Understanding the New York CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

24 credit hours every two years

Credit Format:

All credits may be completed online.

Credit Breakdown:

20 hours General*
4 hours Ethics and Professionalism

*Including 1 hour of Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias if your birthday is on or after July 1, 2018.

As of January 1, 2018, New York has a new category for CLE Credit - Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias. If you are a veteran attorney due to re-register on or after July 1, 2018, you must attend 1 Elimination of Bias credit hour as part of your total 24 credit requirement.

Compliance Deadline:

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

Reporting Deadline:

*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.

Reporting Information:



*COVID-19 Temporary Change: In an effort to address the growing concerns related to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the CLE Board will implement the following changes, effective March 11, 2020 through January 31, 2021:

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

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.

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