Understanding the Washington CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

45 credit hours every three years

Credit Format:

All credits may be completed online. You cannot earn more than 8 credits in a day.

Credit Breakdown:

24 hours General
6 hours Ethics
15 hours Law and Legal Procedure

Compliance Deadline:

*December 31

Reporting Deadline:

*February 1

Reporting Information:

*COVID-19 Temporary Change: On June 5, 2020 the Washington Supreme Court ordered an extension of the due date for reporting MCLE credits by one year for licensed legal professionals in the 2018-2020 MCLE reporting period (formerly known as Group 2). Licensed legal professionals in the extended 2018-2021 reporting period must complete earning their credits by December 31, 2021, and must complete the certification of their credits by February 1, 2022.

This extension order encompasses all licensed legal professionals: lawyers, LLLTs and LPOs. Despite narrower prefatory language in the order, the operative provision includes all who share the reporting requirement under APR 11, as to both earning and carrying over credits.

The next reporting period will be a shortened two year reporting period: 2022-2023. As a result, the order allows for the additional 15 carryover credits (30 total carryover credits, up to 4 of which may be ethics) to be earned in the extended 2018-2021 reporting period. The increased credit carryover limit applies only for the 2018-2021 reporting period.

Newly Admitted Requirement:

New attorneys are exempt from the CLE requirement during the first calendar year of their admission and the following calendar year.

State Contact Information:

  • Address Washington State Bar
    Association
    1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 600
    Seattle, WA 98101
  • Numbers (T) (206) 733-5987
    (F) (206) 727-8316
  • mail mcle@wsba.org
    www.wsba.org

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