Understanding the Pennsylvania CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

12 credit hours annually

Credit Format:

Compliance Group 1 - Annual Deadline April 30 2021 Compliance Period: 5/1/20 - 4/30/21 Twelve (12) hour requirement may be completed with credits earned through live-online or pre-recorded online courses Distance learning credits earned during this period may carry forward (up to two compliance periods)
2022 Compliance Period: 5/1/21 - 4/30/22 Six (6) credits must be live-online or in-person/classroom Up to (6) credits may be completed through pre-recorded online courses Only credits through live-online and in-person/classroom courses taken during this period may carry forward (up to two compliance periods)

Compliance Group 2 - Annual Deadline August 31 2021 Compliance Period: 9/1/20 - 8/31/21 Twelve (12) hour requirement may be completed with credits earned through live-online or pre-recorded online courses Distance learning credits earned during this period may carry forward (up to two compliance periods)
2022 Compliance Period: 9/1/21 - 8/31/22 Six (6) credits must be live-online or in-person/classroom Up to (6) credits may be completed through pre-recorded online courses Only credits through live-online and in-person/classroom courses taken during this period may carry forward (up to two compliance periods)

Compliance Group 3 - Annual Deadline December 31 2021 Compliance Period: 1/1/21 - 12/31/21 Twelve (12) hour requirement may be completed with credits earned through live-online or pre-recorded online courses Distance learning credits earned during this period may carry forward (up to two compliance periods)
2022 Compliance Period: 1/1/22 - 12/31/22 Six (6) credits must be live-online or in-person/classroom Up to (6) credits may be completed through pre-recorded online courses Only credits through live-online and in-person/classroom courses taken during this period may carry forward (up to two compliance periods)

Credit Breakdown:

10 hours General
2 hours Ethics

Compliance Deadline:

Attorneys are assigned to one of three compliance groups by their Lawyer ID number. Attorneys must complete and report their CLE requirement by the end of their compliance deadline:
Group 1: April 30 *Extended to August 31*
Group 2: August 31
Group 3: December 31

Reporting Deadline:

Accredited Providers are granted 30 days from the date of a course to report credits to PA CLE.

Reporting Information:

TRTCLE will report your credits to The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board.

Newly Admitted Requirement:

New admittees must also attend 4 hours of an approved “Bridge the Gap” program within their first compliance period.

State Contact Information:

  • Address Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board
    Pennsylvania Judicial Center
    601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 3400
    P.O. Box 62495
    Harrisburg, PA 17106
  • Numbers (T) 717-231-3250
    (T) 800-497-2253
    (F) 717-321-3251
  • mail pacleb@pacle.org
    www.pacle.org

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