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 March 4, 2021are 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:  [Arizona's temporary rule change has now expired. The 2020-2021 Cycle remains unchanged.]

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: [California's temporary rule change has now expired.]

ConnecticutThe Connecticut Supreme Court suspended the annual CLE requirement for the 2020 reporting year. All credits earned in 2020 can be used to fulfill the 2021 requirement.

DelawareThe 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: [Florida's temporary rule change has now expired.]

Georgia: The Supreme Court of Georgia has issued an order temporarily extending the automatic grace period for the 2020 compliance year to May 3, 2021. Additionally, they have extended the waiver of the self-study CLE limitation through May 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: [Illinois' temporary rule change has now expired]

Indiana: The Indiana Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the credit limitation for distance education until further notice by the court. 

Iowa: The Iowa Supreme Court has issued an order permanently waiving the credit limitation for unmoderated courses. Iowa attorneys may now complete any portion of their requirement as On Demand courses.

Kansas: The Supreme Court of the State of Kansas has removed the credit limitation on pre-recorded CLE for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 reporting periods. Kansas attorneys can complete their entire requirement via On Demand CLE courses during those cycles. 

Kentucky: The Supreme Court of Kentucky has issued an order extending the 2019-2020 CLE deadline to June 30, 2021 (previously June 30, 2020), and combined the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 reporting cycles. All Kentucky attorneys should complete a total of 24 credits, including 4 ethics, by June 30, 2021, and certify their compliance to the bar by August 10, 2021.

Louisiana: The Supreme Court of Louisiana issued an order lifting the limitation for self-study credits for the 2021 reporting cycle. Louisiana attorneys can complete their CLE requirement through any self-study format such as On Demand, Audio, and Live Webcast.

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: Effective January 1, 2021, Rules 6D and 9B(4) are amended to permit lawyers to view and report up to 30 on-demand credits towards reporting periods ending after that date. Courses must be approved for credit prior to viewing per Rule 6D and must be viewed on or after January 1, 2021 if in excess of the 15 credits previously allowed under the Rules. The Court also advised that unless good cause is shown on or before September 30, 2023, the number of on-demand credits permitted will become unlimited as of January 1, 2024 for courses viewed and reported on or after that date. Live webinars continue to count as live courses and are not subject to the same limitations as on demand programs. If you have any questions, please contact the office at the clestaff@mbcle.state.mn.us.

Mississippi: Due to the continued issues concerning Covid-19 and the limitations on the ability to gather in-person, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered that the limit on CLE credit earned though online programs has been temporarily removed. For the 2020-2021 CLE reporting year, attorneys may complete their CLE obligations through online, webinars or live, in-person programs. This provision includes newly admitted lawyers who are to complete the program by July 31, 2021. These attorneys may also complete this program through online, webinars or live, in-person programs.

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 expired]

Nebraska: The Supreme Court of Nebraska has issued a temporary order waiving the 5-hour in-person CLE requirement for the 2021 calendar year. This is in addition to the previous waiver for 2020.

New Hampshire: [New Hampshire's temporary rule change expired]
 
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 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 videoconference. This change is effective March 11, 2020 through January 31, 2021.

North Dakota: [North Dakota's temporary CLE rule change expired]

Ohio: The Supreme Court of Ohio has issued an order temporarily waiving the self-study CLE limitation for the 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 compliance cycles. Ohio attorneys with last names M through Z may complete their entire requirement through approved self-study courses for their December 31, 2020 deadline and attorneys with last names A through L may do so as well for their December 31, 2021 deadline. 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 6/29/20.

Oklahoma:  [Oklahoma's temporary rule change expired]

Pennsylvania: Effective January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, Live Webcasts will be considered Live (non-capped) credits. Group 1 and 2 attorneys are still limited for distance learning courses completed after their 2020 deadline and before January 1, 2021. However, they can complete live webinars after their compliance deadline but before December 31, 2021 for the 2022 reporting cycle. Pre-recorded webinars are still limited to the six-hour on-demand learning cap.

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 and 2021 compliance years. All CLE credits that would have been used to satisfy the 2020 and 2021 requirements can be carried forward to satisfy the CLE requirements for the 2022 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: Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Tennessee Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the 8-hour Distance Learning CLE limitation for the 2021 requirements. Tennessee attorneys can now complete any portion of the requirement through approved Distance Learning until December 31, 2021. Previously, the TN Supreme Court issued similar orders waiving the distance learning CLE limitation for the 2019 and 2020 requirements.

Texas: The State Bar of Texas has granted the following automatic extensions for their CLE requirement: 

  1. September compliance deadlines: 90-day extension with a final deadline of December 31st; 
  2. October compliance deadlines: 60-day extension with a current deadline of January 31st; 
  3. November compliance deadlines: 60-day extension with a current deadline of January 31st;
  4.  December compliance deadlines: 60-day extension with a final deadline of February 28th.

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. (Utah's other temporary CLE measure regarding extension of the 2020 completion deadline has now expired).

Vermont: The Vermont Supreme Court has issued an order lifting all format limitations/requirements for the 2019-2021 reporting period. Vermont attorneys who are due on June 30, 2021 can complete their entire requirement through any combination of Moderated Programming (e.g. Live Webcasts), Non-Moderated Programming With Interactivity as a Key Component (e.g. On Demand or Audio courses), or Non-Moderated Programming Without Interactivity. The credit limitation for activities claimed under Rule 6 (teaching, writing, mentoring, etc.) has also been lifted for the 2019-2021 reporting period. Previously, Vermont issued an order waiving the self-study CLE limitation for the 2018-2020 reporting period only.

Virginia: The Supreme Court of Virginia has issued an order extending the 2020 MCLE deadline to midnight EST December 31, 2020 (usually October 31). The reporting deadline has been extended to February 15, 2021, but Virginia has granted an automatic grace period to March 15, 2021 to report courses. All reporting must be submitted by 4:45 p.m. EST on March 15, 2021. Note: Virginia attorneys will be receiving two Form 1 End Of Year reports.

Washington: The Supreme Court of Washington issued an order extending the 2018-2020 reporting period for Group 2. Attorneys that are in this group must complete their full requirement on or before December 31, 2021 and certify their completion by February 1, 2022. The following reporting period for Group 2 attorneys has been shortened to 2022-2023. Attorneys in Group 2 may carry over up to 30 total credits including 4 Ethics into the 2022-2023 reporting period from the 2018-2021 cycle.

West Virginia: The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has issued an order temporarily waiving the 12-hour CLE format limitation for the 2020-2022 reporting cycle ending on June 30, 2022. West Virginia attorneys can complete their CLE requirement through video, audio, webcast, in-house, etc. so long as the course is approved for CLE in West Virginia.

Wisconsin: The Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued an order temporarily increasing the on-demand CLE credit cap through January 31, 2022. Attorneys with a December 31, 2020, or December 31, 2021 deadline, and attorneys who are working towards reinstatement, readmission, or reactivation, may now take up to 30 hours of on-demand programming to satisfy their requirement. However, the legal ethics requirement must be taken via live online programming or in-person courses.