MCLE - Tennessee

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 Tennessee Supreme Court entered an order allowing attorneys to use unlimited online hours to establish their compliance for the 2020 compliance year. Attorneys seeking reinstatement in 2020 are also covered by the order.

The Tennessee Supreme Court issued an order to allow Tennessee-licensed attorneys to complete all of their required hours online for the completion of their 2019 compliance. The order allows attorney through March 31, 2020 to earn all of their credits with live webinar or on demand programming to establish their MCLE compliance for the 2019 compliance year.

MCLE Requirements

Credit hours required: 15 hours per reporting period

Specialty credits required: 3 hours of ethics and professionalism credit per reporting period

Length of reporting period: 1 year

Compliance date: December 31

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 hundredth of an hour.

Limit on credit hours for recorded programs: Attorneys can earn up to 8 CLE hours via recorded programs per reporting period.

Attendance Reporting Procedure: The ABA reports attendance on behalf of attendees.

Approval of ABA Programs

The ABA applies for accreditation on a program-by-program basis and is generally 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

Tennessee Commission on CLE and Specialization
1321 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 810
Nashville, TN  37217
(615) 741-3096

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.