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Hawaii CLE Requirements

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

Hawaii CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement3 credits annually
Categories2 General 
1 Ethics (only needs to be completed once every 3 years)
CLE Compliance deadlineDecember 31
CLE Reporting deadlineJanuary 31
Approved Quimbee formatsOn-demand
Carryover3 credits
CLE reporting instructionsQuimbee will report your attendance to the Hawaii State Bar Association. We report the previous week’s attendance each Wednesday. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificate from our website at any time.

Hawaii CLE Requirements

Hawaii-licensed attorneys must complete 3 credits each year. One ethics credit must be completed once every three years.

Hawaii-licensed attorneys may complete their requirement through Quimbee's on-demand courses.

  • Attend approved live courses or activities, such as Inns of Court, bar sections, and professional legal organizations. 
  • Prepare for and teach approved professional education or judicial education courses or activities. 
  • Attorneys who prepare for and teach will receive two hours of preparation for each 50 minutes of time spent teaching. 
  • Write scholarly legal articles

MCLE credits must be completed by December 31 each year.

Yes. You may carry over 3 credits to your next reporting cycle.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

The CLE requirement is waived for the calendar year that a member is admitted to the Bar.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Course sponsors are responsible for reporting attorney attendance.

Hawaii attorneys must certify on the annual registration form that they are in compliance by reporting the number of approved credits completed in the previous year, including ethics credits. Hawaii attorneys are required to maintain records of all CLE programs they complete for a minimum of 3 years.


Debbie Blanton 
MCLE Administrator 

Newest Hawaii 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.