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South Carolina CLE Requirements and Courses

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

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South Carolina Newly-Admitted CLE Rules

South Carolina newly admitted attorneys are required to complete a one-year mentoring program as well as to complete an Essentials program as provided by the SC State Bar during their first filing period.

South Carolina General CLE Rules

  • Credit hours required: 14 hours per reporting period
  • Specialty credits required: 2 hours of ethics or professional responsibility and 1 hour of substance abuse 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.
  • Distance Learning Requirements: May take 8 credits with live webcast or previously recorded.
  • Attendance Reporting Procedure: The ABA reports attendance to the South Carolina Bar on behalf of attendees.

State Contact Information

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

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