Understanding the Rhode Island CLE Requirement
Total CLE Requirement:
10 credit hours annually<br/><br/>*COVID-19 Temporary Change: Attorneys and judicial officers are relieved of the obligation to complete continuing legal education credits for the 2021 reporting year.
6 hours may be completed online through on-demand video-replay courses
4 hours must be taken live
8 hours General
2 hours Ethics
June 30 *
In further response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the extraordinary circumstances that have arisen as a result, the Court orders as follows: The requirement in Articles IV and VI of the Supreme Court Rules that attorneys and judicial officers complete ten (10) hours of continuing legal education remain suspended for the 2021 reporting year. Accordingly, in addition to the relief afforded attorneys and judicial officers by the Court’s order In re Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (Response to COVID-19)issued on April 30, 2020, attorneys and judicial officers are relieved of the obligation to complete continuing legal education credits for the 2021 reporting year. All legal education credits earned in the 2020 and 2021 reporting years as well as excess credits set to expire in the 2020 and 2021 reporting years may be used to satisfy legal education requirements for the 2022 reporting year.
TRTCLE reports completed courses to the Rhode Island MCLE Commission.
Newly Admitted Requirement:
All newly admitted attorneys shall be required to take the one-day, mandatory “Rhode Island Bridge the Gap” course upon admission to the Rhode Island Bar unless at the time of admission the attorney has been admitted in another jurisdiction for a period of three (3) years. The attorney shall submit a certificate of good standing to the MCLE Commission via the MCLE Portal attesting to the fact that the attorney has been admitted in another jurisdiction for the prescribed period. No course substitution from other jurisdictions will
be accepted for this requirement.
*COVID-19 Temporary Change: the Rhode Island Bridge the Gap requirement in Article IV remains suspended. Newly admitted attorneys required to file proof of their attendance at the Rhode Island Bridge the Gap course by June 30, 2020, and by June 30, 2021, shall have until June 30, 2022, in which to file.
State Contact Information:
John E. Fogarty Judicial Annex
24 Weybosset Street, 3rd Floor
Providence, RI 02903
- (T) (401) 421-5740
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