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Illinois CLE Requirements

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

Illinois CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement30 credits every 2 years
Categories24 General 
4 Professional responsibility 
1 Diversity & Inclusion 
1 Mental Health & Substance Abuse
CLE Compliance deadlineJune 30
CLE Reporting deadlineJuly 31
Approved Quimbee formatsOn-demand
CarryoverUp to 10 credits may be carried over to the following reporting period.
CLE reporting instructionsQuimbee reports the previous week's attendance to the Illinois MCLE Board each Wednesday. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time.

Illinois CLE Requirements

Illinois-licensed attorneys are required to complete 30 credits, including 6 Professional Responsibility credits, every two years. Of those 6 Professional Responsibility credits, 1 credit must be in Diversity & Inclusion and 1 credits must be in Mental Health & Substance Abuse.

Quimbee currently offers a limited number of on-demand courses for Illinois attorneys.

  • Attend an approved, in-person program. 
  • Attend a law school course. Attend a legal presentation at a bar association meeting for up to 1.0 hour of CLE credit. 
  • Teach an accredited CLE course. Teach (part-time only) a law course at a law school. 
  • Teach (part-time only) a law course at a university, college or community college. 
  • Judge a law school moot court argument or other training simulation. 
  • Publish a scholarly legal book or article. 
  • Complete a year-long mentoring program approved by the Commission on Professionalism.

Illinois attorneys must complete their requirement by June 30 on the second year of their two-year reporting period. Those with last names starting with A-M report in even-numbered years. Those with last names starting with N-Z report in odd-numbered years.

Yes, up to 10 credits, including professional responsibility credits may be carried over to the following reporting period. Only the number of credits needed (up to 10) may be carried over only to satisfy the next consecutive period’s requirements. If carryover credits are needed to meet the current reporting period's requirement, any excess hours earned in the current period are forfeited and may not be carried forward into future reporting periods.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted Illinois attorneys must complete an approved Illinois basic skills course or complete the Illinois mentoring program along with additional CLE credits for a total of 15 credits, within the first year of admission. After the first year, the initial two-year reporting period begins on July 1 after the completion deadline.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Illinois attorneys must report their compliance with the MCLE requirements by July 31 following the end of their two-year reporting period. Illinois reporting groups are split into two groups: Last names A-M report in even-numbered years Last names N-Z report in odd-numbered years

CLE Providers are responsible for reporting individual course attendance. Illinois attorneys must report their compliance by logging in to their Attorney Portal and submitting their MCLE report.

Resources

The MCLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois 
200 West Madison Street, Suite 900 
Chicago, Illinois 60606 
312-924-2420

Newest Illinois courses

Professionalism: How Wonderful it Really is to be a Lawyer

by Kevin Johnson
On demand
1h 2m 04s
Professionalism in the practice of law is not just complying with the Code of Professional Conduct. It is about how a lawyer is as a lawyer. This presentation describes what professionalism looks like in key areas of a law practice. Integrity, competence, attorney-client relations, dealing with other attorneys and with society, as well as why attorneys should look out for each other. A good attorney is ethical, it is the great attorney who understands and exercises professionalism throughout the day and over time.

Extreme Hardship Criteria in Waiver and Cancellation of Removal Cases: Clinical Strategies and Challenges for Immigration Lawyers

by Mark Silver
On demand
1h 2m 56s
In this seminar, forensic expert Mark Silver provides the immigration lawyer with a detailed analysis of criteria considered by clinical experts when undertaking a psychosocial evaluation in extreme hardship cases for waivers and cancellation of removal cases. Here, Mr. Silver integrates important legal considerations with the psychosocial criteria offering new and different insights to better advocate for the clients and their family members. He also reviews the different challenges that have an impact on extreme hardship considerations. Additionally, he addresses how to best present these issues to help your client.

Introduction to Trademark Law - An Overview from the PTO’s Pet Peeves in Applying for a Trademark to Proving Infringement in Federal Court

by Ken Kula
On demand
1h 4m 36s
Young and old attorneys can always learn something about Trademark Law. In this introduction to Trademarks, attorneys learn the basics of Trademark Law from prosecution of a Trademark to obtain one through litigation when a Trademark is infringed. The presentation is broken down into three sections. First, the results of an interview with a Trademark Examiner from the United States Patent and Trademark Office about her prosecution pet peeves is addressed. Second, the basics of Trademarks is presented. Third, a sample case on Trademark infringement is thoroughly analyzed and discussed.

What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

by Michael Riela
On demand
1h 1m 13s
Attorneys in firms of all sizes – from solo practitioners to lawyers are multinational Big Law firms - face a number of ethical issues relating to cybersecurity, and preserving the confidentiality and security of their clients’ data. Contrary to what some lawyers may believe, law firms are often a valuable target for hackers because they can hold vast collections of sensitive and highly valuable client-related data. These cybersecurity threats come from individual hackers, international cybercriminals, and even a firm’s own attorneys and other employees. This program provides a basic primer on attorneys’ ethical obligations to understand and address the cybersecurity risks they face, and provides practical advice for attorneys in addressing issues that arise will undoubtedly arise in their legal practice.