North Carolina CLE Compliance: What Attorney's Need To Know

Meredith Cohen | November 30, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-11-29 at 9.08.30 AMMeredith Cohen is Lawline’s Director of Customer Experience. She manages relationships with state regulating agencies nationwide to bring the best and most relevant content to attorneys who need it. In this monthly column, she answers customers’ most pressing CLE questions.

Dear Meredith,

I’m a North Carolina attorney trying to satisfy my requirement in time for the December 31st CLE deadline. My question is twofold: what kinds of courses qualify for the substance abuse requirement, and how do I satisfy my live requirement?


Live from the Tar Heel State


Dear Live from the Tar Heel State,

Thank you for your questions! North Carolina does indeed require attorneys to complete 1 credit of CLE programming on substance abuse or debilitating mental health conditions. However, this requirement need only be completed once every three years. It’s important to note that the substance abuse requirement is in addition to your annual ethics requirement (you need to complete a minimum of two ethics credits per year).

According to Rule 27 NCAC 1D, Rule .1602(a), in order for a course to fulfill the substance abuse requirement, it must “concentrate on the relationship between stress, substance abuse, chemical dependency, debilitating mental conditions, and a lawyer's professional responsibilities.” (Tip: Lawline already has several courses approved to fulfill this requirement!)

Now, on to the second part of your question. Of your twelve required credits, six must be fulfilled via a live format. But there’s good news! Teleconferences and live webcasts satisfy this, meaning you can complete your CLEs from the comfort of your living room. You can find a list of our upcoming North Carolina webcasts here (feel free to break out those sweatpants).

For even more detail on your requirements, check out our helpful list of frequently asked questions. If you’re still confused about your own specific requirement for 2018, you can contact the North Carolina State Bar directly.

Happy watching!

Meredith Cohen, MBA

Director of Customer Experience

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About the Author

Written by Meredith Cohen

Meredith is the Director of Customer Experience at Lawline but has taken on a number of diverse roles within the company over the years, and has handled just about everything from managing customer databases to doing post-production work on courses. Since joining the Lawline team in 2012, she has gotten her MBA online, done some world traveling, and hand-fed an ostrich. She loves singing off-key in the car, shouting out the questions on ‘Jeopardy!’ and eating dessert first.


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