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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

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.