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Hawaii CLE requirements

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

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Hawaii CLE requirements - general information

General information
CLE credit requirement3 credits annually
Categories2 General CLE
1 Ethics CLE (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 reports the previous week's attendance to the Hawaii State Bar Association 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

What is my requirement as a Hawaii-licensed attorney?

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

How can Quimbee help me complete my CLE requirement?

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

How else can I earn CLE credit?

  • 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

When must I complete my CLE requirement?

MCLE credits must be completed by December 31 each year.

Can I carry over credit from my last reporting cycle?

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


Newly Admitted Attorneys

I'm a new attorney. When do I report CLE credit?

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


CLE compliance and reporting

When do I report the CLE credits that I have earned?

Course sponsors are responsible for reporting attorney attendance.

How do I report the CLE credits that I have earned?

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 CLE credits. Hawaii attorneys are required to maintain records of all CLE programs they complete for a minimum of 3 years.


Resources

Contact info

Debbie Blanton 
MCLE Administrator 
808-792-7348