Understanding the North Carolina CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

12 credit hours annually

Credit Format:

6 hours must be taken live
6 may be completed online
*Beginning in 2020, attorneys may complete all of their credit hours online.

Credit Breakdown:

12 CLE hours*

At least 2 hours of Ethics/Professionalism

*Effective beginning in 2019, 1 hour of CLE must be devoted to technology training.

*At least 1 hour of Substance Abuse or debilitating mental conditions every three years.

Compliance Deadline:

December 31

Reporting Deadline:

February 28


TRTCLE reports each month of North Carolina attendance at the start of the following month, but please be aware that attorneys are still responsible for the $3.50 reporting fee per credit.

Reporting Information:

Newly Admitted Requirement:

New admittees must complete the North Carolina State Bar’s “Professionalism for New Admittees” program during the year of their first CLE requirement.

State Contact Information:

  • Address The North Carolina State Bar
    ATTN: North Carolina Continuing Legal Education
    217 E. Edenton St.
    P.O. Box 26148
    Raleigh, NC 27611
  • Numbers (T) (919) 733-0123
    (F) (919) 821-9168
  • mail dholland@ncbar.gov
    www.nccle.org

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