Understanding the Wisconsin CLE Requirement
Total CLE Requirement:
30 credit hours every two years
The mandatory three (3) Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility credits (EPR) must be completed through live programming (e.g. teleconferences or webcasts), or through in-person courses.PLEASE NOTE: In response to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued an amended temporary order to increase the number of credits from on-demand programs that attorneys may use to satisfy their CLE reporting requirements. Effective January 11, 2022, please note the following: Even-year reporters (2021-2022 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. Even-year reporters (2021-2022 cycle) who have failed to demonstrate compliance with their CLE reporting period, 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, 2022. 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. The full order may be found here. CLE credits may also be claimed for "Lawyer Awareness and Understanding" and "Law Practice Management." Each category is limited to 6.0 credits per reporting period. For more details on each category, see SCR 31.02 (3) and (4).
27 hours General
3 hours Ethics
January 31st (*All credits must be earned and reported by this date.)
Attorneys are required to electronically file their CLE report using the CLE reporting website. Go to the CLE reporting website at this link to electronically file.
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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