CLE Roundup: December Deadlines

Meredith Cohen
December 26, 2018

Back in the summer, we published our CLE Do’s and Don’ts, and a refresher on some of the most important CLE terms to know.  Well, folks - December is here! That means for attorneys in 24 MCLE states, now is the time to finish completing your credits for the 2018 compliance year.

If you haven’t started your CLE requirements, don’t panic. There’s still time to get things done! Here’s a rundown of whose deadlines are at the end of this month, and what credits you’ll need to complete if you practice in these states.

Alabama

Total Credits: 12 every year

  • At least 1 in Ethics

  • At least 6 Live

Carry Over Credit: Attorneys may carry over 12 credits, including 1 Ethics credit, into the next reporting period.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: February 15th. Lawline reports credits for Alabama.

Alaska

Total Credits:  3 mandatory Ethics per year. Alaska recommends taking 9 credit hours in General.

Carry Over Credit: Attorneys may carry over 12 credits into the next reporting period, but Ethics credits cannot be carried over.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: February 1st. Alaska attorneys can report their credits online through their member portal.

Colorado

Total Credits: 45 every three years

  • At least 7 in Ethics

Carry Over Credits: Not allowed.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: January 31st. Individual courses completed should be reported within a “reasonable amount of time.”  Colorado attorneys can complete an affidavit for their course attendance here.  

Connecticut

Total Credits: 12 every year

  • At least 2 in Ethics

Carry Over Credits: 2 credits (general or ethics) may be carried over to the next reporting period.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: Connecticut attorneys must certify their compliance on their annual registration form and keep their certificates of completion for seven years in case of audit.

Delaware

Total Credits: 24 every 2 years

  • At least 4 in Ethics

  • At least 12 Live

Carry Over Credit: Attorneys may carry over 20 credits into the next reporting period, but Ethics credit can only be carried over as General CLE credits.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: March 31st. Lawline reports credits for Delaware.

Georgia

Total Credits: 12 every year

  • At least 1 in Ethics

  • At least 1 in Professionalism

  • If you try cases in Georgia, then you are required to take 3 credits of Trial Skills as part of the 12-credit requirement.

Carry Over Credit: Attorneys can carry over excess General and Trial Skills credits into the next cycle. Attorneys can also carry forward a maximum of 2 excess Ethics and 2 excess Professionalism credits into the following 2 reporting cycles.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: January 31st. Lawline reports credits for Georgia.

Hawaii

Total Credits: 3 mandatory per year (9 credits recommended)

  • Every third year, at least 1 of the 3 credit hours must be Ethics  

Carry Over Credit: Attorneys may carry over 3 credits into the next reporting period, but Ethics credits cannot be carried over.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: December 31st.  Lawline reports credits for Hawaii.

Idaho

Total Credits: 30 every three years

  • At least 3 in Ethics

Carry Over Credits: Attorneys cannot carry over credits into the next reporting period.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: February 1. Lawline reports credits for Idaho.

Indiana

Total Credits: 36 every three years

  • At least 3 in Ethics

Carry Over Credit: Not allowed.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: December 31st.  Lawline reports credits for Indiana.

Iowa

Total Credits: 15 each year

  • At least 3 in Ethics every 2 years

Carry Over Credit: Attorneys may carry over excess credits into the next two reporting periods.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: March 10th.  Iowa attorneys can report their credits online here.

Louisiana

Total Credits: 12.5 each year

  • At least 1 in Ethics

  • At least 1 in Professionalism

Carry Over Credits: Attorneys may carry over 8 credits into the next reporting period, but Ethics credits cannot be carried over.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: January 31st. Lawline reports credits for Louisiana.

Nebraska

Total Credits: 10 each year

  • At least 2 in Ethics

Carry Over Credits: Attorneys may carry over 5 credits into the next reporting period. Ethics credits and distance learning credits cannot be carried over.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: January 20th. Lawline reports credits for Nebraska.

Nevada

Total Credits: 13 each year

  • At least 2 in Ethics

  • At least 1 Substance Abuse

Carry Over Credits: Attorneys may carry over up to 20 General credits, 4 Ethics credits, and 2 Substance Abuse credits into the next two reporting periods. Excess Substance Abuse credits cannot be applied toward an attorney's Ethics requirement.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: February 15th. Lawline reports credits for Nevada.

New Jersey

Total Credits: 24 every 2 years. Attorneys with birthdays July 1 - December 31 are due to complete their requirements in 2018.

  • At least 4 in Ethics

Carry Over Credits: Attorneys can carry over 12 credits into the next reporting period.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: February 28th.  New Jersey attorneys certify on their Annual Attorney Registration statement whether or not they have completed their CLE requirements.

New Mexico

Total Credits: 12 each year

  • 10 in General

  • 2 in Ethics

  • At least 8 Live

Carry Over Credits: Attorneys may carry over 12 credits, including 2 Ethics, into the next reporting period.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: January 31st.  Lawline reports credits for New Mexico as of 11/1/18 or later; credits earned 10/31/18 or earlier should be self-reported.

North Carolina

Total Credits: 12 each year

  • At least 2 in Ethics

  • At least 1 in Substance Abuse every 3 years

Note: North Carolina offers a grace period until February 28th for attorneys to complete their CLE credits.

Carry Over Credit: Attorneys may carry over 12 credits, including 2 Ethics, into the next reporting period. Substance Abuse or Mental Health Awareness and Technology cannot be carried over.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: February 28th. Lawline reports credits for North Carolina.

Ohio

Total Credits: 24 every two years

  • At least 2.5 in Professional Conduct: Ethics, Professionalism, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, or Access to Justice.

Carry Over Credits: Attorneys can carry over 12 credits, none of which can be Professional Conduct, into the next reporting period.  

Deadline to Certify Compliance: January 31st. Lawline reports credits for Ohio.

Oklahoma

Total Credits: 12 each year

  • At least 1 in Ethics

Carry Over Credit: Attorneys can carry over 12 credits, 1 of which can be ethics, into the next reporting period.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: February 15th. Lawline reports credits for Oklahoma.

Oregon

Total Credits: 45 every three years

  • At least 5 in Ethics

  • At least 1 in Child and Elder Abuse Reporting

  • At least 3 in Access to Justice every other reporting period

Carry Over Credits: Attorneys can carry over 15 hours into the next reporting period. A maximum of 6 Ethics credits can be carried forward and applied towards the following reporting period's Ethics requirement. Access to Justice, Child Abuse Reporting, and Elder Abuse Reporting credits may carry over as General Credit only.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: January 31st. Lawline reports credits for Oregon.

Pennsylvania (Group 3)

Total Credits: 12 each year

  • At least 2 in Ethics

Carry Over Credit: Attorneys can carry over 24 Live-In-Person credits into the next two reporting cycles. On Demand credits cannot be carried over.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: Within 30 days of the date listed on the Final Compliance Notice sent by the PACLE Board.  Lawline reports credits for Pennsylvania.

Tennessee

Total Credits: 15 each year

  • At least 3 in Ethics

  • At least 7 credits must be completed in a Live format

    • At least 5 of the Live must be in a Traditional Classroom

Carry Over Credit: Attorneys may carry over 15 credits, 3 of which can be Ethics, into the next reporting period. A maximum of 8 credits can be from distance learning or technology courses.

Deadline to Certify Compliance: March 31st. Lawline reports credits for Tennessee.

Washington

Total Credits: 45 every 3 years

  • At least 15 in Law & Legal Procedure

  • At least 6 in Ethics

  • The remaining 24 credits can be earned in the above categories, as well as in:

    • Professional development

    • Personal development and mental health

    • Office management

    • Improving the legal system

Carry Over Credit: Attorneys may carry over 15 credits, including 2 Ethics, into the next reporting period.

Reporting Deadline: February 1st. Lawline reports credits for courses taken in Live Webcast format. Washington attorneys can report their On Demand or Audio credit compilations here.

Wisconsin

Total Credits: 30 every 2 years

  • At least 3 in Ethics (must be done in a Live format)

Carry Over Credit: Attorneys may carry over 15 credits into the next reporting period. Ethics credits cannot be carried over.

Reporting Deadline: February 1st. Wisconsin attorneys can report their credits online here.

Wyoming

Total Credits: 15 every year

  • At least 2 in Ethics

Carry Over Credit: Attorneys can carry over any excess Live credits earned, including Ethics, for two years.

Attendance Reporting Deadline: January 15th. Wyoming attorneys can report their credits online here.

Keep in mind, if your state sets the compliance deadline based on your birthday or date of admission, December may also be a deadline month for you (looking at you, Texas, New York, and Florida!). And if you’re becoming certified as a Legal Specialist in Texas this year, you also need to complete your TBLS CLE requirement by December 31, even if you haven’t yet gotten the results of your certification exam.  

Trying to finish compliance in two or more states? Try an Unlimited CLE Subscription to get access to our entire course catalog and finish everything you need!

Good luck completing all those last remaining credits of your CLE requirement, and have a happy, healthy New Year!

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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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