Understanding the Iowa CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

15 credit hours annually

Credit Format:

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.

Credit Breakdown:

13 General
At least 1 hour of Legal Ethics and at least 1 hour of either Attorney Wellness or Diversity and Inclusion

Compliance Deadline:

December 31

Reporting Deadline:

March 10

Reporting Information:

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.

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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