Alabama CLE Requirements

Everything you need to know to stay in compliance


Temporary Rule Change: The requirement that a minimum of 6 credit hours be earned through attendance at in-person or live-streamed ASB-approved programs has been suspended through Dec. 31, 2022.

MCLE State

Overview

Required Alabama CLE Credits:

Total credit hours: 12.00 credit hours per year.

Through December 31, 2022 all credit hours may be taken as live or OnDemand programs.

Alabama CLE Reporting Deadlines:

Deadline to Complete CLEs: December 31

Reporting Deadline: February 15

Reporting Period: 1 year


Common Questions About Alabama Continuing Legal Education Rules and Regulations

General Alabama Continuing Legal Education Credit Requirements

How many CLE credits do you need in Alabama?

In Alabama, active status attorneys must complete 12.00 CLE credits every year to maintain good standing with the Alabama State Bar.

When is the Alabama CLE reporting deadline?

Alabama attorneys must complete all 12.00 required credits by December 31 each year. Attorneys have until February 15 of the following year to report CLE credit earned.

How long is the Alabama CLE reporting period, and when does mine end?

The reporting period is 1 year and ends on December 31 of each year.

How do I report my Alabama CLE credits?

CLE sponsors will report your attendance to the Alabama State Bar CLE Commission. You can check your transcript on the MyDashboard page of the ASB website and make corrections as necessary.

How many Alabama CLE credits can I carry over?

Alabama attorneys can carry over 12.00 CLE credits for one year. You may carry over 1.00 ethics credit.

How many CLE credits can I complete with OnDemand courses?

You may earn up to 6.00 CLE credits from OnDemand courses.

Attorneys in Alabama must complete 6.00 CLE credits with courses approved for live credit.* Live online seminars, live webinars, and fast track live webinars are considered live for purposes of CLE credit.

*The requirement that a minimum of 6.00 credit hours be earned through attendance at in-person or live-streamed ASB-approved programs has been suspended through Dec. 31, 2022.

What are the specialty credit requirements in Alabama?

Alabama attorneys must complete 1.00 ethics or professionalism credit each year.

Is in-program attendance verification required to receive Alabama CLE credit?

No. In-program attendance verification is not required.

Are you newly admitted to the Alabama State Bar? Here’s what you need to know:

What are the Alabama CLE requirements for newly admitted attorneys?

Newly admitted attorneys in Alabama are exempt for the remainder of the calendar year in which they are admitted. New attorneys subject to MCLE requirements must complete a 3-hour course in professionalism within 12 months of admission to the Alabama State Bar. These hours will count toward your required 12.00 CLE credits.

Can I carry over credits I completed during my year of admission?

Yes. You may carry over 12.00 total credits (including 1.0 ethics) earned during your year of admission if the credits are earned after you were admitted to the bar.

When does my first reporting period end?

Your first reporting period ends on December 31 of the first full calendar year after your admission to the Alabama State Bar.

Are there any special credit requirements for new attorneys in Alabama?

Yes. New admittees must complete a 3-hour Mandatory Professionalism Seminar within 12 months of admission to the Alabama State Bar.  Hours earned at this seminar will count toward your general 12.00-hour annual CLE requirement. The seminar will be administered by CLEAlabama on even-numbered years and Cumberland School of Law on odd-numbered years.

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