North Carolina CLE Requirements and Courses

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North Carolina Newly-Admitted CLE Rules

North Carolina newly licensed attorneys are required to complete a 12-hour course on professionalism. This course must also contain instruction in professional responsibility and trust account management.

North Carolina General CLE Rules

  • Credit hours required:  12 hours per reporting period.
  • Specialty credits required: 2 hours of ethics/professionalism and 1 hour of technology credit annually, by Dec 31st. Once every 3 years, attorneys must complete 1 hour of substance abuse/mental health awareness training.
  • Length of reporting period: 1 year
  • Compliance date: December 31
  • Reporting date: February 28
  • 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 down to the nearest quarter hour.
  • Attendance Reporting Procedure: The ABA reports attendance on behalf of attendees.

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

North Carolina State Bar - Continuing Legal Education, 217 E. Edenton St. PO Box 26148, Raleigh, NC 27611 | (919) 733-0123

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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.