Understanding the Georgia CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

12 credit hours annually

Credit Format:

6 hours must be taken live
6 may be completed online *Beginning on March 10, 2020 through March 31, 2020, ALL credits may be completed through online, distance learning.

Credit Breakdown:

10 hours General (including 3 hours of Trial hours for
trial attorneys only)
1 hour Ethics
1 hour Professionalism

Compliance Deadline:

December 31 (3-month grace period to March 31st).

If you miss the March 31 deadline, pay the $100 late fee which extends the deadline to June 30. After June 30 an additional $150 in fees are due for a total of $250 for late completion of your CLE requirement.

***The Supreme Court of Georgia Order dated March 10, 2020, allowing all 2019 CLE hours to be completed by approved in-house or distance learning seminars, will end on March 31. If attorneys want to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s Order, please take these online seminars by March 31, 2020.
Due to public health concerns, the State Bar of Georgia will be closed through March 31, 2020. Given this information, the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency has extended the late fee deadline to April 30 for lawyers who have not completed their 2019 CLE requirements.***

Reporting Deadline:

December 31

Reporting Information:

Newly Admitted Requirement:

Unless exempt, any newly admitted active member, must complete in the year of his or her admission or in the next calendar year the State Bar of Georgia Transition Into Law Practice Program, and such completion of the Transition Into Law Practice Program shall satisfy the mandatory continuing legal education requirements for such newly admitted active member for both the year of admission and the next succeeding year.

State Contact Information:

  • Address State Bar of Georgia
    104 Marietta Street NW
    Suite 100
    Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Numbers (T) (404) 527-8700 or 800-334-6865
  • mail www.gabar.org

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