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Montana 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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Montana Newly-Admitted CLE Rules

Montana newly admitted attorneys are not required to complete any CLE credits during the reporting year in which they are admitted to the State Bar of Montana.

Montana General CLE Rules

  • Credit hours required: 15 hours per reporting period
  • Specialty credits required: 2 hours of ethics credit per reporting period
  • Length of reporting period: 1 year
  • Compliance date: March 31
  • Reporting date: May 15
  • 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 to the nearest quarter hour.
  • Limit on credit hours for recorded programs: Attorneys can earn up to 5 CLE hours via recorded programs (classified as “other” credit in Montana). The product formats listed below are approved in Montana.
  • Distance Learning Requirements:  May take all credits with live webcast, previously recorded limited to 5 credits.
  • Attendance Reporting Procedure: Attorneys must self-report completion of CLE requirements each reporting period through the affidavit mailed to them by the Montana Bar Association. The ABA does not send certificates of attendance to the Montana Bar Association.

State Contact Information

Montana Commission of CLE, 7 W. 6th Ave., Ste. 2B, P. O. Box 577, Helena, MT 59624 | (406) 442-7660

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.