MCLE Information

In-Person Event

General Information

In-person CLE programs range from standalone one-hour programs to multi-day programs with many sessions to CLE sessions at ABA entity meetings. The ABA offers many events and some programs or sessions are not eligible for credit. Please view a specific program's description page or marketing materials for information on CLE accreditation for that particular program.

Accreditation Information

States typically decide whether a program qualifies for CLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted. For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program.

ABA in-person programs ordinarily receive CLE credit in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mariana Islands, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The ABA does not generally seek accreditation in Florida, Idaho, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Wyoming. Some states allow attorneys to earn credit through self-submission. Please check your state rules. Click here to view additional MCLE information for your jurisdiction.

Please see a program's description page for details on the amount of credit requested and known accreditation exceptions, such as states where we are not seeking credit or denials by states.

Please note that some states may not approve specific programs, formats, or topics for credit. This list is a general guide only.

State-Specific Notes

  • Arizona: The State Bar of Arizona does not certify MCLE courses or providers. You must independently review Arizona MCLE regulations and make your own determination as to whether a program qualifies for credit towards your MCLE requirements.
  • Connecticut: The State Bar of Connecticut does not certify MCLE courses or providers. You must independently review Connecticut MCLE regulations and make your own determination as to whether a program qualifies for credit towards your MCLE requirements.
  • Florida:  You are eligible to receive credit for this program through Florida’s reciprocity provision.  ABA programs are approved in New York and many other states.  To have credit for this program posted to your CLE total, email or fax the Uniform Certificate of Attendance and the program agenda to the Florida Bar.  View contact information for the Florida Bar. There is no fee for you to use the reciprocity provision.
  • Idaho: You may self-submit this program for CLE approval when you fill out the Course Credit Application from the MCLE Forms page on the Idaho State Bar page with the required attachments. You can download a copy of the program brochure/agenda from an ABA program’s website, or print a copy of the program web page if no separate brochure available for submission with your application. There is no fee for this submission.
  • Nebraska: You may self-submit this program for CLE approval after attending the program by logging into your personal MCLE account with the Nebraska MCLE Commission. There is no fee for this submission and a response is generally received within 3-5 days.
  • New Hampshire: The New Hampshire MCLE Board does not certify MCLE courses or providers. You must self-determine whether a program is eligible for credit, and self-report your attendance online at the New Hampshire Bar Assocation CLE page. 
  • New Jersey:  You are eligible for credit for this program under New Jersey reciprocity provision if another state grants credit for it. ABA programs are approved in New York and many other states. 
  • New York Attorneys: Unless otherwise stated, ABA in-person programs are approved for newly admitted and experienced NY attorneys in accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board. Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias credit hours are only available for experienced attorneys.
  • Rhode Island: You may self-submit this program for CLE approval at the Rhode Island Supreme Court Attorney Portal, under Course Accreditation (Appendix D), at the time of attendance reporting.  There is no fee for self-submission.  
  • Wyoming: You may self-submit this program for CLE approval within a reasonable time after attending the program by submitting for CLE credit at the Wyoming State Bar CLE page.  This is the same form that is currently required for attendance reporting. There is no fee for self-submission.

Requirements for Recording Attendance at Live Events

To record your attendance at an in-person program, you must complete the sign-in and/or sign-out forms for your accrediting jurisdiction. The forms and more specific instructions are available at the in-person program, generally at the registration area. Attorneys who complete the proper attendance forms will be provided with the certificate of attendance applicable for your jurisdiction. Attorneys licensed in states other than New York will receive the uniform certificate of attendance. New York attorneys will receive a New York Certificate of Attendance (see below).

Special Rules for Certain States

Delaware and Illinois attorneys must sign in at each individual session. Sign-in forms will be available at each session, generally at the back of the room.

New York attorneys must sign in and out of each individual session on the New York Attendance Form. Sign-in/sign-out forms will be available at each session, generally at the back of the room. New York attorneys will receive a New York Certificate of Attendance after attendance at each session is verified and calculated. New York attorneys will receive the NY certificate of attendance either (1) in person at the program itself or (2) via mail or e-mail within 60 days after the program.

Attendance Reporting

Reporting by the ABA or Attorney

Attorneys who are licensed in and seeking credit in one or more of the following jurisdictions must complete the ABA CLE Attendance Reporting Request Form which is also provided at the sessions attended. This form provides the necessary information for the ABA to report credits on the attorney’s behalf. States included are: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

If the program is held in-state in the following jurisdictions, the ABA will report credits on the attorney's behalf upon completion  of the ABA CLE Attendance Reporting Request Form: Kansas, Nebraska and Tennessee.

If the program is not held in-state in these jurisdictions, attorneys must self-report their attendance.

 

All other jurisdictions require attorneys to self-report their attendance at CLE events.

Timing of Reporting

Jurisdictions that require the attorney to send in the uniform certificate of attendance generally require it to be sent in within 30 days after the program. The ABA generally reports attendance within 30 days after the program in required jurisdictions, but it may take longer for the report to be received and display in a jurisdiction’s online transcript system (if available).

A Note About MCLE Credit

The content on this page is for informational and educational purposes only. Each state has its own rules and regulations indicating what qualifies for CLE credit.  Certain programs, subjects, and formats may not receive credit in some states and there may be specific rules regarding who may earn credit or the maximum number of credit hours that may be earned with specific formats.  Please contact your state MCLE regulatory entity for specific questions about your MCLE rules.