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Arizona CLE Requirements

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

Arizona CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement

15 credits annually

Categories

12 general

3 professional responsibility

CLE Compliance deadline

COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Arizona has extended the 2019-2020 compliance deadline to December 30, 2020.


June 30

CLE Reporting deadline

COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Arizona has extended the 2019-2020 reporting deadline to December 30, 2020.


September 15

Approved Quimbee formats

On-demand

Carryover

15 credits, including 3 professional responsibility credits

CLE reporting instructions

Arizona is a self-reporting jurisdiction and Quimbee does not report your completed courses to the Arizona Bar Association. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time.

Arizona CLE Requirements

Arizona-licensed attorneys are required to complete 15 credits, including 3 professional responsibility/ethics credits, each year.

All of Quimbee’s on-demand courses can fulfill the Arizona CLE requirement. Quimbee’s Arizona bundle provides all 15 required credits, including 3 professional responsibility/ethics credits.

  • Attend approved CLE courses, in person or delivered via live or recorded technology.

  • Teach at an approved CLE course. Teachers of CLE courses that include original written materials can earn 6 CLE credits for the first hour of each original presentation, and 2 CLE credits for each additional hour of presentation. Teachers of courses that do not include original written materials can earn 1 credit hour for each hour of presentation and can earn 1 credit for each hour of live repeat presentations. The maximum number of credits that can be earned through teaching is 10 credits each year.

  • Publish legal writing. Attorneys can earn 2 credits for each 3,000 words of original written material. The maximum number of credits that can be earned through publishing is 10 credits each year.

  • Complete self-study. Self-study is a course of legal study taken for the member’s own benefit. The maximum number of credits that can be earned through self-study is 5 credits each year. Self-study does not include reading, but does include the list below:

    • Non-interactive computer-based or online CLE programs

    • Serve on a legal committee or as an arbitrator

    • Pro bono service through an approved legal services program

    • Moot court competition

    • Participation in the Arizona State Bar Mentoring Program as a mentor or mentee

  • Take a course at an ABA-accredited law school. Attorneys can earn a ½ credit for every 50 minutes of instruction. The maximum number of credits that can be earned through law school courses is 10 credits each year.

  • Take a bar review course. The maximum number of credits that can be earned through law school courses is 5 credits each year.

  • Serve Criminal Jury Instructions (CRJI) Committee of the State Bar of Arizona. Attorneys may earn 1 credit for each hour of attendance.

COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Arizona has extended the 2019-2020 compliance deadline to December 30, 2020.


Arizona CLE credits must be completed by June 30 each year.

Yes, up to 15 hours, including 3 hours of professional responsibility credits may be carried over to the following reporting cycle.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

New members admitted to the Arizona State Bar during the first half of the CLE year (July to December) have a reduced requirement of 10 total hours, including 2 hours of professional responsibility credit. New members admitted during the second half of the CLE year (January to June) do not have to earn CLE credit that year.

New members are required to complete the Mandatory Professionalism Course within 12 months of being admitted. Attendance at this course will earn 4.25 hours of professional responsibility/ethics credit.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Arizona has extended the 2019-2020 reporting deadline to December 30, 2020.

Arizona MCLE affidavits must be filed by September 15. Online filing is available beginning in mid-June.

Arizona MCLE affidavits must be filed online by logging in to the attorney’s member profile. See MCLE Filing Affidavit Instructions for more detailed instructions.

Resources

Newest Arizona courses

Stress, Competence, and the Seven Elements of Self

by Jason Potter
On demand
1h 3m 43s
Stress can cause serious harm to one’s health, or even death. Approximately 120,000 people die every year as a direct result of work-related stress, and over 75% of physician visits pertain to stress-related issues. Over the years, stress has been normalized in the legal ecosystem, with success and achievement outweighing balance and wellbeing. Chronic stress can have a dangerous impact on attorney wellbeing and competence to practice law, but there’s a movement within the profession to change all that. In this presentation, we’ll take a humorous look at stress and burnout in the context of attorney competence and explore the concept of attorney wellbeing. We’ll then use a self-mastery framework called the “Elements of Self” to explore individual techniques and practices for reducing stress, achieving wellbeing, and maintaining competence.

A Primer on Excessive Force and the Fourth Amendment

by Jason Potter
On demand
1h 0m 37s
All police must comply with the U.S. Constitution. When they don’t, the harm police cause is unjustified, and its impact can be far reaching. In this presentation, we introduce you to the major issues that arise in representing people harmed by police during an “arrest, investigatory stop, or other seizure.” We will take a practical look at the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable seizures, and the primary vehicle for addressing excessive police force—42 U.S.C. § 1983. In doing so, we will explore Fourth Amendment excessive force caselaw, including the doctrine of qualified immunity, and touch on the hot topic of police bodycams.

Ethics. Writing. Tacos.

by Jason Potter
On demand
1h 3m 48s
Legal writing is perhaps the most important tool of the legal profession. Nonetheless, attorneys regularly violate ethical duties in their writing, and those violations go undetected. Systemic unethical legal writing impacts the entire legal profession, as well as those we serve and the community in which we practice. In this presentation, we examine seven common ethical issues in legal research, writing, and advocacy in the context of litigation. We examine the ethical duties of competence, diligence, and candor as embodied in the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. And how do tacos factor in? Well, you’ll just have to see—it just might guac your world!

Fighting BAC: Defending Breath Test Prosecutions

by Jason Potter
On demand
1h 3m 12s
Over the past several years, there has been a trend toward scrutinizing DWI breath test technology. In a 2019 investigative study, the New York Times discovered what DWI attorneys have known for a long time: that breath tests are “often unreliable.” In this presentation, we will explore some foundational issues in defending a “breath test” prosecution. Core concepts will include Henry’s Law, Beer’s law, and the variable of temperature. This presentation isn’t meant to make you an expert in the area, but it will introduce you to some core issues involved in beating bad breath.