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

Credit Breakdown:

21.5 hours General
2.5 hours in 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:

December 31

Reporting Information:

COVID-19 Temporary Changes:

The Commission on Continuing Legal Education has issued an order extending the late compliance period for 2018-2019. In response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has extended the late compliance deadline for the 2018-2019 compliance period to June 29, 2020, for attorneys and judges to cure their CLE hour deficiencies for the compliance period ending Dec. 31, 2019.

*In light of the COVID-19 pandemic causing the cancellation 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 2019-2020 compliance period ending December 31, 2020.

Newly Admitted Requirement:

New admittees must complete the “New Lawyers Training Program” instead of the standard CLE requirement during their first 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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