Missouri CLE Requirements

Everything you need to know to stay in compliance

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Required Missouri CLE Credits:

Total credit hours: 15.00 credit hours every year.

A minimum of 9.00 credit hours must be taken as live programs.

A maximum of 6.00 credit hours may be taken as self study programs.

Missouri CLE Reporting Deadlines:

Deadline to Complete CLEs: June 30

Reporting Deadline: July 31

Reporting Period: 1 year

Common Questions About Missouri Continuing Legal Education Rules and Regulations

General Missouri Continuing Legal Education Credit Requirements

How many CLE credits do you need in Missouri?

In Missouri, active status attorneys must complete 15.00 CLE credits every reporting period (July 1 - June 30) to maintain good standing with The Missouri Bar. Judges and commissioners of the family court division must complete 6.00 credits in family court issues and law (these may count toward the 15.00 credit total).

What are the specialty credit requirements in Missouri?

Missouri attorneys must complete 3.00 credits every reporting period in ethics, professionalism or malpractice prevention, which may include professionalism, substance use, mental health, legal or judicial ethics, malpractice prevention, explicit or implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, or cultural competency. However, 1.00 credit must be in explicit or implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, or cultural competency.

Specialty credits must be earned through courses approved for live credit.

When is the Missouri CLE reporting deadline?

Missouri attorneys must complete all 15.00 required credits by June 30 each year. Attorneys must report their credits to The Missouri Bar by July 31.

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

The reporting period is 1 year and runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year for all attorneys. New attorneys are exempt for the duration of the reporting year they are admitted.

How do I report my Missouri CLE credits?

You must file your annual report of compliance with Missouri CLE credits on The Missouri Bar website. You can also check your transcript and report credits online throughout the year.

How many Missouri CLE credits can I carry over?

You can carry over up to 15.00 CLE live credits for one reporting period. You cannot carry over CLE credits earned from self study courses.

Can I carry over ethics credits?

You may carry over up to 3.00 total ethics, professionalism or malpractice prevention credits, which can include only 1.00 credit in explicit or implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, or cultural competency. However, ethics,  professionalism or malpractice prevention credits credits may only be used to satisfy part of your total 15.00 hour requirement in the year that they are earned.

Ethics, professionalism or malpractice prevention credits credits that are carried over can be used to satisfy the ethics requirement under Missouri Supreme Court Rule 15(a)(1)-(2), but they do not apply to your 15.00 CLE credit requirement for the carryover year.

Specialty credits in excess of the above limits will not be carried over.

How many CLE credits can I complete with self study courses?

Attorneys in Missouri can complete a maximum of 6.00 CLE credits with self study courses. You may not satisfy specialty credit requirements (ethics, professionalism or malpractice prevention credits or elimination of bias credits) with self study courses.

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

No. In-program attendance verification is not required.

Additional CLE resources for Missouri attorneys

  • State Contact Information:
    • Address: The Missouri Bar, 326 Monroe Street, Jefferson City, MO 65102
    • Phone Number: (573) 635-4128
    • Fax Number: (573) 635-2811
    • Email: mobar@mobar.org
    • Website: www.mobar.org
  • Missouri CLE FAQ Page
  • MO CLE Rules

Are you newly admitted to The Missouri Bar? Here’s what you need to know:

What are the Missouri CLE requirements for newly admitted attorneys?

Newly admitted attorneys in Missouri are exempt from CLE reporting requirements for the reporting year in which they are admitted to The Missouri Bar.

Can I carry over credits I completed during the time I am exempt from reporting CLEs?

You may only carry over Missouri CLE credits in excess of 15.00 hours in a reporting year. So, if you earn less than 15 hours during the time you are exempt, those hours will not carry over.

If you take ethics,professionalism or malpractice prevention credits credits during your first year during your exemption period, you may carry those over to your first reporting period to meet the ethics requirement, but note that those do not count toward your 15.00 CLE requirement for the carryover year.

When does my first reporting period end?

You are exempt from Missouri CLE reporting requirements for the duration of the reporting period in which you were admitted. Your first reporting period begins on July 1 following your date of admission to The Missouri Bar and ends on June 30 the following year.

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

No. New attorneys do not have any special CLE requirements in Missouri.

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