Understanding the West Virginia CLE Requirement

Total CLE Requirement:

24 credit hours every two years

Credit Format:

12 hours must be taken live
12 may be completed online ***On March 12, 2020, The State of West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals approved a temporary waiver of the 12 credit CLE limitation... effective immediately, and continuing through June 30, 2020, attorneys are able to earn all or any portion of the required 24 CLE credit minimum through video, audio, correspondence, telephone seminars, computer-based training courses, and in-house instruction.

Credit Breakdown:

21 hours General
3 hours Legal Ethics, Office Management, Substance Abuse, or Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession

Compliance Deadline:

June 30 (Even Years)

Reporting Deadline:

July 31

Reporting Information:

*COVID-19 Temporary Change: The 2018-2020 reporting cycle deadline to complete and report CLE has been extended to September 30, 2020.

Newly Admitted Requirement:

Members admitted to the West Virginia State Bar after July 1, 2018 are subject to the new Bridge the Gap Program, which requires mandatory in-person attendance at one of the West Virginia State Bar's two seminars to be held annually. The training sessions will occur once at the State Bar Annual Meeting and a second time at a geographically different location each calendar year.

Each new lawyer admitted to practice after July 1, 2018 will have twenty-four months after their date of admission to complete the program.

State Contact Information:

  • Address The West Virginia State Bar
    2000 Deitrick Blvd
    Charleston, WV 25311-1231
  • Numbers (T)304-553-7220 or

  • mail www.wvbar.org

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