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 a new order allowing attorneys to use unlimited online hours to establish their compliance for the 2021 compliance year. Attorneys seeking reinstatement in 2021 are also covered by the order. In addition, attorneys will be able to carry forward a maximum of 15 hours of online CLE from 2020 toward their 2021 CLE requirement. This order is in effect through December 31, 2021.

Credit Breakdown:

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

Compliance Deadline:

December 31

Reporting Deadline:

March 1

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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