New Hampshire CLE Requirements

Everything you need to know to stay in compliance


MCLE State

Overview

Required New Hampshire CLE Credits:

Total credit hours: 12.00 credit hours (720 minutes) every year.

All 12.00 credit hours (720 minutes) may be taken as live classroom, live webcast, or non-interactive video programs.

New Hampshire CLE Reporting Deadlines:

Deadline to Complete CLEs: May 31

Reporting Deadline: July 1

Reporting Period: 1 year


Common Questions About New Hampshire Continuing Legal Education Rules and Regulations

General New Hampshire Continuing Legal Education Requirements

How many CLE hours do you need in New Hampshire?

In New Hampshire, active status attorneys must complete 12.00 hours (720 minutes) of CLE every year to maintain good standing with the New Hampshire Bar. You must report the actual total number of minutes of instruction.

How many CLE hours equal one CLE credit?

New Hampshire CLE requirements must be met by reporting the actual number of minutes of instruction. If a course is listed as having a certain number of credits, attorneys are responsible for confirming and reporting the correct number of minutes of instruction received from attending the CLE course.

How do I report my New Hampshire CLE minutes?

New Hampshire attorneys should report participation in CLE courses online through the Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) on the New Hampshire Bar Association website. At the conclusion of each reporting period, attorneys must e-file an Affidavit of Compliance through ART certifying that they have met the New Hampshire CLE requirements.

When is the New Hampshire CLE reporting deadline?

New Hampshire attorneys must complete all 12.00 hours (720 minutes) of CLE instruction by May 31 each reporting year. The Affidavit of Compliance must be filed between June 1 and July 1 for the CLE reporting period just completed.

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

The reporting period is 1 year and runs from June 1 through May 31. You have until July 1 to report CLE minutes earned for the reporting year that just ended.

What are the specialty credit requirements in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire attorneys must complete 2.00 hours (120 minutes) of CLE instruction in legal ethics/professionalism every reporting period. This may include legal ethics, professionalism or the prevention of malpractice, substance abuse, or attorney-client disputes.

How many CLE credits can I complete with non-live courses?

There is no restriction on the format from which CLE minutes may be earned. Attorneys are responsible for making sure that CLE minutes claimed for credit comply with New Hampshire Supreme Court Rule 53.1(E), which requires that the course offer significant intellectual and practical content reasonably directed at maintaining or enhancing an attorney’s professional knowledge, skills, and values.

How many New Hampshire CLE minutes can I carry over?

New Hampshire attorneys can carry over 12.00 hours (720 minutes) of CLE attendance to the next reporting year. This includes ethics credits.

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

No. In-program attendance verification is not required.

Are you newly admitted to the New Hampshire Bar? Here’s what you need to know:

What are the New Hampshire CLE requirements for newly admitted attorneys?

Newly admitted attorneys in New Hampshire after December 1 are exempt for that reporting year only.

Can I carry over CLE minutes I completed during a period of exemption?

Yes. If you complete CLE courses after you are admitted to the New Hampshire Bar but before you are required to report MCLE minutes, you may carry over CLE minutes to the next reporting period.

When does my first reporting period end?

If you are admitted to the New Hampshire Bar before December 1, your reporting period ends on May 31 the following year. If you are admitted after December 1, you are exempt from that reporting period, and your first reporting period ends on May 31 the second year after your date of admission.

Are there any special requirements for new attorneys in New Hampshire?

Yes. Under New Hampshire Supreme Court Rule 42 (XIII)(a), within two years of admission, new attorneys in New Hampshire must complete a practical skills course presented by the New Hampshire Bar Association. Minutes of instruction from the practical skills course may be reported to satisfy MCLE requirements.

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