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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

December 31

CLE Reporting deadline

March 31

Approved Quimbee formats

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Supreme Court of Georgia has suspended the in-person CLE requirement until March 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 March 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.

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

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

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.