New York CLE Requirements

Everything you need to know to stay in compliance


MCLE State

Overview

Required New York CLE Credits:

Total credit hours: 24.00 credit hours every 2 years.

All 24.00 credit hours may be taken as live or nontraditional programs.

New York CLE Reporting Deadlines:

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


Common Questions About New York Continuing Legal Education Rules and Regulations

General New York Continuing Legal Education Credit Requirements

How many CLE credits do you need in New York?

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.

What is considered an experienced attorney in New York?

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.

When is the New York CLE reporting deadline?

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.

How long is the New York CLE compliance period, and when does mine end?

The NY CLE compliance period is 2 years. You must complete your required CLE credits between the dates of your attorney registration.

How do I report my New York CLE credits?

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.

How many New York CLE credits can I carry over?

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).

How many CLE credits can I complete with nontraditional courses?

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.

What are the specialty credit requirements in New York?

Experienced New York attorneys must complete 4.00 ethics and professionalism credits every 2 years. Experienced attorneys must also complete 1.00 credit in diversity, inclusion, or elimination of bias during every 2-year compliance period.

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

Yes. In-program attendance verification is required.

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

What is a newly admitted attorney in New York?

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.

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

In each of the first 2 years after admission to the New York State Bar, newly admitted attorneys must complete at least 16.00 CLE credits in the following categories:

Can I carry over credits I completed during my first year of practice?

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.

When does my first reporting period end?

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.

Are there any special credit requirements for new attorneys in New York?

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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