Total credit hours: 30.00 credit hours every 2 years.
Including 1.00 Diversity and Inclusion credit and 1.00 Mental Health and Substance Abuse credit OR participation in Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program.
All 30.00 credit hours may be taken as live, live technology, or recorded technology programs.
Deadline to Complete CLEs: June 30
Reporting Deadline: July 31
Reporting Period: 2 years
In Illinois, active status attorneys must complete 30.00 CLE credits every 2 years to maintain good standing with the Illinois State Bar. There are certain exemptions for judges, court staff, active members of the military, and attorneys who are members of the bar of another state with similar CLE requirements.
You must complete all required Illinois CLE credits by June 30 of your reporting year, and the deadline for reporting credits is July 31 at 11:59 p.m. CDT of your reporting year.
The Illinois CLE reporting period is 2 years and is assigned according to the first letter of your last name. Your reporting period ends on June 30 of the second year of your reporting period.
NBI, Inc. reports your credit to the Illinois MCLE Board. Please retain the Verified Certificate of Completion and Illinois MCLE Certificate of Attendance for your records.
Illinois attorneys in a 2-year reporting period can carry over 10.00 CLE credits to their next reporting period. You may carry over professional responsibility credits.
New attorneys who have completed their new attorney requirements in their initial 1-year reporting period may carry over up to 15.00 CLE credits to their first 2-year regular reporting period, including up to 6.00 hours of professional responsibility credit.
There is no limit to the number of CLE credits you can earn through recorded technology courses.
Illinois attorneys must complete 6.00 CLE credits in professional responsibility every reporting period, which includes 1.00 credit in diversity and inclusion and 1.00 credit in mental health and substance abuse or participation in an approved year-long Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program.
No. In-program attendance verification is not required.
Newly admitted attorneys in Illinois must complete 15.00 CLE credits by the last day of the month that occurs one year after their admission to practice law. Attorneys that were not previously admitted to another state bar must complete:
New attorneys who complete a Basic Skills Course and participate in an approved mentoring program will only need to complete 3.00 additional hours of CLE credit to meet their 15.00 credit CLE requirement.
New attorneys must report compliance to the MCLE Board within 31 days of completion of their new attorney MCLE requirements.
Yes, but your requirements are slightly different. If you practiced law in another state for at least one of the three years prior to your admission to the Illinois State Bar, you must complete 15.00 CLE credits, including 4.00 professional responsibility credits, by the last day of the month that occurs one year after your admission to the Illinois State Bar.
Yes. Once you have completed all of the MCLE requirements for your one-year reporting period, you may carry over up to 15.00 credits, including 6.00 professional responsibility credits, to your first two-year reporting period.
You must complete the MCLE requirements for new attorneys by the last day of the month that occurs one year after you were admitted to the Illinois Bar. Your first regular 2-year MCLE reporting period begins on July 1 of the next:
Yes. All new attorneys must complete 15.00 MCLE credits in the first year after admission to the Illinois State Bar. The topics required to be included in those credits vary depending on whether the attorney practiced law in another state in the 3-year period before admission to the Illinois State Bar.
New attorneys who were not previously admitted to any state bar must complete a Basic Skills Course that is approved by the Illinois State Bar. This course must include 6.00 professional responsibility credits. The other 9.00 CLE credits can be earned from approved Illinois CLE courses.
Attorneys newly admitted to the Illinois State Bar who practiced law in another jurisdiction for at least one of the three years immediately preceding admission to the Illinois State Bar must complete 15.00 MCLE credits, including 4.00 professional responsibility credits.
Illinois' newly admitted attorney rules apply to attorneys during the first year following their admission to practice in Illinois. The newly admitted attorney requirements must be completed by the last day of the month occuring one year after their admission.
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