Understanding the Tennessee CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

15 credit hours annually

Credit Format:

*7 hours must be taken live
*8 may be completed online

*COVID-19 Temporary Change: The Supreme Court has entered an order allowing attorneys to use unlimited online hours to establish their compliance for the 2021 and 2022 compliance years. Effective immediately and continuing through December 31, 2022, lawyers may earn all or any portion of the required continuing legal education hours for 2022 or for purposes of seeking reactivation or reinstatement in 2022 through approved Distance Learning completed through December 31, 2022.

Credit Breakdown:

12 hours General
3 hours Ethics/Professionalism (or "Dual" hours)

Compliance Deadline:

December 31st

Reporting Deadline:

March 31st

Reporting Information:

TRTCLE reports completed courses to the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

Newly Admitted Requirement:

New admittees are exempt from the CLE requirement during the calendar year in which they are licensed.

State Contact Information:

  • Address Tennessee Commission on
    Continuing Legal Education
    1321 Murfreesboro Pike Suite 810
    Nashville, TN 37217
  • Numbers (T) (615) 741-3096
    (F) (615) 532-4277
  • mail info@cletn.com

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