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Kentucky CLE Requirements

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

Kentucky CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement12 credits every year
Categories10 General 
2 Ethics
CLE Compliance deadlineCOVID-19 UPDATE: The Supreme Court of Kentucky has combined the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 reporting cycles and Kansas attorneys will need to complete 24 credits, including 4 ethics credits by June 30, 2021. 

June 30
CLE Reporting deadlineCOVID-19 UPDATE: The Supreme Court of Kentucky has combined the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 reporting cycles and Kansas attorneys will need to report their compliance by August 10, 2021. 

July 31
Approved Quimbee formatsOn-demand
CarryoverYes, 24 credits, including 4 ethics credits
CLE reporting instructions
Quimbee does not report your completed courses to the Kentucky Bar Association CLE Commission. Attorneys must report their own credits by logging in to their Kentucky Bar member profile. Please retain your certificate of attendance as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificate from our website at any time.

Kentucky CLE Requirements

Kentucky-licensed attorneys are required to complete 12 credits, including 2 Ethics credits each year.

Kentucky-licensed attorneys can complete 12 credits through Quimbee's on-demand courses.

  • Attend approved, in-person CLE programs. 
  • Teach at an approved CLE activity. 
  • Research, write or edit materials for an approved CLE activity. 
  • Publish legal writing. 
  • Participate as an unpaid panel member, mock trial coach or seminar leader for law-related public service speeches to civic organizations or school groups. 
  • Attend law school classes.

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Supreme Court of Kentucky has combined the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 reporting cycles and Kansas attorneys will need to complete 24 credits, including 4 ethics credits by June 30, 2021. 


Kentucky attorneys must complete their CLE credits by June 30.

Yes, attorneys may carry up to 24 credits, including 4 ethics credits to the following two reporting cycles.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Within 12 months following the date of admission as set forth on the certificate of admission, each person admitted to membership to the Kentucky Bar Association must complete the New Lawyer Program.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Supreme Court of Kentucky has combined the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 reporting cycles and Kansas attorneys will need to report their compliance by August 10, 2021. 


Kentucky attorneys must report all earned CLE credits by August 10.

Kentucky attorneys must report CLE credits that they have earned by logging in their Kentucky Bar member profile. Course information is provided on Quimbee’s Certificate of Attendance.

Resources

Kentucky Bar Association 
514 W. Main Street 
Frankfort, KY 40601-1883 
502-564-3795

Newest Kentucky 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.