Understanding the Wisconsin CLE Requirement
Total CLE Requirement:
30 credit hours every two years
*15 hours must be taken Live
*15 hours may be completed through on-demand courses
27 hours General
3 hours Ethics
*COVID-19 Temporary Change: In response to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has issued a temporary order to increase the number of credits from on-demand programs that attorneys may use to satisfy their CLE reporting requirements. Effective March 17, 2020, and until December 31, 2020, please note the following:
• Even-year reporters (2019-2020 cycle) may claim up to 30 credits from "on demand" programs. However, the mandatory three (3) legal ethics and professional responsibility credits (EPR) must be completed with live, on-line programming or with in-person courses.
• Odd-year reporters (2018-2019 cycle) who have failed to demonstrate compliance with CLE reporting period ending December 31, 2019, may use repeated on-demand programs to satisfy deficiencies in their credit hours. However, that does not include the mandatory three (3) hours of legal ethics and professional responsibility credits (EPR), which must be completed with live, on-line programming or with in-person courses. The fee imposed for late reporting also remains in effect.
• Lawyers required to satisfy CLE requirements as a prerequisite to reinstatement, readmission, or reactivation may satisfy 100% of their required CLE using on-demand programs for petitions, provided that make up credits are completed on or before December 31, 2020. However, that does not include the mandatory three (3) hours of legal ethics and professional responsibility credits (EPR), which must be completed with live, on-line programming or with in-person courses. The applicable fees remain in effect.
Newly Admitted Requirement:
New attorneys are exempt from the CLE requirement during the first year of their admission.
State Contact Information:
Supreme Court of Wisconsin
Board of Bar Examiners
110 East Main Street, Suite 715
P.O. Box 2748
Madison, Wisconsin 53701
(T) (608) 266-9760
(F) (608) 266-1196
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