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Connecticut CLE Requirements

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

Connecticut CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement

12 credits annually

Categories

2 Ethics and professionalism

10 General

CLE Compliance deadline

COVID-19 UPDATE: The State of Connecticut Superior Court has suspended the annual CLE requirement until further notice.


December 31

CLE Reporting deadline

COVID-19 Update: The State of Connecticut Superior Court has suspended the annual CLE requirement until further notice.


During attorney registration at the beginning of January until the beginning of March

Approved Quimbee formats

On-demand

Carryover

Yes, up to 2 credits, including ethics may be carried over.

CLE reporting instructions

Connecticut is a self-reporting jurisdiction and Quimbee does not report your completed courses to the State of Connecticut Grievance Committee and MCLE Commission. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time.

Connecticut CLE Requirements

Connecticut-licensed attorneys are required to complete 12 credits, including 2 ethics and professionalism credits each year.

All of Quimbee’s on-demand courses can fulfill the Connecticut CLE requirement. Quimbee’s Connecticut bundle provides all 12 required credits, including ethics and professionalism credits.

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

  • Teach at an approved CLE course. Attorneys can earn one credit hour for each two hours of preparation. The maximum number of hours that an attorney can earn for a single course is six.

  • Teach at an ABA-accredited law school. Full-time professors will be credited for the full MCLE requirements. Part-time or adjunct professors will receive 1 credit for every 60 minutes of classroom instruction and 1 credit for every 120 minutes of preparation.

  • Publish legal writing. Attorneys can earn credit based on the actual time spent drafting the written material.

  • Judge or coach a moot court or mock trial course or competition that is part of an ABA law school. Attorneys can earn up to 4 credits per cycle.

COVID-19 UPDATE: The State of Connecticut Superior Court has suspended the annual CLE requirement until further notice.


Attorneys must complete their CLE credits by December 31 each year.

Yes, up to 2 credits, including ethics may be carried over.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

New Connecticut attorneys must begin earning CLE credit in the calendar year following their year of admission. Those admitted in 2020 do not have to start earning credit until 2021, and will certify their compliance when they register in 2022.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Attorneys certify that they have completed the CLE requirement during registration, which takes place from the beginning of January until the beginning of March each year.

Connecticut attorneys must certify on their annual registration form that they have completed the CLE requirement. Attorneys must retain records to prove compliance for a period of seven years.

Resources

Connecticut State Bar 

30 Bank Street 

New Britain, CT 06050 

(860)223-4400 

[email protected]

Newest Connecticut 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.