MULTIPLE STATES ADJUST IN-PERSON CLE REQUIREMENTS/FILING DEADLINES

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many states are temporarily lifting the requirements on the number of in-person/live CLE credit hours and allowing on-demand/distance credits, and extending their filing deadlines. The list of these changes, as of July 17, 2020are in the tabs below. NABL will update the tabs as new information becomes available. You can also check your state’s website for more information.

Arizona: The Supreme Court of Arizona has issued an Order extending the deadlines for both the completion of mandatory continuing legal education hours and the required affidavit of compliance, solely for the educational year 2019-2020. The deadline for completion of the necessary hours is extended through December 30, 2020; the deadline for submission of the affidavit of compliance is also extended through December 30, 2020.

Arkansas: Due to COVID-19, Arkansas is not approving courses for the June 30, 2021 compliance period at this time. [This does not affect 2020 compliance.]

California: The State Bar of California has issued an order extending the late CLE deadline to September 30, 2020 (previously June 30) for attorneys in Group 3 who have not yet completed their requirement. Failure to complete the requirement by September 30, and pay any outstanding license fees, will result in being enrolled in Involuntary Inactive status.

ConnecticutThe Connecticut Supreme Court has suspended the MCLE Rule for 2020 (attorneys not required to obtain 12 credits per previous).

Delaware: The Supreme Court of the State of Delaware issued an order temporarily waiving the Live credit requirement for attorneys who have not yet completed their 2019 requirement. If you qualify for this, you must (1) verify your transcript and plan to make up your deficiency by April 30, 2020, (2) complete the plan by May 31, 2020, and (3) report completion by June 15, 2020. 

The Supreme Court of Delaware has issued an order waiving the 12-hour in-person CLE requirement for the 2020 and 2021 compliance cycle. If you are completing your Dec. 31, 2020 or Dec. 31, 2021 CLE requirement, you can complete all 24 hours online.

Florida: The Florida Bar issued an order extending CLE reporting deadlines for February, March, April, May, June and July 2020 to August 31, 2020. All other annual compliance deadlines remain the same.

Georgia: The Supreme Court of Georgia has issued an order temporarily waiving the 6-hour self-study CLE limitation effective May 28, 2020 for courses completed on or before March 31, 2021. Attorneys may complete their entire requirement through self-study, in-house, or distance learning formats such as on demand courses and live webcasts.

Illinois: The Illinois Supreme Court has issued an order extending the MCLE deadline by 90 days (to September 30) for attorneys due in 2020 (last name A-M) who are unable to complete their requirement by June 30. To receive this extension, attorneys must log in to the MCLE Board's website and report "Not Yet Completed" by July 31. No reason for the extension is required.

Indiana: The Indiana Supreme Court has issued a temporary order waiving the live CLE requirement and allowing attorneys with a December 31, 2020 deadline to complete all 36 CLE credit hours online. The court has also raised the number of CLE credits attorneys can get online to 24 for the December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2022 CLE deadlines. At least 6 credit hours must be taken each year of the 3 year cycle.

Iowa: The Iowa Supreme Court has issued a temporary order waiving the 6-hour cap of unmoderated CLE. Until further order of the court, Iowa attorneys can complete their entire 15 credit hour CLE requirement through on-demand online courses.

Kansas: The Supreme Court of the State of Kansas has issued an order granting an automatic extension for the 2019-2020 CLE and Reporting Deadlines to September 30, 2020 for attorneys unable to complete their requirement by June 30, 2020. They have also removed the credit limitation on pre-recorded CLE for this same period. Kansas attorneys can complete their entire 2019-2020 requirement via On Demand CLE courses. Note: In order to avoid any late fees, courses must be reported no later than September 30, 2020. If you are taking courses on September 29 or September 30, please reach out to our Customer Service team by 12:00pm EST.

Kentucky: The Kentucky Supreme Court issued an order which moves the 2019-20 CLE deadline to June 30, 2021, when 24 credits, including 4 ethics credits, must be completed and certified. In addition, the order moves the 2019-20 CLE reporting deadline for credits timely earned to August 10, 2021.

Louisiana: In consideration of the continuing need to take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Louisiana Supreme Court has issued an Order lifting the online MCLE limit from 4 hours to 12.5 hours for the 2020 compliance period ending December 31, 2020.

Maine: The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the in-person CLE requirement. Maine attorneys may complete their entire CLE requirement via On Demand courses until further notice.

Minnesota: The Supreme Court of Minnesota has issued a temporary order waiving the 30-hour in-person CLE requirement. If you are in Category 3 with a August 31, 2020 reporting deadline for the compliance period ending June 30, 2020 you can complete all 45 hours online.

Mississippi: The Supreme Court of Mississippi issued an order waiving the in-person CLE requirement for the 2019-2020 reporting year. Attorneys may complete their CLE requirement via online webinars or live, in-person programs. Additionally, the completion deadline has been extended to September 30, 2020, and the reporting deadline has been extended to October 15, 2020. Attorneys unable to comply with the temporary amendments may seek a hardship exemption and/or extension from the Commission.

Missouri: The Supreme Court of Missouri has extended the CLE compliance deadline until September 30, 2020 and has extended the reporting deadline until October 31, 2020 (but MO will not assess any late fees for courses completed and reported on or before December 31, 2020.)

Montana: [Montana's temporary rule change has now expired]

Nebraska: The Supreme Court of Nebraska has issued a temporary order waiving the 5-hour in-person CLE requirement. If you are completing your CLE requirement, you can complete all 10 hours online. You must complete them before January 20, 2021, when the temporary order ends.

New Hampshire: The Supreme Court of New Hampshire has issued an order automatically extending the deadline to file the certification of NHMCLE compliance to September 1, 2020 for attorneys who fail to file on or before July 1. If a New Hampshire attorney misses the September 1 deadline, a $300 delinquency fee will be assessed on September 2. Please note that this extension does not apply for the date of payment of the 2020/2021 annual bar dues and court fees; nor does it apply to the date for filing the Trust Account Compliance Certification.
 

New Jersey: The Supreme Court of New Jersey has suspended the requirement for in-person CLE due to COVID-19. All 24 required CLE hours may be fulfilled through online courses until further notice. (No end date currently set)

New Mexico: [New Mexico's temporary CLE rule change has now expired]

New York: The New York CLE Board has issued an order temporarily allowing Newly Admitted Attorneys to complete their live Skills requirement via live webcast, teleconference, and video conference. This change is effective through October 31, 2020.

North Dakota: The North Dakota CLE Commission has suspended the credit limitation on Self-Study courses for North Dakota attorneys in Reporting Group 3 (attorneys who report in 2020). These attorneys may complete any portion of their requirement as On Demand courses. In addition, the North Dakota Supreme Court has extended Reporting Group 3's CLE completion deadline to September 1, 2020 and their reporting deadline to October 1, 2020. No extensions have been given for any other Reporting Groups.

Ohio: The Supreme Court of Ohio has issued an order temporarily waiving the self-study CLE limitation for the 2019-2020 compliance cycle. Ohio attorneys with last names M through Z may complete their entire requirement through approved self-study courses. Self-study formats include On Demand, Audio, and Live Interactive Webinars. Previously, the Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education had waived the self-study cap for the 2018-2019 Late Compliance period and extended the deadline to June 29, 2020.

Oklahoma:  [Oklahoma's temporary rule change has now expired]

Pennsylvania: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has extended the April 30, 2020 CLE compliance deadline until August 31, 2020. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has modified the live CLE requirement. All 2020 CLE compliance deadlines can obtain all 12 CLE through distance learning.

Please note the following conditions of this one-time accommodation: Suspension of the distance learning cap will apply to 2020 CLE deadlines and the standard cap of six (6) hours earned through this delivery method will resume with 2021 annual compliance deadlines; In order to contribute toward the CLE requirement, distance learning credits must be earned through participation in approved programs offered by Accredited Providers of Distance Learning; Distance learning credits in excess of twelve (12) will not carry forward towards future annual compliance deadlines; Credits not classified as distance learning will carry forward if applicable.

Puerto Rico: [Puerto Rico's temporary CLE rule change has now expired]

Rhode Island: The Rhode Island Supreme Court issued an order suspending the annual CLE requirement for the 2020 compliance year. All CLE credits that would have been used to satisfy the 2020 requirement can be carried over to satisfy the CLE requirements for the 2021 reporting year.

South Carolina: The Supreme Court of South Carolina has issued an order waiving the credit limit for Alternative Delivery Format courses for the 2020-2021 reporting year. SC attorneys may take any portion of this cycle's requirement via online formats such as On Demand programming.

Tennessee: The Tennessee Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the 8-hour distance learning CLE limitation. TN attorneys can complete any portion of the 2020 requirement through approved distance learning until December 31, 2020. Attorneys seeking to reactivate or reinstate their license in 2020 can also take advantage of this temporary change.  Previously, the TN Supreme Court issued a similar order waving the distance learning CLE limitation for the 2019 requirement.

Texas: The State Bar of Texas has granted the following automatic extensions for their CLE requirement: (1) Attorneys with March, April, or May 2020 compliance deadline have a 60-day extension, (2) Attorneys who missed January or February 2020 compliance deadlines have a 60-day extension to prevent the assessment of further fees, and (3) Attorneys subject to suspension for failing to comply with MCLE requirements in November or December 2019 have a one-month extension to complete their requirement.

Pursuant to the Emergency Order #12 issued on April 27, 2020: All deadlines, whether prescribed by statute, rule, or order, that expired or would have expired  between March 13, 2020, and June 1, 2020, are extended until July 15, 2020: [. . .] relating to the issuance or renewal of certifications, licenses, or registrations issued by the Judicial Branch Certification Commission, or for fulfilling mandatory continuing education.

Utah: The Supreme Court of Utah issued an order suspending the traditional live in-person credit requirement for attorneys reporting in 2020 and 2021, allowing all required CLE to be fulfilled with online self-study via audio or video presentations, webcasts or computer interactive telephonic programs. In addition, the 2020 completion deadline has been extended to September 1, 2020, and the reporting deadline has been extended to September 15, 2020. No extension has been given for the 2021 deadline.

Vermont: [Vermont's Temporary Rule Change has now expired]

Virginia: The Supreme Court of Virginia issued an order on April 14, 2020, extending a number of compliance deadlines that affect Virginia lawyers to ease their professional responsibilities during the COVID-19 emergency. The extensions move all deadlines from July 1, 2020 until September 30, 2020, and October 31, 2020 to December 31, 2020. The completion deadline for 2020 MCLE requirement is extended from October 31 to December 31, 2020. The required CLE hours must be reported no later than 4:45 p.m. EST February 15, 2021.

West Virginia: The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued an order temporarily waiving the 12-hour CLE format limitation for the 2018-2020 reporting cycle. Attorneys can now complete their CLE requirement through video, audio, webcast, in-house, etc. In addition, the 2018-2020 reporting cycle deadline to complete and report CLE has been extended to September 30, 2020.

Wisconsin: The Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued an order temporarily increasing the number of On-Demand CLE credits lawyers can take to satisfy their requirement through December 31, 2020. Attorneys with a December 31, 2020 deadline and those working to make up a deficit from their December 31, 2019 deadline may now take 30 hours of On-Demand programming, however, the legal ethics requirement needs to be taken via live online programming or in-person courses.