Understanding the Illinois CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

30 credit hours every two years

Credit Format:

All credits may be completed online

Credit Breakdown:

24 hours General
6 hours Professional Responsibility, including 1 hour Diversity & Inclusion and 1 hour Mental Health & Substance Abuse.*

*The Diversity and Mental Health requirement rule change is effective July 1, 2017 for attorneys whose compliance period ends on June 30, 2019.

Compliance Deadline:

*June 30

Reporting Deadline:

July 31st

As of August 1, 2019, TRTCLE will report all completed courses and credits to the Illinois Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board. In order to do so, attorneys must have Illinois and his/her ARDC number indicated in his/her TRTCLE profile in order to be reported.

The Illinois MCLE Board charges a late fee of $25.00 per course for each course not reported within thirty (30) days of the course being completed. If an attorney completes a course(s), but does not have his/her ARDC number indicated in his/her TRTCLE profile, then the credits will not be reported timely, which will result in the Board charging $25.00 per course that needs to be reported.

Reporting Information:

TRTCLE will report your individual courses and subsequent credits to the Illinois Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board. In order to do so, you must have Illinois and your ARDC number indicated in your TRTCLE profile.
The Illinois MCLE Board charges a late fee of $25.00 per course for each course not reported within thirty (30) days of the course being completed. If we do not have your ARDC number, your credits will not be reported timely, which will result in the Board charging $25.00 per course that you need reported.

*PLEASE CHECK YOUR PROFILE UNDER MY INFO TO CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE ILLINOIS AND YOUR ARDC NUMBER ENTERED.*

**The June 30, 2020 compliance deadline remains in effect. As in past years, each attorney can choose to report Not Yet Complied to the MCLE Board by July 31, 2020, and secure an extension to September 30, 2020 to complete the required credits and report to the Board online. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 90-day extension is available to the attorney who reports Not Yet Complied by July 31, 2020, without charge.

Newly Admitted Requirement:

New admittees must complete a modified requirement during their first compliance period. Click here to view your compliance options.

State Contact Information:

  • Address Office of the Illinois MCLE Board
    200 West Madison Street Suite 900
    Chicago, Illinois 60606-3415
  • Numbers (T) (312) 924-2420
  • mail www.mcleboard.org

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