Understanding the Florida CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

33 credit hours every three years

Credit Format:

All credits may be completed online

Credit Breakdown:

25 hours General

At least 5 hours in Legal Ethics, Professionalism, Substance Abuse, or Mental Illness Awareness

At least 1 of the 5 hours in Professionalism

At least 3 hours in Technology

*Compliance for the technology credit requirement will begin in the member’s next reporting cycle following the January 1, 2017 effective date.

*Compliance for the new professionalism rule will begin in the member’s next reporting cycle following the March 5, 2019 effective date.

Compliance Deadline:

Individual by Attorney - The Florida Bar has extended the deadlines for members with three-year cycle CLE reporting ending February through November 2020 to December 31, 2020. This includes the Basic Skills Course Requirement.

Reporting Deadline:

*Attorneys are assigned individual compliance and reporting deadlines upon admission to the Bar. Please contact The Florida Bar for more information on your deadline date.

Reporting Information:

Florida is a self-reporting jurisdiction. *While staff has returned to work in the office, The Florida Bar’s office locations remain closed due to the concerns related to COVID-19. The processing time may be longer than the usual 2-4 weeks as staff works diligently to respond to emails in the order they are received. You may also call us at 850-561-5842.

Newly Admitted Requirement:

New admittees must also complete the Basic Skills Course Requirement by attending The Florida Bar’s “Practicing with Professionalism” course and completing 3 basic level Young Lawyer Division courses within a year of their admission.

State Contact Information:

  • Address Legal Specialization & CLE
    The Florida Bar
    651 East Jefferson Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
  • Numbers (T) (850) 561-5600
  • mail clemail@floridabar.org
    www.floridabar.org

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