Understanding the Mississippi CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

12 credit hours annually

Credit Format:

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


*COVID-19 TEMPORARY RULE CHANGE: Due to the continued issues concerning Covid-19 and the limitations on the ability to gather in-person, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered that the limit on CLE credit earned through online programs have been temporarily removed. For the 2020-2021 CLE reporting year, attorneys may complete their CLE obligations through online, webinars, or live, in-person programs. This provision includes newly admitted lawyers who are to complete the program by July 31, 2021. These attorneys may also complete this program through online, webinars, or live, in-person programs.


Any questions regarding the CLE requirements may be directed to the office of the Commission on Continuing Legal Education by phone at 601-576-4622, or by email to tgraves@courts.ms.gov.

Credit Breakdown:

11 hours General
1 hour: Ethics, Professional Responsibility, Professionalism, Malpractice Prevention, Substance Abuse, or Mental Health.

Compliance Deadline:

July 31

Reporting Deadline:

August 15

Reporting Information:

CLE must be earned by July 31 each year and reported to the Commission on the CLE Annual Report Statement by August 15. The CLE Annual Report Statement is mailed out to attorneys in June of each year. On it will be posted any CLE that has been reported to the CLE Commission at the time of its printing. Any additional CLE earned for the year may be added to this form.(Rule 5)

Newly Admitted Requirement:

Newly admitted attorneys must complete a 12 credit new-lawyer program which includes 6 hours of basic skills training and 6 hours of ethics/professionalism within their first 2 years of admission.


Attorneys who are newly licensed to practice in Mississippi but were previously admitted to practice in another state may be exempted from the 6 hours of basic skills if they submit an affidavit to the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education within 3 months of admission.

State Contact Information:

  • Address State of Mississippi Judiciary
    450 High Street,
    Jackson MS 39201
  • Numbers (T) (601) 576-4622
    (F) (601) 576-4733
  • mail www.courts.ms.gov

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