MCLE - Iowa

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

MCLE Rules Changes

The Iowa Supreme Court has temporarily lifted the 6-hour cap on unmoderated CLE set forth in Rule 41.3(3). Iowa attorneys may now complete all 15 hours of their requirement online through webinars or on demand programming.

MCLE Requirements

Credit hours required: 15 hours per reporting period 

Specialty credits required: 3 hours of ethics credit every 2 years ending in odd-numbered years

Length of reporting period: 1 year

Compliance date: December 31

Reporting date: March 10

Compliance group: All attorneys report annually.

Minutes per credit hour: 60 minutes. To calculate credits for a specific program, divide the total length of the program in minutes by 60 and round down to the nearest quarter hour.

Attendance Reporting Procedure: Attorneys must self-report completion of CLE requirements at the end of each reporting period. Neither the ABA nor attorneys send certificates of attendance for individual programs to the Iowa Commission on CLE.

Approval of ABA Programs

The ABA applies for accreditation on a program-by-program basis in Iowa and is generally approved for the following formats.

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

Approved ABA CLE Product Formats

The ABA does not accredit recorded products as a method of earning credit.

State Contact Information

Commission on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of Iowa
Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
(515) 725-8029

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.