Understanding the Ohio CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

24 credit hours every two years

Credit Format:

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

COVID-19 Temporary Changes: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic causing the cancelation of live, in-person CLE and for vital safety and logistical considerations concerning CLE, the self-study caps are waived for judges, magistrates, and attorneys with last names beginning with M through Z for the 2021-2022 compliance period ending December 31, 2022.

*Beginning on January 1, 2023, you may meet your biannual 24-hour CLE requirement entirely through attendance at self-study activities.

Please also note that attorneys with last names ending with M-Z who have a CLE requirement for the 2021-2022 compliance period ending December 31, 2022 had their self-study caps waived previously under the Administrative Order issued on September 22, 2021, allowing those attorneys to comply with the CLE requirements through approved self-study courses.

Attorneys are encouraged to confirm that self-study courses have been accredited in Ohio prior to attending. Pursuant to CCLE Reg. 409, only Sponsors can apply for accreditation of self-study activities.

For complete information, please consult the announcement (https://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/0/2022/2022-Ohio-3009.pdf) or visit https://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/CLE/FAQ/attyFAQ.asp for FAQs.
If you have any questions, please contact The Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Attorney Services at ccle@sc.ohio.gov, or 614.387.9320, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Credit Breakdown:

21.5 hours General
2.5 hours in Professional Conduct, including Ethics, Professionalism, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, or Access to Justice.

Compliance Deadline:

December 31

COMPLIANCE PERIOD RULE: Attorneys with last names beginning with A through L report in odd-numbered years. Attorneys with last names beginning with M through Z report in even-numbered years.

Reporting Deadline:

January 31

Reporting Information:

TRTCLE reports completed courses to the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Newly Admitted Requirement:

Ohio newly admitted attorney must complete 12 hours of new lawyers training, consisting of 9 hours of substantive law topics, 1 hour of professionalism, 1 hour of client fund management, and 1 hour of law office management by the end of the attorney's first biennial compliance period.

State Contact Information:

  • Address Supreme Court Ohio Office of
    Attorney Services
    65 South Front Street 5th floor
    Columbus, OH 43215
  • Numbers (T) 614-387-9320
    (F) 614-387-9329
  • mail ccle@sc.ohio.gov
    www.supremecourt.ohio.gov

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