Virginia’s CLE Requirements, Explained

Angelica Cesario | October 10, 2017

It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin spice, fall foliage, Halloween, and…MCLE? For all you Virginia attorneys out there, autumn has become synonymous with CLE season. So what exactly are your CLE requirements, anyway? Don’t worry, we’ve got all the answers for you right here. Want to start your CLE now?  We have over 300+ Virginia approved courses before the deadline. 

  • I am an attorney admitted in the state of Virginia. How many credits do I need to complete? You only need 12 hours of CLE credit per year!
  • Do I have an ethics requirement? Yes. Of the 12 required hours, two need to be ethics.
  • Do I need live credits? Yes. Four credits must be completed live - that is, in a format that includes live, simultaneous interaction with the presenter. Live in-person courses or live webcasts will meet this requirement.
  • When is my CLE deadline? Virginia’s annual CLE deadline is October 31st.
  • Can I carry over credits from one cycle to the next? Yes. Attorneys can carry over up to 12 CLE credits, including 2 ethics, to the next reporting cycle.
  • Are there any special requirements for newly admitted attorneys? Yes. Newly admitted attorneys are exempt from the 12-credit requirement. However, they must take the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, provided by the Virginia State Bar, within 12 months of attorney admission. Newly admitted attorneys are defined as attorneys admitted to the bar during the current reporting cycle.
  • When is my CLE reporting deadline? Virginia’s annual reporting deadline is December 15th. You can certify your compliance online by accessing Virginia’s Self-Reporting Portal.

More questions? For more information on Virginia’s CLE requirements, check out our requirements page or the Virginia State Bar’s MCLE Regulations page.

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Written by Angelica Cesario

Angelica Cesario is Lawline's Lead Program Attorney. She graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 2008 and holds a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies and a Certificate in Latino and Latin American Studies. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2013 and is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. Before joining Lawline, Angelica worked as a plaintiff-side labor & employment litigation attorney. Outside of work, Angelica serves on the Board of Directors of the TEAK Fellowship, a non-profit academic and cultural enrichment program that provides educational access to top NYC students. Angelica is the proud mom of an energetic toddler. During her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new foods, and catching up on her favorite TV shows.


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