Welcome to the Alabama State Bar! As a member of the bar, you are subject to Alabama’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Rules and Regulations. This memo is intended to provide a checklist for newly admitted attorneys. However, if you feel that you are exempt due to your occupation or otherwise, please refer to the rules and regulations or contact our office.
1. You are exempt through the end of the year you are admitted.
Attorneys are exempt from the MCLE Rules and Regulations throughout the calendar year in which they were admitted.
2. Thereafter, you must earn at least 12 MCLE hours (including 1 hour of ethics) annually.
Beginning in January following your admitted date, you will need to earn a minimum of 12 hours of approved CLE credits each year (including 1 hour of ethics). You can find a list of approved seminars on the course search on the Alabama State Bar’s website. This site will list seminars that have been approved for CLE.
3. You must complete the mandatory professionalism course within one year of your admissions.
MCLE Rule 9 also requires new admittees to complete a three (3) hour course in professionalism within one year of your admission. Hours earned at this seminar will count toward your general 12 hour CLE requirement. This seminar (Alabama’s Mandatory Professionalism Seminar) will be administered by the CLEAlabama on even numbered years and Cumberland School of Law on odd numbered years. Upcoming dates will be posted on the course search. To register, contact CLEAlabama (1-800-627-6514) or Cumberland (1-800-888-7454). Unlike the 12 hour requirement, this course is mandatory regardless of your membership status.
Reporting Your Hours
You will not be required to file a report this year, but if you do earn any approved credits between your admission date and December 31 and want these credits to carry forward to the next year, then you must report them by January 31. You must report your hours annually. You can view your CLE transcript (record of reported CLE attendance) on-line at the Member Login. If you find an error on your transcript, notify our office immediately.