Understanding the Iowa CLE Requirement
Total CLE Requirement:
15 credit hours annually
Effective August 28, 2020, the six-hour cap on unmoderated (on-demand) CLE has been lifted permanently. Attorneys may earn all of their CLE credit via on-demand programs, live programs, or a combination thereof.
At least 1 hour of Legal Ethics and at least 1 hour of either Attorney Wellness or Diversity and Inclusion.
Attorneys must self-report completion of CLE requirements at the end of each reporting period.
Newly Admitted Requirement:
Iowa newly admitted attorneys must complete an 8-hour Basic Skills course within one year from the date of admission to practice in Iowa. The program must have at least 1 hour of ethics and focus on Iowa law in at least 8 of the following 10 practice areas: Civil Procedure; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; Family Law; Guardianship, Conservatorships, Trusts, and Powers of Appointment; Business Entities; Probate; Torts; Contracts; Real Estate Transactions; and Ethics and Professionalism.
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