Understanding the Maine CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

12 credit hours annually

Credit Format:

7 hours must be taken live
5 hours may be completed online through self-study coursework

Credit Breakdown:

10 hours General

At least one (1) Live hour in Ethics and Professionalism; and
** At least one (1) Live In-Person hour must be primarily concerned with the recognition and avoidance of harassment and discriminatory communication and conduct.

Compliance Deadline:

December 31st

Reporting Deadline:

Last business day in February

Reporting Information:

*At their March meeting, the directors of the Board of Overseers of the Bar decided to extend the 2018/2019 CLE reporting deadline. The Board made this decision because of the significant changes resulting from amended Maine Bar Rule 5, including the new mandatory harassment and discrimination credit, and the challenges associated with implementing the Rule. Consequently, the Board is extending the CLE reporting deadline to December 31, 2020. The Board also decided to forgo the imposition of late fees for the 2018/2019 reporting period.

**COVID-19 Temporary Change: Effective immediately and until further order, any in-person participation requirements for continuing legal education, including but not limited to the requirement in M. Bar. R. 5(c)(3), are hereby suspended, and participation may be by an electronic medium.

Newly Admitted Requirement:


State Contact Information:

  • Address Board of Overseers of the Bar
    PO Box 527
    Augusta, ME 04332
  • Numbers (T) (207) 623-1121
    (F) (207) 623-4175
  • mail board@mebaroverseers.org

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