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 2020 reporting year.

Credit Format:

6 hours may be completed online through on-demand video-replay courses
4 hours must be taken live

Credit Breakdown:

8 hours General
2 hours Ethics

Compliance Deadline:

June 30

Reporting Deadline:

June 30

Reporting Information:

*COVID-19 Temporary Change: In 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 are hereby suspended.

Attorneys and judicial officers are relieved of the obligation to complete continuing legal education credits for the 2020 reporting year. All legal education credits earned in the 2020 reporting year, as well as excess credits set to expire in the 2020 reporting year, may be used to satisfy legal education requirements for the 2021 reporting year.

Newly Admitted Attorneys: In addition, the Rhode Island Bridge the Gap requirement in Article IV is hereby suspended. Newly admitted attorneys required to file proof of their attendance at the Rhode Island Bridge the Gap course by June 30, 2020, shall have until June 30, 2021, in which to file.

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: Rhode Island Bridge the Gap requirement in Article IV is hereby suspended. Newly admitted attorneys required to file proof of their attendance at the Rhode Island Bridge the Gap course by June 30, 2020, shall have until June 30, 2021, in which to file.

State Contact Information:

  • Address MCLE Commission
    John E. Fogarty Judicial Annex
    24 Weybosset Street, 3rd Floor
    Providence, RI 02903
  • Numbers (T) (401) 421-5740
  • mail cle@ribar.com
    www.courts.ri.gov

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