Understanding the Delaware CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

24 credit hours every two years

Credit Format:

12 hours must be taken live
12 may be completed online

Credit Breakdown:

20 hours General
4 hours Enhanced Ethics

Compliance Deadline:

December 31

Reporting Deadline:

March 31

Reporting Information:

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:

  • Address Commission on Continuing Legal Education of the
    Supreme Court of Delaware
    The Renaissance Centre
    405 North King Street, Suite 420
    Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Numbers (T) (302) 651-3941
  • mail (E) margot.millar@state.de.us

    Website: https://courts.delaware.gov/cle/attorneys

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