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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

Attorney Professionalism: There’s More to it Than Just Making a Lot of Money and Having a Lot of Clients

by Ken Kula
On demand
1h 1m 39s
An attorney is a professional; and being a good and respected attorney means more than just making lots of money and having lots of clients. It means displaying, encouraging, and garnering reciprocal professionalism. In this introduction to legal professionalism, we cover some of the major temptations, quandaries, and slip ups that attorneys can handle properly if they adhere to a high standard of professionalism. We also review a sample state’s creed on professionalism, as well as a recent ethics - related case before ending with a summary of suggested best practices for maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and avoiding the scrutiny of the local bar’s ethics board.

Cannabis Conundrum: Weeding Among the Hazy Legal Ethics Lines

by Jan L. Jacobowitz
On demand
1h 3m 06s
The entrepreneurial cannabis industry requires legal assistance like any other growing, innovative business sector. However, the cannabis industry does not necessarily resemble other evolving start-up business areas. Unlike most other industries, cannabis continues to be a federally designated illegal controlled substance, while various states have legalized cannabis and planted a patchwork garden of cannabis statutes, regulations, and ethics advisory opinions. What’s a lawyer to do? Legal ethics questions abound! What type of legal assistance may a lawyer provide to a client involved in the cannabis industry? May a lawyer accept product or an interest in a cannabis business in lieu of fees? Will a lawyer who participates in a medical marijuana program or indulges in recreational cannabis face ethical repercussions? This course will explore the historical context of the cannabis debate, the legal ethics implications for lawyers seeking to represent cannabis clients, and the current state of the legal profession’s response to legal ethics questions posed by lawyers traipsing through the patchwork garden of state regulations.

Humanizing the Defendant Through Criminal Mitigation Evaluations: Rethinking Presentence Strategies as a Strategic Tool for Criminal Defense Lawyers

by Mark Silver
On demand
1h 2m 12s
This course provides an advanced overview of criminal mitigation as a key strategic tool for criminal defense lawyers, and reviews various humanizing processes that a criminal law attorney can utilize to better advocate for his or her client. Mr. Silver discusses how the use of psycho-social analysis, which can also impact the factual analysis of the case, can provide a more positive and informed narrative of a client and increase their chances of success in the courtroom. Both experienced and novice lawyers will gain important insight into various criteria to consider and deploy at the pre-sentence or pre-plea stage of representation.

Introduction to Copyright Law: The Charles Dickens of Law

by Ken Kula
On demand
1h 0m 14s
Copyright Law can be the Charles Dickens of the law. It can be the best of times; it can be the worst of times. It truly is A Tale of Two Scenarios. If the attorney handling the copyright matter for the client is well prepared, does the initial research, and understands the general principles, it will be the best of times—going from initial application through final issuance and, possibly, victory at trial. If the attorney handling the copyright matter is unprepared, does not conduct sufficient research ahead of time, or does not understand the general principles of copyright law, then it will be the worst of times. The initial application may result in rejection from the U.S. Copyright Office, or the attorney could find himself embroiled in protracted and, ultimately, unsuccessful copyright-infringement litigation. In this introduction to Copyright Law, we cover the basics from application through litigation in an effort to ensure the attorney practices Copyright Law in the best of times.