Understanding the Virginia CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

12 credit hours annually

Credit Format:

4 hours must be taken live
8 may be completed online

Credit Breakdown:

10 hours General
2 hours Ethics/Professionalism

Beginning November 1, 2019, each active member of the Virginia State Bar shall certify whether they have attended, within the past three (3) years, at least one (1) credit hour of lawyer well-being education related to the practice of law. Failure to comply with this rule shall not subject the member to the penalties of Paragraph 13.2 of these rules.

Beginning on October 11, 2021, The Supreme Court of Virginia, at the request of the Virginia State Bar and Bar Council, amended Paragraph 17, Part Six, Section IV of the Rules of Court to allow elimination of bias education to count toward legal ethics or professionalism requirements for Continuing Legal Education.

Compliance Deadline:

October 31st

Reporting Deadline:

December 15th

Reporting Information:

Virginia attorneys are required to self-report. Please go to the Virginia State Bar website.

Newly Admitted Requirement:

In addition to the standard CLE requirement, new admittees must complete the Virginia State Bar’s “The Professionalism Course” within their first 12 months of admission.

State Contact Information:

  • Address Virginia State Bar
    1111 East Main Street, Suite 700
    Richmond, Virginia 23219-0026
  • Numbers (T)804-775-0577
  • mail mcle@vsb.org

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