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AILA Doc. No. 20033130 | Dated February 11, 2021
AILA provides a list of COVID-19 CLE changes by state. AILA updates this information periodically but rules are subject to change. Please verify with your jurisdiction for the most current information.
Note: AILA updates this information periodically but rules are subject to change. Please verify with your jurisdiction for the most current information.
|Alabama||This rule change has expired: The Alabama State Bar MCLE Commission has temporarily suspended the 6-hour limit for online courses. For the CLE year ending December 31, 2020, attorneys may satisfy their annual CLE requirement from approved online courses.|
|Arizona||The Supreme Court of the State of Arizona issued an order extending the 2019-2020 CLE and reporting deadlines to December 30, 2020 (previously June 30 and September 15 respectively). Please note, the 2020-2021 cycle remains unchanged. For more information, please see the official FAQ.|
|California||This rule change has expired: 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.|
|Connecticut||This rule change has expired: The State of Connecticut Superior Court released an order suspending the annual CLE requirement until further notice (attorneys not required to obtain 12 credits per previous). Committee.|
|Delaware||The Supreme Court of the State of Delaware has issued an order stating the requirement that at least 12 of the 24 CLE credit hours must be earned by attending in person, live CLE approved courses is waived for the two year periods ending December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2021. All 24 CLE credit hours for those two-year periods may be satisfied by approved courses that do not require an in-person, live appearance.|
|Florida||The Florida Bar has extended the CLE reporting deadlines for February through November 2020 to December 31, 2020. This includes the Basic Skills Course Requirement. All other annual compliance deadlines remain the same.|
|Georgia||The Supreme Court of Georgia has issued an order temporarily extending the automatic grace period for the 2020 compliance year to 5/31/21. Additionally, they have extended the waiver of the self-study CLE limitation through 5/31/21. Georgia attorneys can complete their full 12 hour requirement through self-study, in-house or online seminars.|
|Illinois||This rule change has expired: 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 an order temporarily waiving the credit limitation for distance education until further notice by the court.|
|Iowa||This rule change has expired: The Iowa Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the credit limitation for unmoderated courses. Iowa attorneys may complete any portion of their requirement as On-Demand courses until further notice from the Iowa Supreme Court.|
|Kansas||The Kansas Supreme Court issued an Administrative Order to extend the modifications to temporarily waive the limitation on prerecorded programming through June 30, 2021. Here is the link to the Administrative Order filed on September 4, 2020. Applications for prerecorded programs for more than 6 hours will be considered for credit through June 30, 2021.
Previously, 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.
|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 combining 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 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. You can view the full Order here: https://www.lsba.org/documents/MCLE/SCOrder2020.pdf.
|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. In addition, the Board of Overseers of the Bar for the State of Maine has extended the reporting deadline to May 1, 2020 and will not impose any late fees for the 2018-2019 reporting period. https://www.courts.maine.gov/covid19.shtml|
|Minnesota||The Minnesota Supreme Court issued an order allowing Minnesota attorneys to take up to 30 credits of recorded CLE courses for cycles ending in 2021 and later. These courses must be completed in 2021 or later. Courses completed before 2020 are subject to a maximum of 15 recorded credits. Starting January 1, 2024, recorded CLE credits will be unlimited for courses completed in 2024 for reporting periods ending in 2024 or later.|
|Mississippi||The Supreme Court of Mississippi issued an order waiving the in-person CLE requirement for the 2020-2021 reporting year. Attorneys may complete their CLE requirement via online webinars or live, in-person programs.|
|Missouri||The Supreme Court of Missouri has issued an order extending the 2020 CLE deadline to September 30, 2020 (previously June 30). The reporting deadline is extended to October 31, 2020 but MO will not assess any late fees for courses completed and reported on or before December 31, 2020. https://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=153193|
|Montana||This rule change has expired: The Supreme Court of Montana Commission of Continuing Legal Education will not assess any late fees as long as the required credits are completed and reported by May 15, 2020 (the usual deadline for completion is March 31). Montana attorneys can complete all of their credits online via a combination of live webcasts and on-demand programs.|
|Nebraska||The Nebraska Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily removing the limit to distance learning courses. Attorneys can complete up to ten credits of distance learning for all CLE requirements due on or before January 20, 2021. This includes the 2020 requirement.|
|New Hampshire||No changes|
|New Jersey||The Supreme Court of New Jersey issued an order temporarily relaxing the 12-hour live classroom credit requirement. Until further notice from the courts, New Jersey attorneys may fulfill their entire CLE requirement through approved courses offered in alternative verifiable learning formats.|
|New Mexico||This rule change has expired: The Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico issued an order extending the MCLE late reporting deadlines by 30 days. The new deadlines are as follows: April 30, 2020: 2019 credits can be reported with a $100 late fee; May 31, 2020: 2019 credits can be reported with a $350 late fee; June 1, 2020: The list of non-compliant attorney names will be sent to the Supreme Court|
|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 Carolina||No changes [Note: Although North Carolina previously had a live CLE requirement, as of January 1, 2020, that requirement was rescinded. North Carolina attorneys can complete their entire CLE requirement via On-Demand programming.]|
|North Dakota||This rule change has expired: 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.|
|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.|
|Pennsylvania||Effective January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 the CLE Board is adopting a temporary policy to recognize live online programming by accredited distance learning providers as live (non-capped) credit towards lawyers’ CLE requirement. This policy expands the definition for live learning to include in-person, non-virtual programs, as well as virtual, synchronous programming. Credits earned through pre-recorded and certain on-demand formats will remain subject to the six-hour cap.
Previously, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has issued two orders in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The first order extends the CLE deadline for Compliance Group 1 to August 31, 2020 (previously April 30). All other annual compliance deadlines remain the same. The second order waives the distance learning cap for all 2020 deadlines. Pennsylvania Attorneys may now complete their entire 2020 requirement online via On-Demand, Webcast, or MP3 courses.
|Puerto Rico||This rule change has expired: The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico determined that all terms provided in the Regulations of the Continuing Legal Education Program that expire between Monday, March 16, 2020 and Sunday, May 17, 2020, will run through Monday, June 1, 2020. During this period, the PEJC will not notify notices of noncompliance against the attorneys whose period of compliance with the continuing legal education credits expired or expires on or before May 31, 2020.|
|Rhode Island||The Supreme Court of Rhode Island issued an order suspending all CLE requirements for the 2020 reporting year effective April 30, 2020. All CLE credits earned in the 2020 reporting year as well as excess credits set to expire in the 2020 reporting year may be used to satisfy CLE requirements for the 2021 reporting year.|
|South Carolina||The South Carolina Supreme Court also issued an order effective June 16, 2020 that allows lawyers to earn all or any portion of the CLE credit they are required to obtain for the 2020-2021 annual reporting year through online or telephonic programs.|
|Tennessee||The Tennessee Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the 8-hour distance learning CLE limitation. Tennessee attorneys can now 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 Tennessee Supreme Court issued a similar order waiving 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) A 60 day extension for attorneys with March, April, or May 2020 compliance deadlines; (2) A 60 day extension for missed January or February 2020 compliance deadlines, to prevent the assessment of further fees; (3) A one month extension for attorneys subject to suspension for failure to comply with MCLE requirements in November or December 2019.
Update: The Supreme Court of Texas released the Twelfth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster, which ordered 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: in attorney professional disciplinary and disability proceedings; and relating to the issuance or renewal of certifications, licenses, or registrations issued by the Judicial Branch Certification Commission, or for fulfilling mandatory continuing education.
Previous rule change: The State Bar of Texas has granted the following automatic extensions for their CLE requirement: (1) A 60 day extension for attorneys with March, April, or May 2020 compliance deadlines; (2) A 60 day extension for missed January or February 2020 compliance deadlines, to prevent the assessment of further fees; (3) A one month extension for attorneys subject to suspension for failure to comply with MCLE requirements in November or December 2019.
|Utah||The Supreme Court Board of Continuing Education issued an order suspending all requirements for the in-person CLE requirement until June 30, 2020. Utah attorneys with a June 30, 2020 deadline can now complete their required hours through webinars and other self-study courses. https://www.utahbar.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/MCLE-Live-Suspension.pdf|
|Vermont||The Vermont Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the 10-hour limitation on self-study CLE for the 2018-2020 reporting period. Vermont attorneys with an upcoming deadline on June 30, 2020, can complete their entire requirement through approved self-study courses.|
|Virgin Islands||No changes|
|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 required CLE hours must be reported no later than 4:45 p.m. EST February 15, 2021. https://www.vsb.org/docs/part6_sectIV_COVID_em_041420.pdf|
|Washington||Effective June 5, 2020, the Washington Supreme Court ordered an extension of the due date for reporting MCLE credits by one year for licensed legal professionals in the 2018-2020 MCLE reporting period. Licensed legal professionals in the extended 2018-2021 reporting period must complete earning their credits by December 31, 2021, and must complete the certification of their credits by February 1, 2022. The next reporting period will be a shortened two year reporting period: 2022-2023. As a result, the order allows for the additional 15 carryover credits (30 total carryover credits, up to 4 of which may be ethics) to be earned in the extended 2018-2021 reporting period. The increased credit carryover limit applies only for the 2018-2021 reporting period.|
|West Virginia||This rule change has expired: The West Virginia Mandatory CLE Commission issued an order suspending the live CLE requirement through June 30, 2020. West Virginia attorneys can now complete their full 24 hour requirement through video, audio, telephone seminars, computer-based training courses, or in-house instruction.|
|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 be taken via live online programming or in-person courses. https://www.wisbar.org/NewsPublications/Pages/General-Article.aspx?ArticleID=27554|
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