination of bias credits

Browse Courses: Ethics, Elimination of Bias, Substance Abuse, Law Office Management

 

Wyoming CLE Ethics Requirements

Deadline: December 31st     

Reporting period: 1 year

Specialty credit requirement:  2 ethics credits

Browse Courses: Ethics

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