Hawaii CLE Requirements and Courses

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Hawaii Newly-Admitted CLE Rules

New attorneys in Hawaii electing active status in the year they are licensed to practice law are exempt from the MCLE requirement for that year. However, they must complete a specific Hawaii Professionalism course by December 31st of the first full calendar year after admission. The course is worth 4.5 CLE credits, 3 of which can be carried forward into the following year to meet the annual CLE requirement.

Hawaii General CLE Rules

  • Credit hours required: 3 hours per reporting period.
  • Specialty credits required: 1 hour of ethics credit every 3 years.
  • Length of reporting period: 1 year
  • Compliance date: December 31
  • Reporting date: December 31
  • Compliance group: All attorneys report annually.
  • Minutes per credit hour: 60 minutes. In order to receive CLE credit for an approved course, an attorney must be present for 50 minutes out of a 60 minute course. After the first 60 minutes, an attorney may receive credit for the time the attorney is actually present at the course rounded down to the nearest quarter hour.
  • Limit on credit hours for recorded programs: No limit. Attorneys can earn all CLE hours via recorded programs.
  • Attendance Reporting Procedure: Attorneys must self-report CLE compliance on the annual attorney registration statement. Attorneys should not send certificates of attendance to Hawaii after each program.

MCLE Rule Changes

In reaction to the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, most live in-person CLE events have been cancelled across the world. In response, state and other jurisdictions have have temporarily suspended the requirements that their attorneys attend in-person CLE to fulfill their MCLE requirements or adjusted deadlines, fees, or other aspects of their rules. Your state may have temporarily changed MCLE requirements.

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State Contact Information

Hawaii State Bar Association, 1100 Alakea Street, Suite 1000,, Honolulu, HI 96813 | (808) 537-1868; (808) 792-7348 for MCLE

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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. Please contact your state MCLE regulatory entity for specific questions about your MCLE rules.