MCLE - Pennsylvania

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

MCLE Rules Changes

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the six (6) hour limitation on distance learning credits for 2020 compliance deadlines. Attorneys licensed in Pennsylvania may now complete all 12 hours of their 2020 CLE requirements through webinar or on demand programming.

Pennsylvania attorneys in Group 1 with a compliance deadline of April 30, 2020 have been granted automatic extensions until August 31, 2020.

MCLE Requirements

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.

Approval of ABA Programs

The ABA submits applications to Pennsylvania for the following formats.

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

Approved ABA CLE Product Formats
On-Demand Online Courses

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

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.