Virginia CLE Requirements

Everything you need to know to stay in compliance

MCLE State


Required Virginia CLE Credits:

Total credit hours: 12.00 credit hours every year.

A minimum of 4.00 credit hours must be taken as live programs.

A maximum of 8.00 credit hours may be taken as pre-recorded programs.

Virginia CLE Reporting Deadlines:

Deadline to Complete CLEs: October 31

Reporting Deadline: December 15 by 4:45PM Eastern

Reporting Period: 1 year

Common Questions About Virginia Continuing Legal Education Rules and Regulations

General Virginia Continuing Legal Education Credit Requirements

How many CLE credits do you need in Virginia?

In Virginia, active status attorneys must complete 12.00 CLE credits every year to maintain good standing with the Virginia State Bar.

When is the Virginia CLE reporting deadline?

Virginia attorneys must complete all 12.00 required CLE credits by October 31 of each year. Attorneys must report their credits to the Virginia MCLE Board by December 15 at 4:45 p.m. EST for the reporting year just completed.

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

The reporting period is 1 year and runs from November 1 through October 31 of the following year for all attorneys.

How do I report my Virginia CLE credits?

NBI will send you a Certificate of Attendance (Form 2) and a verified certificate of completion. Follow the directions on Form 2 to certify your attendance online on the Virginia State Bar website and view your current MCLE Report. If you prefer, you can mail your completed Form 2 to the Virginia State Bar.

How many Virginia CLE credits can I carry over?

You can carry over 12.00 CLE credits to the next reporting year. You can carry over up to 8.00 pre-recorded credits and 2.00 ethics/professionalism credits.

How many CLE credits can I complete with pre-recorded courses?

Attorneys in Virginia can complete a maximum of 8.00 CLE credits with pre-recorded courses.

What are the specialty credit requirements in Virginia?

Virginia attorneys must complete 2.00 CLE credits in ethics/professionalism every year.

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

In-program attendance verification is required for downloadable courses.

Additional CLE resources for Virginia attorneys

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

What are the Virginia CLE requirements for newly admitted attorneys?

Newly admitted attorneys in Virginia are exempt from the CLE requirements for the duration of the compliance year in which they are admitted.

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

Yes. CLE credits completed after admission to the Virginia State Bar can be applied to your first reporting period.

When does my first reporting period end?

Your first reporting period begins on November 1 after admission to the Virginia State Bar and ends on October 31 the following year.

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

Yes. All newly admitted Virginia attorneys must take the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course within 24 months of admission to the Virginia State Bar.** This is a separate requirement than your Virginia MCLE requirement, but you can earn CLE credit from the professionalism course.

All attorneys licensed to practice law in Virginia must register with the Virginia State Bar.

**Attorneys registered with the VSB between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021 who were unable to attend a course to due COVID-19 cancellations have 36 months from their admission date to complete a course.

Who is considered an Experienced Attorney in Virginia?

An experienced attorney is an attorney who has completed their first compliance period.

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