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New Jersey 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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New Jersey Newly-Admitted CLE Rules

Newly admitted attorneys in New Jersey must complete 24 credits of approved CLE in their first full two-year compliance period. Of the 24 credits: at least 4 credits must be in Ethics and/or Professionalism, and 15 credits must be in any 5 of the following 9 subject areas: New Jersey Basic Estate Administration; New Jersey Basic Estate Planning; New Jersey Civil or Criminal Trial Preparation; New Jersey Family Law Practice; New Jersey Real Estate Closing Procedures; New Jersey Trust and Business Accounting; New Jersey Landlord/Tenant Practice; New Jersey Municipal Court Practice; and New Jersey Law Office Management.

New Jersey General CLE Rules

  • Credit hours required: 24 hours per reporting period 
  • Specialty credits required: 3 hours in ethics and professionalism, 2 hours of diversity, inclusivity, & elimination of bias per reporting period
  • Length of reporting period: 2 years
  • Compliance date: December 31
  • Reporting date: March 31
  • Compliance group: There are 2 compliance groups determined by attorney birthday. Every attorney is permanently assigned to one of the compliance groups. Compliance Group 1 consists of attorneys born from January 1 through June 30; Group 1 certifies compliance in even-numbered years. Compliance Group 2 consists of those born from July 1 though December 31; Group 2 certifies compliance in odd-numbered years.
  • Minutes per credit hour: 50 minutes, rounded down to the nearest tenth.
  • Distance Learning Requirements: May take all credits with live webcast or previously recorded.
  • Attendance Reporting Procedure: In New Jersey, the ABA relies on their reciprocity policies persuant to which our programs are deemed accredited once they are approved by another MCLE jurisdiction. All ABA programs are approved in California, New York, Georgia, Alabama, Illinois, Missouri and many others. New Jersey is a self-reporting state; attorneys certify compliance when required and on forms provided by the New Jersey board. New Jersey attorneys are not required to report individual course attendance as each course is completed, but must retain their certificates of attendance for at least 3 years and must produce them if audited.

State Contact Information

New Jersey Board of Attorney Certification CLE, 25 Market Street, Trenton NJ 08625 | (609) 984-3077

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.