Understanding the Delaware CLE Requirement
Total CLE Requirement:
24 credit hours every two years
*12 hours must be taken live
*12 may be completed online
20 hours General
4 hours Enhanced Ethics
*COVID-19 Temporary Change: The Supreme Court of Delaware has ordered 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 period ending on December 31, 2022. 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.
Newly Admitted Requirement:
When attorneys are admitted to the Supreme Court of Delaware, the Clerk of the Supreme Court notifies the Commission of the attorney's name, address, identification number and date of admission.
Attorneys admitted in the December admission ceremony have a 24-credit requirement due by December 31 of the year which is two years following admission.
The CLE requirement for a newly admitted attorney begins on January 1st of the year after which he/she is admitted to the Delaware bar. As to any attorney admitted after December 1, 2015, within four years of the start of the attorney’s CLE requirement (i.e., two compliance periods) the attorney MUST attend the following seven Fundamentals programs, available only through the Delaware State Bar Association: (1) Fundamentals of Lawyer-Client Relations; (2) Fundamentals of Family Law; (3) Fundamentals of Real Estate; (4) Fundamentals of Civil Litigation; (5) Fundamentals of Will Drafting and Estate Administration; (6) Fundamentals of Law Practice Management and Technology; and (7) Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Procedure.
Attendance at these programs shall be credited towards the attorney’s minimum continuing legal education requirements for the compliance period. The Fundamentals requirement is in addition to the required attendance at the Court’s Pre-Admission Conference prior to being admitted to the Delaware Bar.
State Contact Information:
Commission on Continuing Legal Education of the
Supreme Court of Delaware
The Renaissance Centre
405 North King Street, Suite 420
Wilmington, DE 19801
(T) (302) 651-3941
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