Attorneys must complete a minimum of 12 MCLE hours (including one hour of ethics) by December 31 of each year. Check your transcript online to see if you have met your requirements.
The MCLE Commission may waive the requirements of these rules (MCLE Rule 2.B) for a period of one year or longer upon a finding of undue hardship or of extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the attorney seeking such waiver which prevent him or her from complying in any reasonable manner with these rules. Upon expiration of the waiver, the MCLE Commission may impose additional mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) requirements as may be deemed appropriate under the circumstances. Those attorneys seeking a waiver of MCLE requirements will need to submit a MCLE Waiver Request.
Apply for MCLE Course Credit
How an individual attorney may apply for course credit
If you ask the sponsor to submit the course for you, but the sponsor will not, you may submit the course by the same method as a sponsor-submitted program for up to 30 days following a program. The processing fee is reduced to $25 if an individual is required to submit the course. You may submit the course using the Application for Accreditation.
No course submitted more than 60 days after the close of the program year (December 31) will be considered for credit.
Nine Highlighted Accreditation Guidelines
- Each activity must have significant intellectual or practical content and its primary objective must be to increase the participant’s professional competence as an attorney. The activity should not be designed primarily for non-lawyers. (Rule 5.A.2)
- Each activity must deal primarily with substantive legal issues, practice management, professional responsibility or ethical obligations of attorneys. Whenever possible, ethical implications of practice management subject matter shall be included. (Rule 5.A.3)
- Each activity must be conducted by an individual or a group qualified by practical or academic experience. The program must be conducted substantially as planned, including the named advertised participants, subject to emergency withdrawals and alterations. (Rule 5.A.5)
- Thorough, high quality, readable and carefully prepared written materials must be made available to all participants, in hard copy or electronic medium, at or before the time of presentation of the activity, unless the absence of such materials is reasonable and has been preapproved by the MCLE Commission. (Rule 5.A.6)
- Sponsors of approved MCLE activities shall refrain from advertising or encouraging the use of their products or services during the activity. Sponsors shall seek participants’ opinions regarding their adherence to this policy. Failure to adhere to this policy shall be ground for withdrawal of accreditation of the MCLE activity. (Regulation 4.4)
- The cost of the activity must be reasonably related to the subject matter, instructional level and location. (Rule 5.A.8)
- Approval may be given for activities where electronically recorded or reproduced material is used only if a qualified instructor is available to comment and answer questions at the time of the broadcast. Satellite and teleconference programs must have either telephone connections to the instructors at the broadcast location or an instructor present at the receiving site to comment and to answer questions. (Rule 5.B) Web-based programs (on-demand/online) will be eligible for approval only if the participant’s attendance is randomly monitored and verified by the sponsor during the program. Rule 5.C) (Note: The sponsor should also provide a means for the participants to ask questions by email with a reasonable time frame for a reply.)
- Program sponsors should limit “question and answer” segments or “participants idea sharing” segments without written materials or lecture direction to 15 minutes or less per day. Alternative learning methods may be submitted in advance to a program and reviewed for credit by the MCLE Commission. This does not apply to skills training programs.
- No MCLE credit will be awarded for self-study programs. (Rule 5.D)
Deadlines and Penalties
December 31 – Deadline for Completion of Credits
All credits must be completed by December 31. (MCLE Rule 3 and MCLE Reg. 7.2)
February 15 – Deadline for Deficiency Plan (For failure to complete required credits on time)
Request for Deficiency Plan due by February 15
Must be accompanied by a Late Compliance Fee of $100 (MCLE Reg. 8.2)
Must list only courses chosen from the “Approved Courses” search.
February 15 – Deadline to correct MCLE Transcript
Attorneys who receive a Notice of Non-Compliance must submit by February 15 a transcript edited to reflect classes that were taken but not reported by December 31 to demonstrate timely compliance.
MCLE transcripts not corrected by February 15 and Requests for Deficiency Plan submitted after February 15 are subject to a Late Filing Fee of $100 (MCLE Reg. 8.3)
March 1 – Deadline to Complete Approved Deficiency Plans
March 15 – Deadline to Report Completion of an Approved Deficiency Plan
March 1 is the last day to complete courses on an approved Deficiency Plan.
March 15 is the last day to report completion of an approved Deficiency Plan or be subject to a Late Reporting fee of $100 (MCLE Reg. 8.4)
March 1 – Deadline to Request Extended Deficiency Plan (EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES ONLY)
If an attorney has not completed an approved Deficiency Plan by March 1, he or she may submit a Request for an Extended Deficiency Plan, demonstrating good cause for failure to complete an approved Deficiency Plan, and accompanied by a fee of $100.00
April 1 – Deadline to Report Completion of an Extended Deficiency Plan (MCLE Reg. 8.5)
The final day to report completion of the Extended Deficiency Plan is April 1.
The MCLE Commission has no authority to resolve non-compliance issues after April 1.