Total credit hours: 24.00 credit hours every 2 years.
All 24.00 credit hours may be taken as live or nontraditional programs.
Deadline to Complete CLEs: At the time of your biennial attorney registration.
Reporting Deadline: At the time of your biennial attorney registration.
Reporting Period: 2 years
In New York, experienced active status attorneys must complete 24.00 CLE credits every 2 years to maintain good standing with the New York State Bar.
An experienced attorney for purposes of NY CLE requirements is an attorney who has been admitted to the New York State Bar for more than 2 years.
You certify compliance with New York MCLE requirements when you file your attorney registration form, which will be mailed to you. You must file your attorney registration form and complete your CLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years.
The NY CLE compliance period is 2 years. You must complete your required CLE credits between the dates of your attorney registration.
New York attorneys are responsible for keeping track of their CLE credits. You will certify compliance with your NY CLE requirements when you complete the CLE section of your attorney registration form (you will report your CLE credits for the past 2 years and you will register for the upcoming 2 years).
For each completed course, NBI will send you a verified certificate of completion and a New York CLE certificate of attendance. You must keep records of your CLE attendance for at least 4 years after the date of the program.
Experienced New York attorneys can carry over 6.00 CLE credits to the next compliance period. Experienced attorneys may carry over ethics/professionalism and diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias credits.
Newly admitted attorneys who have completed all of their first-year CLE requirements may be eligible to apply up to 8.00 CLE credits to their second-year CLE requirements. Ethics and professionalism credits may not be carried over during your 2-year transitional CLE compliance period. New attorneys do not have an elimination of bias requirement (although they are encouraged to take courses on this topic).
There’s no limit. Experienced attorneys in New York may satisfy all 24.00 of their NY CLE requirements with nontraditional courses if they choose.
However, note that newly admitted attorneys must earn some of their required transitional credits through certain formats. New attorneys must earn skills credits (6.00 for each of their first 2 years of practice) through a traditional live classroom course or by attending a fully interactive videoconference that has been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.*
*Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York CLE Board has issued an order temporarily allowing Newly Admitted Attorneys to complete their Skills requirement via live webcast, teleconference, and videoconference. This rule has been extended and is in effect until December 31, 2022.
New attorneys may complete required Ethics and Professionalism credit in the traditional live classroom setting, by attendance at a fully interactive videoconference that has been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys, or by participation in the live simultaneous transmission of a live program, such as a webinar or teleconference, where audience questions are allowed during the program (synchronous interactivity).
If there is no opportunity for questions during the program, then a newly admitted attorney may not earn Ethics and Professionalism credit for the program.
Yes. In-program attendance verification is required.
A newly admitted attorney for purposes of NY CLE requirements is an attorney who has been admitted to the New York State Bar for 2 years or less.
Yes. If you have completed the 16.00 credits required in your first year of practice, you may carry over up to 8.00 credits to the next year.
If you complete more than the required 16.00 credits in your second year of practice, you can carry over up to 6.00 credits to the following biennial compliance period (your first regular CLE compliance period).
Ethics and professionalism credits may not be carried over during your 2-year transitional CLE compliance period.
Your first reporting period is a transitional reporting period and ends on the second anniversary of your admission to the New York State Bar.
Note that your reporting period for your transitional 2-year reporting period is different from the reporting period that you will follow once you are considered an experienced attorney. Once you’ve been admitted to the Bar for 2 or more years, your reporting period will be within 30 days of your birthday, every 2 years.
Yes. Newly admitted attorneys must complete at least 16.00 transitional CLE credit hours in the following categories in each of the first two years of admission to the New York State Bar as follows:
The first set of 16.00 transitional CLE credit hours (in the specified categories) must be completed by the first anniversary of your admission to the New York State Bar. The second set of 16.00 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed between your first and second anniversary of admission to the New York State Bar.
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