MCLE - Florida

Detailed jurisdiction information about MCLE regulations and general information accreditation of ABA CLE events, webinars, teleconferences, and on-demand CLE courses

MCLE Rules Changes

Update: CLE reporting deadlines for February, March, April, May, June and July 2020 have been extended to a new reporting deadline of August 31, 2020. This includes the Basic Skills Course Requirement.

Previously, the Board of Governors Executive Committee approved extending the reporting cycle to August 31, 2020, for anyone reporting in February, March, April and May. https://www.floridabar.org/news/releases/covid19/

MCLE Requirements

Credit hours required: 33 hours per reporting period

Specialty credits required:  5 hours in the area of ethics, professionalism, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness, per reporting period; and 3 credits in approved technical programs 

Length of reporting period: 3 years

Compliance date: Assigned by Florida

Reporting date: Assigned by Florida

Compliance group: Varies. Each attorney is assigned a three-year reporting cycle.

Minutes per credit hour: 50 minutes. To calculate credit for a specific program, divide the total length of the program in minutes by 50 and round to the nearest 1/2 hour.

Attendance Reporting Procedure: 
The ABA does not report your participation. Florida attorneys must email or fax their Uniform Certificate of Attendance and their program’s agenda to the Florida Bar in order for their credit to be posted to their CLE total. There is no fee for Florida attorneys to use the reciprocity provision.

Approval of ABA Programs

The ABA does not submit individual program applications to the Florida Bar. Florida attorneys may be eligible to receive credit for ABA programs through Florida’s reciprocity provision that allows Florida attorneys who participate in a CLE course or activity that is approved in another mandatory CLE jurisdiction to receive credit.  Florida attorneys must email or fax their Uniform Certificate of Attendance and the program’s agenda to the Florida Bar in order for their credit to be posted to their CLE total. There is no fee for Florida attorneys to use the reciprocity provision. 

Approved ABA Live Program Formats 
Live, in-person meetings (e.g., National Institutes) 
Webinars and Teleconferences

Approved ABA CLE Product Formats
On-Demand Online courses

Recorded audio/video programs expire 18 months after the recording or production date. 

State Contact Information

The Florida Bar
Legal Specialization & Education Department
651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
phone: (850) 561-5842
fax: (850) 561-9421
E-mail
Website

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.