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Georgia CLE Requirements

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

Georgia CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement

12 credits annually

Categories

1 Ethics

1 Professionalism

3 Trial (for trial attorneys only)


CLE Compliance deadline

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Supreme Court of Georgia has extended the grace period for the 2020 reporting year until May 31, 2021.


December 31

CLE Reporting deadline

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Supreme Court of Georgia has extended the grace period for the 2020 reporting year until May 31, 2021.


March 31

Approved Quimbee formats

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Supreme Court of Georgia has suspended the in-person CLE requirement until May 31, 2021.


On-demand (6 credits)

Carryover

12 credits with the following limitations:

  • 6 on-demand credits
  • 2 Ethics
  • 2 Professionalism
  • 3 Trial Skills
CLE reporting instructions

Quimbee reports the previous week's attendance to the State Bar of Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency each Wednesday. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time.

Georgia CLE Requirements

Georgia-licensed attorneys must complete 12 credits each year, including 1 ethics credit, 1 professionalism credit and 3 trial skills credits.

COVID-19 Updates: The Supreme Court of Georgia has suspended the in-person CLE requirement until May 31, 2021.


Georgia-licensed attorneys can complete 6 of their required credits through Quimbee’s on-demand courses.

  • Attend live, in-person accredited programs.

  • Attend self-study/in-house programs.

    • Distance learning programs, including online computer programs.

    • Trial observation

    • In-house courses provided by an attorney’s law firm.

  • Teach accredited CLE programs. Attorneys can earn 3 credits for each hour of presentation.

  • Write legal articles. Attorneys may earn up to 6 credits for writing legal articles.

  • Attend law school courses. Attorneys can earn one half hour of credit for every 60 minutes of instruction.

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Supreme Court of Georgia has extended the grace period for the 2020 reporting year until May 31, 2021.

MCLE credits must be completed by December 31 each year.

Yes, attorneys may carry up to 12 hours to the next reporting cycle. Carryover credits are limited to 6 on-demand credits, 2 ethics credits, 2 professionalism credits, and 3 trial skills credits.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

New members of the Georgia Bar must complete the Transition Into Law Practice Program by the end of the calendar year following the year in which they were admitted. Completion of the Transition Into Law Practice Program will satisfy Georgia’s MCLE requirement for the year of admission and the following year.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Course sponsors are responsible for reporting attorney attendance. While credits should be completed by 12/31 each year, insufficient credits can be made up during the grace period ending March 31.https://www.gabar.org/membership/memberlogin.cfm

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Supreme Court of Georgia has extended the grace period for the 2020 reporting year until May 31, 2021.

Quimbee reports the previous week’s attendance to the State Bar of Georgia each Wednesday. Attorneys can monitor their records throughout the year by logging into their member profile.

Resources

Newest Georgia 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.