Understanding the Pennsylvania CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

12 credit hours annually

Credit Format:


All CLE credits to satisfy 2020 compliance deadlines may be obtained through the completion of distance learning programs consistent with the Rules and Regulations for Continuing Legal Education in Pennsylvania. This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective immediately.

UPDATE: Distance Learning 2021 Policy Change:

Effective January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, the CLE Board is adopting a temporary policy to recognize live online programming by accredited distance learning providers as live (non-capped) credit towards lawyers' CLE requirement. This will acknowledge the engagement and real-time learning experience synchronous training provides while extending compliance accommodations for attorneys. You may review the policy here.

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

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