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Maine CLE Requirements

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

Maine CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement12 credits every year
Categories10 General 
1 Ethics (Must be live) 
1 Harassment and discrimination (Must be live)
CLE Compliance deadlineDecember 31
CLE Reporting deadlineLast business day in February
Approved Quimbee formatsQuimbee CLE courses for Maine attorneys are coming soon. Click here to be notified via email. 

COVID-19 Update: Until further notice, all credits may be completed via an electronic medium.
Carryover10 credits, excluding Ethics and Harassment & Discrimination credit
CLE reporting instructionsProviders report attendance to the Maine Board Overseers of the Bar.

Maine CLE Requirements

Maine-licensed attorneys must complete 12 credits, including 1 ethics credit and 1 harassment and discrimination credit each year.

Quimbee CLE courses for Maine attorneys are coming soon. Click here to be notified via email. 

COVID-19 Update: Until further notice, all credits may be completed via an electronic medium.

  • Attend a live, approved in-person CLE course. 
  • Attend live, approved satellite/groupcast, webcast/webinar or teleseminar CLE courses. 
  • Attend approved moderated video or webcast/webinar replays of CLE courses. 
  • Complete self-study CLE activities: 
    • Independent Study - viewing or listening to a pre-recorded CLE audio, video, digital media, or other such programs; 
    • Authorship - authoring or co-authoring written material that is published in a legal periodical, journal, book, or treatise approved by the CLE Committee. 
    • Volunteer Service – completing volunteer service as members of a board, commission, or committee established by the Court or the Board.
Maine attorneys must complete their MCLE requirement by December 31.
Yes, up to 10 credits, excluding Ethics and Harassment & Discrimination credit, may be carried over to the following reporting cycle.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Attorneys admitted for less than three months of the calendar year are exempt from the MCLE requirement. New admittees to the Maine bar who complete an accredited new attorney program that focuses on basic skills and substantive law during the year in which they are admitted are exempt for that year and the following calendar year.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Maine attorneys must certify their compliance with the MCLE requirement for the previous year beginning January 1.
Providers report attendance to the Maine Board Overseers of the Bar.


Board of Overseers of the Bar 
PO Box 527 
Augusta, ME 14332 

Newest Maine 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.