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Montana CLE Requirements

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

Montana CLE Requirements - General Information

General Information
CLE credit requirement15 credits every year
Categories13 General 
2 Ethics and professionalism
CLE Compliance deadlineMarch 31
CLE Reporting deadlineMay 15
Approved Quimbee formatsQuimbee CLE courses for Montana attorneys are coming soon. Click here to be notified via email.
Carryover30 credits
CLE reporting instructionsEmail copies of certificates of attendance or participation to [email protected]

Montana CLE Requirements

Montana-licensed attorneys must complete 15 credits, including 2 ethics and professionalism credits.
Quimbee CLE courses for Montana attorneys are coming soon. Click here to be notified via email.
  • Attend approved, live, in-person CLE courses. 
  • Attend approved, interactive CLE courses. 
  • Write an article that appears in any law review published by an ABA-accredited law school. 
  • Teach an approved CLE course. 
  • Attend courses taught at an ABA-accredited law school. 
  • Attend in-house courses offered by law firms, corporate legal departments, or similar entities.
Montana attorneys must complete their CLE requirement by March 31.
Yes, up to 30 credits may be carried over to the following two reporting cycles. Only up to 4 live or interactive ethics credits may be carried over.

Newly Admitted Attorneys

Newly admitted Montana attorneys are not required to complete any CLE credits during the reporting year in which they are admitted to the State Bar of Montana.

CLE Compliance and Reporting

Montana attorneys should email copies of their certificates after they have completed a course.
Montana attorneys should email copies of certificates of attendance or participation to [email protected] throughout the year. After the reporting cycle ends on March 31, attorneys will receive a transcript of all CLE credits that have been posted over the past year. Attorneys can use the form to make any changes and only need to return it to the Montana CLE commission by May 15 if there are changes to be made.


Montana Commission of CLE 
33 South Last Chance Gulch, Suite 1B 
PO Box 577 
Helena, MT 59624 

Newest Montana 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.