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DEADLINES AND PENALITES

    Application for Credit

  • Courses should be submitted 30 days in advance of the program by the sponsor.If a sponsor will not submit, an attorney can submit up to 30 days after a program.

  • Attorneys are responsible for this and should never expect to submit a course more than sixty days after the close of the program year (December 31).

    Compliance Deadlines and Penalties

  • Deadline for completion of courses
    All courses must be completed by December 31. Attorneys having to complete courses after January 1 due to extenuating circumstances must apply for a deficiency plan. Deficiency plans can only include courses that are preapproved chosen from the "Approved Courses" listing on the website. Deficiency plan request forms can be found at www.alabar.org/cle. These must be submitted to the MCLE Department no later than February 15 with the $100.00 late compliance fee.

    Compliant attorneys showing compliance on their online transcripts in January, do not need to print & mail in their form unless the form has an error that must be edited. Also, if editing the form causes the attorney to become non-compliant, the attorney will need to contact the Bar no later than February 15 with a deficiency plan.

  • Deadline for non-compliant attorneys to report
    NON-COMPLIANT attorneys must submit their edited form showing classes that were taken to prove compliance or submit a deficiency plan request to the bar by February 15. If an attorney is tardy reporting classes or is tardy in submitting a deficiency plan, they must pay the second penalty of $100.00 late filing fee

  • Deadline to complete approved deficiency plans
    March 1 is the last day for non-compliant attorneys to complete their approved courses on their deficiency plan. If an attorney has not completed the courses by March 1, they must submit a request for an extension of their deficiency listing the extraordinary reason that prevented completion of the first deficiency plan along with an additional check for $100.00.

  • Penalties if Certified
    If an attorney is certified, he will owe an additional penalty of $300. Note: this is in addition to any of the three penalties incurred prior to certification. An attorney could owe up to $600 for non-compliance at this stage.

    Certification schedule
    Names of attorneys who fail to timely gain or report their CLE, will be sent to the Chairman of the Disciplinary Commission

  • February 15 is the final day to report compliance for the previous CLE year or to request a deficiency plan. Non-compliant attorneys that fail to request a plan may be certified as soon as practical after February 15.

  • March 15
    March 15 is the final day to report completion of an approved deficiency plan. Non-complaint attorneys that fail to report by that date will be certified as soon as practical after March 15th.

  • April 1
    The MCLE Commission may not extend deficiency plans past April 1.

For more information, please contact Continuing Legal Education at (334) 269-1515 or cle@alabar.org