Understanding the Georgia CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

12 credit hours annually

Credit Format:

12 hours may be completed online and/or live.

Effective October 22, 2021, The Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competence has permanently allowed Georgia licensed attorneys to complete all or any portion of their CLE requirement through approved distance learning (online) CLE courses.

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.

Reporting Deadline:

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

If you miss the March 31st 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.

Reporting Information:

TRTCLE reports completed courses to the State Bar of Georgia every two weeks.

Carryover Hours:
Regular CLE hours - 12 hours can be carried to the next year
Ethics hours - 2 hours can be carried to the next year
Professionalism hours - 2 hours can be carried to the next year
Trial hours - 3 hours can be carried to the next year

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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