MCLE - North Dakota

Detailed jurisdiction information about MCLE regulations and general information accreditation of ABA CLE events, webinars, teleconferences, and on-demand CLE courses

MCLE Rules Changes

Effective immediately and continuing until further notice attorneys in Reporting Group 3, who report in 2020, will be allowed to earn all or a portion of the required 45 credits through self-study. Three (3) ethics CLE hours will still be required.

MCLE Requirements

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 2012 (July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2012); Group 2 reports in 2013 (July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2013); and Group 3 reports in 2014 (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014).

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.

Approval of ABA Programs

The ABA is an accredited sponsor in North Dakota and ABA programs are presumptively approved* in the following formats.

Approved ABA Live Program Formats 
Live, in-person meetings (e.g., National Institutes) 
Live Webinars and Teleconferences

Approved CLE Product Formats
On-Demand Online Courses*

*Recorded products qualify as self-study credit in North Dakota. North Dakota does not pre-approve self-study; attorneys must request and report self-study CLE credit hours.

State Contact Information

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

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. Certain programs, subjects, and formats may not receive credit in some states and there may be specific rules regarding who may earn credit or the maximum number of credit hours that may be earned with specific formats. Please contact your state MCLE regulatory entity for specific questions about your MCLE rules.