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: The Limit on CLE Credit Earned through Online Programs for the 2019-2020 reporting year has been removed.

Credit Breakdown:

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

Compliance Deadline:

July 31
**COVID-19 TEMPORARY RULE CHANGE: The compliance deadline has been extended to September 30, 2020.

Reporting Deadline:

August 15
***COVID-19 TEMPORARY RULE CHANGE: The reporting deadline has been extended to October 15, 2020.

Reporting Information:

***COVID-19 TEMPORARY RULE CHANGE: Any attorney who is unable to comply with the temporary amendments may seek a hardship exemption and/or extension from the Commission.

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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