- Credit hours and reporting: Experienced attorneys (admitted to the New York Bar for more than two years) are required to complete 24 credit hours, with at least 4 of the 24 credit hours in the Ethics and Professionalism category and 1 of the remaining credits in Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias every two years, reporting within 30 days after the attorney's birthday.
- Minutes per credit hour: 50 minutes. To calculate credit for a specific program, divide the total minutes of instruction by 50 and round down to the nearest half hour.
- Credit requirements and format limitations for newly admitted attorneys: Attorneys who are admitted to the New York state bar two years or less are considered to be newly admitted attorneys and are required to take 16 hours of transitional credit in each of the first two years (3 hours of ethics and professionalism, 6 hours of skills, and 7 hours of law practice management or areas of professional practice each year). Effective January 1, 2016, New York revised its format restriction rules to allow newly admitted attorneys to earn CLE credit for certain categories of transitional credit via approved webinar, teleconference, or on-demand/recorded products, in addition to the traditional live classroom setting or fully interactive videoconference. As of January 1, 2016, newly admitted attorneys also may earn ethics and professionalism credit, law practice management, and areas of professional practice credit through approved webinars or teleconferences, and may also earn credit for law practice management and areas of professional practice through on-demand/recorded products. Skills credit may only be earned through the traditional live classroom setting or through a fully interactive videoconference for newly admitted attorneys. Newly admitted attorneys based in law offices outside of the United States may earn up to 16 credit hours in any approved format; the remaining credit hours must be completed in a format permissible for the credit category. Newly admitted attorneys eligible for a prorated CLE requirement must complete the credit in a format permissible for the credit category, except that no more than 14 credits may be earned through approved on-demand/recorded formats. See below for approved ABA formats for experienced and newly admitted attorneys.
Newly admitted attorneys may not earn credit in the new diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias credit category. This credit type does not qualify for transitional credit.
- Attendance Reporting Procedure: The ABA issues New York certificates of attendance to attorneys after verifying their participation. Attorneys must retain these certificates for four years after the program and certify completion of CLE requirements each reporting period. The ABA does not send certificates of attendance to the New York board.
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.