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Mississippi CLE Requirements

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

Mississippi CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement12 credits every year
Categories11 General 
1 Ethics, professional responsibility, professionalism, malpractice prevention, substance abuse or mental health
CLE Compliance deadlineJuly 31
CLE Reporting deadlineAugust 15
Approved Quimbee formats
COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Mississippi has temporarily removed the limit on credits earned through online programs for the 2020-2021 reporting period.

On-demand (limit 6)
Carryover12 general credits
CLE reporting instructionsMississippi is a self-reporting jurisdiction and Quimbee does not report your completed courses to the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Credits must be reported on the CLE Annual Report Statement. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificate from our website at any time.

Mississippi CLE Requirements

Mississippi-licensed attorneys must complete 12 credits each year, including 1 credit in the areas of ethics, professional responsibility, professionalism, malpractice prevention, substance abuse or mental health.
COVID-19 Update: The Supreme Court of Mississippi has temporarily removed the limit on credits earned through online programs for the 2020-2021 reporting period.

Mississippi-licensed attorneys can complete up to 6 credits through Quimbee's on-demand courses.
  • Attend an approved, live, in-person CLE program. 
  • Teach an approved CLE program Teach a course in an ABA or AALS approved law school. 
  • Attend a course at an ABA or AALS accredited law school. 
  • Write a law journal article published by an ABA or AALS approved law school. 
  • Serve as a member of the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions or as a bar examiner. 
  • Serve as a member of the Committee on Professional Responsibility, the Ethics Committee, the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, or the Professionalism Committee of the Mississippi Bar. 
  • Enroll in a bar review course approved by the Mississippi CLE Commission. 
  • Serve as a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules. 
  • Serve as a member of the Model Civil Jury Instructions Committee or the Model Criminal Jury Instruction Committee. 
  • Serve as Lieutenant Governor of the State of Mississippi or as a member of the Mississippi Legislature.
Mississippi attorneys must complete their MCLE requirement by July 31.
Yes, Mississippi attorneys may carry over up to 12 general credits to the next reporting cycle.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted Mississippi attorneys must complete an approved new-lawyer program by the end of the second CLE year occurring after their date of admission. The new-lawyer program consists of 12 hours of CLE credit, including 6 hours of basic skills and 6 hours of ethics/professionalism. This program satisfies the newly admitted attorney’s CLE requirement for the CLE year of admission and the next succeeding CLE year.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Mississippi attorneys must report compliance with the MCLE requirement by August 15 each year.
The Mississippi CLE Annual Report Statement is mailed out to attorneys in June of each year. This report will show any CLE that has been reported to the CLE Commission at the time of its printing and any additional CLE earned for the year may be added to this form.

Resources

Mississippi Commission on CLE 
656 N. State Street 
Jackson, MS 39202 
601-576-4622

Newest Mississippi 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.