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

Compliance Deadline:

*Last day of 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 day that precedes it.

Reporting Information:

*COVID-19 Temporary Change: The State Bar of Texas MCLE Department will grant an automatic 60-day extension to attorneys reaching their compliance deadlines in March, April, or May. Attorneys who missed compliance deadlines in January or February will receive an automatic 60-day extension to prevent the assessment of further fees. Attorneys now subject to suspension for failing to comply with MCLE requirements in November or December will have an additional one-month extension.

Please contact the MCLE Department at 800-204-2222, ext. 1806, or mcle@texasbar.com if you have questions about the extensions or MCLE compliance requirements.

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
    www.texasbar.com

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