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Iowa CLE Requirements

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

Iowa CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement15 credits every year
Categories12 General
3 Ethics (completed every 2 years)
CLE Compliance deadlineDecember 31
CLE Reporting deadlineMarch 10
Approved Quimbee formatsCOVID-19 UPDATE: The Iowa Supreme court has lifted the rule limiting attorneys to only 6 credits of on-demand courses until further notice.

On-demand (limit 6 credits)
CarryoverYes, you may carry over excess credits to the following reporting cycle.
CLE reporting instructionsIowa is a self-reporting jurisdiction and Quimbee does not report your completed courses to the Iowa Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificate from our website at any time.

Iowa CLE Requirements

Iowa-licensed attorneys must complete 15 credits each year, with at least 3 Ethics credits completed every 2 years.

COVID-19 Update: The Iowa Supreme court has lifted the rule limiting attorneys to only 6 credits of on-demand courses until further notice.

Iowa attorneys may complete up to 6 credits through Quimbee's on-demand courses.

  • Approved moderated activities, such as 
    • Attend approved, in-person courses. 
    • Attend satellite, videoconference, live webcast, live teleconference, video or audio replay. 
  • Approved unmoderated activities, such as pre-recorded audio or video, CD, podcast, CD-ROM, DVD, and self-paced computer-based instruction.

Attorneys must complete their MCLE requirement by December 31.

Yes, you may carry over excess credits to the following reporting cycle. Ethics credits may not be carried over beyond the two-year period for the special legal ethics requirement.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted Iowa attorneys must complete an approved Basic Skills Course within one year of admission.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Iowa attorneys must report all credits they have earned during the reporting period by March 1.

Iowa attorneys must log into the Iowa Commission on CLE website to report the credits they have earned.

Resources

Commission on CLE 
State Capital 
Des Moines, IA 50319 
515-697-7874 
[email protected]

Newest Iowa 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.