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Louisiana CLE Requirements

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

Louisiana CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement12.5 credits every year
Categories10.5 General 
1 Ethics 
1 Professionalism
CLE Compliance deadlineDecember 31
CLE Reporting deadlineJanuary 31
Approved Quimbee formatsOn-demand (limit 4)
CarryoverYes, 8 General credits may be carried over.
CLE reporting instructionsQuimbee will report your attendance to the Louisiana State Bar Association. We electronically report the previous week’s attendance each Wednesday. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificate from our website at any time.

Louisiana CLE Requirements

Louisiana-licensed attorneys are required to complete 12.5 credits each year, including 1 Ethics credit and 1 Professionalism credit.

Louisiana-licensed attorneys can complete up to 4 credits through Quimbee's on-demand courses.

  • Attend approved, in-person CLE activities. 
  • Teach an approved CLE activity. 
  • Teach a course in an American Bar Association accredited law school. 
  • Author law review articles published by an American Bar Association accredited law school, or a book on matters of law published by a recognized publishing company. 
  • Serve as a bar examiner or assistant bar examiner in Louisiana. 
  • Attend law school courses in an American Bar Association accredited law school.
  • Attend meetings of the Council of the Louisiana Law Institute or committee meetings of the Institute. 
  • Complete approved self-study activities.

Louisiana attorneys must complete their CLE requirement by December 31.

Yes, up to 8 General credits may be carried over to the following reporting cycle.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted Louisiana attorneys must complete 12.5 credits, including 8 credits in the areas of ethics, professionalism, or law-office management, during the first two years of admission.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Quimbee reports attendance credits to the Louisiana State Bar.

While course sponsors are responsible for reporting attendance credits to the Louisiana State Bar, Louisiana attorneys will need to certify their compliance with the requirement each year. Around December 1 of each year, the Louisiana MCLE Committee will send each member a compliance report that lists the current record of compliance for that year. If the report is accurate and the member is compliant, no further action is necessary. Any exemptions or corrections must be made and returned to the MCLE Committee by January 1 on the following calendar year.

Resources

LA State Bar Association 
601 St. Charles Avenue 
New Orleans, LA 70130 
504-566-1600 
[email protected]

Newest Louisiana 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.