Understanding the New Jersey CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

24 credit hours every two years

Credit Format:

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

Credit Breakdown:

20 hours General
4 hours Ethics

Compliance Deadline:

December 31

Reporting Deadline:

December 31

COMPLIANCE PERIOD RULE:
Compliance Group 1: Attorneys born in January through June report in even-numbered years.

Compliance Group 2: Attorneys born in July through December report in odd-numbered years.


New Jersey attorneys certify compliance on the Annual Attorney Registration and Billing Statement. They must maintain possession of their Certificates of Attendance for at least 3 years as they will be asked to produce those records in the event of an audit.

Reporting Information:

*COVID-19 Temporary Change: The Supreme Court of New Jersey has ordered that effective immediately and until further order of the Court, the live classroom instruction requirement is relaxed. Until further notice, all twenty-four credit hours for the compliance period may be fulfilled through approved courses offered in alternative verifiable learning formats.

Newly Admitted Requirement:

New admittees must satisfy 15 of their 20 General credit hours with five different subject areas of NJ law within their first full compliance period.

State Contact Information:

  • Address Supreme Court of New Jersey
    Board on Continuing Legal Education
    P.O. Box 965
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0965
  • Numbers (T) (609) 633-9733
  • mail sctcle.mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us
    www.judiciary.state.nj.us

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