Understanding the Iowa CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

15 credit hours annually

Credit Format:

*9 hours must be taken live
*6 may be completed online

Credit Breakdown:

12 hours General

At least 3 hours in Legal Ethics every two calendar years ending in the odd-numbered year.

Compliance Deadline:

December 31

Reporting Deadline:

March 10

Reporting Information:

*COVID-19 Temporary Change: The Iowa Supreme Court has issued the following order that will be in effect until further order of the court: The six-hour cap on unmoderated CLE set forth in Rule 41.3(3) is hereby lifted. Iowa attorneys may complete their entire CLE requirement through online, on-demand courses.

Newly Admitted Requirement:


State Contact Information:

  • Address Commission on Continuing Legal Education
    Judicial Branch Building
    1111 East Court Avenue
    Des Moines, Iowa 50319
  • Numbers (T) (515) 725-8029
  • mail cle@iowabar.org


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