MCLE - South Carolina

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 South Carolina Appellate Court has waived the restriction that no more than eight credit hours of CLE via online or telephonic course may be earned for the current annual reporting year. 

Accordingly, lawyers and judges may earn all or any portion of the CLE credit they are required to obtain for the 2020-2021 annual reporting year (March 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021) through online webinars or on demand programs.

The South Carolina Supreme Court waived the 8 hour cap on distance education, thus permitting attorneys to earn all or any portion of the required annual 14 hours of MCLE credit for the 2019-2020 annual reporting year (ending on February 29, 2020) through pre-approved alternatively delivered programing. The eight-hour live credit requirement for the current 2020-2021 reporting year ending on February 28, 2021 is still in place.

MCLE Requirements

Credit hours required: 14 hours per reporting period

Specialty credits required: 2 hours of ethics or professional responsibility credit annually, by Feb 28th. Attorneys must complete 1 hour of substance abuse/mental health credit every 2 years. 

Length of reporting period: 1 year

Compliance date: February 28

Reporting date: March 1

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 to the South Carolina Bar on behalf of attendees.

Approval of ABA Programs

The ABA is an accredited sponsor in South Carolina and is approved 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

Commission on CLE and Specialization
Supreme Court of South Carolina
P.O. Box 2138
Columbia, SC 29202
(803) 799-5578

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.