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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 credits

CLE Compliance deadlineDecember 31
CLE Reporting deadlineFebruary 15
Approved Quimbee formats6 credits on-demand
Carryover12 credits, including 1 ethics credit
CLE reporting instructionsQuimbee CLE courses for Alabama attorneys are coming soon. Click here to be notified via e-mail.

Alabama CLE Requirements

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

Quimbee CLE courses for Alabama attorneys are coming soon. Click here to be notified via e-mail.

  • 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]

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