Delaware CLE Requirements

Everything you need to know to stay in compliance


Temporary Rule Change: The Supreme Court of Delaware has waived the requirement to earn at least 12.00 credits from in-person, live CLE courses for the 2-year compliance period ending December 31, 2022.

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Overview

Required Delaware CLE Credits:

Total credit hours: 24.00 credit hours every 2 years.

A maximum of 12.00 credit hours may be taken as eCLE programs. However, this requirement has been temporarily suspended by the Supreme Court of Delaware. You may earn all 24.00 credits with eCLE programs through December 31, 2022.

Delaware CLE Reporting Deadlines:

Deadline to Complete CLEs: December 31

Reporting Deadline: March 31 of the following year (verification year)

Reporting Period: 2 years


Common Questions About Delaware Continuing Legal Education Rules and Regulations

General Delaware Continuing Legal Education Credit Requirements

How many CLE credits do you need in Delaware?

In Delaware, active status attorneys must complete 24.00 CLE credits every 2 years to maintain good standing with the Delaware State Bar.

When is the Delaware CLE reporting deadline?

Delaware attorneys must complete all 24.00 required credits by December 31 in their reporting year. Attorneys must verify the accuracy of their CLE Transcript by March 31 of their verification year.

How long is the Delaware CLE compliance period, and when does mine end?

The reporting period is 2 years and ends on December 31. If you were admitted to the Delaware State Bar in an even-numbered year, your compliance period ends in even-numbered years. If you were admitted in an odd-numbered year, your compliance period ends in odd-numbered years. Note that you will verify your CLEs in the year following the year that you are required to complete your CLE credits.

How do I report my Delaware CLE credits?

Program providers should report your attendance. You will view your CLE transcript and verify your CLE attendance on the Delaware Supreme Court Lawyer Management System website.

How many Delaware CLE credits can I carry over?

If you earn more than 24.00 CLE credits in your compliance period, you may carry over 20.00 CLE credits to the next 2-year compliance period. Enhanced ethics credits may be carried over as general CLE credits only.

How many CLE credits can I complete with eCLE courses?

You must complete at least 12.00 CLE credits from in-person, live courses. You may earn up to 12.00 with eCLE courses.*

*The Supreme Court of Delaware has waived this requirement for the 2-year compliance period ending December 31, 2022.

What are the specialty credit requirements in Delaware?

Delaware attorneys must complete 4.00 credits in enhanced ethics every 2 years.

Enhanced ethics refers to legal and judicial ethics. For purposes of enhanced ethics credit, courses may include professionalism, defined as a dedication to ethics, civility, skill, businesslike practices and a focus on service, which encompasses obligations to other attorneys, obligations toward legal institutions, and obligations to the public.

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

No. In-program attendance verification is not required.

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

What are the Delaware CLE requirements for newly admitted attorneys?

Newly admitted attorneys in Delaware begin their CLE compliance period on January 1 following the date they are admitted to the Delaware State Bar. New attorneys must complete specific fundamentals courses within 4 years after their first compliance period begins.

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

Yes. If you complete approved CLE credits after your admission to the Delaware State Bar and before December 31 of that year, you may carry over up to 20.00 of those credits to your first compliance year.

When does my first reporting period end?

Your first CLE reporting period begins on January 1 following your admission to the Delaware State Bar and ends on December 31 at the end of the second full calendar year after your admission.

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

Yes. Within four years of January 1 following your admission to the Delaware Bar, you must complete all of the following courses:

  1. Fundamentals of Lawyer-Client Relations;
  2. Fundamentals of Family Law;
  3. Fundamentals of Real Estate;
  4. Fundamentals of Civil Litigation;
  5. Fundamentals of Will Drafting and Estate Administration;
  6. Fundamentals of Law Practice Management and Technology; and
  7. Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Procedure.

Only fundamentals courses offered by the Delaware State Bar Association are eligible for approval for this requirement. Attendance at these courses will be credited towards your minimum CLE requirement.

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