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Missouri CLE Requirements

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

Missouri CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement

15 credits every year

Categories

12 General

2 Professionalism, substance abuse, mental health, legal or judicial ethics, or malpractice prevention

1 Elimination of bias


CLE Compliance deadline

COVID-19 Update: The 2020 CLE completion deadline has been extended to September 30, 2020.


June 30


CLE Reporting deadline

COVID-19 Update: The 2020 CLE reporting deadline has been extended to October 31, 2020.


July 31

Approved Quimbee formats

On-demand (General credit only; limit to 6)

Carryover

15 live credits

CLE reporting instructionsMissouri is a self-reporting jurisdiction and Quimbee does not report your completed courses to the Missouri Bar. Quimbee on-demand courses are considered self-study credit and you may earn up to 6 self-study credits each reporting year. Please retain your certificate as proof of your attendance. You may also access your certificates from our website at any time.

Missouri CLE Requirements

Missouri-licensed attorneys are required to complete 12 credits each year, including 2 credits in the areas of professionalism, substance abuse, mental health, legal or judicial ethics, or malpractice prevention and 1 elimination of bias credit.

Missouri attorneys can complete up to 6 general credits through Quimbee’s on-demand courses.

  • Attend approved, live, in-person CLE courses.
  • Teach an approved CLE course.
  • Write legal materials published by an accredited or identified sponsor, a professional journal, or as a monograph.
  • Serve as a member of the general assembly.

COVID-19 Update: The 2020 CLE completion deadline has been extended to September 30, 2020.


Missouri attorneys must complete their MCLE requirement by June 30.


Yes, up to 15 live credit hours can be carried over to the next reporting cycle.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted Missouri attorneys are exempt from the CLE requirement in the year in which they were admitted.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

COVID-19 Update: The 2020 CLE reporting deadline has been extended to October 31, 2020.


Attorneys must submit their Annual Report of Compliance by July 31.


Attorneys can submit their Annual Report of Compliance electronically by logging into their profile on the Missouri Bar website.

Resources

The Missouri Bar 

326 Monroe Street 

Jefferson City, MO 65102 

573-635-4128

[email protected]


Newest Missouri 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.