MCLE - Minnesota

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 Minnesota Supreme Court has suspended the 15-hour cap on earning credits with on demand programming for Category 3 lawyers due to report August 31, 2020, for the July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020 reporting period. While all Minnesota attorneys may complete all 45 credits online with live webinars, attorneys in Category 3 due to report in 2020 may now complete all 45 credits with on demand programs for the current compliance period only.

MCLE Requirements

Credit hours required: 45 hours per reporting period

Specialty credits required: 3 hours of ethics and 2 hours of elimination of bias per reporting period

Length of reporting period: 3 years

Compliance date: June 30

Reporting date: August 31

Compliance group: There are 3 categories for CLE reporting and new attorneys are assigned to Category 1, 2, or 3 for reporting every 3 years. Category 1 attorneys report in 2018; Category 2, in 2019; and Category 3, in 2017. 

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 to the nearest quarter hour.

Attendance Reporting Procedure: Attorneys must self-report completion of CLE requirements each reporting period through an affidavit or online reporting. Neither the ABA nor attorneys send certificates of attendance to the Minnesota State Board of CLE.

Approval of ABA Programs

The ABA applies for accreditation on a program-by-program basis in Minnesota 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
On-Demand Online Courses

State Contact Information

Minnesota State Board of CLE
180 East 5th Street, Suite 950
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 297-7100

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.