Recruiting new and retaining existing volunteers is often the focus of pro bono programs. To encourage recruitment and retention, a number of states have implemented rules that permit attorneys who take pro bono cases to earn credit toward mandatory CLE requirements.
Currently 11 states have adopted such rules. Although there is some variation among these states, the amount of CLE credit that lawyers are allowed to claim for pro bono service averages out to 3 hours per year. The most common rate that is used for earning such credits is 5 hours of service for each CLE credit.