North Dakota CLE Requirements and Courses

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North Dakota Newly-Admitted CLE Rules

Depending on when an attorney is admitted to practice in North Dakota, he or she is assigned to one of three reporting groups. These groups are designed so that all attorney compliance periods are staggered, and not all attorneys complete and report compliance in the same year.

North Dakota General CLE Rules

  • Credit hours required: 45 hours per reporting period
  • Specialty credits required: 3 hours of ethics credit per reporting period
  • Length of reporting period: 3 years 
  • Compliance date: June 30
  • Reporting date: July 30
  • Compliance group: There are 3 compliance groups to which attorneys are assigned that report in alternate years. Group 1 reports in 2021 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021); Group 2 reports in 2022 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022); and Group 3 reports in 2023 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023).
  • 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 up or down to the nearest quarter hour.
  • Limit on credit hours for recorded programs: Attorneys can earn up to 15 CLE hours via recorded programs. 
  • Attendance Reporting Procedure: Attorneys must self-report completion of CLE requirements by sending certificates of attendance to the North Dakota Commission for CLE.

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 Dakota CLE Commission, P.O. Box 2136, Bismarck, ND 58502 | (701) 255-1404

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A Note About MCLE Credit

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