Maine CLE Requirements and Courses

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

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Maine Newly-Admitted CLE Rules

Newly admitted attorneys who complete an approved Bridging-the-Gap program or other practical skills course made available by the Board of Overseers of the Bar will be exempt from the requirements during the year in which the attorney is admitted to the bar of Maine and during the following calendar year.

Maine General CLE Rules

  • Credit hours required: 12 hours per reporting period
  • Specialty credits required: 1 hour of ethics and 1 hour of avoidance of harassment and discrimination in the legal profession credit
  • 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. To calculate credit for a specific program, divide the total length of the program in minutes by 60 and round up or down to the nearest quarter hour.
  • Limit on credit hours for recorded programs: Attorneys can earn up to 5 CLE hours via recorded programs. The product formats listed below are approved in Maine.
  • Attendance Reporting: The ABA reports attendance to Maine on behalf of attendees for live webinars and events. Effective February 1, 2020, Maine participants at ABA on-demand programs should report on-demand participation directly to the Main Board of Overseers of the Bar.

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

Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, 97 Winthrop Street, P.O. Box 527, Augusta, ME 04332-0527 | (207) 623-1121

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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.