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

*COVID-19 Temporary Changes: The Supreme Court of Georgia has extended the waiver of the 6-hour in-person CLE requirement through May 31, 2021.

The 2020 grace period has been extended to May 31, 2021.



2021 - 2022: The Supreme Court of Georgia issued an Order on May 14, 2021, eliminating the in-person CLE requirement for the 2021 CLE requirement and allowing all CLE hours for the 2021 CLE requirement to be completed by approved in-house and distance learning CLE programs.

A portion of the May 14th Supreme Court Order states as follows:

Given that the COVID-19 outbreak is still ongoing and in-person CLE programs will return slowly, the Court determines that it is appropriate to again suspend the limitation on self-study, in-house, and distance-learning CLE programs for the 2021 year. Effective immediately and continuing through March 31, 2022, lawyers may earn all or any portion of the required twelve hours for 2021 through self-study, in-house, or distance-learning continuing legal education activities under Regulations 8 (e) and (15), so long as those activities otherwise satisfy the requirements of those Regulations. This temporary, partial suspension of Regulations 8 (e) and (15) shall apply to continuing legal education activities completed on or before the grace period of March 31, 2022.

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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