Pennsylvania CLE Requirements and Courses

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Pennsylvania Newly-Admitted CLE Rules

Pennsylvania newly admitted lawyers are required to complete an approved Bridge the Gap program as part of their initial CLE requirement. The program offers four (4) hours of ethics credits.

Pennsylvania General CLE Rules

  • Credit hours required: 12 hours per reporting period 
  • Specialty credits required: 2 hours of ethics, professionalism, or substance abuse prevention credit 
  • Length of reporting period: 1 year
  • Compliance date: Varies by compliance group. See information below.
  • Reporting date: Varies by compliance group. Attorneys have 30 days after compliance date to report credit. Below are the reporting periods for the 3 compliance groups.
  • Compliance group: There are 3 compliance groups to which all Pennsylvania attorneys have been permanently assigned randomly by attorney ID number. The reporting periods for each group are as follows:           
         Group I - May 1 through April 30 every year
         Group II - September 1 through August 31 every year
         Group III - January 1 through December 31 every year.
  • 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

Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board (PACLE), Pennsylvania Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 3400, P.O. Box 62495, Harrisburg, PA 17106 | (800) 497-2253 / (717) 231-3250

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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.