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:

All Florida Bar members in good standing under the age of 36 and all members in good standing who have not been admitted to the practice of law in any jurisdiction for more than 5 years is a member of the Young Lawyers Division (Rule 1.9.1 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar).

There two phases to the BSCR (Rule 6-12.3). They are:

Phase I: Completion of Practicing with Professionalism (PWP) within the first year of admission to The Florida Bar.

Phase II: Completion of 3 basic level programs (or 21 hours of basic level programming) within the first three years of admission to The Florida Bar. Basic level courses that satisfy the BSCR requirement will begin with the term “Basic” in its title (i.e. Basic Criminal Law, Basic Trial Practice, Basic Real Property, etc.), and sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar.

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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