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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.

Resources

Montana Commission of CLE 
33 South Last Chance Gulch, Suite 1B 
PO Box 577 
Helena, MT 59624 
406-442-7660 

Newest Montana 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.