Tennessee CLE Requirements

Everything you need to know to stay in compliance


MCLE State

Overview

Required Tennessee CLE Credits:

Total credit hours: 15.00 credit hours every year.

All credit hours may be taken as live or distance learning programs.

Tennessee CLE Reporting Deadlines:

Deadline to Complete CLEs: December 31

Reporting Deadline: March 31

Reporting Period: 1 year


Common Questions About Tennessee Continuing Legal Education Rules and Regulations

General Tennessee Continuing Legal Education Credit Requirements

What are the Tennessee CLE requirements?

Active status attorneys in Tennessee must complete 15.00 CLE credits every year to maintain good standing with the Tennessee Bar.

When is the Tennessee CLE reporting deadline?

Tennessee attorneys must complete all 15.00 required credits by December 31 each year. Attorneys must confirm compliance with TN CLE requirements for the preceding year when filing their Annual Report Statement, which is due by March 31.

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

The reporting period is 1 year and ends on December 31 each year.

How do I report my Tennessee CLE credits?

CLE providers will report your attendance to the Tennessee Commission on CLE. A verified certificate of completion will be sent to you. Please retain for your records.

You will confirm your CLE credits each year by March 31 on your Annual Report Statement. You can access your CLE transcript through your attorney login on the Tennessee Commission on CLE website.

How many Tennessee CLE credits can I carry over?

Tennessee attorneys can carry over up to one full year of CLE credits (15.00 credits) to the following year. This includes up to 12.00 general credits and up to 3.00 ethics/professionalism credits.

How many CLE credits can I complete with distance learning courses?

Attorneys in Tennessee can complete all 15.00 CLE credits with distance learning courses.

What are the specialty credit requirements in Tennessee?

Tennessee attorneys must complete 3.00 ethics/professionalism credits every year.

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

In-program attendance verification is required for OnDemand courses.

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

What are the Tennessee CLE requirements for newly admitted attorneys?

Newly admitted attorneys in Tennessee are generally subject to CLE reporting requirements upon admission to the Tennessee Bar. However, if you are admitted after September 1, you do not have to meet CLE requirements for that year.

You will receive 1 year of CLE credit for passing the bar exam. If you are admitted before September 1, that CLE credit will be applied to the current year. If you are admitted on September 1 or later, any credit earned for passing the bar exam will be applied to the following compliance year.

When does my first reporting period end?

Your first reporting period ends on December 31. If you are admitted to the bar on or after September 1, you will not be required to report CLE credit until December 31 of the following year. Remember, you can earn up to 1 year of CLE credit for passing the bar.

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

No. There are no special CLE requirements for newly admitted attorneys in Tennessee. You are subject to CLE requirements as soon as you are admitted to the Tennessee Bar. However, you may earn up to 12.00 general CLE credits by passing the Uniform Bar Exam or the bar exam of any state. In addition, you may earn up to 3.00 ethics/professionalism credits by passing the ethics portion of any bar exam or the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination.

You may earn up to 1 year of CLE credit for completion of a bar review course, but only if the course otherwise qualifies as a CLE.

Please note you cannot receive bar review credit and bar exam credit in the same compliance year. Bar review courses earned via an approved distance learning format are subject to the 8.00 hour per year limitation. Online bar review courses that do not satisfy the distance learning format criteria will not be approved for CLE credit.

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