Understanding the Pennsylvania CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

12 credit hours annually

Credit Format:

TEMPORARY RULE CHANGE for 2021:

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has issued an order lifting the cap on distance learning CLE credits for all 2021 Deadlines.

Please Note: Distance Learning credits will not carry forward into 2021.

On December 23, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued an Order permitting attorneys the ability to complete their 2021 compliance requirements with twelve (12) credits earned through accredited distance learning programming. PA CLE is in the process of updating its database to reflect this change on attorney transcripts. Attorneys may check their MyPACLE account for updates. With this Order:

Attorneys may complete all twelve (12) of their CLE credits for 2021 compliance deadlines through participation in accredited distance learning programming. In accordance with adopted CLE Board policy: Online programs conducted live in a synchronous learning environment will be treated as traditional credits and, Pre-recorded/Asynchronous distance learning credits taken in excess of twelve (12) during 20201 compliance periods will not carry forward towards future annual compliance deadlines.

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.

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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