Understanding the New York CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

24 credit hours every two years

Credit Format:

Veteran Attorneys may complete all credits online. For Newly Admitted requirements, please see below.

Credit Breakdown:

20 hours General
*4 hours Ethics and Professionalism
*Including 1 hour of Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias.

Compliance Deadline:

Within 30 days of attorney's birthday on alternate years.

Reporting Deadline:

All attorneys must certify, at the time of their biennial registration, that they have satisfactorily completed their CLE requirement for that reporting cycle and that they have retained the proper documentation.

Reporting Information:

An attorney registration form will be mailed to you. You must file your attorney registration form and complete your CLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years. If you were admitted before January 1, 1982, or in an even-numbered year (e.g., 1998), then you will register in even-numbered years. If you were admitted in an odd-numbered year after 1982, then you will register in odd-numbered years.

Newly Admitted Requirement:

*Newly admitted attorneys must take 16 total accredited CLE hours of transitional CLE courses, of which 3 Ethics and Professionalism must be in a traditional Live classroom setting, a fully interactive video conference, or a live webcast or teleconference. The required 6 Skills credits must be completed in a traditional Live classroom setting or a fully interactive video conference. The credits must be completed during each of the first two years of admission to the Bar.

The remaining 7 Law Practice Management or Areas of Professional Practice credits may be completed in any approved format.

3.0 Ethics
6.0 Skills
7.0 Law Practice Management and/or areas of Professional Practice

TRTCLE's Bridge the Gap Compliance Days fulfill all 16 credits with a combination of live programming and online courses.

*COVID-19 Temporary Change: In an effort to address the growing concerns related to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the CLE Board implemented the following changes, effective March 11, 2020 through June 30, 2022:

Newly Admitted Attorneys – Newly admitted attorneys (those admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less) may participate in Skills CLE courses by either individual participation (self-study) or group participation, in the following live, nontraditional formats, where questions are allowed during the program:

a. webconference, b. teleconference, and c. videoconference

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