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Illinois CLE Requirements and Courses

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

CLE FAQ for Newly-Admitted Attorneys

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Illinois Newly-Admitted CLE Rules

Illinois newly admitted attorneys must complete a 6-hour Basic Skills course that has been approved by the MCLE Board to meet the Basic Skills requirement, as well as 9 additional hours of approved CLE credits of their choosing.

Illinois General CLE Rules

  • Credit hours required: 30 hours per reporting period 
  • Specialty credits required:  4 hours of professional responsibility credit, 1 hour of diversity and inclusion, and 1 hour of mental illness & addiction issues credit.
  • Length of reporting period: 2 years
  • Compliance date: June 30
  • Reporting date: July 31
  • Compliance group: There are 2 compliance groups: attorneys with last names beginning A through M are required to report in even numbered years (2018, 2020, 2022, etc.); attorneys with last names beginning N through Z are required to report in odd numbered years (2017, 2019, 2021, etc.).
  • Minutes per credit hour: 60 minutes. To calculate credit for a specific program, divide the total length of the program in minutes by 60 and round down to the nearest quarter hour.
  • Distance Learning Requirements: May take all credits with live webcast or previously recorded.
  • Attendance Reporting Procedure: The ABA reports attendance for ABA programs to Illinois for attorneys who request Illinois credit. Click here to access your transcript on the Illinois MCLE Board website.

State Contact Information

MCLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois, 200 West Madison Street, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60606 | (312) 924-2420

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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.