Minnesota CLE Requirements

Everything you need to know to stay in compliance


Pending Rule Change: The Court advised that unless good cause is shown by 9/30/2023, the number of on-demand credits allowed will become unlimited as of 1/1/2024 for courses viewed and reported after that date.

MCLE State

Overview

Required Minnesota CLE Credits:

Total credit hours: 45.00 credit hours every 3 years.

A minimum of 15.00 credit hours must be taken as live programs.

A maximum of 30.00 credit hours may be taken as on-demand programs.

Minnesota CLE Reporting Deadlines:

Deadline to Complete CLEs: June 30

Reporting Deadline: August 31

Reporting Period: 3 years


Common Questions About Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Rules and Regulations

General Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Credit Requirements

How many CLE credits do you need in Minnesota?

Active status attorneys in Minnesota must complete 45.00 CLE credits every 3 years to maintain good standing with the Minnesota State Bar.

When is the Minnesota CLE reporting deadline?

Although the CLE reporting period runs from July 1 to June 30 every three years, attorneys may report credits until August 31 without penalty and without requesting an extension.

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

The reporting period is 3 years and ends on June 30. Your reporting period end date depends on your CLE category.

What are the Minnesota CLE reporting categories?

The 3 categories are as follows and continue every 3 years:

  • Category 1: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024; July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2027; etc.
  • Category 2: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022; July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025; etc.
  • Category 3: July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023; July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2026; etc.

What Minnesota CLE reporting category am I in?

Upon admission to the Minnesota State Bar, attorneys are assigned to one of three categories for CLE reporting purposes. You can find your CLE reporting category by searching in MARS (the Minnesota Attorney Registration System). You can also check your CLE reporting category and credit transcript through the Minnesota CLE Board OASIS attorney portal.

How do I report my Minnesota CLE credits?

You can report your CLEs electronically using the OASIS portal of the Minnesota CLE Board. There is no fee for online reporting. Or, you can mail an Affidavit of Compliance to the CLE office, along with a $10 fee.

Can I carry over any CLE credits?

No. The Minnesota CLE rules do not authorize attorneys to carry forward excess CLE credits.

How many CLE credits can I complete with on-demand courses?

Through December 31, 2023, attorneys in Minnesota can complete a maximum of 30.00 CLE credits with on-demand courses. A rule change is pending, and unless good cause is shown by September 30, 2023, the number of On-Demand credits will be unlimited as of January 1, 2024 for courses viewed and reported after that date.

What are the specialty credit requirements in Minnesota?

Minnesota attorneys must complete 3.00 ethics or professional responsibility credits and 2.00 elimination of bias credits every reporting period.

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

No. In-program attendance verification is not required.

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

What are the Minnesota CLE requirements for newly admitted attorneys?

Newly admitted attorneys must meet the regular CLE requirements for active status attorneys (45.00 credits per reporting period). New attorneys have a full 3-year reporting period, in addition to the balance of the year they are admitted, to complete Minnesota CLE requirements.

For example, if you are admitted in October 2022 and are in Category 3, you must report 45.00 CLE credits by August 31, 2026.

Can I count credits I completed before my official reporting period begins?

Yes, if you complete approved CLE courses after admission to the Minnesota State Bar but before your official reporting period begins, you may use those credits to meet the requirements for your first CLE reporting period.

When does my first reporting period end?

Your first reporting period ends on June 30 of the year specified in your CLE reporting category. Your first reporting period begins on July 1 following your admission to the Minnesota State Bar.

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

No, there are no special CLE credits required for newly admitted attorneys in Minnesota.

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