Texas CLE Requirements and Courses

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Texas Newly-Admitted CLE Rules

Texas newly admitted attorneys must complete a 4-hour course entitled "The Guide to the Basics of Law Practice" within one year of licensure. This is an admission requirement and not an MCLE requirement, although attorneys may receive MCLE credit for completing the course. The course is administered through the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism.

Texas General CLE Rules

  • Credit hours required: 15 hours per reporting period
  • Specialty credits required: 3 hours of ethics credit annually, by the last day of the month preceding their birth month
  • Length of reporting period: 1 year for attorneys licensed two years or more. Initial compliance period for newly licensed attorneys is two years. 
  • Compliance date: Last day of birth month
  • Reporting date: Last day of birth month
  • Compliance group: Varies by birth month. Attorneys must 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 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

State Bar of Texas, Minimum Continuing Legal Education, P.O. Box 13007, Austin, TX 78711-3007 | (800) 204-2222 x1806 / (512) 427-1806

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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.