New York CLE Requirements

Update:  Due to growing concerns regarding the Coronavirus, the New York CLE Board has issued an order temporarily allowing Newly Admitted Attorneys to complete their Skills requirement via live webcast, teleconference, and videoconference. This change is effective 3/11/20 – 6/30/20. 

 

Experienced attorneys must complete a total of 24 accredited CLE credit hours during each biennial reporting cycle (the two-year period between your attorney registrations).

  • At least 4 of these 24 credit hours must be in the Ethics and Professionalism category
  • At least 1 from the remaining 20 credit hours must be in the Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias category.
  • The remaining 19 credit hours may be in any category of credit.

Experienced attorneys may earn CLE credit by attending CLE courses offered in the traditional live classroom format, or in nontraditional formats such as audiotapes, videoconferences, online, etc., so long as the CLE Board has accredited the provider to offer the course in the particular format, or the course is eligible for credit under New York’s Approved Jurisdiction policy.

 

Newly-admitted attorneys must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours of accredited transitional education within the first two years after admission to the Bar. During each of the first two years, 16 credit hours must be completed as follows:

  • 3 hours of ethics and professionalism
  • 6 hours of skills
  • 7 hours of law practice management and areas of professional practice.

The first set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the Bar, in the designated categories of credit. The second set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed between the first and second anniversaries.  Skills credit must be earned in the traditional live classroom setting or by attendance at a fully interactive videoconference that has been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys. Ethics and Professionalism credit may be completed in the traditional live classroom setting, by attendance at a fully interactive videoconference that has been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys, or by participation in the live simultaneous transmission of a live program, such as a webinar or teleconference, where audience questions are allowed during the program (synchronous interactivity). If there is no opportunity for questions during the program, then a newly admitted attorney may not earn Ethics and Professionalism credit for the program. Areas of Professional Practice and/or Law Practice Management credit may be completed in any approved format, including non-participatory formats such as on-demand video, live broadcast, DVD, audio recording, etc.

 

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