Understanding the Texas CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

15 credit hours annually

Credit Format:

All credits may be completed online.

Credit Breakdown:

12 hours General
3 hours Ethics

*Effective June 1, 2021, ethics credit is permitted for implicit and explicit bias courses.

Compliance Deadline:

The last date of the month that immediately precedes the attorney's birth month.

Reporting Deadline:

COMPLIANCE PERIOD RULE: Each attorney’s annual compliance/reporting period begins on the first day of their birth month and ends on the last date of the month immediately preceding the attorney's brith. Attorneys must submit their attendance by the last day of their birth month.

Reporting Information:

TRTCLE reports completed courses to the State Bar of Texas every two weeks. However, attorneys are required to confirm that their attendance is completed and reported timely if they have an impending deadline; we encourage self-reporting to ensure compliance.

Newly Admitted Requirement:

New admittees have an initial CLE compliance period of 24 months that begins on the first day of their birth month after receiving their license.

State Contact Information:

  • Address State Bar of Texas
    MCLE Department
    P.O. Box 13007
    Austin, Texas 78711-3007
  • Numbers (T) (512) 427-1806
    (T) (800) 204-2222 ext. 1806
    (F) (512) 427-4423
  • mail mcle@texasbar.com

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