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Alabama CLE Requirements

Whether you're an experienced Alabama attorney or a Alabama newly admitted attorney, here's what you need to know about Alabama’s mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) requirements.

Alabama CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement

12 credits annually

Categories

11 General credits

1 Ethics and professionalism credit

CLE Compliance deadlineDecember 31
CLE Reporting deadlineFebruary 15
Approved Quimbee formats6 credits on-demand
Carryover12 credits, including 1 ethics credit
CLE reporting instructions

Quimbee will report your attendance to the Alabama State Bar. We report the previous week’s attendance each Wednesday. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time

Alabama CLE Requirements

Alabama attorneys are required to complete 12 MCLE credits each year, including 1 ethics and professionalism credit.

Alabama-licensed attorneys can complete up to 6 credits through Quimbee's on-demand courses.

  • Teach at an approved continuing legal education activity.

  • Teach a course in an ABA- or AALS-approved law school or any other law school approved by the MCLE Commission. Alabama-licensed attorneys who teach at an approved law school will receive six hours of MCLE credit for each hour of academic credit.

  • Publish an article in a national law journal. Attorneys who publish an article can receive up to 12 hours of MCLE credit.

  • Serve as a bar examiner in Alabama or in any sister state. Attorneys who serve as a bar examiner during a given year will receive 12 hours of MCLE credit.

  • Enroll in education of a postgraduate nature (for credit or by audit) in an accredited law school. Attorneys will receive one MCLE credit for each hour earned.

  • Attend the Alabama State Bar annual business meeting. Attorneys who attend this meeting will receive two MCLE credits.

  • Provide pro bono legal assistance exclusively through an approved Pro Bono Provider. Attorneys will receive one MCLE credit for every six hours of pro bono work completed.

MCLE credits must be completed by December 31 of each year.

Yes, up to 12 hours of excess credit, including one ethics credit, may be carried over to the following reporting cycle.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Alabama newly admitted attorneys are exempt from completing the MCLE requirement during the year in which they are admitted. Newly admitted attorneys are able to earn CLE credit after they are admitted to the Alabama State Bar and carryover up to 12 hours of credit into their first reporting cycle.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Alabama CLE credits must be reported by February 15.

CLE course sponsors are responsible for reporting attendance to the Alabama State Bar. Attorneys can check their online transcript by logging into their Alabama State Bar account. Attorneys who have not completed their requirements will receive a notice of non-compliance.

Resources

Alabama State Bar 
415 Dexter Avenue 
Montgomery, AL 36104 
334-517-2120 
[email protected]

Newest Alabama courses

Attorney Professionalism: There’s More to it Than Just Making a Lot of Money and Having a Lot of Clients

by Ken Kula
On demand
1h 1m 39s
An attorney is a professional; and being a good and respected attorney means more than just making lots of money and having lots of clients. It means displaying, encouraging, and garnering reciprocal professionalism. In this introduction to legal professionalism, we cover some of the major temptations, quandaries, and slip ups that attorneys can handle properly if they adhere to a high standard of professionalism. We also review a sample state’s creed on professionalism, as well as a recent ethics - related case before ending with a summary of suggested best practices for maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and avoiding the scrutiny of the local bar’s ethics board.

Cannabis Conundrum: Weeding Among the Hazy Legal Ethics Lines

by Jan L. Jacobowitz
On demand
1h 3m 06s
The entrepreneurial cannabis industry requires legal assistance like any other growing, innovative business sector. However, the cannabis industry does not necessarily resemble other evolving start-up business areas. Unlike most other industries, cannabis continues to be a federally designated illegal controlled substance, while various states have legalized cannabis and planted a patchwork garden of cannabis statutes, regulations, and ethics advisory opinions. What’s a lawyer to do? Legal ethics questions abound! What type of legal assistance may a lawyer provide to a client involved in the cannabis industry? May a lawyer accept product or an interest in a cannabis business in lieu of fees? Will a lawyer who participates in a medical marijuana program or indulges in recreational cannabis face ethical repercussions? This course will explore the historical context of the cannabis debate, the legal ethics implications for lawyers seeking to represent cannabis clients, and the current state of the legal profession’s response to legal ethics questions posed by lawyers traipsing through the patchwork garden of state regulations.

Humanizing the Defendant Through Criminal Mitigation Evaluations: Rethinking Presentence Strategies as a Strategic Tool for Criminal Defense Lawyers

by Mark Silver
On demand
1h 2m 12s
This course provides an advanced overview of criminal mitigation as a key strategic tool for criminal defense lawyers, and reviews various humanizing processes that a criminal law attorney can utilize to better advocate for his or her client. Mr. Silver discusses how the use of psycho-social analysis, which can also impact the factual analysis of the case, can provide a more positive and informed narrative of a client and increase their chances of success in the courtroom. Both experienced and novice lawyers will gain important insight into various criteria to consider and deploy at the pre-sentence or pre-plea stage of representation.

Introduction to Copyright Law: The Charles Dickens of Law

by Ken Kula
On demand
1h 0m 14s
Copyright Law can be the Charles Dickens of the law. It can be the best of times; it can be the worst of times. It truly is A Tale of Two Scenarios. If the attorney handling the copyright matter for the client is well prepared, does the initial research, and understands the general principles, it will be the best of times—going from initial application through final issuance and, possibly, victory at trial. If the attorney handling the copyright matter is unprepared, does not conduct sufficient research ahead of time, or does not understand the general principles of copyright law, then it will be the worst of times. The initial application may result in rejection from the U.S. Copyright Office, or the attorney could find himself embroiled in protracted and, ultimately, unsuccessful copyright-infringement litigation. In this introduction to Copyright Law, we cover the basics from application through litigation in an effort to ensure the attorney practices Copyright Law in the best of times.