Texas CLE Requirements

Everything you need to know to stay in compliance


MCLE State

Overview

Required Texas CLE Credits:

Total credit hours: 15.00 credit hours every year.

NBI courses are considered Accredited by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE. All 15.00 credit hours may be taken as live or OnDemand and downloadable programs.

Texas CLE Reporting Deadlines:

Deadline to Complete CLEs: Last day of the month preceding your birth month.

Reporting Deadline: Last day of the month preceding your birth month.

Reporting Period: 1 year


Common Questions About Texas Continuing Legal Education Rules and Regulations

General Texas Continuing Legal Education Credit Requirements

How many CLE credits do you need in Texas?

In Texas, active status attorneys must complete 15.00 CLE credits every year to maintain good standing with the State Bar of Texas.

When is the Texas CLE reporting deadline?

Texas attorneys must complete and report all 15.00 required credits by the last day of the month immediately preceding their birth month.

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

The Texas CLE compliance period is 1 year. It begins on the first day of your birth month and ends the following year on the last day of the month immediately preceding your birth month.

How do I report my Texas CLE credits?

You can report your CLE credits through the My Bar section of the State Bar of Texas website. You may also submit a coded Credit Input Form, available from the State Bar of Texas upon request.

How many Texas CLE credits can I carry over?

You can carry over 15.00 CLE credits to the next compliance year. Of these, 3.00 credits (including 1.00 hour of ethics) may be self study credit.

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

Attorneys in Texas can complete a maximum of 3.00 CLE credits (including 1.00 ethics credit) with self study courses. Self study credit includes reading legal, peer-reviewed publications, or attending non-accredited CLE activities.

Attorneys must fulfill 12.00 of their 15.00 CLE hours with activities approved for Accredited CLE.

What are the specialty credit requirements in Texas?

Texas attorneys must complete 3.00 legal ethics/legal professional responsibility credits every year.

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

No. In-program attendance verification is not required.

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

What are the Texas CLE requirements for newly admitted attorneys?

Newly admitted attorneys in Texas have a special 24-month compliance period. New Texas attorneys are required to complete a 4.00 hour professionalism course within 12 months of admission to the State Bar of Texas.

Can I carry over credits I completed before my first compliance year begins?

Yes. Credits taken between your licensing date and your compliance year start date will be applied toward your initial compliance year.

When does my first reporting period end?

Your first reporting period begins on the first day of your birth month following your admission to the State Bar of Texas and ends 24 months later on the last day of the month immediately preceding your birth month.

For example, if you are admitted in October 2022 and your birthday is April 26th, your first compliance period begins on April 1, 2023 and ends on March 31, 2025.

This 2-year compliance period is only for new attorneys. Subsequent reporting periods will be for 1 year and will begin each year on the first day of your birth month and end the next year on the last day of the month immediately preceding your birth month.

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

Yes. All attorneys newly licensed to practice law in Texas must take the 4.00 hour Justice James A. Baker Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas course within 12 months after the date of admission to the State Bar of Texas.

You will receive 4.00 ethics CLE credits for completing the professionalism course. This requirement applies to all newly licensed Texas attorneys, regardless of years of practice or admission in another jurisdiction.

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