Understanding the Illinois CLE Requirement
Total CLE Requirement:
30 credit hours every two years <br/> <br/> Attorneys report compliance with (or a valid exemption from) MCLE requirements every other year. Reporting periods last two years from July 1 to June 30—in even-numbered years for those with A-M last names and in odd-numbered years for those with N-Z last names.
All credits may be completed online.
24 hours General
6 hours Professional Responsibility (professionalism, civility, legal ethics, diversity/inclusion, or mental health/substance abuse), 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.
As of August 1, 2019, TRTCLE will report all completed courses and credits to the Illinois Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board. To do so, attorneys must have Illinois and his/her ARDC number indicated in his/her TRTCLE profile to be reported.
The Illinois MCLE Board charges a late fee of $5.00 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 $5.00 per course that needs to be reported.
The second year in the period is the reporting year. To avoid late fees, all CLE hours must be completed by 11:59 PM CDT on June 30 of that year (completion deadline), and your compliance (or a valid exemption that needs to be reported) must be reported by 11:59 PM CDT on July 31. Online reporting opens on May 1 of your reporting year.
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 $5.00 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 $5.00 per course that you need reported.
*PLEASE CHECK YOUR PROFILE UNDER MY INFO TO CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE ILLINOIS AND YOUR ARDC NUMBER ENTERED.*
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:
Office of the Illinois MCLE Board
200 West Madison Street Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3415
- (T) (312) 924-2420
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